Local 'Grandrider' tour draws more int'l bikers
CNATAIPEI -- An annual bike tour in Taiwan for elderly motorcyclists, dubbed the “Grandriders,” will include more international participants this year, the organizers said yesterday.
August 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Twenty elderly motorcyclists from abroad will join 40 local seniors on a four-day ride from Sept. 28, seeking to convey the message that one is never too old to do anything, according to the Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation in Taichung.
Last year, 10 motorcyclists from the United States were the first international participants in the event, riding around Taiwan for a week.
Although this year's program is shorter, it has become more international, with seniors from America, Europe and Asia expected to participate in a 350-kilometer ride from southern to central Taiwan, the foundation said.
“Actually, there is a 'Grandrider' in every country, in every home. Seniors should believe in themselves, believe that they have the right and power to do anything,” said Ko Lie-yon, an executive at the foundation.
The message that one is never too old to learn, to experience or to do anything is now being spread wide via all kinds of media, Ko said.
“With a little help and attention, the whole world can become more senior-friendly,” she added.
The riders on the so-called “Miracle Journey” that is now in its fourth year will take a route from Kenting in Pingtung County to Taichung City, according to the foundation.