The Fort Saskatchewan Motorcycle Association (FSMA) was first formed in 1983 by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, wanting to share their enjoyment of riding. The FSMA has individual and family memberships. Their members come from a variety of backgrounds as well as choice of rides. They welcome all makes, models, and sizes of bikes (and riders) with a common interest in riding and socializing together.
Throughout the season they have scheduled rides after our Sunday morning breakfasts at Ricky’s in the Fort. In 1993 they became an Alberta Not for Profit Association.
For many years their club hosted a poker ride which took place annually much as it does today. In 1990, Jim Anderson, a close friend and founding club member, succumbed to cancer after a lengthy battle. That spurred them to help others in a similar situation, as well as to remember a good friend lost. In 1991 they started our annual Cancer Ride which they combined with the existing poker run. The ride encompasses a route of about 150 kilometers through towns and hamlets around Fort Saskatchewan. Proceeds from the weekend are donated to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.
This event owes its continued success to the participation and hard work of their members, from organizing the day’s event with the Fort Saskatchewan Legion to collecting donations and door prizes, planning the route, arranging poker hands and dealers, and advertising the ride. On Ride Day, members handle registration, sell 50/50 tickets, lead ride groups, play the poker hands, buy 50/50 tickets, have lunch with the 100 or so bikers that show up, and finish the day happy, tired, and proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s a great time.
This year, due to Covid-19 they will not be going through with the ride. However, they are collecting donations on their website as this does not impact the fact that Everyday 53 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer”. Thank you for your support.