THE ROAR of motorbikes filled the air in Chichester on Sunday, as around 150 motorcyclists took part in Ride 2 Chi.
From midday the city centre was rammed with numerous makes and models of bikes on display in the city centre.
One of the organisers Kim Long, the city centre manager, said she was ‘chuffed to bits’ at how it had turned out.
Biker Darren Payne, from Rose Green, Bognor Regis, said he thought the day had gone really well.
“I thought the marshals did extremely well, and the police,” he said.
“It’s done well to get everyone here safely and it was a good turnout. For the first one I think they have done extremely well.”
He added he was surprised at the turnout, as he expected fewer bikes to turn up than the 150 or so which did.
He rode a Honda CBR1000RR motorbike, also known as a Fireblade.
There were a range of makes and models lining the street, from Suzukis to Harley Davidsons.
Kim said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to bits.
“It went like clockwork thanks to the police and individual volunteers and I can’t wait for 2pm.”
At 2pm the motorbikes all set off in convoy, travelling from the city centre towards Eastgate and up St Pancras.
The first event of its kind in the city – allowing motorbikes to park in the pedestrian precinct – it was organised in aid of Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance.
Bikers met in the Northgate car park between 11am and 11.30am, then headed into the city centre for midday.
They were there for two hours before departing.
Organisers have said they hope the event becomes a yearly spectacle in the city.
Visiting bikers received souvenirs and discount vouchers for selected city centre cafes, restaurants, chocolate retailers and a tattooist.
One biker had even travelled from Birmingham for the event.
Ride 2 Chi was supported by Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chichester City Centre Partnership, Motorcycle Action Group and CMW Motorcycles in Chichester.
The air ambulance had a display at the Cross, along with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, displaying rescue motorbikes.