This was an event of a different kind for the tranquil town of Arles in the south of France. The National Run 2017 is mandatory for all members of the Bandidos MC from all over Europe, but there were also guests from Asia and Australia.
The beautiful historic Arles had to cope with over 3,000 Bandidos with their families and over 2,000 bikes for this event. The reaction of the inhabitants was however extremely positive. It was not only the high number of bikes, but also the muscle packed, tattooed bikers.
After the initial shock, many contacts were made, a lot of shared photos were created and of course, the one or other bike was also available for photos for children to look and sit on.
The bulk of the Bandidos arrived on Thursday and all have arrived without any accidents. This is unfortunately not always the outcome with the high number of bikes.
The party started on the Thursday and for many the first evening ended only in the early morning hours of the next day. The brothers of the Bandidos MC naturally took the time for many conversations, as many people only see each other once a year when you think of how spread out we are across the globe.
On Friday morning all started out for the "Run". All members of Bandidos MC congregated for the big pack entrance. For the local police, this meant a big logistical effort, so we could safely ride in this convoy of over 2,000 bikes through local towns to our Run location. At this point, we would like to thank the French police, and the other members of the public that made this possible.
In the afternoon/evening the real party started. In very hot weather the Hangarounds and Prospects could barely keep up the flow of cold drinks.
On Saturday, many members were honoured for their exceptional commitment to Bandidos MC.
A special acceptance got the brothers Bandido Daugbjerg1%er and Bandido Dennis1%er for their great trip from Denmark to China and their stopover in Arles. We think, they will be happy when they are back in Denmark after this long trip. Respect, respect and respect brothers!!!
The Hangaround Chapter Xanten got the Probationary Patch of Bandidos MC with loud applause.
After that, the much anticipated draw took place. The first prize was a brand new Harley Davidson Dyna 2017.
The winner was drawn with loud applause and got his bike on stage presented by the European National President Bandido Kok1%er.
The party carried on at a slower pace, because many of the Bandidos had the long ride home on Sunday morning.
This year's National Run of the Bandidos MC was once again a great success. At this point, we would like to thank the Brothers who organized this event and who invested a lot of time and effort in the weeks before hand.