Women Riders

Women Riders

Inspirational Women: Stefy Bau

June 28, 2016
In my previous stories about women’s motocross racing, one name was not mentioned, but should have been: Stefy Bau. Born in Italy just three years after the birth of women’s motocross, Stefy first became an active rider in 1983 at the ripe old age of six years old. Having ridden dirt bikes since she was four, Stefy entered her first race in 1983 as the only girl competing and came in a respectable third place.

June Tidbits

May 31, 2016
Women Rider StatsI found some interesting statistics about women riders that I want to share. These were originally published in 2015, so we can assume the numbers have gone up slightly. 12% of motorcycle owners are women, an increase of 28% since 2010. 1 in 4 riders, including passengers, are women. In 2012, approximately 27 million people operated motorcycles and 6.7 million of them were women (25%) Some of the reasons women ride: Freedom, independence, adventure, to conquer fears, community. Some numbers reflecting the happiness of women riders include: 37% report always feeling happy compared to 16% of nonriders. 35%…

Women’s Motocross Today

April 30, 2016
It was the winter of 2010 when Hannah Hodges’ father presented her with a dilemma. They were on their way to Bithlo, a motocross track in Orlando, Florida when Hannah was told she would have to make a decision. It seemed a recent change in class structure meant the 11-year-old Hannah was too young, by one year, to race in the newly formed 12-15 year bracket, which was changed from 11-15 years of age. She could either race with the older girls, who were faster and more experienced and rode 85cc bikes or she could ride her 65cc bike in…

Women in Motorcycling History: Motocross

March 30, 2016
In 1974, the Powder Puff National gave women their first motocross event. It attracted 300 riders and over 9,000 spectators. Nancy Payne won the first national championship. In 1975, the name was changed to Women’s National Championship and by 1979 had attracted enough attention to be covered by ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Inspirational Women: Ursula Marie Wachowiak, Part 5

February 27, 2016
Ursula only went ¾ of a mile on George’s bike but it was the start of a whole new journey for her. It was coming up on a year since she set out on her cross-country mission and she wasn’t about to abandon the idea quite yet.

Inspirational Women: Ursula Marie Wachowiak, Part 4

January 31, 2016
In writing these articles about these inspirational women, one common thread links them all and that is their perseverance to overcome the enormous obstacles thrown at them. They didn’t give up or wallow in self-pity while lying in their beds. Regardless of the why and what that faced them, they plowed through, determined to arrive at a new “normal” and, without exception, continue to ride. Ursula was and is no exception.

Inspirational Women: Ursula Marie Wachowiak, Part 3

December 30, 2015
The young man whose truck hit Ursula was named Anthony and while he didn’t resemble her son Nathan, he was about the same age and as she lay there holding Anthony’s hand, she imagined it was Nathan’s. Whether it’s true or not that your life flashes before you eyes, in Ursula’s case it was the future she thought she would miss. Time with her grandchild, events and milestones she would never get to see. In the background she could hear voices of men asking others what happened and when Anthony attempted to get up to answer, she pulled him back.…

Inspirational Women: Ursula Marie Wachowiak, Part 2

November 30, 2015
Ursula was a young wife and mother, having her son at 19. As she states in her blog, assuming the responsibilities of a mom, wife and full time worker has a way of derailing those dreams we had in our youth and of burying the person we are deep inside.

Inspirational Women: Ursula Marie Wachowiak aka The B.R.O.A.D.

October 30, 2015
In preparing for this story, I was told by Ursula to check out her blogs, which I did. B.R.O.A.D. stands for “Babe Riding Out a Dream” and ride she does. Her dream started to become reality in 2012, when she lost her full time job. She had her virtual assistant business, The Write Hand, since 1997 and, having no luck finding a job that matched the one she had lost, turned her attention to building it to a full time venture.

Inspirational Women Updates

September 27, 2015
I have written about some inspirational women, and thought I would catch up on how they are doing now.

A Biker’s Heart

August 28, 2015
A woman in a Facebook group I belong to shared this story with us, and with her permission, I am sharing it here. “A few weeks ago my old man, his buddy and myself went for a ride. Because this is only my 2nd year riding my own I'm still counting miles, trying to break last yrs 5,000. The two guys are diehards that have been riding for their whole lives but they are good sports and they try not too laugh too loud when I do screw up on my bike. Unfortunately I'm having trouble with my hands going…

August Tidbits

July 29, 2015
Women Riders in India India is jumping on the “women should be riding” bandwagon. Recent articles and blogs are touting reasons why more Indian woman should be on motorcycles. Some of the reasons listed in IDiva, an online Indian news site for women, include:

The Inspired Tour – New York to San Francisco

June 29, 2015
I was pretty much giving up on having a column for July, and then I came across an article on the WDAF-Kansas City webpage about two very inspiring and determined ladies.

Getting Back On: Gypsy Hine

May 30, 2015
“Don’t over-think it because the fear will cripple you more than any accident.” This seems to be the overall message from the women I’ve written about and was said to me by Gypsy Hine; a woman who would know this more than most.

International Female Rider’s Day - May 2, 2015

April 30, 2015
Don’t forget, May 2, 2015 is International Female Rider’s Day. From Toronto, Canada to Australia, and even in France and Italy, groups of women are gathering together to ride. Women riders are outpacing men in the number of new motorcycle license issues.

Inspirational Women: Diane Landis Gracely UPDATE

April 30, 2015
I have an update on Diane Landis Gracely, whom I wrote about as an Inspirational Woman back in our December 2014 issue. Diane, along with her husband Keith, runs a handmade wood art business, Biker’s Buzz. Their work is, to say the least, outstandingly beautiful.

Kristina Zmuda – Ice Racer

March 30, 2015
While you are chomping at the bit to get your ride moving again, consider what Kristina Zmuda does until the arrival of spring. Kristina, a 27-year-old engineering major at the University of Wisconsin, races motorcycles on the ice.

Ugh! Winter!

February 28, 2015
It is the middle of February and here in the northeast, we have been getting snow about once a week with the most recent snowfalls coming more frequently. We have also been experiencing sub-zero wind chills. February used to be the split personality month. Snow one week, balmy 60-degree temperatures the next and back again. This would happen well into March with no idea how to dress for a day.

Cold Weather Reading

February 1, 2015
Except for a few lucky states, it’s the middle of winter, a time when you think bears have the right idea. You look forlornly at the leather hanging on a hook in the closet, and you thought you heard a lonely whine emanating from the garage. You really don’t feel like doing (ugh!) housework, and at some point, you have to put on your heaviest coat just to get the mail.

Women in Motorcycle History: A Pictorial

January 1, 2015
Beryl Swain was the first solo woman to complete the TT race in 1962, performed on the notorious Isle of Man TT course in an official event, finishing 22nd. This led to the male dominated world of racing to revoke her license due to the perception that motorcycling was too dangerous for women. The ban held until 1978 when Hilary Musson competed.
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