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Louise Reeves

Louise Reeves

A new year has begun and for many of us, that means long cold nights, counting down the days until spring and winding down after a hectic holiday. To help pass those long nights and days of being stuck inside (swearing you can hear your ride quietly sobbing in the garage), here is a list of books for women riders about women riders. I highly recommend a steaming hot mug of cocoa and a fuzzy robe to go along with your winter reading.

November 29, 2016

Gift Shopping

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah! Whatever you celebrate this time of year, there’s bound to be some gift giving. Here are a few things you might want to check out, give, or ask Santa for this year:

October 31, 2016

Diva Amy

Her bike is not what one would call “subtle,” and neither is anything else about her. Amy Scaling, aka “Diva Amy,” is friends with many of my previous Inspirational Women and is the creator of “Team Diva,” designing hats, t-shirts and accessories with a rock’n’roll motorcycle vibe. “Diva Glide;” her bike, is adorned with a custom pink and orange leopard paintjob and embellished with Swarovski crystals.

August 30, 2016

Why We Ride

I belong to a Facebook group of women riders from across the US and Canada. Recently I asked them to tell me why they ride. Below are their responses:

On July 17, 2016, the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day was held. First initiated in 2013, it has grown tremendously since then, with women from all over Canada and the US participating. Our own Inspirational Woman, Michele Wierzgac took part. CWRD’s mandate is to bring women who share a passion for motorcycling, its community and camaraderie together, to support safe riding and to give back to women in need in their community.

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.

May 31, 2016

June Tidbits

Women Rider Stats
I 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% always feel confident compared to only 16% of women who do not ride. More than 33% of women riders feel less stressed after a ride. 74% of women riders believe their lives had improved when they began riding.

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 the boys’ 11 and younger class. After 5 minutes, Hannah made her choice. “I want to race with the boys”, she declared.

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.

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.