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10th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

Written by  July 1, 2012

Ryan Consolver would have turned 34 on June 9, 2012. Tragically, his life was cut short on August 11, 2002, as the result of a motorcycle accident in North Kansas City. His extended family found healing from their loss in the institution of an annual motorcycle ride called Ride for Ryan . To honor Ryan’s memory, the ride takes place on or close to his birthday each year. Proceeds from the ride go to provide scholarships for students pursuing their education in construction-related fields.

The first ride had 301 participants with 165 motorcycles. Participation over the years has dramatically increased, and, as of 2012, more than 90 students have received scholarships totaling nearly $100,000. Activities centered around the Ride for Ryan now span three days and include a Friday night “Rock for Ryan” at Legends Sports Complex, the Saturday ride, and Biker Sunday at Grace Evangelical Church.


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The weekend weather could not have been better for the 10th anniversary event. Riders converged on St. Joe Harley-Davidson on June 2 where registration was open from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The cost to participate was $15 in advance and $20 after May 30. Commemorative T-shirts and calendars were available. Opening ceremonies included a blessing of the bikes by members of the Christian Motorcyclist Association and the introduction of current and past scholarship recipients. At noon, it was time to ride, and the sky was filled with colorful balloons released by the bikers. Ryan’s brother Brad led the way riding Ryan’s beautifully customized Harley. Other bikes at the front were ridden by Ryan’s parents, Rick and Janis, and his uncle Roger. The first four-wheeled vehicle following the motorcycles was Ryan’s pickup driven by his cousin Kyle. The route passed through Ryan’s old stomping grounds and included Amazonia, Filmore, Savannah, Helena, and Cosby with a lunch break at Savannah. The ride concluded at the Legends Belt Bowl parking lot where the festivities continued with live and silent auctions, music, vendors, and prize drawings.

The 10th anniversary event was a giant success with 330 motorcycles and over 500 participants of whom about 20 percent were first timers. Two came from different California cities, one from Florida, and one from Wisconsin. Proceeds amounted to approximately $25,000, and there were 19 scholarship recipients this year. There were many favorable comments about the route and other aspects of the ride. The website includes a list of all of the scholarship winners and an application form for potential future recipients. The commemorative T-shirts were very popular, and about 50 orders were placed after the ride. T-shirts are still available via the Ride for Ryan website . There is also a Ride for Ryan site on Facebook.

Next year’s ride is sure to be just as much fun. Mark your calendar for June 8, 2013, and plan to head for St. Joseph.

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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at