Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

11th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

Written by  July 1, 2013

Ride for Ryan is an annual motorcycle rally and ride honoring the memory of Ryan Consolver who lost his life at the age of 24 as the result of a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002, in North Kansas City. The event raises money for a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, scholarships of $1,000 each were granted to 17 students. The 11-year total exceeds $100,000 presented to approximately 110 students.

The ride is always held on a Saturday around the anniversary of Ryan’s birth. This year’s event was on June 8 with registration from 10:00 a.m. until noon at St. Joe Harley-Davidson. Following the opening ceremony that included the introduction of several of the scholarship recipients, riders mounted 480 motorcycles, each with a colorful balloon tied to the handlebars. The engines roared to life, and Ryan’s father, Rick, released the first balloon. Soon the sky was filled with Ryan’s birthday balloons.

The 90-mile route wound through scenic countryside north and east of St. Joseph with a stop at Savannah where lunch was sold to benefit a memorial fund in honor of Zachary Kelley (12/1/2001-2/04-2013). The new destination for the 2013 Ride for Ryan was Felix Square in downtown St. Joe where the Rock for Ryan pre-party had been held the night before. Seven downtown bars participated in the event waiving cover charges and offering drink specials. The post-ride festivities included presentation of the colors by an honor guard, live and silent auctions, a 50-50 drawing, presentation of prizes for the youngest person who completed the route on a motorcycle (an 8-year-old passenger) and the rider who traveled the greatest distance to participate (Springfield area), and musical entertainment. Vendors were on hand at the start and finish of the ride. Available ride souvenirs included T-shirts, hoodies, hats, calendars, koozies, and pins.

Special thanks go to Rick and Janis Consolver, all of the volunteers, and the officers of various law enforcement and emergency services organizations who provided escort service and traffic control for the safety of the riders. Photos and much more information about the ride can be found on the Ride for Ryan website and Facebook page .


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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 stripe@cycleconnections.com