Women Riders

Motorcycling Tidbits

Written by  May 1, 2013

Valerie Thompson, a five-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing motorcycle team, will have returned to Wilmington Ohio’s Airborne Park for the East Coast Timing Association’s Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge, April 27-28. Thompson set three land speed records during ECTA’s Ohio Mile and Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge events in 2012 with her BMW S 1000 RR and has already earned membership to the “Texas Mile 200 MPH Club” this year with a personal best speed of 212 mph.

In addition to setting land speed records and racing ECTA, Valerie has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series.

Off-track, Valerie donates her time to support and inspire children overcoming personal challenges with charitable organizations such as HopeKids.org, which earned her the “American Women Riders Community Hero Award” in 2011.


You might want to take extra precautions if you ever want to ride in Maine. The Maine House has voted overwhelmingly to reject bills calling for mandatory motorcycle helmets and banning the use of cell phones by most motor vehicle drivers. Regarding the helmet bill, representatives voted 123 to 21 to kill a bill requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets in Maine. Current Maine law only requires motorcyclists under 18 years old to wear a helmet when driving or riding as a passenger. Two days later, the Maine Senate also agreed to kill the bill.


The House also rejected a bill banning cell phone use in vehicles by a vote of 104 to 38. Opponents claimed the bill had too many exceptions and that Maine already has a distracted drivers law. I wonder how many drivers using their cell phones would agree that they are distracted.


Just as Joan Krenning is beginning her three-year journey across America, another adventurous woman, Alison DeLapp, is in the midst of her own journey from Los Angeles, California to the tip of South America. You can read about her journey and see her beautiful pictures at http://alisonswanderland.wordpress.com or on Facebook. Previously, Alison rode to Alaska and back.


Mark your calendars for the seventh annual International Female Ride Day on Friday, May 3, 2013. International Female Ride Day is a global campaign for women motorcyclists who own, ride, or have access to a motorcycle. The day invites women to “JUST RIDE.”