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BIKER BELLES in the BADLANDS

WOMEN RIDERS ROAMING STURGIS

DIVA
8/17/2018


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Every Tuesday during Sturgis Rally is Biker Belles Day. It has been my most important day since I was asked to help with the event over 8 years ago. It was founded by visionary Toni Woodruff, of the Buffalo Chip, as she wanted to create a place for women riders to celebrate, bond, share, and get to know other women riders.
 
I call her a visionary because 10 years ago when this event began, there was nowhere for women riders to gather during the Sturgis Rally. It has now grown and gained an important event position, inviting all women…. riding themselves, or as a passenger…in any mode of transportation they choose. Men are also invited to show their support for the fastest growing population of new riders in the motorcycle business.

This year, Biker Belles celebrates its 10-year anniversary. I am proud to say, I am now a part of the team who organizes and puts the event on…and Toni gave me the title of AMBASSADOR….a title I take quite seriously all year long in my quest to make sure all people know about the ride and get enthusiastic riders to attend and people to donate products, services, or themselves to help make this event a success.

CHIP photo
CHIP photo



The beautiful Tuesday began this year with all of us gathering at the famed Buffalo Chip’s Crossroads, complete with morning goodies provided by Bonafide Foods treating us to their gourmet “donut wall” and organic fruit parfaits, along with Black Rifle Coffee Truck. Ingredients for a great start to a great day!

Leading The Ride -CHIP photo
Leading The Ride -CHIP photo



For our second year now, I love to brag that our escorted ride takes us from the Crossroads at Buffalo Chip through the gorgeous Black Hills and canyons, led by our superstar mother- daughter duo, Laura Klock and Karlee Cobb. The FUN part about the ride is that your feet never touch the ground with the law enforcement escort.



The ride lands at the Deadwood Resort where the party continues. Riders and friends are able to partake in some retail therapy, get a chair massage, and hair braided or trimmed by professionals in the TEAM DIVA Comfort ZONE. We also had a fabulous silent auction with donations that ranged from jewelry, art, motorcycle products, apparel, home goods, etc. Every year the choices are even better with a wide variety and so appealing to those generous bidders.

Participants are also treated to a goodie bag filled with meaningful and exclusive items for a terrific party favor. WRANGLER gave a gift card to all those registered for a free pair of jeans.

CHIP Photo
CHIP Photo



Gloria signing book - CHIP photo
Gloria signing book - CHIP photo



I was so pleased to see in attendance, actor Tom Berringer, World’s Fastest Woman on Two Wheels and Hall of Fame Inductee, Valerie Thompson, Hall of Fame Inductee, Marilyn Stemp, Author and 91-Year-Old Rider, Gloria Struck, and TV personality, builder, and former mayor, Jessie Combs…. to name a few of the great personalities joining us for the day.

CHIP photo
CHIP photo



A hearty catered luncheon was provided along with a wonderful symposium with 4 great and inspiring women, Valerie Thompson, Marilyn Stemp, Alisa Clickenger, and Leah Misch led by a very engaging Jacqui Van Ham. Each personality was accompanied by a slide show of their visual props showing highlights of their stories.

We are all driven to make this event a huge success each year … proceeds we raise with all the components (entry fees, retail sales, hair and massage donations, silent auction monies, and sponsors) will provide donations to our two designated charities. They are Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Helping with Horsepower. We are quite proud to be able to make the donations of thousands of dollars through the years and this year will be no exception. At press time we are still calculating the exact total of monies raised.



I have attended many events through the years, even put my own charity ride on for four years, and I have to say…because of the commitment of Buffalo Chip and Toni’s team, and all the donors, and all the participants, this event has staying power and will always be a fun and enriching way to spend the gift of time with like-minded people during the Sturgis Rally. We hope to see even more next year. THANK YOU TO ALL who participated, and promise it will be even better next year!

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