Vintage motorcycle racers, restorers, collectors and fans can mark their calendars in anticipation for July 7-9, the dates for 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which features vintage motorcycle racing in numerous disciplines, bike shows, stunt shows, seminars, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors and much more, raises funds for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too– this is a female and family friendly rally.
“We are building on last year’s success with several key changes,” said Pat Jacques, Rally Director. “BMW Off Road instructor Caroline Stevenson has joined the teaching staff, plus the rally is expanded to four days, Thursday through Sunday. We have obtained indoor convention space, and have hotel accommodations available. We will teach on-range rider training ‘Adventure Essentials’ and ‘Dirt Bike Essentials’, and we’ve added the advanced level ‘BDR Essentials’ class. This will support riders in successfully completing the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route teaching steep ascents and descents, hair pin turns, water crossings, and rocky terrain skills.”
Last year’s Rally was a great success with several participants traveling over 1800 miles to attend. “I knew the ladies would have a blast, but I was most surprised by how much the gentlemen enjoyed themselves,” said Jacques. “They were thrilled to see their spouses and partners quickly gain confidence and skill, which translates to more opportunities to enjoy riding together and also strengthens the industry.”
Classroom Sessions are open to all attendees and will run Thursday & Friday 3:30PM-4:30PM and 4:45-5:45PM, with several classes running simultaneously in different locations. Topics include trailside maintenance, trailside first aid, intro to GPS navigation, fitness and training for off-road riding, truck & trailer motorcycle loading and unloading, flat tire repair, how to pick up a bike, moto-camping and travel photography.
“Women teaching women is natural and transformative. We’re excited to have Canadian GS Trophy Candidate and BMW Off-Road Certified Instructor Caroline Stevenson joining our all-woman staff this year. Caroline’s quiet, confident manner and considerable skill is sure to resonate with many women,” said Jacques.
Immediately following the Rally there will be a “First Ever” All-ladies Colorado Backcountry Discovery (COBDR) Tour led by Jacques and fellow adventure rider Alisa Clickenger. All classes are taught Thursday and Friday so participants can enjoy a full day of adventure riding on Saturday.
Majestic scenery, challenging terrain, bragging rights. The Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route offers it all traversing the state of Colorado from border to border. We will journey North to South, adhering to the original, as-mapped-out COBDR as much as possible. We’ll pass over some of the highest roads available to motorcyclists in the United States, several of which are over 12,000 feet. We will traverse Ophir, Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, Cinnamon, Cumberland, Cottonwood, Weston and Hagerman passes, riding about 650 miles through some of the most rugged and scenic landscape in America on one of the most respected routes an adventure rider can ride. Let us support you all the way with an all-female industry-known tour guide team, on-tour professional motorcycle coaching and mentoring, as well as chase vehicle services. Let’s have a custom-made epic adventure together.
When: Two separate Tours, Summer and Fall
July 23-30, 2017 [Immediately following the ADVWoman motorcycle Rally in Granby, CO] Sept. 3-10, 2017 [With two days of training offered Sept. 2-3, 2017]
Where: Colorado, North to South
Preferred Motorcycle: Any street legal dual-sport bike capable of traveling 55MPH with a fuel range of 100 miles is suitable. Bigger bikes require more skill and fitness. Smaller bikes are easier.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced dual-sport riding skills necessary (BDR essentials class or specific skills waiver required)
Cautions: Medium to High level of fitness required, altitudes of 12,000+ feet in some sections
Maximum People = 10 women (+4 guides)
For a good look at the types of terrain we’ll encounter, take at look at this video library.
– Motorcycle Coaching (all female)
– Professional Tour Guides (all female)
– Hotel Accommodations
– ALL MEALS (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
– Support Vehicle
– Luggage Porterage
– CO BDR Map
– FREE BDR essentials class (value = $87.00) at the 2016 ADVWoman Rally (note that you still need to pay for Rally registration and all other classes).
Pricing= $2,999 double occupancy, +$600 single occupancy
We will travel the COBDR in a North to South Direction.
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