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May
6
Fri
Mountain Moxie – Women’s Motorcycling Conference @ The Switzerland Inn
May 6 – May 8 all-day

North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains will lend their twisting roads and scenic vistas to the east coast’s largest women’s motorcycling conference as Moto Girl Café presents Mountain Moxie, May 6-8, 2016, in Little Switzerland, NC. Mountain Moxie is a three-day event dedicated to women who love motorcycling and the men who ride with them.

Mountain Moxie will feature presentations by the motorcycle industry’s leading women, and will include topics such as international travel, long distance riding, Iron Butt adventures, racing and track days, bike building and motorcycle-related careers. All presentations will be held at the Switzerland Inn and are scheduled during breakfast and dinner hours, leaving plenty of time each day open for small-group rides and area exploration. Maps are included and will guide riders through local mountain twisties and the Blue Ridge Parkway- featuring the famous Diamondback route!

Mountain Moxie offers a unique opportunity for riders and motorcycle enthusiasts to learn from women motorcycling experts and enthusiasts and to create and build new friendships and networking relationships with others who share a love of motorcycling. Mountain Moxie is a female-focused event; however, men are welcome as paid guests of registered attendees.

In addition to presentations and group rides, motorcycle gear and service vendors and sponsors will be set up in the hotel lobby and parking lot. Breakout sessions will be available for special activities such as bike maintenance. Prize drawings will be held throughout the weekend, and every participant will go home with an event t-shirt and goodie bag full of motorcycling swag.

The cost to attend is $135 per person and includes three breakfasts (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), two dinners (Friday, Saturday), two unlimited wine/beer/cheese receptions (Friday, Saturday), all presentations during the event, local route maps, event T-shirt and goodie bag.

Event Details
What: Mountain Moxie, presented by Moto Girl Café
When: May 6-8, 2016
Where: The Switzerland Inn, 86 High Ridge Road, Little Switzerland, NC 28749
For More Information and to Register: motogirlcafemountainmoxie.com

Featured Speakers
Donna Gardner: Track day coach, Team Pro-Motion
Melissa Paris: Professional motorcycle racer, MotoAmerica, FIM CEV Repsol International Championship, Superbike World Championship
Breeann Poland: Social media and digital marketing manager, Royal Enfield North America; former pro race team owner and manager
Gail Biddulph: Business consultant, international adventure rider, first woman to circumnavigate the coast of Great Britain
Gwen Phillips: Iron Butt record holder, national long distance rider
Sofi Tsingos: Bike builder, founder of GT-Moto
Laura Smith: Co-founder, Worse for Wear, a grassroots start-up company that manufactures women’s motorcycle gear in Richmond, VA

May
9
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project — Women’s Ride (Utah)
May 9 – May 13 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

May
13
Fri
Thompson Vintage Motorcycle Classic—Connecticut @ Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
May 13 – May 15 all-day

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is excited to be adding a new event to its schedule. The inaugural Thompson Vintage Motorcycle Classic will be held Sunday, May 15, 2016. The event will join the Historic Oval Invitational racing weekend, which features vintage racecars competing on Thompson’s 5/8-mile NASCAR oval. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will become a mecca of antique motorsports with historic racecars hitting the high-banks on Friday and Saturday (May 13-14). The two-wheeled fun will begin on Saturday afternoon, leading into a full schedule of classic motorcycle mania on Sunday, May 15.

The Thompson Vintage Motorcycle Classic will include on-track activities with vintage motorcycles on the 1.7-mile road course. There will also be a massive Swap Meet Marketplace, Manufacturer’s Midway Vendor area, Antique Motorcycle Show and more! This exciting new event is a great way to kick off the riding season, and sure to become an instant favorite of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the Northeast.

Join us as we unveil a new Vintage Motorcycle happening at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Spring of 2016. Sponsorships, Event Title Rights, and Display Booth Space are all currently available.

About Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:

Tucked away in the beautiful countryside of Northeastern Connecticut, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) is the home of a historic raceway, modern roadrace circuit, and a classic 18-hole golf course. Owned and operated by the Hoenig family for four generations, the property became a racetrack in 1939, thanks in part to the devastation left behind by the 1938 hurricane known as the “Long Island Express.”

The historic 5/8-mile high banked oval hosts a number of annual NASCAR stock car and open wheel racing events, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All American Series. The new 1.7 mile road course is the rebirth of the first purpose-built closed-circuit road racing track in the United States.

Just 50 minutes from downtown Boston, 2.5 hours from New York City, and 40 minutes from Hartford and Providence. thompsonspeedway.com

 

May
29
Sun
Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVI — Tenenssee @ Sevier County Courthouse
May 29 all-day

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVI

Date:          May 29, 2016
When:        Opening ceremony begins 10:00 am
Location:   129 Court Ave., Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee

This is a Tribute to all our Fallen Military from all wars and conflicts. Patriotic music, wreath placement on the Veteran’s Memorial, TAPS and guest speaker Coast Guard Veteran Buddie Clark, an Eagle representing our symbol of Freedom from American Eagle Foundation.

Kickstands Up at 11:00 am for the 65 mile Police escorted ride across 5 counties to Clinch Mountain Veteran’s Overlook for closing ceremony.

Closing Ceremony with Patriotic music, wreath placement on the Veteran’s Memorial, Honor Guard, Rifle Volly Salute and TAPS.

This is a FREE event. Come early to get parking and breakfast available for the hungry bikers. For more information, visit smokymountainthunder.net.

Jun
13
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Jun 13 – Jun 17 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Jul
11
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Jul 11 – Jul 15 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Aug
22
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Aug 22 – Aug 26 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Sep
19
Mon
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Colorado)
Sep 19 – Sep 23 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.

Oct
1
Sat
11th Annual Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run – Florida @ The Wicked Wheel
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Thunder Angels of Panama City, Florida, will sponsor the 11th Annual Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run. This annual event will begin and end at “The Barn” (Wicked Wheel) at 10025 Middle Beach Road in Panama City. Proceeds benefit “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” and “Y.A.N.A.” (local Panama City breast cancer support group).

Registration will be held at “The Barn” from 8-9:30 a.m. First Bike Out is 8:45 a.m. with the Last Bike Out at 9:45 a.m. There are five stops along the route plus a bonus stop before returning to “The Barn.” Drawings begin at 3:30 p.m.

Cost is a $10 donation per playing sheet. Event Pin are $5 each and Ride Shirts are available the day of the ride. Music, Food, Prizes and lots of fun! For more information, visit http://thunderangelspcfl.com or contact Jane at (850) 265-9691 or email hemenway@knology.net.

Oct
23
Sun
Motorcycle Relief Project Ride (Arizona)
Oct 23 – Oct 29 all-day

The nonprofit organization Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) has announced dates for its 2016 rides and is currently accepting applications. This year, new rides have been added in Arizona, California and a women’s ride in Utah. These rides are 5-day adventure bike tours specifically designed to help veterans and active military with PTSD and other invisible injuries get unstuck, decompress, connect with other veterans and take meaningful steps toward recovery. Tours feature a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding including some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads.

“Our experience last year proved the value these rides have for our military service members,” said Tom Larson, founder of MRP. “The rides during the day lead to some really remarkable breakthroughs and helpful conversations at night. Both participants and volunteers agree that these rides do a world of good.”

2016 Schedule:

March 6-12 — Arizona (Tucson area)

April 3-9 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

April 17-23 — California (Sky Rose Ranch near Paso Robles)

May 9-13 — Utah (Moab) Women’s Ride

June 13-17 — Colorado

July 11-15 — Colorado

August 22-26 — Colorado

September 19-23 — Colorado

October 23-29 — Arizona or California (TBD)

November 13-19 — Arizona or California (TBD)

The rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required. These rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders—not showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits.

A support vehicle carries participants’ luggage as well as food, tools, etc. Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from the MRP fleet of bikes. Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day’s adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace. Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

Dates and locations for the 2016 rides are subject to change based on funding, accommodations, road conditions, registration numbers and other factors. Veterans who apply and are accepted are asked to pay a $100 deposit. The remainder of the cost is covered through donations. For more information, visit motorelief.org.