Some of the world’s most notable moto-celebrities join the Chip’s prestigious gathering of women on two wheels.
Sturgis, SD – A number of famous female motorcycle mavens are gathering to celebrate the diversity of women in motorcycling while raising funds for worthy local charities at the 10th annual Biker Belles celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Among the prominent names scheduled to appear are moto-traveler and journalist Alisa Clickenger, inspirational speaker Leah Misch, 2018 Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame Inductees Valerie Thompson and Marilyn Stemp, Hall of Famer Gloria Struck, Candidate for US House of Representatives and current SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, Wild Gypsy Tour organizer and model Kelly Yazdi, “Drag Bike Girl” Elyse McKinnon, and bike builder and racer Savannah Rose. World speed record holders Laura Klock and Karlee Cobb will act as ride captains.
The moto-centric event is an opportunity for those who love motorcycling to connect with women who are shaping the industry, driving change and breaking long-held traditions.
THE BIKE SHOW AND “THE MORNING RIDE” KICKOFF
All women are invited to enter their bikes in the first Women and Wheels™ Bike Show, presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour, at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads. Awards will be presented at the lunch. Ride captains Laura Klock and Karlee Cobb will lead the “The Morning Ride™” from the CrossRoads through the picturesque Black Hills to the Lodge at Deadwood.
“SHIFTING GEARS” AT THE LUNCH
Attendees will enjoy a pampering at the Comfort Zone by Team Diva and a catered lunch at the Lodge at Deadwood. Alisa Clickenger and Leah Misch are among the panelists who have agreed to address the changes women riders are experiencing during a discussion titled “Shifting Gears.” Valerie Thompson and Marilyn Stemp will also be presenting updates on their stories and Gloria Struck will be signing copies of her new book “Gloria – A Lifetime Motorcyclist.” Additional special guests Shantel Krebs, Kelly Yazdi, Elyse McKinnon, and Savannah Rose will be available to meet with attendees and share their success stories.
One hundred percent of rider fees will benefit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame and Helping with Horsepower, an organization that empowers and encourages women and girls who are at risk or victims of abuse.
THE EVENT SCHEDULE
Buffalo Chip Free-Access CrossRoads
8:00 a.m. – Women and WheelsTM Bike Show Registration
8:30 a.m. – Biker Belles Registration at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads
10:00 a.m. – Judging Complete in time to join the Morning RideTM
10:00 a.m. – The Morning RideTM Departs
The Lodge at Deadwood
11:00 a.m. – Registration opens at The Lodge at Deadwood for non-ride participants
11:30 a.m. – “Comfort Zone” by Team Diva pampering, retail experience and silent auction
12:30 p.m. – “Shifting Gears” Symposium, featured speakers and catered lunch
1:45 p.m. – All participants gather for Biker Belles official group photo
Passes are available at BikerBelles.com or by calling 605-347-9000.
About Biker Belles®
The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion”. Whether one rides his or her own bike or prefers being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip®-hosted event offers a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. All Biker Belles proceeds support worthy local charities. To date Buffalo Chip programs have raised over half a million dollars for charity. For more information and to join the 2018 Biker Belles celebration visit www.bikerbelles.com or call (605) 347-9000.
About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, winner of South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award, American Motorcycle Association’s ATV Extreme Dirt Racing 2014 “Track of the Year” and American Flat Track’s 2017 Event of the Year. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. The Buffalo Chip has donated more than $250,000 to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, bought a bus for Special Olympics Rapid City Flame, committed $100,000 to renovate the “Special Olympics Buffalo Chip Gym” in Rapid City and built a home for Habitat for Humanity in Sturgis. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.