July marks the start of a nationwide women’s motorcycling event: the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride, an AMA-sanctioned cross-country motorcycle journey from Oregon to Virginia. Starting on the 31st of July, the Centennial Ride will continue East with forty women riding cross-country to the Women’s Motorcycle Conference in Arlington, VA. The Centennial Ride celebrates the centennial of the signing of the 19th amendment, women’s right to vote, and unites female motorcycle riders across the country.
The event is organized by Alisa Clickenger, author, motorcycle writer, and founder of Women’s Motorcycle Tours and presented by Harley-Davidson. Alisa has been riding motorcycles for more than twenty years and toured alone on almost every continent. She loves sharing her passion for motorcycling through her magazine articles, books, public speaking, and epic motorcycle adventures, and the Centennial Ride is her project to connect and unite women across North America.
“Registrants can choose a fully-guided motorcycle tour experience or a flexible self-guided motorcycle tour experience. The Centennial Ride kicks off in Portland, Oregon, and will gain momentum on its Eastward journey, picking up riders along the way. The event features a stop at the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to participate in the Biker Belles Celebration, a full day of riding in Yellowstone National Park, a citywide celebration in Knoxville, Tennessee, where we kick off a weeklong celebration all the way to D.C. Our event ends at the Women’s Motorcycle Festival and Conference in Arlington, VA”, Alisa explains.
Her first nationwide event of this scale was the Centennial Ride in 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the legendary Van Buren sisters riding their motorcycles across America. The 2016 event began in New York with seventy women riders, and by the time the Centennial ride reached San Francisco, 250 female riders crossed the Golden Bridge together in celebration. “It was an amazing feeling – some women rode the whole cross-country route, some joined in later, but when two hundred and fifty of us entered San Francisco on our bikes, it was an incredible experience for everyone”, Alisa says.
This year, the Centennial Ride kicks off with forty participants riding cross country, while others may join the ride later on. Alongside Alisa, ride leaders include Iron Butt 2019 winner Wendy Crocket, author, keynote speaker, and cross-country rider Dee Jones, and Carol Skala, president of the Women on Wheels motorcycle organization.
The Centennial Ride is presented by Harley-Davidson, and other sponsors include Motul, Cycle Gear, Dunlop, Mad Maps, SENA and Find it Now. “Along the way, we will be connecting with Harley-Davidson dealerships, participating in the Biker Belles fundraiser in Sturgis, connecting with Motul, and at the final event – the Women’s Motorcycle Conference – Harley-Davidson and Indian are hosting day-long demo rides. We’re thrilled that the Centennial Ride is presented by Harley-Davidson, and I will be riding the Pan American across the country during the Centennial Ride”, Alisa shares.
The Centennial Ride and the Women’s Motorcycle Conference is designed to inspire, connect, and unite women riders across the country. “With years of event planning experience and hundreds of thousands of miles behind us, the Women’s Motorcycle Tours team understands the power and excitement that such a cross-country event can offer. The camaraderie and friendships that form over the course of our Centennial events change lives, establish life-long friendships, and bring riders together in a way that only epic motorcycle journeys can”, Alisa explains.
Women’s Motorcycle Conference
The culminating event of the Centennial Ride will be the Women’s Motorcycle Festival and Conference in Arlington, VA. Starting August 19, the Conference is female-focused but open to all: there will be presentations, networking events, and an outdoor festival open to public featuring demo rides, vendors, food trucks, a Can Am Display, and opportunities to test Indian Motorcycles and Polaris Slighshots, as well as Harley-Davidson motorcycles “The AMA used to host a women’s motorcycling conference, but those events stopped, and since 2012, there has been a void in women’s events. When COVID hit, Women’s Motorcycle Tours had to pivot, and we began organizing women’s motorcycle conferences online. To date, we have hosted three conferences online, and this will be our first live conference. Indian Motorcycle and Polaris are hosting the Outdoor Festival, which is open to the public Saturday and Sunday of the Conference. The event is open to men and women – it’s female focused but everyone is welcome”, Alisa says.
A portion of the proceeds from the Centennial Ride and Women’s Motorcycle Conference will go to Final Salute, a charity supporting homeless female veterans in need.
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