Women Riders

Michele, Amy, Gloria, and the Canadians

Written by  July 31, 2016

On July 17, 2016, the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day was held. First initiated in 2013, it has grown tremendously since then, with women from all over Canada and the US participating. Our own Inspirational Woman, Michele Wierzgac took part. CWRD’s mandate is to bring women who share a passion for motorcycling, its community and camaraderie together, to support safe riding and to give back to women in need in their community.

Greer Stewart and Tlell Rafffard founded Canadian Women’s Ride Day Foundation, with the event founded by Greer Stewart and Joley Baker. The ride is about two hours, following back roads through the scenic countryside of Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Michele left Chicago on July 12 to participate in the Ride Day on July 17. She traveled through South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington before heading across the border. In total, over 120 riders participated with several groups in attendance as support.

One woman who Michele met on her trip was Amy Skaling, a colorful woman biker and owner of Team Diva. Diva Amy, as she’s known, is a founding member of Diamond Posse, along with Vicki Sanfelipo and another of our Inspirational Women, Cat Hammes (Cat-the One-Legged Blonde). Diamond Posse is a group of women bikers dedicated to the support of US veterans. I will be featuring Amy as an Inspirational Woman in a future column.

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Gloria StruckIf you need more inspiration, look no further than Gloria Struck. In 2011, Gloria was inducted into the Sturgis’ Motorcycle Museum’s Hall of Fame, and at 91, she is being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame.

Gloria has been a member of Motor Maids since 1946, and although a hip issue currently has her sidelined, she rode to Sturgis from her home in New Jersey in 2015 at the age of 90. Gloria rides a 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, and states that after arriving in Sturgis, and logging 600 miles a day, she got off the bike “and didn't even have a backache."