Over 65 women riders took to the highways encompassing westward Moab, Utah, eastward Grand Junction, and southward Durango, both located in beautiful Colorado for the 3rd Women’s Motorcycle Summit which took to the roads June 9th through 11th.
Hosted by the S.T.R.O.N.G. Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood, the event featured the 1st America’s Summit Challenge taking in well-known prime riding areas such as Hwy 128, also known as the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway including part of the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway; the Colorado National Monument; The Grand Mesa; the Black Canyon of the Gunnison; the Scenic Hwy 145 following the San Miguel River to Telluride; and the infamous Million Dollar Highway.
Women who registered to compete in the Summit Challenge were provided a 92-page “Clue Book” containing over 70 fascinating waypoints. The event also included an inspiring photo shoot in Ridgeway, located on a river’s edge surrounded by “Legends of the West”, an old western movie set and featuring renowned photographer, Marla Rutherford which drew 35 women riders.
The heart of this ride was the Steel Horse Sisterhood big top at Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs at the foot of the Million Dollar Highway. This location provided the setting for the female participants to enjoy their off time, sharing meals, entertainment, live music and the silent auction.
According to the press release, not only were lifetime friendships forged and inspiring keynote speakers featured, the challenging ride allowed the discovery of locations, obvious and hidden with many requiring GPS coordinates to complete the competition.
A gallery of photographs can be found on the event’s website and for those riders interested in the next event, there’s great news. Plans are underway for two separate Women’s Motorcycle Summits in 2017.
If readers are interested in the topic of women and motorcycles, they should listen to the recent podcast 'Women and Motorcycles' featuring two prominent experts on the subject.