Revved Up Women

January 26, 2018

By Anne Heinen. Photos By Kathy McFarland.

Neither rain nor mud nor husbands kept hundreds of women riding on a variety of vehicles—including Harley-Davidson Softails and Tri-Glides, to Slingshot roadsters and even scooters—from the second Lace, Grace & Gears (LGG) Rally, held in late September in Bandera. The action-packed, four-day event drew female riders (and some guy companions) from as far away as Australia, California, Michigan, and, of course, all points of Texas, for sisterhood and good times with the wind in their hair.

“This was the best rally I’ve ever been to,” said Tonya Spells, who rode her Harley Softail from Cibolo, Texas. “I was able to connect with other women like me—decent Christian women who like to get out and enjoy the ride.”

From Wichita, KS’s Rosie Riders chapter: Nikki “No Pants Nikki” Hipps, left, and Trez, aka “Cameltoe,” a nickname she was given after riding her motorcycle in flipflops.

The schedule was tweaked an hour here or there for the weather, but the rally rolled on. Dirt racing was a little dirtier, and the Bike Wash Boys—shirtless young men stationed to rinse off bikes in exchange for tips—added boot washing to their services. A few Hill Country rides; appearances by “Sheroes” riders, including Porsche Taylor and Lupita Velasquez; live music; a comedian; vendors, and a scavenger hunt kept attendees on the go.

Tanya Springer on her Harley.

When the skies cleared on Saturday, event emcee Moira Zinn launched a drone to capture video of the more than 700 women queued up on their bikes for the Parade of Sisters, a shot at the world record for the most female riders in one location.

Tri-Glide-rider Tanya Springer of Denton—“It’s the same wind on two wheels or three,” she pointed out—lined up for the parade early to help chase the U.K. record (1,132) set last August, and with hopes of at least surpassing the first LGG last year (808), which Springer also attended. Partly due to attendee cancellations related to the aftermath of hurricanes, LLG’s headcount was 736 this year— meaning they’ll have the opportunity to try again in 2018.

Mom Joy Gale and her daughter Tabitha Gale each got butterfly tattoos to celebrate attending the rally. Joy trailered her bike in from Michigan and Tabitha flew in from Alabama and rented a bike. “This was a great excuse to get together!”

The South Texas chapter of The Posse, Chrome Divas from Corpus Christi, and Wichita members of Rosie Riders of Kansas were among the groups who came in together. “Rosie Riders is a very supportive group of women riders,” said Trez, a member. “When I was new, they were so understanding. That’s just how we roll.”

Susan Montemayor from East Texas gets her boots washed by The Bike Wash Boys: Garrett, Colton, Taylor and Jason.

Friendliness was in ample supply. “Everyone talks with everyone, and not one person says, ‘You can’t do that because you’re a woman,’” said Joy Gale from Warren, Michigan, who attended the rally with her daughter Tabitha Gale, who came in from Birmingham, AL. “I came in to help with the parade headcount and because we hadn’t seen each other since Easter,” Tabitha added. The mother-daughter duo marked the weekend by acquiring matching tattoos of a red butterfly with stars.

Bandera Mayor Suzanne Schauman and Lupita Velasquez get ready to start the parade.

Events

Metal Mania Bike Night

August 24 @ 8:00 pm - August 25 @ 1:00 am

Kickass Bike Night August 24th at Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Tx from 8pm-1am!!! NO COVER for ALL Riders & Bikers, VIP Motorcycle Parking in front, Food & Drink Specials Live music by Ozzolution & Kill ‘Em All – a tribute to Metallica, FREE raffle, $20 pitcher & pizza combo, Vendors on-site & more. They’ll be giving away some AWESOME stuff in the FREE raffle including TWO gift certificates for $150 Tattoo courtesy of Change Of…
Find out more »

$10.00 – $25.00

The Great Ride – Benefiting Special Olympics of Texas

August 31 @ 7:30 am

This year’s ride will both Start and End at CityLine in Richardson. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, donuts and live music. Kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. While this is a group ride, it is not escorted. Riders are encouraged to go at your own pace and arrive safely back at CityLine for the festivities about 11:30 a.m. The overall ride is about 2 hours long, not quite 100 miles. Each paid participant in…
Find out more »

$15

CMA Asphalt Feast Rally

September 5 - September 8

Asphalt Feast Rally Sept. 5- 8, 2019 Chandler, TX Free registration for all non-CMA members Hosted by Northeast Texas Christian Motorcyclists Association Registration at Family Life Center (First United Methodist Church ) – Hwy 31 Chandler, Texas There will be: Thursday Night Bike night at DQ Guided Rides New York to Paris ride Bike Games Youth activities And more For details and registration visit Asphalt Feast Rally Or contact Jeffrey Coker – (903) 238-6202 or…
Find out more »

$15.00

Texas ABATE 24th Annual State Rally

September 6 - September 8

$15 per person for the entire weekend $10 per person after 9pm Saturday Gate opens Friday at noon to get this party started Live Music 🎶 on the Stage Friday night Lil’ Jesse Bluez Band and Saturday night Blackout Betty Free Camping – self-contained RVs welcome Bad Ass Bike Show Saturday Crazy Biker Games Bad Ass Trophy 🏆 for longest distance traveled by motorcycle Texas ABATE annual general membership meeting 2pm Saturday Vendors $35 (includes…
Find out more »

Free to public

Big T Memorial BBQ Cook Off and Music Festival

September 7 - September 8

The Big T Memorial BBQ Cookoff and Music Festival is a two-day event benefitting children with special needs in Freestone and surrounding counties. The event kicks off Friday, September 7th with the BBQ Cookoff followed by Texas country artists JB & The Moonshine Band and Blacktop Mojo. Saturday features a variety of events including the 21st Annual Show of Wheels Classic Car Show, Fairfield City Wide Garage Sale, and a Coon Hunt. The event culminates…
Find out more »

Bike Nights