Honoring their pledges, the “Dirty Dozen,” a former street only group of motorcyclists, succeeded in raising over $43,185.25 for research on behalf of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation www.thegcf.org and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation www.dslrf.org . Another $3000+ was raised by Canadian Dirty Dozer Rider Neda Skific-Lee on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This topped the group’s fund raising goal by over $22,000!
Adding to this success, these women also took on steep learning curves, testing their stamina and their meddle to become competent dual sport riders by negotiating 750 miles of dirt roads and trails throughout the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado over the course of eight riding days.
The “Dirty Dozen,” came together with an all volunteer staff of trainers, guides and Sherpas to collectively become a tight-knit family. Pushing through sand, over-rocks, slogging through mud and water crossings, they climbed along precipitous cliffs to elevations over 12,000 feet discovering the joy of accomplishment along the paths less traveled.
Their trek began at Keystone Resort and Conference Center in the Dillon/Keystone area of Colorado where Coach2Ride (http://www.coach2ride.com/) owners/instructors Andrea Beach and Bonnie Warsch presented the first of their many ongoing rider training sessions. Chris and Erin Ratay, rounded out this day with guidance on the use GPS and Spot Locator units. See: (http://www.ultimatejourney.com/). By day’s end, the culminating activity, the riders first dual sport ride had every member of the “Dirty Dozen” sitting (actually mostly standing) taller on their mounts.
“The energy exhibited as the riders returned to the “stable” was downright palpable!” exclaimed Gin Shear, executive director of the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc.; the organization responsible for creating and orchestrating the event. “I knew, from that moment on, these riders were going to have the time of their lives!” added Sue Slate, National Programs Chair for WMF, Inc.
Progressive Insurance, the presenting sponsor for all the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation programs, assisted not only financially but also by helping to promote WMF’s programs around the country during the ’08-’09 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show series and through print ads in multiple motorcycle publications.
BMW Motorrad USA, Buell Motorcycles USA, Fay Myers (Colorado’s premier multi-brand dealership), Harley-Davidson Motor Company, American Honda Motor Co., Inc, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, graciously provided the motorcycles