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Ladies Hear Us Roar Weekend

By Lulu

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The first weekend in October Iron Horse Saloon, JP Cycles and ROAR Motorcycles hosted the first Hear Us Roar Ladies Event. It was designed specifically to showcase the ever growing number of women riders. Starting with a Friday evening women only “Meet and Greet” at the World Famous Iron Horse Saloon which featured free wine, cheese, pizza, sweets and gift bags for the first 150 women. Vendors filled the back lot for our shopping pleasure. Lots of door prizes and giveaways all weekend long for women only made us feel very special. Following the meet and greet they opened the back up to the male species and Bobby Scott rocked the place. A lady comedienne from Jacksonville Jackie Vargo, a Harley girl, had us in stitches during the band break. The host hotel, The Lotus Inn, was a beautiful South Beach styled small hotel with a fire pit in the sand, hot tub and heated pool with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean. It was really fabulous sitting by the fire until the wee hours of the morning sharing bike stories with other women! And the exchanging of phone numbers made the event have added importance to those who organized the weekend!

Saturday ROAR hosted a pool party from 10a-1p with music by Blue Diamond, free chair massages, sweets and coffee by Sweet Marley’s. After showering we all headed to JP Cycles for a short ride through the loop to ROAR Motorcycles. While at JP Cycles Kathleen Tolleson (CEO of ROAR and author of Hear Me Roar) and Jody Perewitz (fastest woman on 2 wheels) signed autographs while some major shopping was going on, and the hungry munched on a hot dog or two. I am impressed that JP Cycles and Iron Horse Saloon have spotlighted the woman rider! The expense and work to put on an event comes with a great risk as whether the event will be attended, particularly the first year. But the rapidly growing number of women riders can’t be ignored. My helmet’s off to Iron Horse and JP Cycles for acknowledging it. At ROAR there were tech tips, beautiful bikes and free sweets! Saturday night was the monthly first Saturday Bike Night at Iron Horse and their bike show featured ladies bikes. The music was by Yummy and while on break there was a short fashion show and bike awards. We all headed back to the beach for more relaxation in the hot tub with the sound of crashing waves and friendly fireside chats.

A special thank you to Twisted Tea, Budweiser, Sweet Ride Wines and Willie and his crew from Tropical Tattoo for helping to put this great event on. Also a very special thank you to Heavy and Christine from Midwest Cycles on Beach St. for providing a bike for Jody to ride. And the ladies from Chrome Divas for lending a helping hand when we realized we needed HELP! The rumor is this is going to be a yearly event moving it to the last weekend in September in 2014. Put this on the calendar we would love this to end up thousands of women riders. I like that it gives new riders a chance to experience Daytona without the crowds and testosterone that can be a bit intimidating during Bike Week or Biketoberfest; and it also allows our sisterhood to have a moment to connect and shine!

P.S. Gentlemen, put this on your event calendar too, because there will be more women at the Iron Horse than ever and we know you love girls that RIDE!

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