Molly Hatchet is again set to play at the #1 Biker Bar in Colorado, Dirty Dogs Roadhouse. This is your chance to see an iconic rock band in the intimate setting of Dirty Dogs. Get face to face with the band and rock-like your 20 again. Tickets are available on Event Brite by clicking here.
Substance use and overdose are consistently on the rise and it takes an army to fight back. With a team of Recovery Coaches and 3 recovery programs, they are doing just that. The Hornbuckle Foundation provides hope and support to people suffering from substance use disorder by assisting them in finding tools and resources to transition into productive and positive members of society. They provide sober living scholarships for those exiting residential treatment, run a transitional housing program for those in-between housing, and help people learn how to gain long-term sobriety using their lived experiences.
This year’s poker run is on track to be the biggest one, yet, with 2 starting points. The run ends at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden for live music, vendors (including Biker Down!) a silent auction, and a bike contest, all hosted by Uncle Nasty from iHeart Radio. All proceeds support Hornbuckle Foundation recovery programs and the great work they’re doing in our community. Pre-registration is open at HornbuckleFoundation.org.
On August 21st at Bandimere Speedway Morrison, we will attempt to break the UK Women’s World Record setter of 1,132 for the most women in a bike meet. This year we will have the honor of being escorted and traffic controlled for us by the Lakewood Police Department. A big shout of and thank you to the Lakewood Police Department! Are they ready for us?
Susan Udero, Director of Operations, also a Biker Comedian and producer of comedy shows, enjoys the combination of organizing a world record and making people laugh. It is when she is the happiest and feels it’s the most rewarding feeling.
Susan feels it is going to happen in 2021! Women have grown tenfold in numbers in the biker community.
We are also taking record #2 for the most women bikers in a ride. In 2019 we obtained a record in Colorado for the most women bikers on a ride, 465. 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic, so in 2021 here we come loud & Proud!
Everyone is encouraged to come to the outskirts of Bandimere Speedway on the day of the event and show us USA ladies your support. There is plenty of parking to witness the most incredible high of biker chicks rolling in hundreds for the 2021 World record. Sisters will be rolling in from NY, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Arkansas, Utah, Las Vegas, Arizona, NM, Texas, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota are rolling in like a rumble of thunder. Come on ladies, let’s show the UK how we do it!
Big Shout out to our Host Sponsor: Zaidys Deli,
Platinum Sponsor – Big Iron Sports:
• Mile High Harley-Davidson (Aurora)
• Mile High Harley-Davidson (Parker)
• Grand Prix Motorsports (Littleton)
• Triumph BMW motorcycles (Lakewood)
Our benefit is for Firefly Autism www.fireflyautism.org. Firefly transforms the lives of children and families living with Autism. We help them develop the skills necessary to give them a brighter future. At Firefly, we are helping the children discover the world and helping the world discover them. As stated by Jesse Ogas Director of Firefly Autism.
Guest Speaker, CEO Janet Cook of Big Iron, she is also a Rider! Janet is all about empowering women and making things happen in 4 stores in the Denver area! Big Iron sponsored our 2021 Royal Enfield Giveaway. 1st thousand ladies registered will be in the giveaway.
Guest Grand Marshall Elaine Appel, Jill Coulas/ Biker Life national writer of bikers’ stories nationally. Special Guest Joycelyn Cavender. Please join us!
Signed, Women’s World Ride Record. Go USA
Colorado Rider News has all the events that are happening in Denver and surrounding area. Be sure to put some of these dates on your calendar now that the mask mandate has been lifted.
By Andrea Clarke
So I’m sure a lot have you had heard that my friend Marne got into a very bad motorcycle accident on Saturday April 10th 2021. As a result she sustained severe brain damage on the left side of her brain, a broken collarbone and damage to her kidney. She was put into an induced coma for approximately 5 days, at that point she took another 3 days to become a bit more awake. We don’t know what the outcome will be for her and what her quality of life will be yet, it takes a very long time. A few of us put together a candlelight vigil about a week after her accident to send her prayers, white healing light and positive vibrations. We also are in the process of raising money for her.
The vigil raised about $5,000 and the GoFundMe has raised over $8,000. I was overwhelmed by the love and support at the vigil held at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse. The amount of hugs I personally received was amazing. Thank you all so much.
As I’m sure you all know insurance covers only so much, next week the doctors are most likely going to put her in a long-term care facility where her rehab will continue. She has a tracheotomy and a feeding tube so they want to try and wean her off of the tracheotomy slowly. Marne is a strong and fiery woman, she is fiercely independent and one of the most giving and compassionate humans I have met. I miss my girl. She needs all our prayers right now.
I will give you all her GoFundMe information so please do whatever you’re comfortable with to help her no amount is too small. We are also selling #marnestrong t-shirts to raise money. You can contact myself or Nathan through our emails, addresses will be below.
Thanks again to everyone that has helped out and has kept her in your prayers daily please continue it as she will be needing it for a long road ahead of her.
April 29, 2021 – Statewide Traffic Safety – 2020 was Colorado’s deadliest year on record for motorcyclists
STATEWIDE – On the heels of the deadliest year on record for motorcyclists, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a new campaign aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe. May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which coincides with the beginning of the riding season in the state.
Last year, there were 137 motorcyclists killed on Colorado roadways, more than any year on record, and a 33 percent increase from 2019 when there were 103 motorcyclists killed. Although motorcycles are only 3 percent of the registered vehicles in the state, they made up 22 percent of the traffic fatalities in 2020.
“The research and data show helmet use as the most important factor in the survivability of a motorcycle crash,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “Head injuries are common in these crashes. So, whether you are riding around town or cross country, we encourage riders to always wear a helmet.”
New data shows that 52 percent of motorcycle riders killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 83 motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved in Colorado between 2015-2017 if all riders had worn helmets. Instead, there were 334 motorcyclists were killed during that period, most not wearing helmets.
“Motorcycle ownership requires great responsibility from riders with skill and gear as key ingredients,” stated Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Whether this is your first season or your fifteenth, you will enjoy the ride more as a safer, more confident rider. Don’t be content with just passing the training required for the issuance of your license, add to your knowledge and skills for advanced mastery of your motorcycle.” The Colorado State Patrol can help riders develop new skills through the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST). For more information, visit www.comost.com.
In May, CDOT will launch the new Aftermath campaign to underscore the importance of wearing a helmet. The campaign will dispel misconceptions about wearing a helmet, such as they are too restrictive, by showing the devastating consequences of not wearing one. The campaign will run across the state on billboards and on social media. Some of the images used in the campaign are here.
CDOT also reminds drivers of cars and trucks to use caution around motorcycles. This includes carefully checking blind spots and using extra caution at intersections since motorcycles can be hard to see. In addition, it is advised that drivers never follow motorcycles too closely since a motorcyclist can stop more quickly than a car.
In addition to wearing helmets, riders should do the following to stay safe on Colorado roads:
- Get a license endorsement.
- Getting a motorcycle license endorsement keeps the motorcyclist in compliance with state law and verifies the motorcyclist has the basic skills to operate a motorcycle on a roadway.
- Wear proper gear.
- Proper gear includes a helmet, boots that cover the ankles, riding pants and jacket, gloves and eye protection.
- Receive professional training.
- All motorcyclists should receive professional training. Long time riders are encouraged go to training classes for a refresher every few years.
- Follow all traffic laws.
- All motorcyclists are required to follow the rules of the road. In Colorado, lane splitting is illegal.
- Ride sober.
- Even one drink can decrease reaction times, coordination, vision, judgement and concentration, all of which are crucial when operating a motorcycle.
Editor’s Note: Colorado Rider News believes that motorcycle safety gear is a choice that all motorcycle riders should have and is not endorsing the use of helmets when you ride. As a rider myself, I made a choice in 2019 to begin to wear a helmet every time I ride. Laurie Montoya, Editor and Publisher of Colorado Rider News.
Last month, in a move which seems both wildly irresponsible and perfectly on-brand for the state of Florida, city commissioners in Daytona Beach voted to allow the city’s annual Bike Week to proceed — almost — as planned. While there will be some restrictions in place, businesses who have not applied for outdoor permits will be free to operate at 100 percent capacity. Businesses which have outdoor permits will be able to operate at 60 percent interior capacity.
The new limits are essentially a workaround, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order barring local jurisdictions from instituting any restrictions on the occupancy of restaurants or bars. As Mayor Derrick Henry wrote in a recent editorial for the Daytona Beach News Journal, the outdoor permits were the “only leverage available to the city.”
So, while the bars will be slightly less full than normal, there will still be plenty of concerts, street vendors, and booze-fueled partying happening for a 10-day period in March.
Right now, we cannot know exactly how many people will make the trip down to the Sunshine State for the 80th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week. But the event generally attracts about 500,000 people, which is not all that far off from another number.
Dayton has taken the same approach as Sturgis did in August, which is to continue with their events and take all the necessary precautions. Social distancing will be suggested, but not enforced, hand sanitizers and masks may become the new normal.
Even with the economy at its current level, the fact that Daytona Bike Week is not being cancelled is a blessing and gives riders desperately searching for a warm rally destination a place to GO!
Florida currently has no mandatory mask mandate and restaurants, and schools are open at 100%. However, local municipalities may have their own mandates, so we would suggest that you always keep your mask readily available and continue to practice social responsibility.
Most importantly….HAVE FUN and JUST RIDE!
Let’s get together and celebrate this globally synchronized “JUST RIDE!”© day, for women created by Vicki Gray to bring awareness to the “cultural, social and active lifestyles of women who ride and enjoy motorcycling.”
Colorado Rider News and Cool Biker Lunch & Rides invite all women riders to join them on Saturday, May 1st @ 9 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Littleton. There will be a 100-mile scenic ride! Kickstands up at 10 a.m. After the ride, the celebrations will begin at Rocky Mountain HD where women vendors, music, and great games and prizes will be available for everyone.
Pre-registration is 20.00 per rider and includes an event t-shirt. Registration is $25.00 the day of the event, so we encourage everyone to register early.
All funds raised will go to COVID relief (local food banks and #2wheels4meals) to help our community. Our community is still suffering as this pandemic is declining, these food banks are dedicated to ensuring everyone has the food they need during this period of financial hardship.
Mark your calendar and don’t miss this unforgettable women’s empowerment gathering! Spread the word to your lady biker friends that it’s time for all of the women to get connected, reach out, and lift up each other.
“IFRD provides a platform for women motorcycle riders to bond with other women, to meet and find like-minded women who ride and develop friendships with which to enjoy and advance motorcycling!” – Vicki Gray, Founder
IFRD has deemed the first Saturday in May each year the most important day of the year for a women’s ride to highlight the following:
- Highlight the number of women who ride.
- Encourage other women to take up the activity.
- Raise awareness about women’s equality in motorsports; and lastly
- Celebrate women’s advancement in motorsports and powersports.
Sponsored by Rider Justice, Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson, Colorado Rider News, and Cool Biker Lunch and Rides
By: Belt Drive Betty
Across Canada and across the province I live in, Alberta we are pretty much sick to death of COVID 19 and any discussion or rules around it.
- Everyone has cabin fear on steroids.
- Everyone is planning on doing SOMETHING this year international borders open or not.
The rise in the number of groups on Facebook and Instagram centered around travel and tourism whether on motorcycles or in hot rods bares out what I say.
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association is planning an economic rebound event called Rumble Alberta.
- It has 44 on road touring routes, 12 off road – on road routes.
- Each route offers specials, discounts, swag, the chance to earn points to win prizes.
They all feature a variety of challenges like selfies, geo-caches, scavenger hunts and more.
In total we touch over 400 RURAL communities and have hundreds of partnerships forming.
Every rider and driver who buys an event pass is invited to choose a charity or non-profit of their choice from our list of guided giving opportunities. We are supporting The Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, Search and Rescue Alberta, Rural Ride for Dad and more.
So many people think that rural Alberta has little to offer, in fact, it has so much to do and see and discover that a route that normally takes 4 hours to drive can become an 8-to-12-hour exploration journey!
Our caption is “See Alberta Through the Eyes of a Tourist”.
There are some interesting and quirky things to see all over Alberta, let us help you find them! www.rumblealberta.com