On Saturday, August 24th at 10 a.m. at a Harley dealership in the city of Frederick, CO, women bikers attempted to set a world record of having the most women riding their own with no passengers in one parade ride. This ride took place in the countryside of over 50 miles. I was fortunate to be able to work behind the scenes and see this event come to fruition. I oversaw organizing the road captains. It was a great feeling to volunteer for this wonderful cause as well as the attempt for a world record.
“In Colorado, women bikers are growing like a weed,” said Susan Udero, organizer of Colorado Women’s World Record Ride. “There are 88,000 bikers registered (in Colorado). How many are women? (The DMV) said 4,000 or 5,000.”
Susan says the world record is held by the United Kingdom, where more than 1,100 riders showed up. Although it was a great event and the women riders had a fantastic time, they were not able to set the record. The number of women riders were only 465, but they weren’t discouraged, because they were also riding for a wonderful cause, Firefly Autism. The event raised $25K for children with autism because of these benevolent ladies.
“All the proceeds from this incredible event come directly to Firefly Autism,” said Jesse Ogas, Executive Director of Firefly Autism.
Firefly Autism is based in Denver and provides support to children and families who are impacted by autism.
“We work with children from 18 months to 21 years of age, who are impacted with autism,” Ogas said. He continues and says that the money raised from this world record attempt event will go to scholarship families who might not be able to pay their deductibles, who might not be able to pay their premiums. Ogas boasts, “These women are having a huge impact for the children and families at Firefly Autism.”
After the parade ride, a lot of fun activities were going on at High Country. Angry Steve Band was performing on stage, trophies were given out for various categories, and guest speakers Momma D, Helen Tornquist, Rhonda Brown, and Kimberly Chavez spoke on their experiences at this Colorado world-record attempt.
Susan Udero says that her and her volunteers will try again next year and are already planning and organizing.