by Laurie Montoya
The Guinness Women’s World Record second attempt was held at Bandimere Speedway on August 21st. The goal of these women was to break the UK’s women’s record of 1132 riders, but event coordinator Susan “Miss Bubbles” Udero had another personal record she wanted to break. Most women riders gathered in Colorado. The Guinness world record wasn’t broken on this attempt, we believe she did create a record of most women at a biker event/ride here in Colorado.
More importantly, this world record attempt supports the Firefly Autism charity based right here in Denver. Firefly treats children and adults with autism throughout the Front Range. Their services include clinical assessments and the development of individual treatment plans, an intensive early intervention program, a school-age program for students up to age 21, a home and community-based program, and weekly social skills groups. Firefly serves children (as young as 18 months of age) and adults, and every program in their clinic has a 1:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Firefly’s treatment is based on leading, empirically-based interventions, primarily using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach functional skills.
While disappointed that they didn’t break the record, the attendees at this year’s attempt were just happy to be there in solidarity and raise money for Firefly. Susan made sure that there were plenty of volunteers, vendors, and entertainment to make it a great day of fun.
Janet Cook, Chief Executive Officer for Big Iron Sports and a main sponsor of the event said. “We are here to support Susan and the sisterhood of women riders. Women are the fastest-growing demographics in the riding community, and 20% of all riders are now women.”
Trophies were awarded for Farthest Distance Travelled, Biggest group from Colorado, Biggest group from out of state
Extra thanks go to the key sponsors Max & Elaine (Zaidy’s Deli $15,000), Platinum Sponsor Scott O’Sullivan (RiderJustice.com), who sponsored the Bandimere Speedway parking lot, Big Iron Sports, and Janet Cook (2021 Royal Enfield Giveaway).
Our gross revenue for our event was just over $35,000, in part to the generous sponsors. Our benefit Firefly Autism! We will do a final accounting and let our ladies know what is donated to Firefly.
There were many costs associated with an event of this caliber, but it was a resounding success, with 22 states joining Colorado. National media attention and the camaraderie and fellowship was priceless!