31 years ago, in 1993, The Mid-Atlantic Women’s Motorcycle Rally (MAWMR) was begun by Nancy Warren. It started as a simple thought; create a community where other women that rode motorcycles could congregate and share their stories. When Nancy started riding, women motorcyclists were a novelty. Now women motorcyclists are one of the fastest-growing segments of the market. But, there is still a lack of communities focusing on women motorcyclists where women can learn, laugh, ride and just have fun with each other. MAWMR is a community of devoted motorcyclists, enthusiasts, and friends that wish to continue the tradition of bringing together women to create an environment unlike any other.
MAWMR was started with a vision of creating this community, but also fundraise in support of women who face breast cancer. Over the years, the rally has evolved to assist any woman with any challenge surrounding any cancer. It’s about women motorcyclists helping women with the challenges of cancer.
MAWMR is the premier women’s motorcycling event in the Mid-Atlantic.
Mid-Atlantic Women’s Motorcycle Rally Executive Board
My friends call me Chicka and my love of motorcycles started with a red Honda Mini Trail. I knew then that motorcycles would always be a part of my life, fueling my independence. Over the years I’ve ridden dirt bikes, mopeds and vintage café racers – until my Mom convinced me to buy a Harley-Davidson. Now I’m on my 3rd Harley and currently ride a StreetGlide. I went to my first MAWMR in 2004 and was amazed by the sisterhood and haven’t missed one since. I became a board member to ensure that others had the same amazing experience that I had and to honor my family members and friends that have fought cancer.
My road name is Map Girl because I LOVE maps. I have loved motorcycles since I was a kid, my first ride was on the back of my father’s friend’s bike. I ride a Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer. I've been riding for 24 years. My first MAWMR was in 1998 and I have attended every one since. I love long distance riding, my goal is to ride in every state. To date I’ve ridden in 41 states (including Hawaii)! When I’m not on my bike my other passion is scuba diving, I’m a master diver and love to travel. I have met some of my closest friends at MAWMR, the sisterhood is amazing!
I started riding on the back of my husband’s first motorcycle, an ’85 Honda Shadow 500 in 2001. Our riding grew into a ‘02 Dyna Superglide and then an ’04 Ultra Classic before deciding to learn to ride myself in the summer of 2004 on a loaner KZ440 in a parking lot. On the way home that day I bought an ’85 Honda Nighthawk 550 that was for sale on the side of the road and I’ve been riding ever since. That motorcycle led to a ’91 Intruder 750, an ’07 Boulevard 1400, an ’09 Harley Dyna Custom and finally to my ’15 Ultra Limited Low. The size and comfort of the big HD have made long trips possible like visiting Wheels Through Time in North Carolina, The Harley Museum in Milwaukee and a 25th Anniversary ride with my husband from Philadelphia to Vero Beach, Florida and back. I first attended MAWMR in 2011 and look forward to it every year.
Growing up in WV, I've always enjoyed the outdoors. My dad introduced me to motorcycle riding and I completed a safety course to obtain my endorsement. Years later, in 2015, I began riding a '08 Sportster, riding 10,000+ miles that first year. In 2016, I rode a '10 HD Deluxe, and currently, a '18 HD StreetGlide, with my tagline ``bluIZ``. I've enjoyed 18,003 miles this past riding season, aside from a few longer distance trips, have mostly been in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley (heart of the rally location) and surrounding 4 state area. I enjoy solo riding, group riding with women's or ministry based clubs that I'm a member, and riding with my husband and entire family!
I'm absolutely thrilled to be a MAWMR board member! I welcome the opportunity to utilize my passion of motorcycling to help facilitate the friendly comradery, outreach to women motorcycle enthusiasts, all while supporting meaningful causes. Looking forward to an outstanding rally!
I started riding on the back of my husband's bike when we were dating in the 70's. After we married he bought me a 250 Honda. Once I learned to ride, I was hooked. That was over 30 years ago. There weren't a lot of women riders back then so when I was invited to the first MAWMR it was so great to see so many other ladies on bikes. I've been to every MAWMR since then. After having so much fun for many years, I decided it was time to give back by being on the board. It has been a wonderful experience, hard work but rewarding. Each year is like a family reunion when I see ladies from all over the East Coast come together again to support a cause that is important to us all.
My name is Anna. I've never driven a motorcycle. I always wanted to. Life and finances always got in the way. I've ridden on the back of a few. My Aunts and my cousin, who all ride, talked me into attending MAWMR. My first one was in 2007. From the first day, I met phenomenal women and made life-long connections. The fundraising, and the the families we support, really grabbed a hold of me. I haven't missed one since. These people are my soul family!!!
Due to a couple of injuries, I was fearful of even taking the motorcycle course. Then the Polaris Slingshot came out! Boom!!! I was sold! The day I drove it home, it was 20 degrees out! I was proud as a peacock to drive it to MAWMR last year!!!
I want every one who comes to MAWMR to be able to make the same kind of connections. I want everyone to value and recognize the love and support we give to those fighting cancer and to each other, as well. When the opportunity to join the board came up, I immediately threw my hat in the ring. I'm excited to be a more influential part of this group that has touched me so deeply!
My first ride in 1973 was on the back of my boyfriend’s 350 Kawasaki,6 years later I found myself on the back of a Harley Davidson wearing a “Property of” patch in Southern California. Fast forward to my mid-thirties and a mom of two sons, I took the PA. Motorcycle Safety Course after attending the 50th anniversary of Sturgis in 1990. I rode for 3 months on a 250 Honda Rebel then moved up to my husband’s 1100 Sportster, my first new bike 11 years later was a 2002 Heritage Softail Classic and now my favorite ride of all time, “HOPE” my 2007 Road King Custom. With grandchildren and gray hair now, 32 years of riding has taken me many miles in many states, even into Canada. But in 2007 after a very heartbreaking year I attended my first MAWMR event. It felt like home! I met the most amazing women that weekend in Gettysburg and I have formed many bonds of sisterhood since, I have not missed a year yet. I thank God for this event and I look forward to meeting more amazing women to ride with each and every year. Blessings!
My name is Sheila, I have been riding since 2006. My 1st motorcycle was a black 2006 650 V Star Classic. Her name was Blaque Magic. I had never feel so free and exhilarated until I rode her. she served me well for 8 years. I now ride a 2014 1300 V Star deluxe, The Grey Lady. I have met so many amazing and diverse people during this journey and connecting with the folks of MAWMR has brought more joy that I could’ve imagined. My road name if BrownSugar and I look forward to continuing to have, create and enjoy all MAWMR has to offer.
One ride on a 1969 Triumph and, ``I'm gonna get me one of these one day!`` Realizing my dream at 19, a 1971 Honda CB350 was mine. A single Mom in 1991, I found myself sneaking rides at many wagging finger. Then cancer found me. Once recovered, a new 2003 Harley became mine, and I began riding farther distances. ``Old Bags On Bikes`` in 2006, I was one of six women who took a 10,000 mile trip in 31 days around the U.S. So, many amazing people, places and opportunities have come my way simply because of those two wheels. Even professionally I was now dividing my time as marketing manager for a Harley dealership, and as an MSF RiderCoach. Riding, rallies, events, motorcycling, art, who had it better than me! Then boom, Cancer found me again in 2013. It wasn't as easy that time around. Yet I recovered, and here I am again! I am quite blessed. Very new around here, 2019 was my first MAWMR. I was invited by gals who really knew where I needed to be. I love to ride, yet MAWMR, it was something more. I again returned in 2021. For me, it's a privilege to have this opportunity to serve, to team up, to give back.
Growing up, I didn't even know anyone who rode a motorcycle! After riding on the back during a week-long trip with a boyfriend, I knew I needed my own motorcycle! In 2003, I bought a '95 Sportster (that I still have), learned to ride, took the Riders Edge course, and got my license... yes, in that order! Motorcycling quickly became an integral part of my life. I never dreamt I'd spend my summers in jeans, own heated gear, get a tattoo, win drag racing trophies, or own more motorcycles than my husband! My current bike is a 2015 Softail Deluxe CVO that I refer to as my Forever Bike--she's a perfect fit for me and a joy to ride. Over the past few years, I've worked to improve my riding skills by taking courses and logging lots of miles! I've seen beautiful scenery, met incredible women, and raised money for great causes. When the opportunity arose to join the MAWMR Board, I had to jump on it. I can't think of a better way to embrace my passion, support women riders, and make new friends.
In my younger years, I hadn’t been on a bike but got tired of waiting for someone to take me for a ride. Dad believed women should not ride motorcycles or be in the military. So, in 1988, while in the military, I bought my first bike, a Honda Ascot 500. Although there were many bumps, bruises, and dents along the way, I was hooked on motorcycles. In 2008, I attended my first MAWMR rally and knew right away that this feeling of joy and laughter was what I was missing. No matter how hard life is, every year there is MAWMR with the sisterhood of support for me and many others. I’ve only missed one since. I’ve seen MAWMR go thru many changes and as a new member to the board, I hope to bring the love and support to others as I have experienced with these amazing women. I am excited to help, as MAWMR grows in supporting both survivors and women on motorcycles. I am looking forward to riding my new H-D with you at the next Rally.
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