“The occasion options customized, race, uncommon, and restored bikes constructed by and for ladies and is open to all attendees.”
We’re thrilled to listen to that the eighth annual version of the Ladies’s Bike Present is coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 17. Lately we caught up with WMS host and organizer Alicia Maria Elfving — aka the MotoLady — to be taught extra in regards to the present’s historical past, goals, and what to anticipate this 12 months.
Historical past of the Ladies’s Bike Present
For those who’re very lively in on-line bike circles, there’s an excellent probability you recognize the Motolady. Alicia based the MotoLady web site in 2011 as a method to encourage present and aspiring girls riders with a constructive sense of neighborhood.
Motolady has grown exponentially since then, that includes Alicia’s personal images, video, and design alongside that of many world abilities to present a rounded reflection of the bike business and tradition around the globe.
The Ladies’s Bike Present was a pure evolution of the Motolady’s annual social gathering:
“Yearly we held an anniversary social gathering that passed off across the center of January to have a good time one other 12 months of ladies who experience. The fifth 12 months of those events turned the primary official Ladies’s Bike Present!”
The primary present featured a group of 17 customized bikes — one in all which was actress Katee Sackhoff’s — and had round 250-300 attendees. Attendance exploded within the ensuing years, with tons of of bikes filling the streets and greater than 2000 of us strolling by way of the doorways in only a four-hour interval.
“The concept behind WMS is to open the minds of women and men riders alike to all the probabilities. To encourage. To seize that pleasure and amplify it to the max.”
The late Jessi Combs had a giant hand within the first few years of the occasion, attending up by way of 2019 and her tragic crash whereas piloting the jet-powered North American Eagle to a brand new girls’s land velocity document of 522.783 mph on an Oregon dry lake. In 2020, an empty bike stand was left to point out what everybody was lacking. Says Alicia:
“I left markers so that individuals may go away her a observe. She began Actual Deal Revolution with Theresa Contreras. Theresa nonetheless has a giant half within the present, and Actual Deal is our largest activation doing welding, pinstriping, and leathercraft demos (this 12 months).”
The Motolady and crew took the present to Texas in 2021 and Oregon in 2022 with nice success. However California was calling them dwelling:
“As soon as occasion restrictions lifted, we knew we needed to return to our Los Angeles roots for our eighth annual present.”
WMS 2023: Again with a Bang!
The eighth annual Ladies’s Bike Present will happen within the Los Angeles Arts District at AutoConduct, a one-acre compound smack within the coronary heart of the town. It’s an all-day occasion with daytime hangout time and interactive workshops and actions, with the night switching again to their rock-and-roll roots.
“We’re bringing again different crowd favorites together with the raffle, piñata whack, and Scorching Wheels monitor! And for the primary time ever, thanks for our large location, WMS will likely be internet hosting distributors. Come attempt on some new gear, problem your mates to a digital drag race, and have a good time girls in motorcycling whilst you’re at it.”
What to Anticipate: Arts & Leisure
● Curated customized bike present (inside)
● Trip-in bike present (car parking zone, 5pm)
● Actual Deal Revolution Workshops together with welding, pinstriping, and leathercraft – all by donation (based by Jessi Combs and Theresa Contreras)
● Artwork Gallery that includes each 2D and 3D work from Paige Macy (Stripe Cult Portray), Mallika Prakash (Mallika Moto), Theresa Contreras, Courtney Ware (Get pleasure from Ware), and others
● Model New Restricted Version Merch for 2023
● Iron Butt, Individuals’s Alternative, and Choose’s Alternative awards, made by Ria the Welder & New Church Moto
● Raffle that includes objects from RevZilla, REV’IT!, ScorpionExo, Dainese, S&S, Simpson, Icon Motosports, UglyBros USA, Black Arrow, Pit Viper, Torco, In View, and extra
● Shows from storied riders like Gevin Fax
● Dwell music begins at 7pm
● Award classes: Individuals’s Alternative, Choose’s Decide, Iron Butt (curated present), and First Place (ride-in present)
● Meals & drinks
● Bike parking
We will’t wait to see what bikes end up on the present this 12 months and hope to convey you a few of them as options.
Extra Bikes and Builders / Racers
A number of bike and builder / racer portraits from previous exhibits.
Photographs: Brandon LaJoie
Photographs: Daniel Bergeron
Photographs: Alex Martino
Full Highlights from Previous Exhibits
Comply with the Present