Jun 13, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Sportbike Track Girl
Sportbike Track Girl Announces the Return of “Ladies First” All-Female Track Day July 5; Includes Mock Race
Sponsored by BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids and Hazardous Racing Motorcycle Apparel
Holland, MI --It was announced that Sportbike Track Girl will be returning to Grattan Raceway for the fourth "Ladies First" all-female track day. “Since our last event, the ladies have overwhelmingly requested another date, so Ladies First is returning this year in order to support the demand”, said Christi Midlam, Director Sportbike Track Girl. “Hands-down, there is no better way to get on track for the first time than Ladies First. Our staff is amazingly supportive of the ladies. There is no intimidation…just sheer empowerment and confidence-building,” she added.
The all-female track day is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2013 at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan; Sportbike Track Girl members will receive a special discounted rate. Sportbike Track Girl () is a women’s track day organization that focuses specifically on enablement through on-track instruction, education, access to women-specific gear and discounted products and services.
This year’s event offers something new for its riders: Sportbike Track Girl is hosting a mock race during the event. Riders of all skill levels are welcome to experience the thrill and feel of racing, in a secure, limited environment.
The "Ladies First" days will follow a traditional track day format, with 3 groups and track sessions of 20 minutes. Riders will choose their group based on track experience and skill level. Riders that are new to the track or have limited intermediate track experience can participate in the Novice group. Novice group riders receive classroom and on-track instruction. Instructors will accompany riders on all track sessions throughout the day.
Riders that are comfortable with high-speed cornering, braking and passing can participate in the "Intermediate" group. The Advanced group is limited to club racers and accomplished track riders. Tire and suspension services, photography and multiple vendors will be on site throughout the event.
ST Girl programs such as “TAP” (track assistance program), enable women to do track days more easily, without having to rely on others to attend. ST Girl customers will have technical, mechanical and logistical assistance so that they can attend track days independently. Because women’s gear can be expensive and difficult to find, ST Girl offers free leathers rental and “buy/sell/trade” forums.
“Our intent is not to segregate, but rather to incorporate women into a male-dominated sport. By calming the fears of new riders and catering to their needs, we hope to significantly increase the confidence of the female rider. We ensure that she receives the moral, technical and mental foundation to succeed--however she defines "success”, said Christi Midlam, Director of Sportbike Track Girl.
The “Ladies First” event will be followed by regular track days on Saturday and Sunday, open to all riders. The unique format of the event will enable Sportbike Track Time’s male customers to peruse vendors, have suspension and tire services completed on Friday, and yet still ride a normal track weekend Saturday and Sunday.