WSR VIII (’13) – Event Recap

wsr8whiteEVENT:  Women’s Sportbike Rally VIII presented by Draggin’ Jeans
SLOGAN:  It’s all about the curves!
DATE:  September 6-8, 2013
LOCATION:  Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, Tapaco, NC
FUNDS RAISED: $2,000 for the for The Skin Cancer Foundation in memory of Tiffany “Sportbikegirl” Weirbach

The weekend brought with it some beautiful weather for riding, socializing, raising money for charity and having a blast (just check out our photos)!  The weekend started out with

Close up in the "8."
Check out the photos to see what this looked like from the top of Fontana Dam.

registration throughout the afternoon on Friday and to get the activities started, we began with the annual ladies group photo with bikes followed by the Sportbike Night sponsored by Schuberth. During dinner we brought the ladies together for a little “Meet ‘ n Greet” and sent the guys to hang out for a little bit together  Riders ate sub sandwiches, met new friends, chatted, shared stories and set about planning their rides for Saturday.  After dinner, there was the annual t-shirt toss, which has become a fun tradition for our Friday night.  Unfortunately, time got away from us and we missed out on conducting the Sportbike

Challenges. (Don’t worry it will be back next year and watch for some changes to it too). 😉

Daniel capturing some of the action after dark of riders on the Dragon.
So many amazing photos from the night ride. Check our the photo galleries!

After the sun went down, many of the attendees then made a night run across the Dragon for a spectacular fireworks show put on by PJ’s Parts.

Saturday morning was the traditional ladies group photo at the Deal’s Gap sign. (A little bird told us that the vintage sign we used to take our picture in front of is being rebuilt so look for us to move back in front of that in 2014!)

After the photo, riders broke off into groups and headed out to enjoy the wonderful roads, scenery and camaraderie that exist in this area.  Attendees are always encouraged to find a group that is a pace they are comfortable with riding and head out. Fortunately, we had another very safe year of riding by those who were affiliated with the rally.

Saturday evening brought us to the Sportbikegirl Pit Party sponsored by NPR Ducati.  Attendees dined on chicken and beef tacos while chatting and waiting for the Super Silent Auction winners to be announced and also the very popular door prizes drawing.  Thank you

Casey Benner won highest bid to take home a one-of-a-kind Faba creation of "Gravity Cavity" on the Dragon.
Casey Benner won highest bid to take home a one-of-a-kind Faba creation of “Gravity Cavity” on the Dragon.

again to everyone who donated to the silent auction and those who bid to help raise some extra funds.

The winning bidders were:

  • Deals Gap Painting by Lyndse Rae Faba: Casey Benner
  • Dragon Slayer Package: Susan Heinz
  • Women’s Sportbike Rally Package: Beulah Turner
  • Handmade Afghan: Paige Pijanka
  • Barber Motorsports Package: Beulah Turner
  • Schuberth Helmet: Susan Heinz

Thank you to all our sponsors who made the door prize drawings another success.  There were some really great prizes given away because of the great sponsorship and donations.  From dinner and door prizes, we headed out to the parking lot for some “fiddy” racing.  Several of our rally ladies participated.  Always a fun time whether participating or watching.

Super Rider Award went to Amanda and Aaron Hopkins of Elgin, IL. They rode from Chicago to Key West, FL then back up to the Dragon before heading home. On R1s!!! They deserve this award!
Super Rider Award Winners Amanda and Aaron Hopkins.

The Super Rider Awards this year went to Amanda and Aaron Hopkins. Talk about some serious riding! They rode from Chicago to Deals Gap by way of Key West, Florida. Yes, you read that right. We don’t have the exact mileage they tallied up, but we know they deserved it. They were their Yamaha R1s. 

A HUGE thank you goes out to all who attended, everyone who helped starting with spreading the word about the rally all the way down to toting boxes, filling goodie bags or just being on hand for any help needed.  Thank you to our photographers, Daniel Vessell and David Clay, for being behind the lens so that the ladies could be involved in the rally.  Last but not least, thank you to all of our great sponsors. Mark your calendars for September 5-7, 2014 for our ninth annual event. Look for more details soon.

HUGE thanks to our 2013 Sponsors!


  • Draggin’ Jeans


  • Schuberth


  • NPR Ducati


  • AXO
  • SENA
  • Bridgestone Motorsport
  • Joe Rocket
  • RevGirl
  • Tucker Rocky
  • DP Brakes
  • LeoVince
  • Sargent
  • PJ’s Parts
  • K&N
  • MarshmallowHead Design
  • Rusty Shutter Photography


  • Woodcraft
  • TechSpec
  • Spot
  • Competition Accessories
  • RK Excel
  • Olympia MotoSport
  • Helmet Sunblocker
  • Alpinestars
  • J&P Cycles
  • Rider
  • Tail of the Dragon
  • PitBull
  • RoadRunner Magazine
  • LionHeart
  • Cycle Specialty
  • Barber Motorsports Museum
  • Fox Creek Leather
  • Electric Frog Design
  • Stop & Go
  • HeldUSA
  • brown dog paper & press

(Note: Companies are listed in the order in which they became sponsors.)