EVENT: Schampa Women’s Sportbike Rally IV presented by Draggin’ Jeans
SLOGAN: It’s all about the curves!
DATE: September 11-13, 2009
LOCATION: Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, Tapaco, NC and Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam, NC
FUNDS RAISED: $2,500 for the for the Tiffany Weirbach “Sportbikegirl” Melanoma Foundation
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Deals Gap, NC (September 19, 2009) – Lady riders from all across the country and Canada made their way to Deals Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains for the Schampa Women’s Sportbike Rally IV presented by Draggin’ Jeans September 11-13, 2009. The weather all weekend was perfect with mild temperatures and bright blue sunny skies. The generous support by sponsors and participants made it possible to raise $2500 to be donated to the Tiffany Weirbach “Sportbikegirl” Melanoma Foundation despite the current state of the economy.
The weekend kicked-off with the annual group photo featuring riders with their sportbikes at the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. The photo demonstrated the Rally and its participant’s support of troops on Patriot’s Day in remembrance of 9/11.
Sportbike Night presented by Killboy.com fell into gear immediately after the photo and featured a Draggin’ Jeans demonstration, a delicious kabob dinner hosted by ladies of the Dragon’s Den Grill, the exciting Sportbike Challenge, the annual toss of nearly 100 t-shirts, the Sportbike Challenge and hilarious 50cc racing action.
Saturday morning greeted riders with a beautiful day for the group photo in front of the historic Deals Gap sign which is a landmark for everyone who frequents the famous 318 turns in 11 miles of the “Dragon.” Group rides went in all directions covering the many great roads in both North Carolina and Tennessee giving riders several options to join in on Saturdays all day riding. After a day full of riding, the evening brought the Yamaha Sportbikegirl Luau presented by PJ’s Parts to the Stone Creek Pool at Fontana Village Resort. The annual Luau featured lei’s, food, swimming, music, special awards and of course plenty of door prizes donated by the Rally’s amazing sponsors.
The Hard Luck Award was presented during the Luau to a couple of Michigan friends Jacqueline Campbell and Angela Thurston. After an exhausting day, a minor parking lot tip over by Campbell ended a nearly incident-free ride all the way from Michigan. Saturday morning would be not as forgiving when just a few turns into their ride Thurston took a spill but with just a few bandages she finished a full day of twisty roads riding.
Canadian Margaret Wellon on her Kawasaki ZX650R rode over 900 miles one way from Ontario to reach Deals Gap in time for her first Rally and was honored, along with her guest James Edgar, with the 2009 Super Rider Award.
Sportbike Challenge winners were announced and the top three in each were:
“Bike Walk” Competition – Women
- 1st – Dawn Chappell, Griffin, GA (Suzuki SV650)
- 2nd – Pam Brewer, Elgin, IL (Yamaha R6)
- 3rd – Cyndi Sims, Lexington, KY (Suzuki GSXR 750)
“Bike Walk” Competition – Men
- 1st – Mike “PJ” Pjanka, Harrodsburg, KY (Yamaha FZ1)
- 2nd – Nick Razo, Farmington, MI (Kawasaki Z1000)
- 3rd – Daniel Morgan, Danville, GA (Triumph 675)
“Cruiser Crawl” Competition – Women
- 1st – Charlotte Clarke (middle), Mars Hill, NC (Yamaha R6)
- 2nd – Debbie Bowman (left), Chattanooga, TN (Yamaha FZ1)
- 3rd – Brittany Morrow (right), Lexington, KY (Yamaha R6)
“Cruiser Crawl” Competition – Men
- 1st – Daniel Morgan, Danville, GA (Triumph 675)
- 2nd – Mike “PJ” Pjanka, Harrodsburg, KY (Yamaha FZ1)
- 3rd – Nick Razo, Farmington, MI (Kawasaki Z1000)
The Breakfast Meet on Sunday morning put a cap on the weekend allowing everyone to say their “Goodbyes” and “See you next years.” It was the perfect ending to another memory generating weekend for riders.
The Women’s Sportbike Rally would like to thank its many sponsors and supporters including Schampa, Draggin’ Jeans, Yamaha Motor Corp.,Killboy.com, PJ’s Parts, Wilkinson Brothers, Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort,Kawasaki, Shock Doctor, Motorcycle Superstore, Road Racer X, Shift,www.rockthegear.org, Joe Rocket, Fontana Village Resort and VaVaVroom. Their support continues to make it possible for the special events and features of the Rally to return each year.