Biker Chicz of North America, a book by Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq, chronicles the lives of 22 fascinating women who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, have followed their dreams, and have dared to live life on their own terms.
On Thursday, August 11, several of the women featured will be autographing copies of the book in our bookstore from 10:00 am - noon during the Sturgis Rally.
Who will be making an appearance?
Cris Sommer Simmons: Co-founder of Harley Women Magazine, Cris is also freelance writer/photographer, author of The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 to 1950, and three-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee.
Gevin Fax: Model, actress, musician (Klymaxx), and one of four women profiled in TNT’s 1995 documentary about female Harley riders, Gevin also holds an MA in Physical Education.
Betsy Huelskamp: Certified personal trainer, freelance writer, and adventuress, Betsy is featured in Discovery Channel’s Motorcycle Women, National Geographic’s Hell on Wheels, and TLC’s Faking It.
Gina Woods: Chicago area radio personality, Gina is also the host and executive producer of the Open Road Radio show.
Vicki Roberts Sanfelipo: RN and founder of Accident Scene Management, Viki is also the author of A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist.
Pepper Massey: Avant-garde motorcycle consultant, Pepper has worked for the City of Sturgis, Sturgis Rally Department, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists.
Meg McDonough: First female officer in the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, the originators of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Meg works in sales at Cowboy Harley-Davison.
Gloria Tramontin Struck: Member of the Motor Maids since 1946, Gloria is also the daughter of the founder of Tramontin Harley-Davidson.
About the book
Based on this remarkable culture of women motorcyclists, Biker Chicz of North America introduces readers to the women who ride and reveals their inspiring stories of overcoming adversity and rising to success - from stories of triumph over drugs and alcohol, overcoming bad relationships, and pulling out of poverty, to finding spirituality - all as a result of their love for motorcycling.
Each chapter tells the story of a successful, intelligent, freethinking, adventurous, risk taking, creative, inspiring, and tenacious woman. Together, they are bound by a shared enthusiasm - they are all avowed Harley riders and ambassadors for women’s motorcycling.
“Our original intention was to focus on mainstream women motorcycle riders who are more or less the average girl next door…but somehow we ended up with women whom we consider to belong to the current royalty of North American female bikers. The only criteria we were looking for was that they had inspiring stories to tell and that they rode a Harley-Davidson.
…We are not Harley snobs by any means, but because Harley-Davidson motorcycles are the most identifiable and representative of the biker culture, we chose ‘America’s Freedom Machine’ as a common thread to lend continuity to our narrative.”
- Edward Winterhalder
About the Authors
Winterhalder lives in Oklahoma and is one of the world's leading authorities on motorcycle clubs and the Harley-Davidson biker lifestyle. He is the creator and executive producer of the "Biker Chicz" and "Living on the Edge" docu-reality television series, and has also appeared worldwide on television networks such as Bravo, Prime, CBC, Fox, National Geographic, History Channel, Global and History Television.
De Clercq has has worked as a freelance writer and editor, visual artist, and in such diverse fields as demolition, the merchant marines, advertising copywriting, and film and television production. He has been a dynamic force in the world of motorcycle journalism for more than 25 years and lives in Ontario, Canada.