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Land speed record holder Valerie Thompson leads AZ Female Ride Day event

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Five-time land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson, and AMA Pro Daytona Sport Bike and Spanish CEV Championship racer, Melissa Paris will lead Scottsdale’s International Female Ride Day event – the world's only synchronized women's motorcycle "Just Ride" day – this Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Participating riders will meet at 9 a.m. at Go AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale for registration and a light breakfast. Riders will hit the road at 10 a.m. and travel through the greater Phoenix area, stopping at the top of South Mountain for a group photo. The ride will culminate with a special lunch, hosted by Go AZ Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, with Thompson and Paris at The Farm at South Mountain.

“This will be my second year participating in International Female Ride Day, which is growing in popularity each year,” said Valerie Thompson. “Go AZ Motorcycles has been a long-time sponsor of my land speed racing team, so it’s very gratifying to celebrate this worldwide event with them.”

This is a free event, however riders are asked to RSVP by Friday, May 2. To RSVP for the ride and lunch visit,

“Women love to ride,” says Go AZ Motorcycles General Manager Gina Marra. “From stay-at-home moms to successful female business executives, we are seeing more and more women adopt the sport. They are finding community and freedom on two wheels … its escapism at its best.”

Go AZ Motorcycles is located at 15500 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale. For details, visit

International Female Ride Day© is a campaign for women motorcyclists with the purpose of highlighting and profiling the female motorcycle and scooter rider. Its mission is that of building and underlining broad-spectrum (and public) awareness of female motorcyclists of every culture around the world, while simultaneously encouraging other women to take up the hobby by demonstrating the ease of the activity.

The event shines a spotlight on women motorcyclists by requesting one unified action - "JUST RIDE." It's a globally synchronized day for female motorcycle riders everywhere. A day emphasizing the many female's who ride motorcycles; supporting their diversities, agelessness, limitless abilities and the enjoyment women embrace in the activity of motorcycling. Each and every woman is a role model on International Female Ride Day.



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