RIDE LIKE A GIRL Blogging
Thank you for your support!! February 20, 2017 13:04
On February 13th, 2017, I entered a Small Business Competition through SCORE. SCORE is nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States. I posted a small video on Facebook in hopes of generating at least 100 votes so that RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING would be eligible for the contest. To my complete amazement, we reached over 3200 votes!! My little video was shared on Facebook 66 times and had over 3.6K views!! The support has been overwhelming!! I can't thank you all enough!! xoxoxo
Click on this link to read about why RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING should be chosen to represent NY in the SCORE contest!! https://championship.score.org/contest_entries/276292
A Bitter Sweet Announcement! September 04, 2015 12:05 7 Comments
A Bitter Sweet Announcement
For the past four years, at New Jersey Motorsport Park, I have attended the biggest motorcycle event on the East Coast as a Vendor. It’s my absolute favorite weekend of year!! Nothing can compare to the roar of the race bikes, the incredible amount of Race Teams and Trailers, and the huge volume of race fans that share an overwhelming amount of excitement for the love of motorcycles!!! I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in the world other than setting up my RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING apparel booth with my greatest, and only employee, my sister, Lindsay Rafferty. We spend most of our time laughing at and with each other, before we remember that the crowds are coming and we haven’t finished setting up yet. Lindsay does an amazing job at keeping the booth and myself organized. I usually find myself asking HER what to do next!!! She also knows how to hold down the fort while I spend a majority of my time meeting and greeting my customers, something I am very passionate about when I’m at these events!! I am so thankful for Lindsay’s help, her enthusiasm, and her willingness to tough it out and dance in the rain with me while we watched other vendors pack up for the day… it’s all for the love of racing!!!
But I have another passion as well!! Motorcycle Safety!! Anyone who knows me, can tell you that I am constantly spreading the good word about how important it is to take street riding serious!! That includes rider awareness and ATGAT (all the gear all the time!). When I first told my husband that I wanted to ride a motorcycle, he said “Awesome, but you are taking a Basic RiderCourse first”. I didn’t realize it at that time, but it was the greatest life-saving advice he has ever given me!! So, 7 years ago, I signed up for Trama’s Auto School in New York and was on my way to a life-long passion for two wheels! Since then, if I had a dollar for every time I tried to persuade a new or experienced rider to take this class, then I’d be a millionaire! Then one day, I had that light bulb moment and realized that maybe I could be teaching the Basic RiderCourse (BRC). I decided to go back to where it all began and gave Eric Trama a call. He welcomed me to start shadowing the BRC!! The very first time that I helped the students ride across the range for their first time, I cried… hahaha!!! I was just so happy for them. I’m not sure who was more excited, me or them! It was so rewarding to know that they had just accomplished something so amazing!! From that point on, I knew that becoming a BRC was exactly what I wanted to do!!
And now for the Bitter Sweet Announcement:
In order for me to become a RiderCoach, I need to attend the RiderCoach Preparation Course! Unfortunately, my course is falling on the same weekend as MotoAmerica at NJMP this year. It was an extremely tough decision for me to make… be a vendor or become a RiderCoach??? It takes a lot of time and planning to be a vendor at any event. I was about an hour away from ordering all of my merchandise for MotoAmerica when I received a phone call from Eric. With my fingers crossed and praying that the two would not fall on the same weekend, Eric gave me the dates… my heart stopped when he said my RiderCoach Prep class was taking place the weekend of September 12th-13th. I was excited that it was finally happening but devastated that I would not be attending the biggest motorcycle race in the North East for the first time in 4 years. With lots of tears falling, I still believed that everything happens for a reason!! Becoming a RiderCoach is something that I am passionate about and have wanted to do for a long time. I know if I miss this opportunity now, it may not present itself for a while. I have decided that I am going to move forward and take my course to finally become an official Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCoach!!! I am truly excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to teach people how to ride!!!
In honor of MotoAmerica at New Jersey Motorsport Park in September, all U.S. orders placed with RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING will receive FREE SHIPPING!!! Get your gear now so you can help me represent female riders of all ages!! And if you want me to teach you to ride, visit Trama’s Auto School and reserve your spot today!!!
Get your RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING Apparel for MotoAmerica: www.ridelikeagirlracing.com
Sign up to learn how to ride: www.tramas.com
Happy Birthday USA!!! And the Ladies ROCKED the weekend!!! July 26, 2015 13:37
What an AMAZING weekend for the Ladies!! This past 4th of July we had so many great reasons to CELEBRATE!! It all started on Friday July 3rd with Team Pro-Motion's Track Day Girl which was created by Marika Krejci! You can enjoy all the same benefits of a regular track day but with the support of other female riders and two amazing female coaches… Donna Gardner and Julie Infurna!! Make sure you take the opportunity to work with them! Ask them questions, have them follow you for a few laps, and get their feedback… They want to help you improve and they are great at helping you get there!!
Next was the Track Day Girl GP Moto! A race with all girls! It might not sound intimidating but these girls are fierce!! From beginners to experts, everyone is out to have a great time and enjoy some heavy heated competition! The big difference between guys and girls racing… girls jump up and down, hug each other, and cheer for one another out of the pure joy and excitement that we did it together!! The proof is in the smiles!! Race participants included Sj Harris, Donna Gardner, Claudia Guldimann, Marika Krejci, Julie Infurna, Crystal Schultz, Rebecca Brown, Betsy Rios, and Jeanine Schroder!!
And the excitement doesn’t stop there folks!! This weekend just keeps getting better!! There is no greater feeling of accomplishment then getting bumped up into the next riding group!! Congratulations to the FIVE Team Pro-Motion girls that worked their asses of this weekend and were given the right of passage… new stickers!!! WooHoo!! Proud new owners of Yellow Group stickers are Christa Faust, Johanna Joseph and Jeanine Schroder!! Crystal Schultz and Rachel Romeo are now killing it in the Red Group!! Great job Ladies!!!
And the Grand Finale to this AMAZING 4th of July weekend… The US Women’s World Cup Soccer Team takes the GOLD!! These ladies truly showed the world what they are made of: Passion, commitment, drive, courage, strength, relentlessness, pride… the list goes on and on!!! Just a perfect finish to an already incredible weekend!!!
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1. How did you spend your 4th of July?
2. Are you interested in trying Track Day Girl??
3. What was it like when you got bumped to the next group?
4. Which World Cup Team were you cheering for??
Harris Takes the Podium July 14, 2015 22:18 2 Comments
A few years ago I received a phone call from a young woman. We spoke for about 45 minutes… well, she spoke, and I mostly listened ;) I didn’t want to interrupt her excitement while she was telling me all about her passion and her dreams of one day becoming a female motorcycle racer!! Nothing was going to get in her way and she wasn’t going to stop fighting for something that was deeply embedded within her heart! Anyone can talk the talk but when they put words into action it becomes a whole new game and that’s exactly what Sj Harris has done! On any given weekend you can find Sj at a racetrack somewhere on the East Coast. Her dedication to her goals and to racing are truly inspiring! On July 3rd 2015, Team Pro-Motion had a Track Day Girl event at New Jersey Motorsport Park which also included an All Girl’s GP Moto Race. I participated in this race knowing that there was some heavy heated competition and that these girls were no joke, Sj being one of them!! During CCS race weekends at NJMP you can find me working the corners as Safety Crew. I get to know most of the riders, including Sj, by their body positions and riding styles. It’s one thing to watch racers fly by me while flagging but it was a whole different story when I was actually participating in the race myself. The “1” board went up, the green flag was waving, we all took off down the front straight and then just like lightning from out of nowhere, Sj came tearing ass around the first corner. I knew it was her right away just by her body position that I had seen so many times from my corner station. It was just incredible to watch her in action from that perspective. At that very moment, I knew Sj had meant every word she spoke to me two years earlier. To witness how far she had come, to know how much time and effort and hard work she had put into her dreams, and to have never lost sight of them is amazing! All of her hard work paid off as she took 1st place in the Girl’s GP Moto. It was an honor to be in that race with her and the rest of the incredibly fast ladies!!
Keep tabs on this race chic by following Sj's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/SJ-Harris-Threader-Racing/715183788607180
Roadracing World Magazine: www.roadracingworld.com/news/harris-wins-team-pro-motion-gp-moto-girl-race-at-njmp/
photo credit: The SB Image
Girl’s GP Moto Racers: (L to R) Rebecca Brown, Jeanine Schroder, Donna Gardner, Sj Harris, Claudia Guldimann, Betsy Rios. Missing from photo: Marika Krejci, Crystal Shultz and Julie Infurna
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How does Sj Harris inspire you??
What are some of your dreams and goals?
How have you accomplished what you set out to do?
What are some struggles in reaching your goals?
The Original Track Day Girl!!! July 09, 2015 17:19
We now offer Customized Printing!! May 25, 2015 15:20
Some very exciting news!! We have recently switched to Direct To Garment printing. This means that we have the ability to customize your order!! If you see a design on a shirt but maybe a different style shirt is more appealing to you.. no problem!! Just shoot me an email to email@example.com I will do my best to make it happen for you!! RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING is all about fitting the needs of all female riders from the sports minded girl to the fashion conscious woman!! We are committed to offering you apparel that makes you feel comfortable and confident while showing off your "two wheel" lifestyle!!
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They chose me for #WomensWednesday!! November 24, 2014 09:46 1 Comment
I would love to take this opportunity to thank SPEEDMOB Inc. for choosing me to be your #WomansWednesday feature!!!
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