Inspirational Speakers

The Inspirational Speaker Stage is where we bring together the best, most inspiring women from the world of motorcycling to share their passionate stories. From the women winning races to extraordinary solo tourers, we cover a range of motorcycling styles and have a story to inspire anyone.

Claire Lomas

Believe You Can

Claire Lomas was working as a chiropractor and had reached the highest level in the sport of eventing when a freak accident left her paralysed from the chest down. Her motivational story defines the gradual process of turning her situation around; becoming the first paralysed female in the UK to get her motorbike race licence in July 2017 amongst many other significant achievements. Claire challenges her audience to raise their sights, make their own luck by taking opportunities and be the best they can be. You will leave the room believing in yourselves, inspired and hugely motivated. When faced with challenges in your own lives, Claire’s words stick in your mind “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t - you are right”.

Elspeth Beard

Lone Rider

Elspeth Beard was the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. At the age of just twenty-three, Elspeth left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.

Her two-and-a-half year journey saw her survive life-threatening illnesses, brutal accidents and third world hospitals that left her with permanent scars and memory loss. Along the way, she witnessed riots and civil uprisings that altered the course of nations, fended off physical threats, sexual attacks and corrupt police, and even managed to fall in and out of love with three men.

She will be telling her truly incredible tale (before the days of Sat Navs and emails) along with a question and answer session for you to ask all your burning questions. Her book, Lone Rider, will be available to purchase on site and she will be signing copies!

Panels and Talks

The Panels and Talks bring together women from all areas of motorbiking, who have a passion for bikes, to discuss current issues and topics in an interactive, interesting and informal environment. Bring your questions!

Sarah Whyte

The S-Road

Meet Sarah, owner of blog The S-Road. She blogs about things that interest her, including her motorcycle journey, and encourages aspiring riders to just go for it.

"My first experience on a motorbike was riding pillion on the back of my Dad's Ninja. My Dad used to pick me up from secondary school which earnt him "cool dad" status but made me annoyed, especially if I had lots of bags.

When I was 16, I got my own moped to get me around town but I always knew that I wanted to get a big bike eventually. When I was nearing 30, and I had the time and money, I went for my big bike license and - bar an accident on my first day on my new kawasaki - I have loved it ever since.

I have a blog where I share some stories about riding a bike, as when I started I couldn't really find other women riders who had gone through the experience.

Since learning how to ride I've had some great experiences such as riding my bike in the Peak District to shoot a promo video for VALR luggage and leading a ride out in the Brecon Beacons on a Harley Davidson while I was at Camp VC. I've also met some great people and been to new places.

I would encourage everyone who wants to get on two wheels to go for it. You won't regret it!"

Sarah Whyte
Motorbiker, Snowboarder, Blogger

Holly Richardson

All About Holly

Holly began her riding adventures in 2016, and she currently rides a Harley-Davidson Sportster (with a flamed out tank and crown gas cap!). Holly runs a biking blog via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube- All About Holly.

Her Facebook page is a hub of discussion and lively debates, with a following of people from all over the world. Her YouTube channel features How-to’s – whilst she works on her own bike, vlogs, reviews, test rides, and documentary style videos. Holly has a passion for creating interesting and informative content – that being said, she doesn’t take herself too seriously, and is known amongst her online community for wearing fluffy slippers whilst filming various mishaps in her garage! 

Holly uses her social media platforms to host various rides and events, of which have included introducing motorcycling to aspiring female riders, hosting the first ever ‘Ladies Day’ at Jack Lilley Triumph, and next May she is taking to the roads of Ireland and leading a bike tour with LemonRock! 

“Riding has given me friends that became family, a network of support and respect, liberation, fun, and an abundance of opportunity. It has certainly changed my life for the better! My ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage others to live their lives to the full, and in my opinion, there is no better way to do that then riding a motorcycle!” 

Zoe Cano

Bonneville Go Or Bust

Zoë Cano,  is an adventurous explorer, writer and photographer.  Born in Hereford, England, she immediately moved after leaving school to live and work in Paris for ten years in the film and events industry then on to New York and Boston, with extended periods in Brazil and Asia.

Among her numerous unique adventures,  Zoë has undertaken the challenge to row the entire length of The Thames from its source in the centre of England to Greenwich, travelled through the Amazon, walked distances along the Great Wall of China and also crossed the Peruvian Andes on horseback.

With her love of motorcycles, in 2012 she succeeded in a  massive exploit to cross the American Continent solo , without assistance, on a classic Triumph Bonneville T100.  She’d just passed her test!

This expedition clocked up almost  9 000 miles with no sat-nav used – just old National Geographic maps and a compass!  That summer of 2012 across America would go down in the record books as being the hottest summer on record.  The fact that she hadn’t done much more than 100 miles on a motorbike before the trip confirms the courage of the trip producing incredible adventures.

She is the author of a number of highly successsful travel books. ‘Bonneville Go or Bust – On the Roads Less Travelled’ narrates this first unique solo adventure across America and has received rave reviews and 5 star ratings on both sides of the Atlantic.

Just two years later in 2014,  Zoe returned to the USA and undertook another challenging 2 000 miles on another motorbike this time through the southern states of Georgia, Alabama and the Gulf Peninsula of Florida recounted in her second book ‘Southern Escapades’.

Her third book in the adventure travel series - ‘Chilli, Skulls & Tequila” – is a 3 000 mile solo escapade she took in 2016 through the iconic Baja California, Mexico and this time in an old truck!  In 2017, a year later, she jumped on an old scooter and rode from London and around the Welsh coastline.

In 2018 she completed a three month 4 000 mile adventure through New Zealand again on a motorcycle. Her new book “Hellbent for Paradise” covering stories of this unique adventure is now available through her website or all main bookstores. / twitter-  @bijoulatina / instagram – bijoulatina

Andreea Maciuca

Female Riders UK

"Looking at the motorcycle magazines, I was always told that women don't ride. Those words were carved into my mind so powerful that I wanted to show others that women do ride so having that goal in my soul, I started my journey into a new world where no one, except family, showed support.

Becoming a lifestyle and knowing how hard is to be a female rider in a male dominated industry, I've chosen to dedicate all my spare time motivating, empowering and showing support to the ladies that will take this life changing path.

This is how Female Riders UK was founded two years ago. Wanting to empower more, I’ve started the first and only odometer challenge in the UK, for female riders. Female Riders UK is about a supportive community, about not judging, not having colours, not being judgemental, talking about everything related to motorcycles and rides!

Female Riders UK is about every lady that is riding a scooter, a motorcycle, a trike. It’s about starting from somewhere. It’s about supporting all female riders, regardless of how many CC, motorcycle make, or type they ride!"

At the Show

We also have ladies who will be at the show on their own stands who will be available for questions and chats!

Lissy Whitmore

Lissy Whitmore Racing

Young racers (and best friends) Lissy Whitmore and Charlotte Marcuzzo will be attending our special event with their race bikes for you to learn about their racing journeys and ask all your pressing questions.

Lissy will be racing a Yamaha YZF-R3 in the NG road racing Championship F400 and open 500 classes next year as well as taking part in other championships throughout the season. She's only been riding since easter 2017 but has amazed audiences with her ability. She started in the British mini bike Championship and this year moved to bigger bikes gaining 7 podiums this year, finishing 3rd in the Supermono GB Championship Jnr cup, 4th in the open 500 newcomer Championship and 10th in the F400 Championship, all on a KTM RC390. Lissy's aim is to get to the bsb paddock.

Charlotte Marcuzzo

Charlotte Marcuzzo Racing

Young racers (and best friends) Lissy Whitmore and Charlotte Marcuzzo will be attending our special event with their race bikes for you to learn about their racing journeys and ask all your pressing questions.

Charlotte only started racing last May in the BMB paddock on a 140MiniGp bike. She won the winter 18/19 championship and was Vice Champion after leading the championship for most of the season for 2019. Alongside the MiniGP bike Charlotte started to race in the BEMSEE junior team green cup on her Ninja 300. She managed to finish on the podium twice at her first ever meeting on the 300 at Cadwell Park. Next year Charlotte will be racing her Ninja 300 again in the team green junior cup championship in the BEMSEE championship for the full season. Not only that, she's been nominated for the Henry Surtees young racer of the year, recognising just how well she has done in such a short space of time. She is the only female motorcycle racer in her class.

Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones Racing

Chloe Jones is a 16 year old girl who has a real passion for racing. She first got on a bike when she was 11 years old, and raced a little mini moto finishing 1st in the novice championship in the first year.

Chloe then moved onto a mini gp 140 bike and after only practicing once on the bike she won her first race. She then went on to come 1st in the Mini GP 140 class in the British Mini Bike Championship with a whole round to spare even after missing a round due to a family holiday! At only 14 years old she decided she wanted to start racing against adults and started riding a Honda Crf 150 bike.
With the support of M.R.S Racing she had some brilliant races against some fast grown men and had some great top 10 finishes.

At the age of 15 she started riding the M.R.S Racing Yamaha R3 in the Junior supersport class of British Superbikes. As the only female in the class she was having some amazing battles throughout the season and was having an amazing year improving every race until unfortunately an accident with another rider caused her to break her collar bone.

Chloe is determined to come back much stronger this year and fight for those top finishes. She is working hard in the gym and on the track on her little bikes. She will be back in the British superbike paddock and also will be doing some other races in other championships for extra track time.

She is looking forward to meeting lots more people and hopefully encouraging more women and youngsters onto bikes.