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.
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 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!
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!"
Motorbiker, Snowboarder, Blogger
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!”
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.
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