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Lace, Grace and Gears Rally Rides into Llano

Women rule the road this weekend during the Lace, Grace and Gears motorcycle rally in Llano. The event features organized rides, music, and the Parade of Sisters, an all-female motorcycle ride through Llano. Courtesy photo

LLANO — Three years ago, Layne Neuenfeldt launched a Facebook page to unite female motorcyclists, the fastest-growing — and often overlooked — segment of riders.

After Sisterhood of the Asphalt Ribbon hit social media in late 2015, Neuenfeldt realized there were a lot of women across the United States and around the world who shared a love for riding, and not as passengers.

Though Facebook offered a way to connect, it wasn’t enough. Neuenfeldt and others wanted a chance to get together, share stories and experiences, celebrate riding, and, of course, hit the road. In 2016, organizers held Lace, Grace and Gears, a women’s motorcycle rally, in Beaumont and followed it up in 2017 in Bandera.

This year, hundreds of female motorcyclists are coming to Llano for the 2018 Lace, Grace, and Gears, which is Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30, at John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152.

Registration is $40 and includes a T-shirt and swag bag.

“We knew we were on to something big when we launched the Sisterhood of the Asphalt Ribbon page on Facebook at the end of 2015,” Neuenfeldt said. “Once the rally was announced, we saw an immediate response from the women riders with hundreds quickly signing up to attend. … Women rode in from all over the country and flew in from as far as Austria, Australia, and Hawaii to attend.

The Parade of Sisters, an all-woman motorcycle ride, begins Saturday, Sept. 29, at Llano High School, 2509 Texas 16, and continues through the town to the John L. Kuykendall Center and Arena. Staging starts at 9 a.m. at the high school. Courtesy photo


“This year, the organizing committee has worked hard to fill the calendar once again with gorgeous rides and activities that the lady riders have come to expect,” she continued. “We are thrilled with the feedback and response.”

The three-day event packs in a lot of activities, including several rides. Llano Mayor Gail Lang will lead the Mayor’s Ride starting at about 8 a.m. Friday with the riders’ meeting (location to be determined). She’ll also join in the Parade of Sisters on Saturday.

The Parade of Sisters will feature hundreds of riders as they make their way from Llano High School, 2509 Texas 16, through the city to the event center. The parade stages at 9 a.m. at the school and rolls out at 10 a.m.

“The parade mirrors the unique solidarity between women riders and is an opportunity for them to experience the thrill of this passionate sisterhood,” according to a Lace, Grace, and Gears media release. “While men are welcomed at the rally, this parade is the sole domain of the ladies.”

Throughout the weekend, there will a number of fun things, including dirt track training, live music and entertainment, line dancing, a scavenger hunt, mechanical bull riding, skeet shooting, and a photo exhibit. (A professional photographer will take pictures “of you, your posse, you and your significant other or your MC.”)

The National Public Radio StoryCorps will be on hand so women can record their riding adventure stories. The interviews will be housed online in the NPR and Library of Congress archives.

The Leather and Lace Moto Bash is 8 p.m. Saturday and features the comedy of Bag Lady Sue and music by Shovelhead Runway and headliner Twisted Throttle. Then, there’s a fireworks show at midnight.

Guests of honor are Harley-Davidson riding legend Gloria Tramontin-Struck and groundbreaking dirt track racer and champion Mary McGee.

Go to lacegracegears.com for a full schedule or to register.

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