Women in Motion Road Guardians to Host Tommy Thompson’s 
17th Annual Reunion Ride

Milwaukee, WI – July 12, 2011   Accident Scene Management Inc. (ASMI), the largest national provider of training for motorcycle trauma first response training, aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists announced today it will again team up with Women in Motion and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson to host his 17th annual Reunion Ride.  The ride starts in Madison on July 14, 2011 at the Capital City Riders (CC Riders) clubhouse and unveils two days of riding in West Central Wisconsin. The ride ends in Mauston with a Pig Roast at the Best Western Hotel in Mauston after a visit Tommy Thompson’s Farm in nearby Elroy. Tommy Thompson is hosting the Pig Roast. A group of trained female “Road Guards” known as the Women In Motion Roadguardians will combine their annual fundraising event that they hold for ASMI with Tommy’s Ride which has been raising funds to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists for seven years. Ride features a Pig Roast and visit to Tommy Thompson’s farm in Elroy, WI July 16, 2011!

Tommy Thompson started an annual motorcycle ride when he was Governor of Wisconsin. A well known and popular public servant, Tommy Thompson left his position as Governor after 14 years when he was asked to serve as secretary of Health and Human services.  Though he left Wisconsin public life in 2001, Tommy Thompson’s Reunion Ride’s(TTRR) continued through the efforts of Accident Scene Management, Inc. (ASMI). Many of the TTRR’s have been week long events that have taken the group across country to New York City, Niagara Falls, North Carolina, and New Hampshire to name a few. The ride returned to Wisconsin last year. General Public is invited to the kick off party hosted by the CC Riders Motorcycle Club July 14, 2011 6-9:00 pm. A $10.00 donation is requested at the door if you have not registered for the entire ride.

The ride departs from the Howard Johnsons in Madison, WI on Friday, July 15th, and will conclude on July 16th in Mauston, Wisconsin.  Day one includes stops at Kutter Harley-Davidson in Monroe, WI, Char’s Wagon Wheel in Portage for lunch and Reel Brother’s Harley-Davidson in Mauston for an evening party with a live band. Day two incudes a scenic ride to Al Muth’s Harley Davidson in Black River Falls for lunch and then to Elroy to visit for Tommy Thompson’s farm before settling in at the hotel for the Pig Roast that starts at 6 pm. Friday and Saturday “Day passes” and full event passes are available.

150 exhausted participants from four states will make their way home on Sunday after participating in our now famous “Topless Bike Wash” where the guys wash the girls bikes Topless. Breakfast and massages make this stop a must as participants gather to say their good byes to new friends.

For more information on this event and fundraiser, visit: http://www.accidentscene.org/womeninmotion/signup.htm

About Tommy Thompson’s Reunion Ride
Tommy Thompson started a motorcycle ride in 1994 to promote tourism in Wisconsin. He continued to host annual week long rides which left the boundaries of the state in 1998 until 2001 when he left his position as Governor of Wisconsin (after serving for 14 years, the longest tenure of any Wisconsin Governor). After serving 4 years as secretary of health and Human Services for the Bush administration Tommy entered public life and works for the Aiken Gump law firm in Washington D.C. overseeing healthcare interests worldwide. Tommy rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and a Harley Fatboy.

About Accident Scene Management, Inc (ASMI)
ASMI was established in 1996 and in 1998 became a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. ASMI teaches a class called “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” in order to teach motorcyclists how to help each other in the event a rider is injured. The most likely person to be at the scene of a motorcycle crash is another motorcyclist and the first 5-20 minutes after a crash are the most critical so it stands to reason that training motorcyclists what to do at a crash is imperative. ASMI sees its role with reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists as being similar to the role of the American Heart Association’s to reducing cardiac death through CPR. While CPR is a great way to help cardiac victim survive, CPR done on a motorcycle crash victim results in a 1% chance of survival. ASMI has trained over 18,000 students and is the leader in motorcycle trauma training in the USA. Accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and with over 140 instructors in 28 states ASMI is recently expanded to Australia. ASMI recently launched a new national program called Road Guardians that encourages motorcyclists to become Life Long Learners through a program of Resources, Rewards and Recognition.

About Women In Motion Road Guardians
Women In Motion Road Guardians were established in 2001 to host an annual fundraiser for Accident Scene Management, Inc. Over the years they have built the largest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit organization. 25 female motorcyclists work with communities, motorcycle friendly establishments and law enforcement to host a 3 day group ride that operates similar to a parade with all participants staying together as a group. The plan routes, meals, parties, auctions and gas stops along the way. The women are not a motorcycle club and have no other function than this annual fundraiser but are required to be trained. They must take traffic control training, accident scene management Basic and Advanced training and motorcycle safety training. The women come from 5 states to serve as volunteers for this cause.

For more information contact
Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – Author of A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist
Executive Director – Accident Scene Management, Inc. http://www.accidentscene.org

(MC Trauma Training)
Co-Founder Road Guardians http://www.roadguardians.org

(Resources, Rewards and Recognition that encourage life long learning)
Founder Diamond Posse http://www.diamondposse.us

(serving veterans)
Allstate Insurance Motorcycle Safety Columnist - http://www.allstateridernews.com

262-364-7440 - local or 877-411-8551 - toll free

Motorcycle Riders: Snap Photos Outside Best Western Hotels and Be Entered To Win Big Rewards, Free Nights

Photo Contest Celebrates Launch of Three Types of Best Western Hotels

PHOENIX (June 6, 2011) – To kick off motorcycle riding season and introduce two-wheeled travelers to Best Western’s three new types of hotels, Best Western International , the World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM, announced a photo contest for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit any of the chain’s 2,200 BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels inNorth America.

 

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win and each week between now and July 15, three winners will randomly be chosen to receive 5,000 Best Western Rewards points.

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive 65,000 points, good for room nights, gift cards, airline miles and more,in celebration of Best Western’s 65th birthday in 2011. To commemorate the launch of the three new types of Best Western hotels, the first rider to submit a photo in-front of all three different BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER signs will win a $650 travel card – good for use at any of the chain’s 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Participants must upload their digital photos to Best Western’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern between now and July 15, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes.

“We want motorcycle riders to know that there’s a Best Western hotel for every type of trip they take with the introduction of BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels, and we welcome them to come and stay with us,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western senior vice president of marketing and sales. “This photo contest allows new and existing Ride Rewards members to experience the special amenities and services we offer exclusively to riders. What’s more – one lucky rider will win 65,000 rewards points which can be redeemed for up to a week of free nights at participating hotels, gift cards, airline miles and much more.”

Photo contest entrants must sign up or be existing members of Best Western Ride Rewards®, the industry’s only free loyalty program for guests traveling by motorcycle. Best Western Ride Rewards members will automatically earn Gold Elite status when the sign up, allowing them to earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates and 10 percent bonus points with each qualified stay at any Best Western hotel. Motorcycle travelers can register for Best Western Ride Rewards by visitingwww.bwrider.com or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.

As part of its partnership with Harley-Davidson®, Best Western has more than 1,200 Rider-Friendly® hotel locations in North America which provide services such as a special Harley-Davidson rate, a clean wipe-down at check-in and a bike cleaning station. Additional benefits at some properties include reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm.

As a complement to Ride Rewards, enthusiasts can also use the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner tool to map and plan rides, and book a Best Western hotel along the route.

Keep up with the photo contest by following Best Western on Twitter @TheBestWestern, hashtag #BWBikerPhoto.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILYSM, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 90* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visitwww.bestwestern.com

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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

 

DOWNTOWN GADSDEN TO HOST “GADSDEN BIKE FEST” MOTORCYCLE RALLY

GADSDEN, AL—FEBRUARY 22, 2011—There are two types of motorcycle riders- those who seek out the best roads to ride and those who seek out the best rallies to ride to.  Gadsden, Alabama has something for both: a good location in the middle of some of the best riding roads in Alabama and a new rally to ride to.

On May 13-15, 2011, motorcycle riders from all over the Southeast will be welcomed to the inaugural Gadsden Bike Fest, presented by USRiderNews, in conjunction with the Etowah County Tourism Board and Downtown Gadsden, Inc.

Etowah County Tourism Board Executive Director Hugh Stump, also a motorcycle enthusiast, said Gadsden has a vibrant motorcycle community and will welcome riders with open arms into Gadsden and the surrounding area.  “We are excited to bring motorcyclists from across the region to experience the great riding and hospitality that can be found in Etowah County.”  Stump added, “They’ll be sure to find a great weekend of fun riding, along with great food and music.”

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range, Gadsden is located on I-59, and State Highways 278, 431, 11, and 77 also provide access.  “We have motorcyclists come through Gadsden all the time and the comments I hear are how much they like the town and the roads in this area,” said representatives for the local Best Western Hotel and Suites, who first approached Scott and Sylvia Cochran, owners of USRiderNews with the idea to promote a motorcycle and music festival in Gadsden.

“They came to Helen, Georgia and met with us during one of the motorcycle events that we promote and convinced us that Gadsden would be as welcoming to riders as Helen.” Sylvia Co­­­chran, with USRiderNews said.  “We made a couple trips over here, met with potential local partners, and fell in love with the town and the area.”  Cochran added, “A bike fest is a perfect fit for downtown and we think it has the potential to grow into one of the premier motorcycle events in the Southeast.”

The three-day event will bring riders downtown to interact with local shops and local and regional vendors, bike games, a poker run and outdoor entertainment from local as well as regional music acts.  Local businesses will sponsor the “Hot Rods and Rides” Bike Show and Invitational Car Show.  Kay Moore, Executive Director for Downtown Gadsden, Inc., said “Downtown Gadsden is looking forward to a great weekend as we welcome motorcyclists to our historic downtown.  We know they will enjoy our wonderful restaurants, stores and boutiques.  We are excited to showcase our area and make them feel right at home.”

USRiderNews believes the number of motorcyclists that could visit Gadsden and the surrounding area during the rally would be very significant.

A tentative schedule of events is listed below:

Friday May 13th.

12 noon:  Vendors open and entertainment on Downtown stage
3 pm:  Bike Wash competition
9 pm:  Kick-off party with welcome from the City
9-12 pm:  Local bands and street dance
10 pm:  Miss Gadsden Bike Fest preliminary

Saturday May 14th

9 am:  Vendors open
Live Music Downtown stage all day
10 am:  Hot Rods and Rides Bike Show & Invitational Car Show begins
12- 1 pm:  Bikini Bike Wash Competition
9 am- 12 noon:  Poker Run Registration, last bike in @ 5:30
6 pm:  Bike Games
8:30 pm:  Miss Gadsden Bike Fest finale – Downtown stage
9 pm- 12 am: Live Music and Street Dance- Downtown stage

Sunday May 15th

8-10 am: Pancake Breakfast – Downtown (benefits local charities)
9 am-2 pm:  Vendors Open
11 am:  Christian Motorcycle Assoc. Worship Service, Downtown
2 pm:  Vendors close

Additional contacts:

Scott Cochran, Event Producer, USRiderNews, 478-494-3760
Kay Moore, Executive Director, Downtown Gadsden, Inc., 256-547-8696