Riders started arriving to Keystone, Colorado, today for early registration for the 5th AMA International Women amp; Motorcycling Conference, presented by Harley-Davidson and Buell. The official start of the conference is Wednesday, August 19. The conference runs through Sunday, August 23. Women riders from 43 states, plus Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan, and more than 50 riding clubs are attending. Many came early to avoid the registration rush, get orientated to the area, and acclimated to the alpine climate. Keystone sits at 9166 feet above sea level.
Activities at the conference include daily seminars, demo rides, group rides, vendor marketplace, and after-hours social events at the idyllic Keystone Resort. Riders today were greeted with cool mountain temperatures hovering around the 60s with showers off and on all day. Riders arriving from the east and midwest reported running into hail and lots of rain. Many others are delayed because of the weather.
Riders arriving from the west today say they experienced good weather but were surprised at the balmy 90-degree temperatures in Las Vegas for this time of year. The rest of the weeks weather for Keystone calls for mid-70s and partly to mostly sunny skies.
The welcoming ceremony takes place Wednesday evening where motocross sensation Ashley Fiolek will be the keynote speaker. Fiolek has won 13 amateur national titles, the 2008 Womens Motocross Association national championship, made her debut at the X Games and brought home the gold medal in the womens motocross competition, was nominated for an ESPY in 2009, and is currently the points leader in the 2009 series as the first woman ever to compete as a member of the Honda Racing factory team.