Women in the Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Three time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and author of the newly published book, The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900 – 1950, Cristine Sommer-Simmons today announced that she will be riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball Run next year.

Sommer-Simmons will be one of only two women riders in the cross-country endurance run of the century. The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is gathering momentum to launch a pack of riders on vintage motorcycles for an historic ride across America in September 2010.

The brainchild of Lonnie Isam, Jr., promoter and owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, The Motorcycle Cannonball Run of 2010 requires that participants ride classic pre-1916 motorcycles such Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and the Harley-Davidson’s Silent Grey Fellows.

Sommer-Simmons will make the 3,320-mile transcontinental ride on September 10 on the east coast in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on her 1915 Harley Davidson.

"This is the thrill of a lifetime!" exclaims Simmons, "It’s an honor to be a part of such a historic and monumental race, and even more exciting to be the only American woman registered for the event!"