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Genevieve Schmitt to be inducted into Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame

WRN founder recognized as a leading influence on women and motorcycling


Genevieve Schmitt, founder and editor-at-large of Women Riders Now, will be inducted into the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame on October 6, during Las Vegas BikeFest, Oct 5–8.  

Other 2017 inductees include actor Peter Fonda, motorcycle builder Arlen Ness, and magazine editor Dave Nichols.

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Genevieve Schmitt with her 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and a Ducati 696 she test rode. This image reflects the range of street motorcycle genres that Women Riders Now covers, from sportbikes to cruisers and everything in between.

Genevieve is considered one of the leading influencers in women and motorcycling today. Over the more than two decades that she has been working full time as a journalist and publisher in the motorcycle industry, she has written articles and given speeches that have inspired thousands of women to ride motorcycles.

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“I am extremely humbled by this recognition of my work in the media that brings attention to the women’s motorcycling community. All the glory goes to God for giving me the talent and inspiration; to the riders, women and men, who read my articles; and to the powersports companies that have supported my efforts over the years”, said Schmitt. 

She adds, "This honor comes at a pivotal time for Women Riders Now, the online magazine I started in 2006, as we have added a new editorial and management team to lead operations at Women Riders Now, while I take a step back and focus on the things I love like test riding motorcycles, and writing more stories. I'm excited about the future of Women Riders Now and all the opportunities ahead of us as we continue to lead the way in delivering motorcycling news, reviews, and information from a female and lifestyle point of view."

This is not the first Hall of Fame induction for Schmitt. In 2001, she was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's Hall of Fame for her work focusing on women in motorcycling back then. At the time, she was working as editor of Woman Rider magazine, a national print publication she conceived where, for the first time readers could see on the pages of a professional magazine, women of all ages riding any brand of motorcycle. Over the years Schmitt has contributed articles to nearly every motorcycle magazine providing one of the early female voices in motorsports journalism.

“Genevieve is a pioneer in the industry, hobby, and sport of women motorcycling. She has reached beyond the stereotypes and has brought female riders to the forefront," said Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Event Manager of Las Vegas BikeFest. "As the fastest growing demographic of new riders, Genevieve has shown that women can have the same amount of passion and enthusiasm for motorcycle riding as any man."

Las Vegas BikeFest, in partnership with Branscombe Richmond, launched the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the 2016 rally. “The Hall of Fame is designed to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interests above and beyond for the motorcycle community. This honor celebrates, illuminates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America”, said Cherry and Richmond, curators of the Hall of Fame.

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