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Tammy Flemming AKA Sam
A third generation Harley rider, Sam waited what felt like a life time before getting, and learning to ride her own Harley. Inspired by her family members, Sam has held on to the dream of one day riding across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where her Grandmother, a war bride, and her Mother landed in Canada at the close of WW2.
When Sam experienced “empty nest”, she returned to her dream of becoming a social worker, obtaining a degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria. Sam worked within the child protection system for 15 years, walking with families to enhance safety for children. Sam made the tough choice to leave the front line in 2017 and currently writes curriculum and facilitates training with a non-profit agency in Victoria, BC.
Sam’s passion for child safety lead her to become part of an organization of bikers who empower children who have experienced abuse in their lives. For three years, Sam rode Vancouver Island and BC’s mainland spreading awareness and empowerment, before deciding that it is time. Time to return to the dream of riding across Canada…but the dream has grown and gained a purpose. Sam wants to connect with other women who ride and gather their stories to be published, celebrating the accomplishments, adventures, frustrations, and tears shared by other women riders.
Sam grew up on Vancouver Island, on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen peoples, and although she has lived in many other places in BC and Alberta, the Island always calls her home again. Although Sam rides year round, she is excited for this year’s riding season to swing into full gear, “there is still so much more to see and experience, I just can’t wait to get out there and share the beauty of the Island and the rest of BC with other riders”!
Tammy Kidd AKA Road Captain
Tammy Kidd is an Edmonton based entrepreneur and has her hands in several different types of adventure clubs and tours.
This past 2019 summer Tammy joined a motorcycle riding challenge called Matt-A-Lott where your registration fee went towards a local Leduc charity. Tammy set a goal of 12,000 KM’s doubling the previous year of 6,000 KM’s. Well the results are in and not only did she exceed her set goal getting in 28,007 km from May 1 – Oct. 31, she won the challenge with overall most KM’s beating out 45 other participants. Tammy’s passion has gone from casual to stating that “Wind Therapy” has changed her outlook on how life should be spent – give it your all and don’t let the negative take over!
Tammy has been in the tourism industry for over 35 years and in 2012 started her own 4 season tour company Canadian Xtreme Adventures (CXA). In September 2020 CXA is heading to Spain to hit up 8 days of amazing riding - these tours are open to anyone who rides a motorcycle, wants to enjoy the comfort of the tour being setup and meeting some new fellow riders and friends from all over. CXA offers 2-3 motorcycle tours per season but can organize any type of motorcycle tour specializing in the Western Canadian region. CXA also offers tours such as Ski & Snowboard in the winter, for groups, individuals, schools, corporate, If you can dream it, they can plan it. Excited to be offering this March 2020 in North American the World Figure Skating packages in Montreal.
In 2007 Tammy founded Babes on Bikes a Not-for-profit ladies only motorcycle club that is located in Edmonton, Alberta. Proud to be celebrating their up and coming 13th summer, offering several different riding options and experiences for the female riders in the Edmonton and surrounding area.
Babes on Bikes participates in different weekend charity events, Babes and friend’s bikes tours, and so much more. Every season the club seems to gain more awareness and maintains a positive and outgoing membership of returning and new lady riders. With the growth of the club we are able to offer more rides and the ladies get to meet more amazing women who share in the same passion.
Babes on Bikes meets once a week for an approx. 100-160 km ride with set days of riding, different events posted and of course our mission is to ride for Ice Cream.
Tammy just turned 51 and has 3 grown adult children, 21, 23, 28 married with a 11 month grandson. Having the freedom of now being an empty nester, Tammy spends as much time as possible planning her next adventure but of course spending time with her grandson is always at the top of the list!
Eric Larson AKA Iggy
Eric is a 53 yr old widow with two adult daughters.
Eric lives in Alberta and rides 30,000 to 55,000 kms per year.
Eric has ridden from Tuktoyuktuk, Alaska down to Mexico.
As a President of Alberta 1 chapter of Blue Knights Eric interacts with many bikers.
Currently rides a 2013
Norm McRae AKA Shaker
I'm a Veteran, through and through. I served 22 years as an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force, of which I'm extremely proud. I'm the son of a WW2 Veteran, and 8 of my Uncles served in WW2, and one was killed in Korea. Both of my grandfathers served Canada in WW1, and one was shot no less than 5 times, yet still survived after walking 5 km to an Aid Station. And then he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force after the War. TOUGH man that I very much admire!
I started riding motorcycles somewhere around 2000, when my boss sold me an old Yamaha XS650 for $800. I LOVE riding that bike, and even though it had a host of problems (it had been dropped on an Autobahn by a P.O when he was in Germany), it got me from Cold Lake to Calgary and back many times. The carbs were always (and still are) a problem on it, but since doing a complete ground-up on it, most of the other problems are behind her, and she looks and rides GREAT! Nowadays, I usually ride my Yamaha Bolt, which is a LOT more reliable (Fuel injection sure beats 40 year old dual carbs!).
When I retired from the Air Force, I moved to Airdrie. Close to home, even though both of my parents have passed. I grew up in Calgary and love the area, and have discovered a whole new side if it since I came back, since I'd never seen the place from a motorcycle before.
As a Veteran, I'm also promoting the Legion and the Legion Riders, but I really want to urge ALL Veterans and Riders to get involved, even if they don't join the Legion. Getting out and riding, especially with friends, is a great way to meet people, see interesting places, reduce stress and generally have some fun! That's one thing I like about the Legion Riders - we avoid any politics and just enjoy ourselves.
We have a small group of Legion Riders in Airdrie and Calgary, and we always ride in the Airdrie Canada Day Parade to show off our rides and pride and hand out a few hundred Canadian Flags to the kids! I also ride with a group of Legion Riders in Carbon, Alta (Hey, Hoss!), who are a great bunch to ride and hang around with, but I'll ride with almost anybody. I often show up at the Airdrie Bike Nights, and hopefully I'll have a few rides with them, too.
I'm hoping to chat about local rides and attractions, as well as motorcycle groups, Bike Nights, and anything else that might interest other riders out there. There are a HUGE number of great rides and routes, and LOTS to see in the area, most of which you can't see from the seat of a car. I hope to discover a few of them with you!