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Maria CostelloCranfield University has welcomed British motorcycle racer Maria Costello MBE to its list of Associate Drivers and Riders, a scheme supporting talented motorsport competitors; all at different stages of their careers.

As an Associate Rider for Cranfield’s Motorsport Programme, Maria benefits from the knowledge of the academic team and the postgraduate students on its Motorsport Engineering and Management MSc, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the backing of a University with significant involvement in motorsport. In return Maria will act as an ambassador for Cranfield’s Motorsport MSc, its students and alumni. This should lead to students getting more closely involved with race teams and working on projects. It is intended that Maria will visit Cranfield to meet the current cohort of students, offering an invaluable insight into motorsport from the competitor’s perspective. READ ON

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Ireland PerrottJust before Ireland Perrott’s third birthday she told her parents she wanted to ride on a dirt bike. Her father Chad Perrott, owner of Riverside Honda, told the little girl that she couldn’t have a dirt bike until she was able to ride a regular two-wheeled bicycle without using her training wheels. That didn’t stop the toddler for long.

“Later that day I heard something out in the garage and went to check on her. There she was, in her dad’s shop, trying to take the training wheels off her pedal bike. It was just in her. She wanted to ride that much,” Ireland’s mother Jenine Perrott said.

Now 13 and a student at Camilla School in Riviere Qui Barre, Ireland has been competing in motocross time trials since she was four years old. For her, riding a motorcycle is easy and in her own way, she plainly explained why it doesn’t frighten her. READ ON

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Ottawa’s hometown hero loves HarleysAs comfortable on stage as on a Harley motorbike, Stephanie La Rochelle, 18, sang her heart out in CBC’s Over the Rainbow and won fans across Canada. Placing second in the nationwide competition, she’s best remembered for her fearless, in-your-face performances of “Cabaret” and “Buenos Aires,” as well as incredibly touching renditions of “Smile” and “Someone Like You.”

Since returning home to Ottawa, this self-described “quiet girl” has been hailed as a hometown hero by city council and made guest appearances throughout the capital region. READ ON 

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Tanna Martin sits on her bike at Mike Bruno's Bayou Country.Control and freedom are the commonalities found among women bikers. That's why, some local female riders say, female motorcycle ridership is rapidly growing.

“Women riders are actually on a rise,” said Celeno Naquin, Mike Bruno's Bayou Country Harley-Davidson's marketing coordinator. “It's one of the highest-growing parts of the industry right now out of people buying bikes. Women have really stepped forward, and even within our dealership we've noticed a rise in our customers being women. It's really great that they're coming out of their shells. They're gaining their own independence, their own freedom. And we love it.” READ ON