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Women motorcyclists gather for a pre-rally meet and greet Thursday night

September 30, 2016 GMT

International women motorcycle riders and women from across the country attended a meet-and-greet event at the MCM Elegante Hotel Thursday night to kick off the weekend-long “Lace, Grace, and Gears” biker rally that begins Friday. The rally is expected to be a record-breaking congregation for women riders, with thousands of women expected to make their way to Beaumont to take part. In addition to music, vendors and motorcycle parades and contests, a blessing of the bikes Friday morning will kick off a number of two-wheeling adventure trips throughout the region.