October 22, 2021

Chrome Divas ride to find cancer cure

More than 80 riders hit road Saturday and raise $3,010

Travis Dunn/Staff Reporter

Spectators watch as members of the Cortland Chrome Divas, other motorcycle groups and their supporters roll out of the parking lot of Argyle’s Easy Street Tavern at 185 Homer Ave. in Cortland, kicking off a Saturday afternoon ride to raise money for an oncology center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

The Cortland Chrome Divas, a chapter established in 2015 of a national women’s motorcycle club, hit the streets Saturday for a charity ride to raise money to fight cancer.

“Our public has really come through with the donations,” said Toni Miller, director of both the local chapter and the northeast regional chapter. The event raised $3,101.

More than 80 riders joined the Divas on the charity run, called the Cortland Divas and Dudes for a Cure for Breast Cancer Awareness ride, including Diva chapters from Watertown and Rochester, as well as “the dudes” — Hades Hounds, Patriot Guards, Sons of Sam and War Clans motorcycle clubs and VET SAR.

One of the dudes, Ron Colasurdo of Cincinnatus, has ridden with the divas before. He was wearing a pink T- shirt promoting Saturday’s event and surrounded by a lot of pink on the Chrome Divas’ motorcycles — pink ribbons, balloons, handkerchiefs, bras, tassels and feathers.

“The girls have gone ahead and pinked them out,” he said.

Travis Dunn/Staff Reporter

The Cortland Chrome Divas prepare to leave Argyle’s Easy Street Tavern at 185 Homer Ave., in Cortland, to begin a Saturday afternoon ride to raise money for an oncology center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

There were all kinds of motorcycles lined up for the ride in the parking lot of Argyle’s Easy Street Tavern at 185 Homer Ave. in Cortland and across the street in the Homer Avenue Plaza. Most of them were Harleys, both cruisers and soft tails, but there were some Kawasakis in there and a dayglow crotch rocket, and even a few three-wheeled Spyders.

“They don’t discriminate on what you ride,” Colasurdo said. “As long as you ride, that’s all that matters.”

The ride took the group from Argyle’s Easy Street Tavern to the Cobblestone Inn in Locke, then the Dryden Hotel and finally the Homer Elks Club, where they were treated to food, beverages, vendors, henna tattoos and a raffle, as well as music by Hangman’s Heart and Roger P. Decker. On the way, prizes were awarded at various stops.

Money raised from Saturday’s event will go toward a future oncology center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, which Marie Darling, an executive director at the hospital, said is slated for completion in the fall of 2020.