NO MAN’S LANDPioneering female motorcyclists the Van Buren sisters were the first women to ride across America. 100 years later, Sarah Van Buren recreated the ride. With 100 women.
A documentary on two pioneering female motorcyclists, suffragettes, adventurers, patriots.
Two American sisters, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, were fueled by a desire to serve their country. It was 1916, and America was on the brink of entering World War I. Barred from military service due to their gender, The Van Buren Sisters wanted to prove that women could serve as valuable Army dispatch riders for troops on the ground.
To prove their point, the badass socialite siblings from New York embarked on a 5,000+ mile journey across the United States. The sisters navigated precarious undeveloped roads, climbed 14,000 feet on their motorcycles to ascend Pike’s Peak, and maintained their freedom following multiple arrests for wearing “men’s clothing.” They were the first women to complete such a ride.
Not only did Agusta and Adaline make history, they inspired the next generation. Sarah Van Buren, great-great niece of the Van Burens, covers the tracks of her courageous relatives on the motorcycle, 100 years to the day in 2016.
Sarah was joined by the rest of the Van Buren family, and hundreds of female motorcyclists who joined them on this journey to honor the Sisters’ legacy.