|Scarlet on her first International Female Ride Day, May 4, 2012|
On Friday, May 4th, a diverse group of 30 female riders met for a day of fun and riding. The morning weather was not promising, with rain and wind being the flavor of the moment. All I could think was. "Mother Nature can't you give the sista's a break?!" The Victoria IFRD team of Alison Smith, Debra Roberts, Bobbi Bjornholt, Chantele McPhee and myself worked very hard putting the event together. We were so fortunate to have swag donated by several local businesses that support female riding.
The purpose of IFRD is to promote motorcycling for women and to let the wider world know that we are out there on two wheels on everything from sport bikes - cruisers to scooters. Founder Vicki Grey of Toronto, Ontario, started the ride event in 2007, each year the ride grows. This is the biggest IFRD day to date with riders from countries across the globe from places as far away as India, Kuwait, Italy, US, Canada, and Europe. The event empowers women and encourages them to be a part of the motorcycling sisterhood. Vicki has been involved in motorcycling as a sport as a racer and as a professional motorcycle instructor and coach. She has inspired many a female rider and contributes to the motorcycle world with her blog Motoress.
Riders from across the motorcycle spectrum, sport bikes, adventure touring, cafe racer and cruisers met up for our Rock The Island event and WE DID JUST THAT! Two local media outlets covered the event and we got out our message of safe motorcycling and our call to car driver's to drop their handheld devices, practice safe driving skills and remember to shoulder check before changing lanes and to be cognizant that there are other road users. Two separate routes covering Vancouver Island were done, with riders going out to Sooke and Jordan River and the other run down the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Mother Nature finally decided she was going to cut us a break and let the sun shine through and a happier group of women could not be found anywhere on the island. We met up at Savage Cycles to gather for some fabulous swag draws and talk about our adventures. It was an amazing day. I can hardly wait until next year!
Lunch at Original Joe's in Langford
Group Two out in beautiful Sidney by the Sea - notice our beautiful parking job!
Myself and two other Moto Mama's on a lovely evening run through downtown Victoria in front of the Fairmont Empress. Our Moto Mama friend Cindy couldn't make it out during the day, so we held our own IFRD event. We tootled downtown Victoria and completed the scenic Dallas-Beach road loop. I was on my bike for 12 hours by the time I pulled up back at home, exhausted, happy and contented.
I can hardly wait until next year!!!!