Bik­ers mark In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Dave Abra­hams MO­TOR­ING STAFF abra­hadc@iafrica.com

NOT EVEN a per­sis­tent driz­zle that later turned to se­ri­ous rain could dampen the spir­its of the more than two dozen women who showed up for the lo­cal leg of the 2015 In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day.

The run, or­gan­ised by Lady Bik­ers SA, is one of five in South Africa and hun­dreds all over the world in what is now a not-to-be-missed an­nual cel­e­bra­tion among women rid­ers.

The event, now in its ninth year, is not in­tended as a char­ity event, but in­di­vid­ual runs of­ten be­come fund-rais­ers for lo­cal char­i­ties, or com­pe­ti­tions.

One rider at the 2014 In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Rid­ers Day on Satur­day told the Cape Ar­gus it was the first time she had taken her mo­tor­cy­cle out of the garage and gone for a ride with­out her hus­band’s sup­port.

In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day was launched in 2007 in Toronto, Canada, by mo­tor­cy­cle racer and founder of women- ori­ented bik­ing web­site Mo­toress, Vicki Gray. It went in­ter­na­tional in its first year and is now held in more than 30 coun­tries.

The lo­cal run started at 9.30am from Har­ley-David­son Cape Town, where the rid­ers had be­gun gath­er­ing from 8am for cof­fee and muffins. It in­cluded a broad spec­trum of rid­ers on mo­tor­cy­cles rang­ing from 125cc com­muters to big cruisers and an im­pos­ing, full-dress 1 400cc Kawasaki Con­cours tourer.

Some of the women had never rid­den in rain, and most looked a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive as they formed up on a wet Som­er­set Road, but within a few kilo­me­tres, the group rode out from un­der the clouds and by the time they reached their des­ti­na­tion – the Dock­side Café in Lange­baan – about 140km later, they were all bone dry. The ride had also grown to 36 bikes, as rid­ers based on the At­lantic Coast joined in along the way.

Then it was time to party, to cel­e­brate the fact that, all over the world, there were thou­sands of women rid­ing that day, in groups large and small.

To men they say: “We are women, and we ride free.” And to women they say “You, too, can ride free.”

PIC­TURE: DAVE ABRA­HAMS

SIS­TER­HOOD: More than two dozen fe­male bik­ers rode from Cape Town to Lange­baan to cel­e­brate the ninth an­nual In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day on Satur­day.

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