On Friday, May 3, women motorcyclists from Alexandria, Minn., to Capetown, South Africa, to Budapest, Hungary, hopped in the saddle to show the world thatmore women than everareriding their own.
The seventh annual International Female Ride Day (IFRD)saw thousands, maybe even millions, of women from all over the world getting on their motorcycles to ride. The goal of this globally synchronized one-day event is to show the high number of women that participate in the sport.
“Women have always enjoyed motorcycling, and every year this campaign brings attention to its empowering message as a reminder of just how many women already ride,” said Vicki Gray, creator of IFRD and founder of Motoress, an online community for motorcyclists. Vicki and her team worked hard to gather these photos from all these women for a contest they were running for best IFRD photo. Thank you to them for allowing us to use these photos in our coverage of the event.
This years IFRD was a special one for me, as I was actually able to ride on the big day for the first time in the events seven-year history. On the first Friday in May, I found myself in the warm climate of Scottsdale, Ariz., rather than at my home in Montana, which usually sees wet snow and chilly temps this time of year. To mark the event, I rode with about 60 other women motorcyclists in an early-evening dinner ride organized by Go AZ Motorcycles, a nine-line manufacturer dealership in Scottsdale.
Some women riders turned the International Female Ride Day event into a fund-raising ride, like one group in Victoria, British Columbia, which raised $450 for a local women’s shelter. You go, girls!
The lack of women riding buddies didn’t stop others from getting out and riding on their own, like the two tough ladies pictured below.
There was plenty of video shot on IFRD, in addition to all the pictures that were taken. I was proud to be part of a promotional shoot for IFRD that ended up on a popular morning TV news show in Phoenix. I’ve been involved in a lot of motorcycle video shoots in my years of working in motorcycling, but none ever like what you’re about to see in the video below.
I taped this segment off the TV, but the quality is very good. I’m riding with Valerie Thompson and Gina Marra, with a helicopter hovering right near us.
And one more! Here’s a link to a videofrom the women who rode in Capetown, South Africa. For lots more photos, videos, and stories, visit the International Female Ride Day Facebook page. Our thank you again to Motoress and their Facebook page, where they were running a contest for best IFRD photo, for sourcing these photos, and to all the women who gave us permission to use them.