As more and more women join the sport of motorcycling, more and more events catered specifically around women are starting to sprout up on both sides of the country. A chance for like-minded women to meet up, build friendships, and enjoy the sport of motorcycling with no pressure from men and a giant support group behind them, it’s easy to see why these events have become so popular. Below are just a few of them.
For 2017, the women’s event calendar is shaping up to be a big one. May 6 will see the 11th edition of the International Female Ride Day take place, which encourages women worldwide to “just ride.” It doesn’t matter where, either. Near or far, scooter to sportbike, if it has two wheels and an engine, that’s good enough. While individual participation is the goal, it’s not surprising that many group events have been organized around the first Saturday in May. We’ll be sure to post those events as we get them.
Another female-centric motorcycle event, Babes Ride Out started innocently enough in 2013 when two friends decided to meet in the desert of California. They posted their ride plans on social media, and next thing you know, 50 women from across the country showed up! The movement had begun, and today Babes Ride Out has expanded to rides on both coasts, as well as a Babes Ride Out day in the dirt (more details can be found on the Babes Ride Out website).
Established in 2006, the Women’s Sportbike Rally is continuing yet again in 2017, with the west coast gathering happening July 14-16 in Big Bear Lake and the east coast gathering September 8-10 at the famous Deal’s Gap, in North Carolina. More than just a chance for women to ride motorcycles along some great roads, the Women’s Sportbike Rally raises funds for charity. This year Brittany Morrow has taken over as WSR Director, after successfully organizing the west coast event in 2015. Be sure to click the link for more information about the 2017 events.
Lastly, the Revved-Up Women Texas Motorcycle Expo is taking place April 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas. Waiting for participants there are three days of workshops by nationally known motorcyclists, rider training, great food, music, marketplace and everything bike related. Guys and families are welcome, too.
“It’s a combination rally, conference and tradeshow for experienced and new riders,” said Teresa Kelly, spokesperson for the inaugural family-friendly event. “It’s also unique in that it will offer women and girls who have never ridden a bike before the chance to experience this amazing sport safely and enjoyably.”
Among the highlights will be two panel discussions among leading motorcycle media, industry executives and riders about whether brands are meeting the needs of women, and if not, how they might improve. Moderated by Genevieve Schmitt, editor and publisher of Women Riders Now and considered a leading voice in women’s motorcycling, the panel includes women executives from Polaris, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and motorcycle media.
Champion motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda and her professional She’z Moto coaches will be on hand to provide “Kickstart” motorcycle riding introduction and advanced courses for ages 10 and up. Most recently she won the women’s championship in Qatar and scored a podium finish in China in the (men’s) Superbike race.
More than 16 workshops will include presentations by:
- Brittany Morrow, international Rock the Gear safety expert
- Genevieve Schmitt, editor and publisher of Women Riders Now
- Krystal Hess, owner of Ricochet Custom and founder of Motorcycle Missions
- Jen Dalton, The Litas international motorcycle group
For more information on each of these events, click on the associated links above. And if you know of, or are planning, a women’s ride or event not mentioned here, talk about it in the comments section below.