Hundreds of lady bikers will be gathering at the Ace Cafe in North West London todayin an attempt to create a new world record for the largest number of female motorcyclists meeting together in one place. Between 400 and 600 women aged 24 to 65 years are expected to ride to the meeting, coming from as far afield as Ireland and Wales. In September 2014, 221 Australian women on 190 bikes set a record for being the most women riding motorcycles at once.
The meeting is the brainchild of bikers Nimisha Patel from London and Sherrie Woolf from Wales. They are keen to raise awareness of the increasing number of women riding motorcycles, particularly for bike and clothing manufacturers in the hope of seeing improved product ranges aimed at women.
“When shopping for protective clothing, the female section is usually lacking in options and often the quality is lesser than the male counterparts. Sizing is also a huge problem that could be resolved with quite simple solutions. The assumptions are very frustrating with many ladies leather trousers not having the Velcro area to attach knee sliders. It’s time to realise that women are no longer just sitting on the back of the men’s bikes, we’re buying our own and using them for touring, off-roading, track days and commuting, just like the guys!” quotes Sherrie Woolf.
Karen Cole, Safety and Training Director at the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and a long term rider herself explained: “We believe the industry’s Get On programme has been instrumental in bringing more women into motorcycling. 40% of people who took a free ride with Get On were women, according to survey replies from nearly 9000 people. Get On made it easy for women to try motorcycling for the first time.*Social-media has surely played a part in bringing women riders together in the past few years. The proliferation of female biking groups on Facebook has meant women riders can easily find friends to ride out with locally. As a result, small informal groups have been springing up across the country, which obviously helps generate and sustain interest in riding.”
For further information about the event, visit Ace Cafe London’s homepage: http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/
or the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433401400283857/