October 23, 2019
Haled as the biggest women’s motorcycling event in the world, with more than 20,000 women riders, these women were committed to carrying a baton through 90 Countries. Over 300 women riders were registered and I wanted to be one of those! I asked my mate Ange if she was interested in doing some of the New Zealand ride which was travelling from Waitangi to Invercargill.
She was well into it and the weekend arrived so off we went to Palmerston North, with the Hubbies in tow, to meet the 140 registered riders the next day in Bulls. Was so exciting to see all the riders arrive from Taupo who had ridden through snow on the Desert Road, they looked so freaking cold.
Although it was raining and cold, I was snug in my Alpinestars Moony Drystar® Jacket which was a blessing. We arrived into Wellington in good time for a photo shoot with local MP and Minister for Sport, Hon Grant Robertson, pictured below with the baton.
On the Tuesday I flew into Invercargill for the final dinner to celebrate the end of the New Zealand leg of WRWR at the Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Was such a fitting place and the food and the staff were amazing! If you ever get a chance to go visit, I highly recommend, and the toilets are something special!
UrbanBiker sponsored the WRWR raffle which included 1st prize of a Bell Custom 500 helmet customised with a WRWR logo on the side with matching 100% Barstow Googles. Prizes were also drawn for beautiful goat skin leather Saint gloves for 2nd and 3rd. All proceeds from the raffle went back to WRWR for the mounting admin costs.
While I was drawing the raffle, with mic in hand, I made a promise to the ladies that UrbanBiker would work hard to cater for real women riders. We are easily forgotten in a market despite our rider numbers making up around 20% of the community and as a business we are determined to look after you with quality safety gear that fits!
Our winner of the helmet was Elaine Sunnex from the Kapiti Coast who happily agreed to let us take some pictures of her taking possession of her new helmet. Was so nice to meet her and she was over the moon to be the winner. Thanks Elaine! Another lucky prize recipient Cynthia Spittal (via Liz Harrison) also sent in a shot of her wearing her Saint gloves on her cute Vespa 250 GTS. Nice one guys!
Anyway, it was an absolute pleasure and joy to meet a bunch of beautiful ladies who share a passion for motorcycling and through this experience I have meet a whole new group of friends that I look forward to riding within the future. Take care ladies and happy riding. Below is a picture of all the women who did the full length of New Zealand in 4 days. Amazing dedication in snow, rain and a wee bit of Aotearoa sun.
Ride safe out there everyone.
May 03, 2019