International Female Ride Day - (IFRD) – 2 May 2015
By Dave Abrahams -April 29 2015 at 11:48pm
And, on the first Saturday in May, that’s exactly what they do; women’s motorcycle clubs and riding groups in more than 20 countries get out there on the roads to highlight the growing number of female riders worldwide, encourage women who’ve always wanted to ride but never had the gumption to get their butt on a bike, and make their presence felt “in numbers too big too ignore”.
International Female Ride Day was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2007 by motorcycle racer, riding instructor and founder of online women’s motorcycle magazine Motoress, Vicki Gray.
It went international that first year and has now, in its ninth year, become a global event involving thousands of women in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and in dozens of places across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Gray refuses to dictate what form individual rides should take; some are fund-raisers for chosen charities, others are testosterone-free track days at iconic circuits such as Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, but the majority are exactly what she had in mind eight years ago - a way to bring women bikers together to be visible and Just Ride.