Group photo of the ladies at the 2013 International Female Ride Day in Cape Town.
Group photo of the ladies at the 2013 International Female Ride Day in Cape Town.

Cape Town (and a lot of other places around the world!) - This Saturday sees the eighth annual International Female Ride Day - the first to be held on a Saturday, since the first seven editions were all held on the first Friday of May.

What is now the world's largest synchronised women's ride was started in 2007 by Canadian rider Vicki Gray, founder of Toronto, Ontario-based women's motorcycling association Motoress, to highlight the enjoyment and camaraderie women riders share through motorcycling and motorsport.

Her stated aim was "connecting women with motorcycling" and, unlike most international rides, there was no fund-raising or charitable focus; as its slogan states, the idea was to 'Just ride'.

The idea spread like wildfire; the first ride day was celebrated all over Canada, the United States and several place in Europe, and it ha now spread worldwide to countries as far apart as Russia, Colombia and Pakistan.


The Cape Town ride will start from SA Home Loans in North Gate Island, just off Koeberg Road in Brooklyn, from about 11.30am.

Like last year, the ladies will tie balloons on to all the bikes, get the bikes into order and when ready they'll ride out along Otto du Plessis Drive to Melkbosstrand for a group photo with the South African flag, which will be displayed on the International Female Ride Day Page.

The ride will then continue to the Viper Lounge in Blaauwberg, for karaoke, boerewors tasting, salads, prize giving and just plain fun.

Any lady on any scooter, motorcycle or three-wheeler is welcome; entry costs R50, which includes an official International Female Ride Day 2014 badge - while stocks last! To make sure you get yours, indicate via the guest list that you will be attending.

More information from convenor Linlee Solms of Lady Bikers SA at 076 636 8938.