Well to start with, we have a new ‘first’ for Insidebikes. Never before have we conducted a ‘5 minutes with’ interview with an individual while they are actually riding their bike to the start line of the very journey we called to interview them about.
When we made the call to Hayley Bell from Warrington, Lancs this morning (Tuesday, Feb 26th) we didn’t expect the KTM 690 Duke owner to be cruising through the Scottish Borders on her way to John O’Groats, which is to be the start of the Women’s Ride World Relay (WRWR).
What is the WRWR we hear you say? With that, let’s hand this over to Hayley and let the female motorcycling pioneer educate you on what the WRWR team have been working on since August of last year.
What is WRWR?
Hayley Bell, via an intercom in her motorcycle helmet: “WRWR is a global female biker relay, covering even the remote and vast parts of our world. We are coordinating women motorcycle riders to participate in the “Women Riders World Relay” which will span the globe.
How did it start?
“In August last year, I started a Facebook page trying to organise a relay around the world led by women on motorbikes. In the beginning, it was just a dream, but it has snowballed into a movement spanning over 100 countries across the world. Over 14,000 women worldwide have responded to the call. It happened so quickly”
What is the message or awareness you hope to raise from this journey?
“We aim to bring fun, experience, confidence and a sense of unity to women riders globally. Our vision is to be the global “eye-openers” of women in motorsports. The WRWR is a chance to celebrate and give light to women riders globally, while also highlighting their increasing numbers as the fastest growing market in the motorcycle industry”
When does it all kick off?
” It starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 27th February) from John O’Groats, Scotland and continues across the world over the next 12 months via a baton being passed from woman to woman, country to country.”
Can people catch you in the UK, before you head into Europe?
“Yes! We have partnered with the renowned Ace Cafe in London to host the official WRWR launch event on Saturday 9th March. The relay will stop by the cafe in the afternoon and a range of inspirational female speakers from the motorbike industry are lined up throughout the day to celebrate and unite women.
“The relay will begin the final day in the UK on Sunday 10th March at Sittingbourne Speedway where WRWR have organised a hands-on, off-road motorbike experience for all attendees. The relay and baton will leave that afternoon to make their way to the next country, France.”
Keep up to date with the relay and check in to see where the baton currently is via their website: www.womenridersworldrelay.com
You can also find the WRWR on social media:
Facebook Page: @WRWR2019