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Women only motorcycle events growing in popularity

An increase in women taking up motorcycling has lead to a successful series of events for women only. We look at four events where sisters are doing it for themselves.

There aren’t enough women bikers, but the good news is the numbers are growing.

For those that do take up motorcycling, there is an increasing number of women-only motorcycle events where the girls can do their own thing without some of the testosterone-fuelled nonsense that can come with male-dominated events.

Digging around in our Motorcycle Events Calendar, we found there’s something for everyone, from simple meet-ups and festivals to women-only track days.

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© The Costa Sisters | Camp VC has everything from beginner’s lessons and trials rides to inspirational talks

Camp VC – A women-only motorcycle, outdoor and adventure festival

3rd-5th August, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Now in its second year, Camp VC aims to make motorcycling more accessible and fun to women. It has everything you could want, whether you are a complete beginner or have been riding for years and want some fresh ideas on getting more out of biking.

The event, held in the Brecon Beacons on an incredible 16th Century farm site at the foot of the National Park, offers beginners riding lessons, dirt biking, skateboarding, climbing, live talks & discussions, live music & entertainment plus all the fun of camping out with good people. If you’re a bit classy, glamping packages are available.

The people behind the event are the VC London team, three friends who found difficult to find other women to ride with so they formed their own club, which, as soon as they launched it on social media, exploded with pent-up demand. They have since gone on to find many ways to help and encourage other women get into motorcycling, the ultimate expression of which is now Camp VC.

See the event listing

 

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© Bennetts | Learn new skills with California Superbike School

Ladies only California Superbike School

7th August, Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent

Don’t be put off by the superbike term. This event is for anyone who wants to experience track riding and increase their riding skills, whatever bike they ride, in a safe environment. While not strictly an event this day-long training course deserves a mention as, with the exception of the instructors, men and their Billy Big Balls antics aren’t allowed. Plus you get to ride a Ducati if you don’t want to take your own bike…

The day offers four levels of training to match your current ability. After the day your road (and track) confidence will be much higher, as will your technical skills at handling a bike, which is why insurance broker Bennetts has teamed up with California Superbike School to offer their customers a discount on the training day.

More information here.

 

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Ladies Day at the Ace Cafe – Bring What Ya Run

19th August, Ace Cafe, London

London’s iconic Ace Cafe has been holding a women-only annual event for longer than we can remember and while this year’s event details haven’t been finalised yet, previous years have featured guest appearances from inspiration women in the motorcycling world. A few years ago, the venue was also the location for the world’s largest gathering of women riders – a now regular annual event that has outgrown the Ace’s car park and doubled in size (see below).

More information will be made available here.

 

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Credit: MotoAdvisor | The original World’s Largest All Female Biker Meet was held at the Ace Cafe, but the event has now expanded to a new location

World’s Largest All Female Biker Meet

29th July, Lynn’s Raven Café in Whitchurch, Shropshire

In 2015 Sherrie Woolf and Nimi Patel brought together 618 women bikers at the Ace Cafe and set a world record for the largest number of all-female motorcyclists gathered in one place. Two years later they did it again, only this time nearly double the number of women bikers turned up to claim a new world record.

Co-founder Nimi says, “I started a group for lady bikers to meet in the South East Region, called South East Link Up. That was going really well so I was curious to see how many female bikers I could connect on a larger scale. I suggested it to Sherrie and the World Record Event idea grew from there.”

The idea caught on. In Australia, 1,002 women riders set a new record and there have been attempts in America too, something the organisers are keen to encourage. “It’s great to see other countries holding such events and demonstrating to the motorcycle industry how many ladies are riding their own bikes,” says Sherrie, raising an important point about the industry taking it’s time to see the huge possibilities for a new market. “While the availability of bikes and protective clothing for women is improving all the time, there’s still a long way to go so we’re keen to continue raising awareness 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!”

See the event listing.

Numbers growing

The motorcycle industry is indeed taking notice. The Safety and Training Director at the Motorcycle Industry Association, Karen Cole, who is a long-time motorcyclist says the numbers are growing: “We are seeing an increase in the number of women taking motorcycle tests, which was up 33% last year, compared to the number who did it in 2013/14.

“Women make up around 8.6% of all licence holders on average, but a very different picture emerges when you break this down by age. Among younger women the ratio of female to male license holders is low, for example of all license holders aged 19, only 5% are women but this rises to 12% for women in their 40s.

“The largest group of female license holders by age are women aged 51. 11,810 of them have a full licence for either an A1, A2 or full A.”

The sisters are doing it.

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