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The Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) Hits the American Road

An epic year-long women’s motorcycle ride across the globe comes stateside, and WRN is here for it!

By Tricia Szulewski, Editor

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road AIMExpo
Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) Founder Hayley Bell perches on Liza Miller’s shoulders as the group makes a stop at the 2019 AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio, in September. Liza is the US ride leader, leading the relay from Calais, Maine, to Laredo, Texas, over the course of 18 days.

Women Riders Now welcomes the amazing women participating in the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) as the ride comes to America. Founded by Hayley Bell from the UK, the WRWR's mission is to “coordinate women motorcycle riders across the world to participate in the relay, bringing fun, experience, confidence, and a sense of unity to women riders globally.” Consequently, the ride is raising awareness in the motorcycling industry of the importance of the female market, one of the fastest growing segments of riders.

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The ride began in February in the UK, and has already crossed Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. It arrived in the United States, the 53rd country in the relay, in September on the 210th day of the epic year-long journey around the world. WRN raised a glass with the riders, led by Liza Miller, creator of the Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz and Motorcycles & Misfits podcast, at the AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) to celebrate inspirational female riders at one of the biggest motorcycle enthusiast events in the USA. The group explored the Expo for the afternoon, then got a special tour of the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame that evening.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Erin Sills Hayley
Hayley and “JoJo” stop by the Women Riders Now booth at AIMExpo to meet WRN’s Erin Sills. Erin joined the ride in Wyoming a few days later and rode 2,300 miles over the span of five days with the group.

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road baton
This is the baton that's carried by designated riders along the journey and being passed from state to state, country to country. Inside is a scroll that is signed by the riders. It is much like passing the Olympic torch.

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road AMA Hall of Fame Museum
Maggie McNally, the first woman to chair the AMA Board of Directors, holds the baton as the group poses outside the AMA Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. Getting a private tour, making special stops at all the women’s exhibits inside was a special outing the WRWR riders got to partake in.

The WRWR journeyed on from Ohio, covering 400 to 500 miles per day through Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas before the baton was handed to the next group of women riders south of the border in Mexico. The global ride will continue until January, so there is lots more in store for these ladies!

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road Bonneville Salt Flats
Erin and Hayley are all grins as they share a moment with the WRWR baton at the entrance to the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats.

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road Day 9
The WRWR riders stopped to learn about land speed racing and the history of the Bonneville Salt Flats as they traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Reno, Nevada, on day nine of the US relay. Big shout out to Indian Motorcycles, who came out in support of women in motorcycling by sponsoring the ride and providing the US leaders with some gorgeous Indian baggers to use.

Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits American Road_Bonneville Salt Flats Porche Taylor Erin Sills
Porsche Taylor, Founder of Black Girls Ride magazine (and WRN Leadership Board member), poses with Erin and the well-traveled WRWR baton at the entrance of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Follow the riders daily on Instagram @womenridersworldrelay. Be sure to come back here for updates, and if you join the relay in spirit with a ride of your own, we’d love to share your photos, so be sure to tag @womenridersnow. Let’s raise the voice of the community and lend our support to these incredible women who are showing the world what female riders can do!

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