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WRWR January Update: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil

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WRN Staff Report
1/10/2020

The Women Riders World Relay is an incredible group of women on a year-long ride across the globe. Their 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.” Check this page monthly for the latest update on their epic journey!




January in South America

It’s now officially 2020, and the Women Riders World Relay has already taken the new year by storm. The women spent December traversing South America where they visited Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and finished out the year (and the decade) in Brazil. It was an epic month for the ride, which saw nearly 5,000 miles of South American roads, and clocked a number of 8+ hour days.

This photo comes from Claudia Goulart (pictured in the pink headband), who rode on the Brazilian leg of the relay. Claudia rode with her friends and fellow members of the South American all-female moto-group, Ladies of the Road.
This photo comes from Claudia Goulart (pictured in the pink headband), who rode on the Brazilian leg of the relay. Claudia rode with her friends and fellow members of the South American all-female moto-group, Ladies of the Road.

South African rider, Diane Jean, holds the WRWR baton during a meetup for female riders. The group joined WRWR on the Karoo Highlands route in the country’s Northern Cape region.
South African rider, Diane Jean, holds the WRWR baton during a meetup for female riders. The group joined WRWR on the Karoo Highlands route in the country’s Northern Cape region.

This leg of the South American tour lasted more than two weeks as the women riders travelled from the southern border of Brazil, looping around the country and ending in São Paulo on day 299 of the year-long ride.

This great shot was taken by rider Ilja Lerm, and shows the fun-loving spirit of the women who met to embark on the ride through South Africa’s Northern Cape region and sign the WRWR banner (pictured), as per tradition. The baton was in good hands on its journey across the nation!
This great shot was taken by rider Ilja Lerm, and shows the fun-loving spirit of the women who met to embark on the ride through South Africa’s Northern Cape region and sign the WRWR banner (pictured), as per tradition. The baton was in good hands on its journey across the nation!

After ringing in the new year, the riders were on the road again, carrying the baton to South Africa, thus beginning the last leg of the journey around the world. Riders will spend January visiting a number of African nations including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique-Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya. After this final leg of the journey, riders will finally bring the baton back to its home in London, England, where they will celebrate this massive achievement with a WRWR finale event on February 15th.

If you’re in England in February, you won’t want to miss it. You can purchase tickets here.

Make sure to check this page again next month for our final update on this incredible adventure and how it has impacted industries and individuals all over the globe.




December Update

December was a BIG month for the Women Riders World Relay. The relay is fast-approaching the 300th day of their year-long journey across the globe and WRWR founder, Hayley Bell, was just named the AMA's Motorcyclist of the Year for 2019!

“For her efforts to promote the motorcycle lifestyle around the world and bring together riders from all nations and backgrounds, conveying the positive aspects of motorcycling and drawing attention to the market potential of female riders, Hayley Bell is the 2019 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year,” said Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, chair of the AMA Board of Directors.

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. We are so excited that the industry is recognizing her achievements. Congratulations, Hayley!
The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. We are so excited that the industry is recognizing her achievements. Congratulations, Hayley!

The relay is about more than getting attention from the motorcycling industry; it’s about giving women a way to connect with their moto-sisters and encourage each other to think big. So far, WRWR has traversed Europe, Asia, North and, now, South America. Just this month the baton has been carried across Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and has just arrived in Brazil, where they will finish out the year. Be sure to check in with us in the new year for another update, as these incredible women take their journey to the roads of Africa!




November Update: Central and South America

The well-traveled Women Riders World Relay baton left the custody of its proud US guardians on October 12th as it was carried across the border of Laredo, Texas, to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, for a Saturday evening celebratory motorcycle ride through the city.

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The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Hayley Bell Liza Miller
WRWR Founder, Hayley Bell (third from the left) and WRWR US Ambassador, Liza Miller (in back, holding the baton) pose with the US and Mexican riders as they celebrate another successful border crossing and international baton hand-off.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Riders enjoying the camaraderie of riding through the streets of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, together.

The baton then traveled for 20 days, covering almost 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) through the beautiful countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama via the trusted hands of hundreds of Central American female riders. Each rider who accompanies the baton is invited to sign the scroll which now contains thousands of signatures gathered from around the globe.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Signatures
Johanna Padgett adds her signature to the scroll that is then housed safely within the baton and carrying case.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Scrolls
The scrolls now include thousands of women riders’ names from all over the world!

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Central America
The amazing colors and tastes of Central America. The scrolls are protected by the handmade weatherproof carrying case on the left. Now an invaluable piece of women in motorcycling history, they need to be carefully preserved.

The relay’s Central American journey ended with a tour of Panama City before it entered Colombia—country #65 on the year-long excursion.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road This Is No Easy Riding
As it says on the WRWR website, “This is no easy riding.” Riders are often faced with long days and inclement weather, yet they continue forward on the global mission to show the strength of female motorcyclists.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Asphalt Angels Costa Rica
Karlitta Mora, a proud member of the Asphalt Angels Costa Rican chapter, displays her riding tribe’s patches, again showing that what draws us to the motorcycle community truly knows no boundaries.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Central America
WRWR Central American riders are all smiles as they prepare to greet their South American colleagues.

The Women Riders World Relay WRWR Hits the American Road Next Leg
American rider, Michelle Lamphere (right), passes the baton to Laura Fernandez as she prepares to carry it from Central to South America for the next leg of the relay.

WomenRidersNow.com will continue to share a few of the highlights here as we follow this incredible relay and watch it demonstrate the power of the female motorcyclist community worldwide. Come back here for updates, and share your own relay photos—just tag @womenridersnow. Let’s raise the voice of the community and lend our support to these incredible women who are showing the world the power of the female motorcyclist community!

Next up…South America, where the baton will spend 50 days traveling through nine countries.




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!

10/25/2019

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.

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.


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