Pass the Baton: Women Riders World Relay
The founder of the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR), Hayley Bell, wanted to “ignite a global sisterhood of inspirational women to promote courage, adventure, unity, and passion for biking from all corners of the world and do something that has never been done before to this scale. My aim is to WOW the industry into realizing the global market for women in Motorsports and to inspire women worldwide.”
Thus began the Women Riders World Relay, an initiative to pass a baton from female rider to female rider in a continuous relay around the world in one year. From a small idea and a simple Facebook community launched in late August of 2018, membership has reached over 19,000 riders in over 100 countries.
The WRWR baton’s journey began on February 28th, 2019 in Scotland and has since traveled over 30,000 miles, through 52 countries and has included over 2,000 participants. The Global Baton reached the United States just last week as the 53rd country in the world tour, passing from the Canadian ladies in the Northeast. It will be traveling for 18 days with US riders, before being passed off to the Mexico riders in the South.
The US route includes highlights like a stop at Spirit Lake, Iowa, to tour the Indian Motorcycle Factory, Sturgis South Dakota, a stop at the Bonneville Salt Flats with land speed record holder Erin Sills, and a beautiful drive down the Pacific Coast Highway.
In conjunction with the WRWR is the US WRWR Ripple Relay! The ripple baton is being relayed through all 50 states by women riders. The US Ripple was passed from Illinois to Wisconsin on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 in Rockford, Illinois. The US Ripple and the WRWR Global both met up in Rockford. Ciro and Law Tigers sponsored this event at Alpine Park in Rockford. As of today, the US Ripple Relay is in Hudson, Wisconsin, and will soon be traveling through Minnesota to the Dakotas.