Hey everybody, it’s Allen Butler with the Helmet Center, and today we’re talking about everyday adventures with Kathy. Kathy took part in the International Female Ride Day last year and is planning to make it an annual tradition. Join us as we delve into Kathy’s experiences and the significance of this global event.
The Beginning of the Journey
Allen: Thank you so much for joining us to talk about this, Kathy. Women riders often don’t get the recognition they deserve, and we believe it’s important to shed light on their experiences. Tell me, what do you know about the organization itself?
Kathy: Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about how it started, but there’s a group called the Wind Sisters in Arizona, founded by Michelle. It’s a community of women riders from various backgrounds and experiences, united by their passion for riding. We meet regularly, and one notable event is the International Female Ride Day.
The International Female Ride Day
Allen: That sounds fantastic. When does this international event take place, and what does it entail?
Kathy: The event generally happens in May or June. Last year, we rode to Superior, Arizona, and it was an incredible experience. Women riders worldwide participate in this event, creating a sense of solidarity. In California, there was even a group from Australia joining the ride, aiming for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Riding to Superior and Beyond
Allen: Superior sounds like a unique destination. What did you think of the town?
Kathy: I love Superior. It’s a charming little town, and we’ve taken several trips there. The International Female Ride Day brings women together, and in Superior, we had nearly 400 riders, doubling the town’s population for the day.
The Sisterhood and Solidarity
Allen: That’s impressive! What stood out for you during the Superior ride?
Kathy: The sisterhood and solidarity among women riders were the most memorable aspects. Seeing so many women on motorcycles, all riding together, filled my heart with joy. It’s a unique experience that showcases the strength and unity of women riders globally.
Helmets, Sisterhood, and the Road Ahead
Allen: The Helmet Center hosted the International Female Ride Day a couple of years ago. It’s crucial to promote and support events that highlight the achievements of female riders. What are your thoughts on the special considerations or support that female riders might need?
Kathy: I don’t believe there are special considerations for female riders in terms of training or skills. We undergo the same training and practice as male riders. However, the support network among women riders is invaluable. Whether it’s a practice ride or a cross-country trip, knowing that you have fellow riders to rely on creates a sense of security and camaraderie.
Allen: Kathy, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. It’s essential to recognize the contributions and achievements of women riders. For our female audience, consider connecting with organizations like the Wind Sisters of Arizona on Facebook. They offer a supportive community and regular events for women riders. Ride on, and stay safe!