The dream that was born in August of last year became a reality on February 27, 2019. Hayley Bell started both the idea for a round-the-world relay ride for women motorcyclists, and the ride itself at John O’Groats Scotland in the UK that day.
Dozens of riders took turns carrying the baton that will hopefully make its way through more than 80 countries over the next year before it makes its way back to England. After a week and a half of winding its way through Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, the baton arrived in London and was greeted by an excited crowd at the Ace Cafe.
As the women of WRWR were taking turns carrying the baton for the first ten days of the relay, six WRWR Administrators made their way to London for the Ace Cafe event, the official launch of the round-the-world relay. Our Admin team is a group of eight women from five countries who worked tirelessly for the six months leading up to the actual start of the relay to create the community, design the route and put the structure together that will support the relay. Six of the group’s eight administrators finally got the chance to meet in person at the London event.
UK volunteers put together a fantastic day of activities including presentations by three inspiring female motorcyclists, introductions of the women of WRWR, a birthday celebration for Hayley, vendor booths, door prizes, and more.
In the early afternoon 60-70 riders began arriving at the Ace Cafe after making their way into London. They joined in the celebration for a couple of hours before the baton and guardians carried on to Medway for the night. Riders were able to meet friends they had only known virtually for the months leading up to the relay. Women shared stories and made new memories together…all because WRWR brought us together. And this is only the beginning.