Hundreds of female motorcycle riders have taken part in various stages of the Women Riders World Relay, which ended it New Zealand tour in Invercargill last week. Photos courtesy of ShayRon Photography

Women riders unite

by Ann van Engelen

Hororata resident Carol Gurney joined other female motorbike riders from across the country for the final New Zealand leg of the Women Riders World Relay ending in Invercargill last week.

English rider Hayley Bell created the event to encourage and showcase women riders around the world. In February the relay started in Scotland with the wooden baton making its way through Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The riders travelled through Christchurch on the way to Invercargill before sending the baton on to Canada.

“I wanted to ignite a global sisterhood of inspirational women to promote courage, adventure, unity and passion for biking from all corners of the world,” said Hayley.

Twenty four kiwi riders started in Waitangi on Saturday, September 7 with others joining along the way to finish in Invercargill on Tuesday, September 10.

“I arrived at the Rolleston BP garage and met up with approximately 60 riders,” says Carol.

“We were escorted on to the main road by motorcycle police who rode with us, and we picked up several more riders on the way.

“It was a very cold morning, but it warmed up slightly when we stopped at Geraldine for pictures with the beautiful wooden baton before heading to Oamaru for lunch.

“We usually travelled in staggered transformation.

“It made your heart pound with pride when you saw the sea of bikes before you and in your rear vision mirror. There was a wonderful variety of bikes to match the interesting ladies from all walks of life.”

The baton has travelled through 55 countries and has passed through thousands of hands. From Canada, it heads to the United States, Mexico, and Latin America.

The final destination is the United Arab Emirates, which is anticipated in January 2020, marking the end of the one-year relay.