14th International Female Ride Day®

Date: 

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Chapter Organiser: 

  • National Event

We’re stronger together. That’s the basic idea behind International Female Ride Day® (IFRD), a synchronised event celebrating women on motorcycles. Postponed from May to 22 August 2020, the 14th IFRD took place on six continents and over 120 countries took to their motorcycles to “Just Ride!” IFRD helps to defy the stereotype of women in motorcycling, and inspire other women who have not yet explored motorcycling, to learn to ride and experience the freedom of the open road!

EVERY day is Female Ride Day!!

Remember that it is you - the role model inspiring other women - that is the heart of IFRD. In your own unique way, take the time and effort to inspire others and set an example of the diversity, the fun, and the penchant women share through this activity we love.

  • Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and motorsport achievements of women riders; visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women, no matter the activity.
  • Declare with passion how you, as an person or H.O.G.® chapter help progress motorcycling for women - purposeful action will accelerate gender parity and alter perception; preconceived judgments or notions.

IFRD SA - presented by Ladies of Harley® Africa

H.O.G. Africa's National Ladies of Harley® Officer, Colette Howie worked with her team of participating Chapter LOH® Officers to set up an event that was one of the first large post-COVID riding events in Gauteng. Instead of gathering in a large group, chapters scheduled separate arrival time zones at the Gold Rand Dealership. Chapters departed from their home location, and followed their own marshaled routes to the Gauteng East Rand where the dealership put on a display, promotions, entertainment and food stalls!  Thank you to H.O.G. Gold Rand for “loaning” their home venue and the Dealership for supporting the event.

The 14th IFRD pin has already become a symbol of pride for riders who took part in the event.

"120 IFRD pins were sold on the day," reports Colette Howie. "Proceeds will be donated to a cancer charity."

"By splitting into chapters, we were able to share a venue but remain strict about wearing masks and social distancing," explains Colette. "In the end it is responsible behaviour of each and every rider that keeps the entire chapter safe. The event participants riders worked with our teams, and the result was a safe and successful event despite the limit on concurrent riders."

Big Five Chapter paints the town pink!

Lowveld riders from several different biking clubs joined H.O.G. Big Five Chapter on a mid-morning ride around Mbombela - with pink being the colour of the day! Twenty-seven bikes with 37 riders joined the 60km Thunder Parade. The response from motorists and locals was gratifying, with awestruck motorists stopping to take photos and videos.

The ride wrapped up at White River for much-needed refreshments.  For many, this was the first ride after months of lockdown, and a great way to celebrating being back in the saddle! The chapter Marshals Corp assisted with road safety, traffic flow and ensuring COVID regulations were adhered to!

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Photographers: Carien & Johan Westcott
Photographer Johan Maree
Photographer: Michiel De Kock Almendro
Photographers: Carien & Johan Westcott
Photographers: Carien & Johan Westcott
Submitted by Julia Burger for H.O.G. Big Five Chapter.