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International Female Ride Day Celebrations

Members of the Facebook group Woman on a Motorcycle (WOAM) held their first meeting of 2014 to celebrate International Female Ride Day. The social gathering was held at Dallington Fitness in Northampton.

The synchronized worldwide event is now in its eighth year and is a campaign for women motorcyclists, organised by MOTORESS – the global online motorcycle magazine for women motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts – with the purpose  of highlighting and profiling the female motorcycle and scooter rider. Its mission is that of building and underlining broad-spectrum (and public) awareness of female motorcyclists of every culture around the world, while simultaneously encouraging other women to take up the activity.

WOAM, founded by Maria Costello MBE, has more than 1100 members from the UK and overseas and is a group which echoes the same ethos as the event, so Maria was keen to involve the group.

Maria commented: “It was very short notice so I was really pleased to see so many ladies and some of their male friends make the event. One member clocked up a 285-mile round trip from Hampshire to come to say hello and one admin member drove down from Teesside just to bring cakes.
“The Dallington Fitness venue was perfect with plenty of bike parking space and both indoor and outdoor seating for everyone to enjoy some refreshments, watching the MotoGP qualifying on the TV inside or enjoying the sunshine outside.”

Other members rode in from Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Oxford, Nottingham and Redditch any many were meeting for the first time.

“We’d all done as the event suggests (‘Just Ride’) and ridden to the event. The sun was out and the bike banter was great. We all made new friends and the feedback I’ve had is great, so we’ll be planning more for the future,” added Costello.

The next meet will be held at the North West 200, Maria’s next race meeting. Details will be announced on the group on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/267548396738593/?fref=ts

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