“The world women’s team brought me hope.”
“The Women Riders World Relay is a way for women to realize that they can do things alone.”
“I love the community spirit. I love it, when we met, we were already friends.”
“The Women Riders World Relay is the adventure of your life.”
“The relay brought me hope and sisterhood.”
This kind of comment was last year on the web. Everyone I spoke to last year had only very positive things to say about the Women Riders World Relay.
I wanted to see for myself if this legendary motorcycle squadron is really as amazing and powerful as everyone said.
So. Last Sept. 14, 2019, I left Vancouver to participate in this famous cycling event.
Was he really as amazing as everyone said he was?
I’ll let you read the following lines to find out.
The world’s largest motorcycle team
After crossing 56 countries, the famous WRWR stick finally made its way to Canada on Sept. 13th, 2019. I was ready. Ready to leave my people, my house and two dogs for a few weeks to find out if this international team of motorcyclists was as exciting and rewarding as people said.
To have a good opinion on the event, I wanted to spend as many days as possible with the WRWR Ladies. So I did the relay from Vancouver, Canada, to Montreal, Canada, for a total of 4910 km. Then I spent a few days in the province of Quebec, then I traveled 273 km to New Brunswick. Then I went back to Vancouver and added another 6556 km to the odometer, for a total of 11466 km.
With the WRWR Ladies, I crossed 7 provinces and covered almost 5000 km in 10 days. Some ladies joined the relay at the beginning, some in the middle and some towards the end. But together we did it. The staff was successfully handed over to the USA Ladies on Sept. 24th, 2019.
Riding through the 7 provinces
The first 2-3 days in British Columbia were brutal: lots of rain, wind, fog and cool weather. My biggest fear for the relay was getting stuck in the rain and driving on a wet and slippery highway without being able to avoid it. The week before the Relay started, I remember checking the weather about 10 times a day and hoping the weather forecast would change.
Good. Guess what?
After two days of rain and fog, I was surprised when I was driving at 125 km / h on the highway without feeling stressed or panicked. I had overcome my greatest fear. Thank you Mother Nature!
The next 2 days in the meadows were sunny and scorching, on the contrary. So hot that at one point I had to take off my raincoat, base coat and jacket lining. The weather in Alberta and Saskatchewan fluctuated between 29º and 33º on days 3 and 4. HE WAS hot. But riding my bike on the beautiful plains of Saskatchewan, under the sun, with the wind on my face, is a feeling I will not forget so quickly.
In Manitoba and Ontario, the thermometer averaged 25º-28º. Although the weather was more or less the same as the previous days, the landscape on their side had changed dramatically, from the yellowish plains of Saskatchewan to the greenish boreal forests of Manitoba and Ontario. It was very pleasant to cross the latter province, as it is full of natural wonders such as lakes and rivers, plains, valleys and landscaped parks. Ontario is a fairly large and widespread province, and the crossing took 4 days.
On Day 9, Colette Tindall Edeling, another participant of the Women Riders World Relay, and I snuck in and took a short 250 km detour to see the famous Niagara Falls, after which we caught up with the WRWR ladies in Belleville for lunch.
The WRWR Ladies and I arrived in Montreal on the Night of Sept. 22, after which my trip with the ladies ended. I was a little sad to leave the group, as I got used to this little Routine where I would wake up in the morning, have lunch with the current and new WRWR ladies, take part in the daily morning briefing and ride my motorcycle all day.new friends, stop here and there to gas, eat, or take pictures.
All good things are coming to an end, they say, and I decided to leave the group to go alone so that I could spend a few days in the province of Quebec with my family and friends.
I spent almost 10 days in the beautiful and multicultural city of Montreal, then returned to the street and reached the province of New Brunswick around October. 2.
New Brunswick. A province to discover!
New Brunswick is located on the east coast of North America. It is rich in rivers, valleys, meadows and picturesque coastal paths and coastal villages. It is absolutely beautiful!
This eastern province was not-known to me until this day and literally knocked me down. When I arrived in New Brunswick, the fall season had already begun. The leaves were purple, red, orange, yellow and green, which made the scenery absolutely spectacular! Riding my bike through such Pristine backgrounds was a blessing.
Was I really ready to Relay?
When it comes to motorcycle trips, it is important to make sure that [your motorcycle is ready for long distance travel]. You should also make sure you have the right equipment and documentation for your bike ride. When I packed my bike for the relay, I had a very specific goal in mind: to bring the Minimum.
That being said, for this 10-day trip, I stood at my destination and brought the Minimum. I first gathered all the things I wanted to bring and made a big pile. Then I cut the last stack in half, and then I cut one of the halves in half. What was left was what I brought: 1 motorcycle jacket, 1 motorcycle pants, 1 raincoat, 2 sets of gloves, 2 base layers, 3 T-Shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of shoes, 7 pairs of socks, underwear for 10 days, with my film equipment and Electronics.
The bare Minimum was certainly minimal.
But guess what?
It worked perfectly. The only thing I somehow missed was a decent jacket and a decent pair of pants for when I visited my family and friends in Montreal. Otherwise, I am happy to have achieved my personal goal.
How about the bike?
Another goal I had when I participated in the Women Riders World Relay was to see if my Ducati Scrambler was a good bike for a road trip of this magnitude. In everyday life, the Ducati Scrambler is quite versatile. It is a very good commuter and also a great bike for short distance trips.
However, I didn’t know if it would be a great bike for a long distance trip like the Women Riders World Relay.
The Ducati Scrambler may not be the ideal bike for a long-distance trip, but I think that whatever bike you ride, you should take a Break after 150-200 km and stretch your body a little before hitting the road again. That being said. There are certainly better bikes and more comfortable bikes on the market that make a road trip more fun than the Ducati Scrambler for example.
Will I make another long distance trip with my Scrambler?
I would probably drive, for example, a BMW GS, a Honda Africa Twin or a Harley Davidson Street Glide. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Scrambler and wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s probably not the best bike for long motorcycle trips.
Highs and lows
The whole season is about friendship, sisterhood, sharing a passion, the life of the moment, etc. It’s absolutely not about people’s driving skills or how long they drive. All that mattered was for her to have fun and enjoy this unique Moment with her sisters.
Of course, some people complained that other runners could not keep up with the group, but for the most part, all the ladies understood each other and everyone was very excited and happy to participate in such a wonderful event. The relay definitely allowed us to find new friends for life.
Part of the trip I really enjoyed was drag racing at Grand Bend Motorplex, Ontario. It’s a fantastic feeling to be surrounded by motorcycles racing, let me tell you. Nothing beats the vibe, energy and soft sound of real Drag Racing. Watch the video I made on Women Riders World Relay to get an idea of the sound (Women Riders World Relay – Canada the Movie Part 3).
Although I would have liked to put my bike on the track and run errands, I did not try. Honestly, I didn’t know how long we would stay at the Grand Bend Motorplex and I also wanted to film the ladies and make sure I captured all the big moments.
What part did I enjoy less, some of them asked me?