By Betty van der Veen
(TORONTO, ON) – For the ninth edition of International Female Ride Day (IFRD), the events Founder Vicki Gray will journey to India and join the Bikerni Association of Female Bikers India, to celebrate the globally synchronized ride day on Saturday, May 2. Bikerni is India’s largest women’s motorcycle club with over 700 members.
The festivities will take place over two days beginning with a ride from Mumbai, Maharashtra, to Daman and Diu, Gujarat. Bikerni workshops, and shared camaraderie will encompass what’s expected to be a truly uniting occasion.
IFRD kicked-off in Canada and instantly become an International happening. It makes one request of women; JUST RIDE! Get on your bikes, be out there, and be visible.
With eight years of recorded success, its compelling call to action brings female rider participation across all the world’s regions on one day, the first Saturday in May.
“We have been celebrating IFRD religiously since 2011 when the Bikerni first formed,” states Urvashi Patole, Bikerni Founder. “I first got in touch with Vicki in 2011 through Facebook. Every year women bikers across India celebrate IFRD with aplomb. This year, Vicki is going to be in India with us,” said Urvashi.
Bikerni Board Member, and West Zone Moderator, Sheetal Bidaye, added, “The number of female motorcyclists in India has been on a consistent rise and IFRD has been celebrated across states as if it were a religion to women bikers. Although this year it’s even more special as the Founder, Vicki Gray shall be joining the celebrations herself! Which is so inspiring and shall motivate the country’s female riders even more.”
Leading up to and following the Bikerni IFRD celebrations, Vicki will continue to explore India’s beauty and culture by motorcycle. She has partnered with Bikerni Board Member, long distance endurance rider and India tour expert, Chithra Priya, for the program. Chithra and Vicki met in Toronto during Chithra’s visit to Canada on IFRD 2012.
“I’m delighted to be under Chithra’s expert assistance,” said Gray. “I’m further thrilled with the anticipation of joining Bikerni friends and to experiencing the adventurous and fascinating motorcycling culture of India.”