618 women came together at the Ace to make and break two biking world records: first for the largest female bike gathering and second for the largest female bike parade. The bike parade record was made by 251 woman bikers who rode together to break the current female bike parade record of 221 women bikers. Sherrie Woolf and Nimisha Patel, the organizers of the event stated they are looking forward in future to organize similar events in other parts of UK as well.
According an interview published on the official website of VisorDown, Woolf expressed her desire to embrace the women bikers. The event also helped in raising money for The Hospice of The Valleys, the charity supported by the Circuit of Wales one of the event's sponsors. The youngest person that was a part of the event was 10-year-old Emilia Komarewicz who in fact is almost 63 years younger than the oldest female biker who participated in the event.
Below is the part of the interview published on the website-
'The industry isn't catering for women, it isn't listening,' said Woolf. 'That's one of the reasons for this event, to say look how many women are riding their own bikes. That's the point we want to make, we're not just sat on the back - we have our own bikes.'
'The other day I was shopping for leather trousers, I went to my local shop and there was not one single pair of leather trousers that had knee sliders - I was going to the Nurburgring and I needed sliders!
'It was really annoying, they think women aren't going to go to the race track they're just going to sit on the back of their boyfriends' bikes.'
Some men have been critical of the idea of a women only event but Woolf joked: 'They're welcome to have a male-only event... I'll come and watch.'
She added: 'It's a minority thing and people always say the same with Black History Month - why do they need their own month? It's because every other month is for white history, every other day is a male bike day so it's important when you're a minority.'
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Source - VisorDown