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Women Riders in J'Bay for world-record relay

06 January 2020
The Women Riders World Relay made a stop in Jeffreys Bay on their way to conquer the globe.

The Women Riders World Relay made a stop in Jeffreys Bay on their way to conquer the globe.

The Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) - an official Guinness Book of Records event - visited Kouga today (6 January).

The WRWR started in Scotland in February 2019 and, as of the end of October 2019, had already covered 75 037km over 59 countries, with 2 777 women participating.

Kouga Municipal Manager, Charl du Plessis, welcomed the women to JBay Bru Co, a restaurant in Jeffreys Bay, this morning.

Hayley Bell, founder of WRWR, said: “I wanted to ignite a global sisterhood of inspirational women to promote courage, adventure, unity and passion for biking from all corners of the world and do something that’s never been done before on this scale.

"My aim is to wow the industry into recognising the global market for women in motorsports and to inspire women worldwide.The organisation’s primary goals are to be the global eye-openers of women in motorsport."

From Scotland the relay covered the British isles before crossing into France and zig-zagging across Europe. After that, they headed north into the Nordic countries, then east across India, and then on to Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.

From there, the women puddle-hopped to Canada and worked their way down through North and South America. In January they crossed over from Brazil to South Africa and will work their way up through Africa from here.

An impressive 157 women have already signed up to ride the South African leg, with Rialette van Niekerk acting as our country’s ambassador for the event. Triumph South Africa came to the party and handed her a Tiger 800 XCA to ride for the duration of the South African leg.

Supporting women riders is a big deal for the crew at Triumph South Africa, said marketing lead, Ashleigh James, one of the most passionate women-on-wheels.

"The female segment of the motorcycling industry is growing fast, and they can’t think of a better way to help it along than to unite women motorcyclists worldwide through such an epic event."