It rained most of the day but did that stop the fun had by all during the SCORRA Ladies Only off road training day? Absolutely not. In fact, that’s one of the value adds of off road motorcycle riding- the weather doesn’t really matter.
SCORRA (Simcoe County off Road Riders Association) invited me to assist with their first ever “Women’s only training day”. It was about a month ago and I was one of five female instructors bringing this new program to women of the Simcoe off road region. The other female instructors were members of SCORRA and also talented riders extraordinaire with championship titles to their names in hare scrambles, trials and mountain biking. Indeed, I picked up a few “tricks of the trade” for myself.
Nearly 30 women of all ages participated in this carefully planned agenda over an entire day of challenging activities all intended to improve rider ability. And more importantly – build confidence. Layouts weaved riders through pylons then there were rear wheel lock up braking manoeuvres to manage rear wheel slides and riding practises over “table tops”. We hopped our motorcycles over logs and tackled getting through slippery dirt corners in full stand up stance. We put together a total training package, all for the fee of $40.00 with lunch included.
At the wrap up of the day the women participants concluded that they wanted more. So, there’s talk of a follow up future date.
SCORRA is intent on affecting an increase of the number of women riders participating in off road riding and making the activity more inviting [to women] by offering up skills.
Have you tried off road riding yet?
If not I’ve got to warn you- you’ll fall in love with it!