Two-sport circuits reserved for women are a success
All-female rides are becoming increasingly popular
Sometimes it pays to take the road less travelled, and women across the United States are getting more involved in the adventure touring segment and making their own way in the industry.
Alisa Clickenger, founder of Women’s Motorcycle Tours, said she has seen a marked increase in the number of female riders, especially in the dual-sport segment. “From our perspective, we just see these women getting into horseback riding and being excited about it,” she said. “We are women who are focused on supporting other women who are chasing their dreams and living the life they love.”
In the past, at rallies such as the ADVWoman Rally, Clickenger said women were extremely curious about adventure riding and the dual-sport seminars were well attended. “They were so curious to ride a small biker after riding a big bike. We see a lot of people who ride cruisers now buying dirt bikes. This is our goal,” she said.
In July, Women’s Motorcycle Tours hosted its first-ever women-only Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR) ride and partnered with ADVWoman organizer Pat Jacques to offer a ride that covered “650 miles through some of America’s most rugged and scenic landscapes on one of the most respected routes an adventurer can travel.”
The eight-day trip took place immediately following the ADVWoman Motorcycle Rally in Granby, Colorado, which gave riders the opportunity to learn new skills from Jacques and put them to immediate use on the COBDR with Women’s Motorcycle Tours.
The bespoke adventure tour was limited to 10 participants, with four instructors for coaching and mentoring the bike. “We chose to keep it small due to the difficulty of the terrain. We carefully selected these women and made sure they had dual sport experience. We want to ensure everyone’s safety and success.
Clickenger looks forward to working with Jacques in the future and hopes to increase the number of tours offered each year. As it stands, Women’s Motorcycle Tours offers one international trip per year, one dual-sport ride per year, weekend getaways, and a handful of on-road tours across the United States. , to suit a wide range of riding experiences and levels.
This year’s International Women’s Motorcycle Tour took place in Cuba, and dates are already set for an August 2018 waterfall and wildlife safari in southern Africa. “We advertised the trip early, so the ladies could save their pennies and come on a tour like this. It’s a big commitment because the tour itself lasts 15 days.
By building confidence and ultimately helping more women get more miles, Women’s Motorcycle Tours is committed to improving the industry. “The more female cyclists we have, the more they say yes to their children, partners or families who ride. It becomes a family sport if the woman is involved, and that’s what we need for the continued health of the industry.
The organization has developed a program to visit dealerships and work with them to build a presentation that gets the word out to female cyclists and ride drivers. “We are helping the dealership relaunch its community of female riders, for dual sport or the street. It’s about building community and creating that experience for women,” she added.
Clickenger’s advice to women in the industry considering adventure travel, or horseback riding, is simple: ask questions and go for it. “Reach out to role models because we’re real bikers like you, and we understand the challenges of learning new skills and building the confidence to go where we’ve never gone before. Ask questions; ask council; join constituency communities.
Women’s Motorcycle Tours is committed to providing women with the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and experience life one mile at a time. “Following the path less traveled is so rewarding, both in terms of the scenery you see and the personal satisfaction of going to places where very few people go. It’s so rewarding,” Clickenger said. If you look, you will find a community of women who will support you.”