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Women motorcycle relay

In case two Cents games, the laughing logger show, races at the speedway, an MSS volleyball tournament and the Terry Fox run wasn’t enough to keep you busy this weekend, a new event can be added to your itinerary.

A motorcycle relay that has been circling the globe will be briefly stopping in Merritt on Saturday afternoon.

Over 18,000 women are part of the all-female relay which to date has already stopped in 46 countries and traversed 37,832 kilometres. The Canadian leg of the relay is scheduled to take 11 days and include 600 riders.

What started as an idea to attempt a relay around the world led by women on motorbikes that founder, Hayley Bell, shared on social media in late August last year, has snowballed into a movement spanning over 100 countries across the world.

“Women Riders World Relay’ started on 27th February 2019 from John O’Groats, Scotland and will continue across the world over the next 12 months via a baton being passed from woman to woman, country to country. The route across Canada is taking place over 11 days in September and has already inspired and motivated almost 600 women participants, known as Guardians, to carry the hand-carved baton across this stretch of the relay.

“Women Riders World Relay is a chance to celebrate and give light to women riders globally while also highlighting their increasing numbers as the fastest growing market in the motorcycle industry”, shares Hayley Bell.

Laura Holland will be completing a portion of the relay here in BC and discussed the brief stop in Merritt.

“There are 50-plus riders coming through Merritt, it should be around 1 o’clock,” said Holland. “We will do a gas-up and take some photos, before continuing to Kamloops.”

In Kamloops, the team will hand off the baton to the next group which will take it to Revelstoke.

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