We are proud to support The Ladies Ride and Social is a Trail Ride & Social Event for women in the Limerick Forest, near Brockville Ontario. This one day event is designed for ladies to have fun on the trails and to meet other like minded riders in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is spearheaded by Sascha Lange, Women’s Advocate Bytown Motorcycle Association, and Co-Producer- Ladies Limerick Ride and Social.
Event Location: Limerick Forest, Oxford Station, Ontario
Tell us about Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) and what the organization does?
We are a group of novice to expert off-road and dual sport riders who love the dirt. We work hard to develop, maintain, and sustain the off-road trail networks here in Eastern Ontario. Our club hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
Tell us about your annual Ladies Ride and Social (what it is, how long it’s been happening, what the goals are):
The Ladies Ride and Social started in 2016 as a joint event between the Bytown Motorcycle Association and Husqvarna Motorcycles Canada.
What it is:
The goal for the Ladies Ride and Social is to engage women riders and to grow participation by creating an inviting atmosphere that encourages women to join group rides, socialize with other women and to find new riding buddies. We welcome new riders to try a motorcycle for the first time and experienced BMA women to lead groups through their favorite trails.
The key for this event is to make the barrier for participation as minimal as possible by hosting rides for all skill levels and by having a dedicated area to practice finer skills. The event is also free! We create a welcoming environment with a lounge area where riders (and their friends and families) can mingle. A complimentary BBQ lunch and treats are provided to all ladies and girl participants.The day concludes with a huge prize giveaway where everyone will be a winner!
What is the riding like in and around the Limerick Forest?
The Limerick forest has a mix of double track and single-track trails. Limerick is a shared use forest. Doubletrack is shared with ATV’s and side by sides and single-track is shared with horses, mountain bikers and hikers.
The doubletrack trails are a great way to start off-road riding. The single-track trails are purposely built as motorcycle trails and as practice trails for enduro. Single-track trails offer twisty turns, hills, sand and roots. Limerick isn’t very rocky like many other riding areas.
The routes in Limerick forest are numbered very clearly as there are many loops around the 2 main parking areas. Connecting the various loops can make for a nice long ride. It’s also convenient to ride back into the gravel pit for breaks and to have some drinks and snacks before continuing your ride. Overall, the Limerick Forest is a super fun and appealing area with lots of accessible single track. It is important for us to note that we promote the respectful use of the forest so the different groups can continue to co-exist on the trails.
What should ladies expect this year?
· Group rides for all skill levels
· Skills practice area
· A lounge for breaks
· Complimentary lunch and yummy treats
· Husqvarna Motorcycle Demo Bikes for 18+
· Prizes for all women and girls!
· Special Guests!
Participation is free for ladies and girls!
Husqvarna Motorcycles in Canada has partnered with the BMA organization and their Ladies Ride and Social event for a few years now, tell us about the relationship and what happens on site.
We have the co-organization of this even dialed. The Husqvarna Motorcycles team provides a nice range of bikes for ladies to try out on the trails or in the skills area. They also amp up the event by creating the lounge area, arrange for special guests and a ton of really cool prizes.
The BMA’s volunteers lead the group rides, setup the skills area and practical things like registration and parking. Jointly we cover the things that make this event a real social, from the lounge to the food.
How do we sign up!?