This Saturday the Revy Riders are slated to host the second annual Ladies Only Dirt-Bike Rally and Campout. Based out of the Glacier House Resort, the event begins Friday night, and boasts a full day of riding on the Revy Riders 70 kilometre trail network, morning yoga with Revelution Fitness, a breakfast buffet, swimming, giveaways, live music, and a BBQ bonfire.
For the people behind the scenes, the community gathering is about far more than just getting out on their motorcycles — it’s a celebration of womanhood, family, the natural environment, and the countless volunteers who have worked to maintain the trail network over the last 45 years.
“We should be really proud of what we have, and how hard the dirt biking community has worked to get there to build a sustainable source of tourism in this town,” said board member and organizer Eve Northmore.
The rally comes about through the work of dedicated volunteers who maintain the trails, pick up litter, co-ordinate logistics, and thrive on the challenges presented by this kind of event.
“If we weren’t being challenged, we’d get bored,” said local volunteer Tennille Barber.
Promoting sustainable riding practices and respect for the recreational areas they use is among the organizations top priorities. In fact, throughout the last month the Revy Riders have organized cleanups of the local flats.
The event’s focal point consists of a race to hit as many trail markers as you can, and offers riders the chance to take home the title of “Triple B Rider of the Year.”
The ultimate goal is to encourage the emergence of female motocross events and to create an environment where families can expose their little ones to the burgeoning sport while promoting sustainable riding practices.
“Women are usually the heart of the family, and women who remain active tend to want to bring their kids into the same sport,” said Barber. “It really is a family event.”
The organizers want to make clear that though it is billed as a female only event, men are more than welcome to participate and support their partners throughout the rally.
“It’s super fun and about camaraderie,” said Northmore. “We want to get out there and have a good time together. The girls in the organization are just amazing, and we hope to encourage other ladies to get out there and enjoy the amazing facilities we are extremely fortunate to have here.”
The family event closes with a cookout and bonfire outside of Glacier House Resort, where live music and refreshments will be provided. It costs $80 to register, and tent, RV, hotel and cabin rentals are available.
An annual Revy Riders membership can be purchased for $90.
The organization is always looking for volunteers, to get involved contact the Revy Riders organization through their website: www.RevyRiders.com