30th June/1st July – Dover and Harwich
In advance of London Pride we were absolutely delighted to be joined by members of our sista club Dykes on Bikes Rhine-Weser, Germany. Our President, Pogs, rode down to Dover to meet them from the channel ferry and escort them back to London, where, due to an Airbnb mess up, they were left without accommodation, but disaster was averted as they were able to stay over with Pogs.
The next day :Pogs, Petit Chou and Torchie rode to Harwich to pick up our Dutch guests who were riding in for London Pride from the Pride on Bikes dyke group of Amsterdam. A fairly late, but enjoyable ride; we last met in 2019 when we visited Amsterdam Pride so it was really good to see them again after all this time.
2nd July – London Pride
Once again Dykes on Bikes are proud to lead off London Pride, especially after 2 years of lockdowns… this year is also extremely special as it is the 50th Anniversary of London Pride; 50 years since Lesbians and Gay men marched for our rights way back in 1972!!
We were delighted to be joined by international dyke bikers from our Sista chapter Dykes On Bikes Rhine-Weser, Dori G President and Steego Secretary, and the Pride on Bikes dykes from Amsterdam, Janne, Angelique and Marian. We also had an opportunity to ride with those we have ridden with before and some new faces who we hope will come along and ride with us again in the future; both at our Pride events but also throughout the year.
A fantabulous day was had by all… here is the video to show you what you missed…
but don’t worry.. we will be doing it all over again in 2023; bigger, better, louder and prouder so if you are a lesbian biker do come along and celebrate with us.
While the rest of the grrrls went off to relax at our favourite haunt, The Appletree pub,
two of our members set off with our Rhine-Weser sistas, Dori G and Steego, to Cologne in Germany riding through the evening and into the night to be ready to lead off Cologne Pride the next day!!
3rd July – Cologne Pride, Germany
The next morning we left our hotel just outside of Cologne and met up with the rest of the Rhine-Weser members to ride into the centre of Cologne. The weather was beautiful, brilliant sunshine, but not too hot.
Arriving at the Pride gathering point, on a bridge no less, we realise we cannot get through to the front so Dori G, the President of Rhine-Weser, stopped to talk to some police officers and before you know it we are threading our way through the throngs of people and floats gathered up on the bridge. After quite a tortuous ride, trying to not kill anyone, we eventually arrived at the front. The only vehicles in front are police cars so we pull up behind them and get off to decorate our bikes… (check out the video to see how treacherous it actually was).
Before long we are back on our bikes and Dori leads us past the police cars and out onto the parade route. We ride through the centre of the city towards the famous Koln Dom, cathedral. Throngs of people cheering and clapping us on our way.. it is now extremely hot and with the ultra slow riding some of our bikes were really overheating.. at last we make a stop in a cool shaded area to wait for the walking parade to catch up.
Back onto the parade route and past more happy people cheering us on we finally arrive at the cathedral and park up.
Once off the bikes we enjoy a visit to the cathedral itself and then some well earned food, drink and rest.
Back to the hotel for some sleep.. yay.. at last.
Next morning we say a very fond farewell to Steego, Secretary of Rhine-Weser, as she has to make her way home to Frankfurt and go to work.
Dori G, Petit Chou and Pogs then take a beautiful route through fantastic windy roads northwards toward Edewecht and the Rhine-Weser clubhouse. After staying overnight Petit Chou has to return to the UK for another adventure, the coast to coast ride with the Small Bike, Big Adventure group of which she is a member with her Honda Cub 125… go Sylvie. Pogs stays another night with Dori and then heads off for a weeks tour of the Netherlands.. more about that can be seen in her blog www.pogshogs.com
A fantastic Pride month.. and more to come. Some of us will be attending Amsterdam Canal Pride at the beginning of August so check out our news next month.
24th July – Triumph Factory, Hinckley Leicestershire
To finish off an extremely busy month; Pogs, Sheila and Petit Chou rode up to the Triumph factory in Hinckley Leics to attend the Worlds Largest Women Riders world record attempt. This is the third time this event has been organised and the UK are the current world record holders for the highest number of women bikers to ride in to an event. Other countries have attempted to steal the title, including Australia and the USA, but the UK is still in front. The aim this time was to break our own record. Both our President, Pogs and Secretary, Petit Chou have attended the two previous ride ins and are therefore record holders, but it was the first time for Sheila, our Vice-President.
Pogs and Sheila rode up together on the Saturday as Petit Chou had another arrangement. We stayed overnight in an AirBnb around 5 miles from Hinckley arranging to meet up with PC the following morning at her hotel. Arriving at the hotel we enjoyed a very substantial breakfast… yum.. which set us up for the day.
Riding into the Triumph factory was monumental.. so many bikes, surely we must beat our own record!
Slowly edging forwards to the check in to be counted…
and at last we are through..
yeeeessss… we are numbers 0591, 0595 and 0597!
So did we???? The existing record is 1132 and we smashed it… 1549 women rode in between 10am and 3pm, how amazing is that.