IFRD 2017 - TO JUST RIDE & Olive Festival*

Anna-Marie's picture

Points: 2

The IFRD always an event for the ladies to feel excited about as it an international event about to JUST RIDE.  The girls browse allover on facebook pages and like all the other events to take place, locally and nationally.

This year, for the 4th time in a row, BMW Donford Motorrad Stellenbosch, hosted and spoilt the ladies on the day, again. This event just grew from 2014 where it started with 4 lady riders.  Yip it was a rainy day, a Friday and we had to put in leave, still.  At that stage the IFRD was on the first Friday of May. During 2015 more ladies of the BMWMCC and some of their friends attended....a total of 15 riders. The first year it changed to the 1st Saturday of May.  Our route was direction Robertson and  we enjoyed a picnic at Viljoensdrift.  Then to try something new in 2016...ouch the wind was pumping, but the girls were very brave...18 bikes left the dealership for Bortivier, Wildekrans Winery and the wind nearly blew us off the mountain close to Helderstroom prison turn off.

To entertain and spoil the Ladies for 2017 IFRD, it was decided to co-operate it with the Riebeek Kasteel Olive festival as many have not attend this festivities. Lovely twistie tar roads to Riebeek Kasteel and hoping for good riding weather this round. laugh  It was also a good time to present the RITV 2017 trophy and to make it shine in the glass showcase at the dealership that are so loyal to our lady riders. Donford Stellenbosch took the opportunity to have it engraved for us.  Thank you Neil Berry for your initiative and generosit. When you visit the dealership, don't forget to check it out...a beautiful piece and we are very proud of this floating trophy!!

Vicki Gray inspired me a couple of years ago to start this JUST RIDE rides and to celebrate more and more lady riders all over the planet.  Vicki, the founder of IFRD in 2007, a racer...an instructor...a co-instructor for MotoGP and owner of Motoress.  

Thank you's go to the Donford Stellenbosch team that spoilt us in their unique way:  all the staff of the kitchen that prepared the refreshments, drinks and awesome coffees/cappuchinos; the admin girls who assisted with the catering this round; the mechanics always ready for a last top up/check up/tyre pressures; cleaning of helmets; John Carr that took the responsibility to co-ordinate the organising and to make us girls feel special and smiley. For sure another enjoyable, warm hospitality morning at a dealership of note...proud to be associated with the BMW brand. 

Special thanks to Marietjie Norbury for the crafts as gifts for the girls.  Also to Janet from Bike2Bike/The Pink Collection for the fragranced bath bombs.  Each piece unique and the bath balls to be used after a tough ride.  Many thanks.

On request of Jackie: the regulars with their butler

Just love this stunning jacket of SuziQ.

Some photo's were taken to have memories of the day before departure.  It was fun to show off our mean machines to the photographer that was interested in this event.  (Awaiting the final product of the photographer/jounalist) After the briefing 21 bikes left in staggered formation.  2 more GS's slotted in en-route to the Olive festival. Some friends joined with their 4-wheeled vehicles. A group of 26 girls.

What a sight to arrive at Allesverloren where parking was pre-arranged. Thank you to Don for making sure our shiny bikes in a safe area.   Lunch ala Italian style was served.  Chats to new members of the club and first time riders with the group in a casual way.  Us girls just wanna have fun...always interesting topics to chat about. Some Harley riders joined us and appreciated the relax pace of the ride.  

Interesting bikes in the group.  What a stunning ride...no ego's...so disciplined.  Thank you girls...u make it so easy for the ride leader.

Thereafter all supported the stalls and live music of the festivities.

What a great day with "like-minded souls" as Jackie always commented....For sure it was about to JUST RIDE.  

See you all in 2018.

* Winner of the Ruslamere Trip Report of the Month trophy.

Ilana Kotze's picture
Joined: 2016/01/18

Wow Anna-Marie weereens lyk dit of dit groot pret was en 'n groot bederf was.

Dankie vir al jou moeite en vir BMW Donford Motorrad Stellenbosch wat altyd so baie moeite doen met die dames.

Dit lyk na 'n goeie georganiseerde gebeurtenis.

Kan nie wag vir volgende jaar se IFRD, want dan is ekke ook daar. 

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