The 2018 Women’s World Record Race is going to kick off on 6 May, Sunday. It is organized by Urs “Grisu Grizzly” Pedraita and the Grizzly Race Team. This year’s participants have been shortlisted; four women from four different countries.
All the riders will begin at exactly the same time and will cover a total distance of around 24,800 km. The route will take them through 16 different countries. There are predetermined checkpoints at different locations – Ace Café locations in Orlando, Fla., Barcelona, Spain, London, England, Luzern, Switzerland, and Lahti, Finland, the Tail of the Dragon, Paris, Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps, Moscow, and Seoul, South Korea, etc.
Faith Ahlers is representing the USA and will be riding an Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. Swiss rider Isa Muller will be on a BMW S1000R. Anita Fastl from Austria will handle a Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L, and last but not the least, Tatiana Igushina, who belongs to Russia, will take off on a Ducati Scrambler 1100.
All these riders will try to complete this journey in the fastest time possible. The current world record is held by Pedraita, which is of 16 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. Speaking about her ride, Ahlers, said, “I’m humbled to represent the U.S.A. on the 2018 Women’s World Record Race. It’s an incredible honor to be selected as one of the four participants for this once-in-a-lifetime experience that not only promotes the female riding community, but also unites riders around the world. Our collective goal with this ride is to inspire new generations of women riders from all walks of life to step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams.”