Independence: Women of the Road

Words and Images by Caitlyn Morris

Pictured: Patsy Glover.

Have you found a way to escape from your stresses and struggles of everyday life? These women have used their love of motorcycling to find enjoyment and freedom in their lives. All the women included have been interviewed members of the South Wales Female biker group across two popular biking destinations, The Owl Nest Café in Llandovery and the Baffle Haus in Pontypool in South Wales. Motorbiking is a male dominated hobby being viewed in a new way, showing motorbiking from a female perceptive. Some of the reasons why they chose this hobby is to help them with mental health, meeting new people and finding themselves.

Pictured on left (L-R) Jo Relph, Barbara Kingsley Monks and Wendy Relph.

They have traveled together for years across the country, they all ride for the enjoyment, both on motorbikes and mountain bikes, using the Brecon Beacons as a meeting point to go out riding together. Barbara said. “Traveling as a group is less lonely and having people by my side is a lot more fun than riding by yourself, we have all known each other for years so it’s like traveling as a family”.

Pictured is Rowenna Sinclaire

Quote taken from Rowenna Sinclaire who is from Tenby, West Wales.
“I started riding as a hobby a few years ago, I was going through a hard time in my life and wanted to do something for myself. I am from a small town called Tenby in West Wales. I had always been interested in motorbikes, so I said why not, started learning how to ride a bike and here we are now. This recent year has been rough on me too as I was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, I couldn’t go out on my bike, so I had no way of escaping from the world. I missed going on long journeys, having the wind hitting my face or just being free from my worries. I have only just started to go out again and it feels amazing!”

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