Melissa, 40

How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?

2 years. My riding school classes were a Christmas gift from an ex-girlfriend that was probably sick of me on the back of her bike lol. But having been a downhill ski racer I was into speed and curves, and having driven a stick shift for many years I liked the sense of control, so I k ew i’d Take to riding well

What kind of impact had riding had for you? Has riding helped you to overcome a hardship in your life, if yes how?

When I started riding it was a really hard time in my life. There were a lot of changes happening - divorce, losing friends, people taking sides, feeling alone, feeling like I was making hard choices successfully but having no support in them etc - and riding was this metaphor that came to life. I was literally getting in the driver’s seat of my life and going on a ride with no destination. I would start my bike up and just go - all I knew was that the sun was shining today, I was alive, i’d take in the scenery along the way and i’d make gut calls along the way about which direction I was headed. I released myself from having to have all the answers in life through riding. I always say riding is like therapy a therapy session, a thrill ride, a workout and an act of rebellion all at the same time.

Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?

I enjoy both. Rides alone can be cathartic and meditative almost. Groups are fun because the dynamics of other riders make it feel like an adventure you’re all in together. And rides with just one person can be fun too, not too many captains, not too many logistics.

What kind of bike do you have and why? 

I have an Indian Scout Sixty and from the moment I sat of it I just loved it. So smooth, for my body and where I wanted my arm and leg reaches to be. And it’s kinda sexy.

What's been your favorite or most memorable riding experience?

I love going out to the country roads and just getting lost. So pretty and green and picturesque.

Future riding goals/ plans?

I’d like to do one of the long rides one day, like Babes Ride Out, but drive all the way down.

What else would like to ask to your  fellow riders?

I’d love to know some of the weekend one or two night routes people take out of Vancouver

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