How Hazel Slade’s FOMO and RideADV kick started her adventure journey

By 17/01/2024News

When I started working at Adventure Moto I didn’t ride, I had never ridden and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to ride. However, I had the opportunity to attend one of Ride ADV’s women’s rides as a support car passenger. Wow, what a game changer. I met the most amazing group of women that I think I have ever met. The weekend was the best fun, even from the passenger seat of a car. I came home and set my mind to learning how to ride because even though I had just had the best weekend, I had severe FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). If I had just had that much fun in the car, just imagine how much fun I would have on a bike.

So I came home and set about getting my bike licence, literally so I could go on more Ride ADV’s rides. I was still on my learners when I went on my first RideADV women’s ride as an actual rider. My anxiety was through the roof, but Greg and the rest of the crew couldn’t be more welcoming, couldn’t be more patient and couldn’t be more supportive. This was exactly what I needed to grow and improve as a rider. It was a safe place with other women, who were also so freaking supportive, to help me find my way. I have since been on 5 or 6 more Ride ADV’s rides with all but one being their women’s only rides. I have definitely improved as a rider and that is one of the amazing things about these women-only rides, they cater for all levels of riders, not just the beginners.
I have been riding just under 3 years now, and dirt is definitely where I feel more at home. I continue to join Greg & the crew on the Women Only Rides because I walk away from every weekend learning something new. I learn from the crew but I also learn from the other women. I have also made some lifelong friends through these rides, that I now travel to go ride with. One of the biggest things I love about RideADV is I can just show up, I don’t need to plan (apart from book & get there), I don’t need to know where I am going (on the actual ride), I don’t need to bring tools (if I don’t want to or don’t have them), etc. From the moment I turn up at the start point the guys have it all sorted, the routes, the stops, the fix my bike if I break something, the fix me if I break something. I always feel totally looked after, I know there is a support crew member never far away. I can ask the dumb questions and am never judged.
I am so excited to be joining Greg and the crew next month on their first Women’s ride for 2024. Starting in Karuah NSW and heading to Gloucester for the night before returning to Karuah the next day. I feel like this is going to be some stunning riding up in the Barrington Tops area, fingers crossed. We get to meet everyone on the Friday night, hang out and get to know a little bit about each other before heading off the next day. Oh and yes, another really really cool thing about riding with RideADV, I don’t have to carry all my crap. Remember I have only been riding 3 years, I haven’t really mastered the packing for a motorbike yet haha, I am not a light packer by any means (I’m learning). All our luggage goes in the support car and miraculously turns up at the end of the day, just another thing I don’t have to worry about.
For all you girls out there, maybe you have seen these rides but aren’t sure they are for you. Bite the bullet, take the bull by the horns or the bike by the handlebars and jump on board. You seriously won’t regret it. Not only do you get away from the chores for the weekend, you have an awesome weekend of riding and you will make some great friends as well.

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