Ladies make their mark on the track
MORGAN Park Raceway banned all blokes from the track at the weekend and women racers are encouraging others to get out and give it a shot.
The Warwick track hosted its annual Ladies Day at the Raceway on Sunday for the fourth time.
The event was conceived to encourage female riders to feel more comfortable on both the track and the road.
Kelly Ridgewell, a rider for more than 20 years and event supporter, said the day was about building the female riding community.
"This is the one chance that female riders get to come out and not worry about the 'fast boys', and it's far less intimidating not having them there," she said.
"It's a very social day, it's a whole different vibe when it's just women. It's a lot noisier on the track because there's a lot more chatter going on."
About 40 riders were involved in this year's event, with each year gaining more momentum than the last, according to Ridgewell.
"It's the only ladies track day in Queensland, and it's probably the biggest one in Australia," she said.
"Our numbers have been steady over the last four years. It's hard to convince women to ride on a track if they've never done it before."
While riding on a racetrack is a completely different experience to riding on roads, it is something Ridgewell encourages all to try.
"Riding on the track, you're really just focusing on getting to know your bike, and working on your skills without worrying about the things you can't control," she said.