When you see a few dozen motorcycles rolling through the streets of the city on Friday afternoon and throughout the weekend, it isn’t a group of lawless maniacs looking to reenact the famous movie Hell’s Angels in Canada’s Most Notorious City.
No, that would be the Women in the Wind, who will see a total of 78 riders from throughout western Canada converging on Moose Jaw for their annual meet-up, featuring a couple of fun days of gathering with old and new friends, having a good time in the city and yes, even going for a ride or two.
The bulk of riders began arriving on Thursday afternoon after some made the trip Wednesday, braving conditions that included 80 km/h wind gusts.
“We’re here, we made it riding through that wind even though it was horrific, but everyone is starting to trickle in and we’re looking forward to a fun weekend,” said Brenda Helm, president of the Saskatoon chapter and one of the event’s organizers alongside Regina’s Cara Vindevoghel.
It won’t be hard to pick out the riders, either -- like other motorcycle clubs, most of the participants will be easily identified by their leather vests, with other members sporting Women in the Wind 2021 t-shirts.
It was hoped that a host of riders from the United States would join the Canadian crew and potentially boost numbers into the 100-plus range, but even with the border opening to U.S. travellers this week, it was too late to see riders make the trip north.
Still, the gathering promises to be impressive and offer plenty of time for visiting and catching up.
“Everything is starting to come together, when you have two chapters from two different cities trying to coordinate everything, you have to wait for everyone to get here and set up,” Helm said while taking registrations in the Heritage Inn lobby. “But we’re gearing up for our big party tomorrow, tonight is a meet and greet and we’re looking forward to having a good time all weekend.”
Action gets underway with a city-wide scavenger hunt beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, hence the motorcycles roaring through the city en masse. The aforementioned party will take place on Friday night at the Heritage Inn, followed by a gathering for a photo opportunity at Mac the Moose on Saturday morning. They’ll hit the road for a south Saskatchewan tour in the afternoon and return for the final event of the weekend, a run through the Moose Jaw Trolley Company’s wildly popular Ghost Tour.
All with a promise of no motorcycle gang-related violence!
“Oh, don’t worry, you don’t have to hide your sons and your husbands,” Helm said with a huge laugh. “We’re going to be well behaved.”