WOMEN'S PROGRAM

Motorcycle Relief Project aims to host at least one Women’s Relief Ride each year, but rides are dependent on having enough qualified participants. Participants must be experienced motorcycle riders who struggle with PTSD and/or related issues such as depression and anxiety

WOMEN'S RELIEF RIDE DATE COMING SOON

Hear from some of our past participants from Relief Ride #15 (2017, Arizona):

Our Women's Program Manager, Bex, and past-participant, Kelly, were featured on the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast, check it out!

BMW MOA featured MRP's first women's ride on their website, read the full story! 

IN THE NEWS

RELIEF RIDES

Relief Rides are 5-day adventure bike tours and are specifically designed to provide relief to veterans with PTSD and other invisible injuries. Tours include a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding. Participants get to ride on some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required.

HOW WE RIDE

Rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority.

 

Our rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders. Our rides are not about showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits. 

 

A support vehicle will carry participants' luggage as well as food, tools, etc.

BIKES

Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes.

 

Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from our fleet of bikes that includes G650GS, F650GS, F700GS, F800GS and R1200GS models.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day's adventures and join in group discussions around the campfire or lodge fireplace.

RECOVERY WORK

Participants will learn simple techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

 

Participants in Relief Rides are sponsored by generous donors and corporate sponsors who are concerned about the toll that serving in the military takes on many of the men and women of our armed forces.

2019 RELIEF RIDES

 

VETERANS RIDES

Feb 17-23, Arizona - Men's
Feb 24-Mar 2, Arizona - Men's
Apr 28-May 4, Arizona - Men's

May 5-11, Arizona - Men's
Jul 7-13, Colorado - Men's
Aug 4-10, Colorado - Men's
Aug 18-24, Colorado - Women's

Oct 27-Nov 2, Arizona - Men's

FIRST RESPONDER RIDES
Sep 8-14, Colorado - Men's

Nov 3-9, Arizona - Men's

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Sunday

  • Out-of-town participants arrive Denver and are picked up at airport 

  • Group dinner for those who can make it 

 

Monday 

  • Orientation & safety briefing

  • Ride twisty paved roads between Evergreen, Conifer and Foxton

  • Easy and scenic gravel road along South Platte River between Two Forks and Deckers

  • Lunch in Deckers

  • Off-road riding skills briefing 

  • Ride forest roads 550, 543, 560 and 211 in Pike National Forest

  • Arrive at Tihsreed Lodge in Florissant (just for fun, spell Tihsreed backward)

  • Dinner

  • Highs and Lows: Group members share high point and low point of the day’s ride

  • Evening workshop – Lighten Up, Francis: Introduction to Mindfulness

 

Tuesday

  • Breakfast

  • Ride Tarryall Road through South Park (setting of animated TV show) from Lake George to Jefferson

  • Ride Boreas Pass (unpaved) across the Continental Divide (elevation 11,481) from Como to Breckenridge

  • Lunch in historic Breckenridge

  • Hwy 9 over Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass to Fairplay and then on to Hartsel

  • Hwy 24 back to Florissant

  • Dinner

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop - Dealing with Triggers: Rewiring Your Brain to Reduce Anxiety 

Wednesday

  • Breakfast

  • (Weather permitting) Ride the 156 turns in 19 miles to the top of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet above sea level

  • Lunch in Woodland Park

  • Afternoon ride through Eleven Mile Canyon

  • Return to Tihsreed Lodge for rest 

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop – Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Resistance and Moving Forward

 

Thursday

  • Breakfast

  • Ride Phantom Cayon to Cañon City

  • Lunch in Cañon City

  • Ride Skyline Drive on outskirts of Cañon City

  • Ride Shelf Road to Cripple Creek 

  • Dinner 

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop – Getting Out There: Recovery through Serving Others

  • Participants complete Exit Survey

 

Friday

  • Breakfast 

  • Depart Florissant and ride Tarryall Road to Hwy 285

  • Ride Guanella Pass from Grant to Georgetown

  • Lunch in Idaho Springs

  • Ride Oh My God Road (unpaved) and see ghost town of Russell Gulch

  • (Weather permitting) Ride to top of Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America (elevation 14,240 feet)

  • Dinner celebration 

  • Presentation of awards, schwag & event wrap-up

  • Meet MRP board members, advisory board & volunteers who helped make all of this possible

FAQ

 

Are you going to try and get inside my head?

Do I need to bring my own gear?

Do I have to have a motorcycle license to participate?

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

Do you cover the cost of airfare too?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Are you going to exploit my trauma for promotional purposes?

Do we get a chance to try legal pot while we're in Colorado?

PARTICIPANT DEPOSIT

If you've been notified that you've been accepted to be a participant in a Relief Ride, you must make a $100 deposit to guarantee your spot in the group. The $100 is your commitment to show up and not blow this off. No-shows cause lots of headaches for us.

 

You will be refunded the deposit once you successfully complete the ride. Successful completion means you finish the ride without crashing your bike, picking any fights, getting a ticket, sneaking off and getting drunk, leading cops on a high-speed chase, making disrespectful comments about the executive director's mother, etc. You get the idea. Successful completion means you've been engaged, cooperative and safe.