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

Our next Women's Relief Ride will be August 15-21, 2021 in Colorado.

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 28 - Mar 6 (Tucson)

Apr 18-24 (Tucson)

Apr 25 - May 1 (Tucson)

Jun 7-11 (Colorado)

Aug 15-21 - Women’s (Colorado)

Oct 24-30 (Tucson)

FIRST RESPONDER RIDES

Sep 12-18 - (Colorado)

Oct 31 - Nov 6 (Tucson)

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?

No, you can relax. Literally. Learning to bring your body into a relaxed physical state is key to being able to manage internal stress, so during the first couple days of the ride you'll learn some simple relaxation techniques that are helpful to everyone, whether you have PTSD or not. Just being able to talk to other veterans is another extremely helpful tool for getting unstuck, so we hope that you'll take advantage of that opportunity while you're with us. That said, you won't be forced to share if you're not comfortable doing so. We want to reduce your stress, not create even more.

Are you going to try and get inside my head?

Do I need to bring my own gear?

 

Every participant is required to wear a full-face helmet, over-the-ankle boots, an armored jacket and pants, and motorcycle gloves. You'll need to bring your own boots (make sure they're broken in before you arrive), but we can supply the other gear if you don't have your own. 

Do I need to bring my own gear?

Do I have to have a motorcycle license to participate?

Yes. You need to have a current motorcycle endorsement that you've had for at least a year. Although we ride safely and plan our off-road rides to be ones that people with little to no off-road experience can handle, we do need riders who at least have significant experience riding street bikes. A crash impacts the ride for everyone, so we can't accommodate total newbies who are just learning to ride. Sorry.

Do I have to have a motorcycle license to participate?

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

If you're approved as a participant on a Relief Ride, you'll be asked to pay a $100 deposit to guarantee your spot in the group. The rest of the cost of your ride (approximately $3,000 total) is covered by donors who want to bless you with this adventure as a token of their gratitude for your military service. We need the deposit because we have to arrange motorcycle rentals, gear, meals and accommodations. No-shows really mess things up for us. The $100 fee is your commitment to show up and not blow it off. The deposit is fully refundable if you complete the ride successfully, but if you bail and don't show up you will forfeit your deposit.

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

Do you cover the cost of airfare too?

Participants are required to get themselves to wherever the ride is taking place however they can, whether it be by plane, train, bus, skateboard, etc. If you choose to fly, we will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the ride location. We hope to find an airline to partner with us in the future and offer tickets to veterans who can't afford to get to the ride location on their own.

Do you cover the cost of airfare too?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

 

As long as you're able to ride a motorcycle both on and off road without adaptive equipment, and have already ridden one a fair amount since becoming disabled, you are welcome to apply for one of our Relief Rides. If you require adaptive equipment and already have a motorcycle with the necessary equipment and are able to get to the starting point of the ride with it, you're welcome to apply to participate. We are unable to provide motorcycles with adaptive equipment at this time, but hope to do so in the future.

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Are you going to exploit my trauma for promotional purposes?

 

Don't worry. We're not going to force you to talk on camera so we can create some cheesy video with violins playing in the background. That's not us. We do take pictures and shoot video on each ride to document the trip, so there will definitely be someone capturing footage and snapping photos at various times. But we won't use any images or footage of you without your permission. If you're willing to say a few words on camera at the end of the ride about your experience we would be honored to have you do so, but we don't pressure anyone into doing it.

Are you going to exploit my trauma for promotional purposes?

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

 

If that's something you want to do, you'll need to do it on your own time after the Relief Ride. While it might be legal to smoke pot in Colorado, it's definitely not legal to ride a motorcycle stoned. For insurance purposes and the safety of the entire group, we don't allow drinking during our rides either. It's nothing personal, we just can't afford the liability.

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.