THE OPEN ROAD

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Motorcycling collective VC LONDON is introducing a new generation of women to the joys of biking

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Motorcycling collective VC LONDON is introducing a new generation of women to the joys of biking—
all the while launching VCC, a line of stylish protective gear for them to wear on their adventures.

Words by NINA JONES
Photography by FREDERIKE HELWIG

“There’s just nothing between you and what you’re seeing. You’re in it…you experience things in such a dierent way.” Gemma Harrison, 32, is describing the visceral, intoxicating appeal of losing oneself on a hundred-mile-an-hour motorbike ride through the otherworldly desert landscape of California’s Joshua Tree National Park. It’s just one of the many terrains she’s navigated on her customised Bobber bike as one of the founders of VC London, a collective aiming to encourage women to embrace their inner Easy Rider.

Harrison started up the collective in 2014 with Namin Cho and Mai Storni. The trio, Harrison and Cho say, formed out of a desire to share the thrill that biking gave them with a wider group of women. VC stands for ‘Vicious C****’, a name one of their friends “kind of bestowed upon us one drunken night”, Harrison admits with a grin.

“It’s so useful for women to feel like they can be in a place where they’re not embarrassed to ask, or embarrassed to give it a go,” she says, warming her hands over a cup of tea at VC’s chilly workshop in East London’s Whitechapel. “And also, they see us, and we’re just like them. We’re just girls, we wear Vans, we’re just like everyone else, but we can do something that they maybe –nd aspirational. It makes them think, ‘Oh, I could totally do that’.”

First published in HONORE #3

 

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