VC London is the city’s women-only biker gang, and it rules. Since being founded in 2015 by three friends who wanted to find other women to ride motorbikes with, it’s grown into a full-blown network of female riders, offering training, encouragement and community for those who want to hit the road. And it’s not just for biker girls – VC has expanded to connect those interested in skateboarding, motocross, rollerskating and more. So, basically, everything you’ve always wanted (but maybe been too intimidated) to try.
Most importantly, VC is not based on a Mean Girls, ‘you can’t sit with us’ mentality – at its core is a desire to empower and encourage women to try new things. “No judgment, no envy. It’s just that feeling of achieving something and doing it amongst other women that’s really special,” says co-founder Gemma Harrison. “VC revolves around friendship, encouragement and support. That’s been amplified organically over time through the women we’ve met – from teaching riding lessons, giving advice, and providing spaces for women to get together, to creating events with women from other platforms who are amazing in their arenas to give girls a gateway into things they’ve always wanted to do.”
“No judgment, no envy. It’s just that feeling of achieving something and doing it amongst other women that’s really special”
This Saturday, VC London is partnering with House of Vans for Girls Night – an evening set to bring together a load of female collectives, adventurers, and teams. “We saw what teaching women to ride did for them – it felt amazing for us to have been a part of helping them try something new,” Harrison says. “The event is based on spreading that good feeling a little further. It can be pretty empowering, all these women coming together, sharing stories and helping others to try something new in one place.”
The line-up includes a panel with pro skater Lucy Adams, the first English woman to ride a motorbike around the world solo Elspeth Beard, the UK’s number one longboard surf champion Emily Currie, and Leah Tokelove, the UK’s only pro female flat track racer. Besides VC, members of collectives including the Nefarious Skate Crew, Chicks in Bowls rollerskaters, the Hackney Gazelles basketball team, Velociposse cyclists, and Doyenne skateboards will all be in attendance. There’ll be demos, workshops and advice, with film screenings, a marketplace of female-run businesses, live music, and an all-women photography exhibition.
The resulting space will be a women-only zone that’s judgement and jealousy free. “When you look at that girl doing something like riding a motorcycle, skateboarding or getting out on some amazing journey or achieving something awesome, you shouldn't feel envy or see competition,” says Harrison. “With a little bit of instilled confidence, or someone helping you out, you can think: ‘If she can do that I can too’. This pushes us all further, faster as women. And we're all about fast!”
VC London x House of Vans Girls Night takes place this Saturday December 2 at House of Vans, London. 5-10pm. It’s FREE!