This is the story of a group of women who’ve formed enduring friendships thanks to their shared passion for motorbikes; and their attempt to ride into the history books. Hell’s Belles is also a chance to get to know a special community hidden in plain sight: a diverse group of Welsh women who have found friendship, support and belonging through motorcycling.
For a long time, women have felt underrepresented and undervalued by the motorcycle industry, and this is one of the reasons that Sherrie, an accountant, and her friend Nimi have organised an event to set a new World Record for the largest gathering of female motorcyclists. They want to show the industry that their numbers are growing and that they are a worthwhile market.
Sherrie started her biking journey 16 years ago, had she began riding at a younger age, she says she would have been a motorcycle racer rather than an accountant! Not only does she love the freedom and sense of adventure that comes with owning a motorbike but she’s gained so much more from biking that she ever anticipated.
We’ll also get to know a group of Sherrie’s fellow female biker friends who are along for the journey to the World record attempt. Sarah is a dog groomer who formed a women only Facebook group that, without prejudices, unites Welsh women through all things motorcycling. Anne uses her skills as a former motorbike instructor to help the ‘Blood Bikes’ charity deliver blood all over the country. She also shares her love of the motorcycle racetrack. Steph was the first person to circumnavigate the globe on a motorbike and visit all seven continents including Antartica. It’s a dream she realised after serving a prison sentence and recovering from an addiction to drugs. Despite suffering from several disabilities Hayley competes in trials motorsports. It’s a slow and controlled sport that helps with her balance, one of many things she has issues with due to ‘Developmental Dysplasia’ which affects her control of her hips and feet.
For their World Record attempt, they have partnered with iconic British motorcycle brand Triumph who will host the event at their headquarters in Hinckley in Leicestershire. The current record stands at 1,132, but Sherrie along with Nimi and the other ladies are aiming to smash the 2017 record. Will they succeed, and in doing so get the recognition they feel the more than 300,000 female motorbike license holders in the UK deserve?
We’ll get to know the ladies on the road, and in their private lives, we’ll hear stories of camaraderie and perseverance, ambition, and incredible achievements. We’ll discover a fascinating world right here in Wales: the world of women who ride.