Kenyan Biker Who Conquered World's Highest Mountains

  • Kenyan biker Grace Mwari.
    Kenyan biker Grace Mwari.
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  • Grace Mwari's passion for motorcycling has propelled her on an unconventional path, in an arguably masculine world of adrenaline junkies. 

    She has dedicated her time to training women in the country to ride dirt-bikes as they tour Kenya, East Africa and beyond.

    In an African Voices feature by CNN on Tuesday, March 24, Mwari explains what propelled her to the niche sport that would be frowned upon by the everyday, risk-averse African parent.

    "I had two housemates who were bikers and they invited me to a trip to the Himalayas, so I had to learn in three weeks," Mwaeri recalls. 

    Kenyan Biker Grace Mwari.
    Kenyan biker Grace Mwari.
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    The Himalayas, a mountain range located in India is famous for having some of the world's highest peaks which includes the highest, Mount Everest in China.

    Mwari narrates the fear the took hold of her as she explored the unfamiliar mountain range of Asia.

    "I was very afraid for myself because the roads were very difficult, you're riding on the space for just one car," Mwari highlights.

    "On one side is a wall of snow, and on the other side is a cliff so anytime a car came  you had to lean on the snow," she adds.

    It was this adrenaline rush that cemented her love for motorbikes and led her to abandon the IT career in Asia and settle on training bikers.

    "That really got me hooked to motorbikes, ill never forget that trip, it was the changing moment for myself," she asserts.
    Watch a video of Grace Mwari on the road below:

    Mwari has since then dedicated her time to sharing her passion with other women in the country.

    "I use motorcycles as a tool to empower women and also as a tool to show people East Africa," Mwari explains.

    As per her own concession, Kenyans are becoming increasingly supportive of women bikers.

    "People have come to understand that a lady biker could be your mother, could be your sister, could be anyone. So they do give us so much support," states Mwari.

    Mwari has received recognition for her work, with the Kenyan Women Bikers Association honouring the work she was doing in the country.

    Kenyan ambassador for Women Riders World Relay, Ms Wamuyu Kariuki (centre), with other bikers and supporters at the Sax and Violins Lounge, the Waterfront, Karen, Nairobi on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
    Kenyan ambassador for Women Riders World Relay, Ms Wamuyu Kariuki (centre), with other bikers and supporters at the Sax and Violins Lounge, the Waterfront, Karen, Nairobi on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
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    "Recently I got an award from the Kenyan Women Bikers Association. They were appreciating me for representing women on the offroad scene," provides Mwari.

    Explaining her inspiration, Mwari encourages women to do more things that they are passionate about. 

    "I hope we can empower more and more women to do what they feel is right for them," the talented biker concludes.

    Since she started riding, Mwari has been to a number of countries including India. Nepal and South East Asia where she went on a four-month expedition.

    She has also visited Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines.

    Mwari additionally made a trip to Morocco which marked her first ride on desert sand. There she had to learn how to ride in the biggest sand dunes in the Sahara.