Lucy Sarah practically grew up on the back of a motorcycle. “My dad rode a Harley even before I was born, and my mom always rode with him. My sister and I used to take turns. My dad would take us around the block, and then on longer rides. When I got older my dad bought me a three-wheeler, and it just evolved from there into legally riding a bike,” she explains.
Sitting on a stool surrounded by motorcycles at Fingers Crossed Moto, a cooperative garage that allows key-holders to share space and tools to work on their bikes, Lucy continues: “I was basically a tomboy, always hanging out with my dad in the garage, so I think it’s in my blood. I learned to work on cars when I was super young. My dad taught me everything I know about cars and motorcycles and I’m so thankful, because now I can teach all my friends—my lady friends—who might be intimidated by that.”
Empowering women to leave their intimidation behind and hop on a bike is Lucy’s passion. Her desire to inspire female riders, as well as create a community of “soul sisters” who share a love of motorcycles, led Lucy to create an all-female ride she named “The Fox Run.” Each year in May, women from all walks of life descend on Tucquan Park Family Campground in Holtwood for a weekend of riding, hiking, camping, and sisterhood.
Since its inception three years ago, Lucy’s idea has struck a chord with like-minded women all over the east coast, and The Fox Run has consistently filled the campground to its 300-person capacity. Each year, the event begins with a potluck dinner on a Friday evening, followed by what Lucy calls a “ritual, kind of like an inauguration where we invite everyone in and talk about how full we are, and set the mood for the weekend.”
Then on Saturday and Sunday, options abound as riders have the opportunity to start the day with yoga classes, bike workshops, or morning music seminars. Motorcycle rides begin around noon, and each participant is encouraged to “find her pack”—gather with riders that have similar experiences. There are multiple trail options to choose from, each with its own difficulty level.
“I curate the rides every year, and every year they change a little bit,” Lucy says. “I try to include some really great scenic overlooks, and we stop at places to hike. There are around 20 different destinations along the rides that a girl could go to throughout the weekend, including swimming holes, Lancaster Central Market, places to eat downtown, and even Lancaster Harley and other motor places around here in case she needs maintenance or something for her bike.”
While the activities and rides are exciting, Lucy’s favorite part of The Fox Run is the camaraderie that grows between the community of women. As an example, she excitedly shares a story that occurred during last year’s gathering: “We have women dump bikes left and right. Sometimes the grass is wet, or there’s gravel and it can be really embarrassing to do that in front of a group of riders, but it happens to everyone. If you ride a motorcycle, you’re going to fall over. It’s eventually going to happen. At the event, we had a woman go down, and literally all it took was one person yelling ‘Ah!’ We all ran up, we picked her up, got her dusted off, got her bike upright. The next thing I know, there are women with wrenches fixing things for her right on site. I took a step back and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe all these women are here in one spot. This is truly magical.’ It brings tears to my eyes. It’s beautiful.”
For a girl who has grown up on the back of a bike, ridden over 6,000 miles across the country on her motorcycle, and gathered women of all shapes, sizes, and abilities together to celebrate the joy of riding, the possibilities of breaking down stereotypes are endless.
“One thing I love is when I’m at a red light and there’s a little girl in the back seat of the car, and she’s looking at me and she raps on the back of the seat—‘ Mom, look! Mom, look!’—Just seeing a little girl get stoked on seeing an adult woman on a motorcycle is like… that stuff is heartwarming. I dig it.”