From left: Kas, Paula, Sue and Molly
Over the last few months I have enjoyed being back in the valley, but also being back on a mountain bike, big style! From testing various models and brands to buying a new bike, riding local trails, entering first enduro race, to meeting new riders and sharing our time whilst cycling. Getting to know women riders has been an incredible and inspiring experience. So many of them show a talent, courage and passion for mountain biking, joined with technical knowledge of gear and mind blowing knowledge of paths and trails.
Mountain biking is a sport where women show that dirt, sweat, mud, adrenaline rush (yes yes yes!!!), extreme terrain and weather, interest in mechanics and recent developments within bike industry are all part of being a female rider – sorry, let me correct – an awesome female rider!
Calder valley has some of the best riding terrain in England and some seriously talented women who go out regularly on their bikes, to fly down some steep descends, get to know new routes, learn new skills, encourage each other, wind up each other, have a good old bunter and yes, have a cup of tea (or in some cases a pint or two..).
The point I am making here is this: we are women, and we shred!
So, let me introduce you some of us and our latest adventure, The Lakes:
On the way to Garburn Pass
Ange, always on the look out for the most knarly descents 🙂
This is the moment when we realised the meaning of a sign ‘missing bridge’ on the bridge before – which wasn’t missing (am I confusing the readers now?) 😉
Awwww, how lovely!
Time for some chocolate and Kas’ special energy drink
Time to go home….
Our Lakeland trip took two days during which five of us had an incredible fun, challenged our skills, learned new stuff (!!!?? 😳 ) and spent a significant amount of time grinning and loughing out loud. We had a chance to sweat up the hills, fly through some ace descents, admire the views, plan a route, plan it again and then re-plan it. We even managed to organise a missing helmet, pedals and shoes for those who take two packs of coffee and a bottle of walnut drink but forget about essentials… 🙂
I hope the story inspires those who feel a bit shy to enter women mountain biking scene. I hope that after reading those few lines some of you are on the way to grab your bike and start riding. Do it! And join us!
For more info pop in to our shop in Hebden Bridge and have a chat, we will probably make you a tea and show you some of our newest gear.
Go girls go! Go and shred some trails ❤️
On the 14th of October Gisburn Trail Centre saw a few hundred women competing together across three enduro stages, through woods, rocks, mud and gigantic puddles. The friendly atmosphere was heated up by the presence of multiple World Cup winner: Tracey Moseley.
Adrenaline rush, speed, muscle aches, challenging terrain, rain, wind and fabulous company was what our local riders – Kasia Breska, Eloise Lindenberg and Rosie Holdsworth were looking for!
The event was designed to accommodate a whole range of skills, from beginners to seriosly advanced riders like Rosie’s, who finished in second position!
An early start allowed us to go for a practice ride and prepare for all the technical and ‘extreme caution’ elements, get to know other riders, drink coffee, eat cakes, get really muddy, wet and happy before the actual race. All stages had an option for those who were less experienced and all of them were packed with features that would make your heart beat faster and your legs burn. All in all it was a challenging but extremely fun event that promoted the sport among women of all ages.
If you ever thought about giving a go with an enduro race, do not hesitate, get a bike and do it!