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Mountainbiking, Women & Lifestyle


Is your body “bike ready”? A few tips to survive winter

Winter is coming. As the years pass it is becoming increasingly clear that my spirit animal is something like a squirrel or a badger. As the temperatures drop outside I begin to scurry from the fridge to the cupboard consuming as much food as i can fit in my cheeks. It’s not that you shouldn’t […]

Mountain biking and Instagram Anxiety

When I was in my teenage years (which wasn’t all that long ago despite the photo evidence to the contrary!) I do not think I could have envisaged the version of the internet that inhabits our lives and affects the way that we are living now. Around ten years ago Facebook was just getting off […]

Hopetech Women Enduro

It is two years now since Hope, through their marketing manager Rachel Walker, set out to create Hopetech Women. Hopetech Women has had a big impact in a short time, empowering women in the sport through a series of organised, women-only rides throughout the country with the added bonus of being able to test out […]

‘Ard Rock Enduro 2017

I can’t believe that it has been a year since last time I was writing about Ard Rock Enduro. If you would like to learn about my last year experience, you can read it here.   For those who haven’t heard of ‘Ard Rock enduro, it is one of the biggest enduro events (and mini-festivals) […]

Your Mountain Bike Holiday – Essential Packing List

Going on a mountain bike holiday can be a bit stressful, especially when you entrust the planning and packing phase to Mr Betty. It can sometimes be a little overwhelming trying to remember everything you need to take so I thought I might help out those in need (it also helps me with my future […]

Morzine Diary – Extensive Trail Guide

So if you do not follow Cranky Betty on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (for some unknown reason) you probably missed the fact that we Betty’s made our way to the French alps for the beginning of the season. The trip was planned almost a year before and the seemed to edge so slowly towards the […]

Air Maiden Freeride Weekend

If you read my previous article about the digital wonders of the mountain biking world you might have seen  “If she can do it”, a film about an amazing bunch of women learning how to ride their bikes how to jump and how to throw in a trick or two into the mix. Since I […]

Hidden Digital Mountain Biking Gems

If like me you are a little bit obsessed with everything mountain biking then this will probably have influenced your digital consumption. You probably already know about the big ones; Pinkbike, Dirt Magazine and Cranky Betty but there are other sources of goodness that you should consider; either to inform (aka how to guides and […]

Racing: Tales from the other side of the tape

My partner Carl and I first met when I started racing NDH (Northern Downhill) events, but it wasn’t until we were at Jayfest (in memory of Jaymie Mart) that we were quite literally thrown together by a tipsy Helen Gaskell and a spark ignited. Not too long after that, Carl asked if I wanted to […]