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Mountainbiking, Women & Lifestyle


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 […]

Changing Your Perceptions: Specialized Demo Day

I’m pretty certain that I made the right choice a year ago when I brought home a sparkling purple enduro bike, but i’m not one to pass up a chance to nosey at a bunch of different bikes. On a surprisingly warm sunday afternoon in February Mr Betty, Laura and I (or “large”, “small” and […]

Gearing up for summer holidays

If you are an avid mountain biker then after a while you tend to find that it spills over into other aspects of your life; your house will slowly fill up with tyres and bike parts, you’re constantly trying to recruit non-biking friends (muggles) into the sport and pretty soon you’re going to think about […]

Hopetechwomen Basic Mechanics Course

Last weekend I joined a group of Hopetechwomen at Gisburn Forest, for a basic mechanics course and social ride. It was safe to say that the weather gods were not smiling as I rocked up to the Gisburn Forest Hub on Saturday morning. It was a gloomy, rainy and cold day and to be honest […]

The Uphill Struggle

This weekend I went on a lovely women’s ride organised by Amelia Taylor (check out Amelia’s awesome blog here) and sponsored by She Shreds Co and Start Cycles. The meet-up took place at Hamsterley Forest and 23 women took part. It was so nice to see so many other women biking and make some new […]

Women in Mountainbiking: A 2016 Retrospective

2016 will always be an important year for me, it was the first full year where mountain biking  became a passion for me, and it was an important year for women in mountain biking in general. I stirred myself from my stupor amongst the mince pie casings and spent quality street wrappers to set down […]

11 Best Christmas presents for a female mountainbiker

Christmas is getting closer and I know that Mr Betty is struggling under the weight of what to get me for Christmas this year (he knows that a repeat of last years ‘juicer debacle could leave him out in the cold). I can see from his increasingly frantic google searches that he needs help with […]