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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 […]

Red Bull Fox Hunt with Rachel Atherton

It is almost a year since I first caught ‘the bug’ for mountainbiking. In the first few months I found the most amazing Facebook group MTBChix&Trails (check it out!) which helped me to understand that there is a strong and close-knit community of female mountain bikers in the UK and beyond. As with so many […]

‘Ard Rock Enduro 2016

          Sometime last year, back when I first decided to get serious about mountain biking, I had a brilliant idea and signed me and my partner (aka Mr Betty) up for the ‘Ard-Rock Enduro. ‘Ard Rock Enduro takes place each year in the remote village of Reeth in the North Yorkshire Dales, as the […]

10 gifts for a female mountainbiker (on a budget)

I have noticed lately that many of my friends, or Mr Betty himself, struggle a lot with a good idea for bike-themed birthday presents (this might be the bitter-me talking after my recent arrival at a quarter-century). Times are hard and budgets can be an important part of purchasing such gifts. I do not think […]