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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 […]

It’s a lot like… buying a bike!

This morning was probably the best breakfast I ever had. Somehow the usual granola tasted better, it could have been the new bike sitting in the kitchen! The delivery company had just dropped off my shiny dream bike, my first full-suspension bike. However, the journey to this point was much more complicated than I expected. […]

HOW TO… get him/her into Mountain Biking

There are a lot of things you can do to make their conversion a beautiful romance and not a train wreck. Before you end up with your partner throwing your spare bike at you halfway round a double black diamond trail why not try out the following (and in doing so avoid my mistakes) advice...