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Mountainbiking, Women & Lifestyle


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 […]

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 […]