We loved the Swinduro last September, so we’re super excited to see it back early with a ladies only race on 18th March!
A bright and early Saturday morning saw the ladies of Swindon MTB Enthusiasts (plus our heroic photographer Adrian) heading to the fresh pastures of the Fly up 417 bike park. The event run by the Ladies do DH group headed by the ever enthusiastic Amanda was due to be the biggest that they had organised to date (nearly 50 women) and the first hosted by the 417 and its wonderful coaches.
Well as you may have seen from some of the footage or can see from my tyres the weather was wet, mud was deep, conditions were testing and the course challenging.
The first 60 ladies from seeding were placed at the front on the grid with the next wave of keen racers behind. Being my first race I placed myself well behind the main pack hoping to get to the bottom without serious injury. The drone was launched, the count down started and the fox took her place on her start ramp, at this point I seriously felt ill, but then the klaxon went and the mass began to move.
As we progressed down the hill it was impossible to take the lines you had scouted in practice, as they either weren’t there, had a queue (no joke, we were that pollite) or someone was skidding down it on their arse. So I decided the best option was just to ride new lines and get around as many people as I could without being rude.
I am pleased to report that I rode the course and didn’t resort to sliding down the technical bits and although I could have gone a lot faster if I hadn’t had to stop for totally jammed wheels I am quite pleased for my first result.
So the numbers:
- 260 potential riders (200 tickets, 50 prize/media/company/pro, 10 team entry)
- 186 went up to race
- 138th is where I placed
Would I do it again? Hell yeah, it was challenging, but I met the most amazing group of like minded, supportive and funny riders and maybe I’ll have a go at a few more events next season ♀
We held our first ever ladies maintenance evening on Thursday at Mitchell Cycles, who excelled themselves, putting on a fantastic event. It was extremely informative and great fun, so we hope to hold more in future. Here’s a little about what we got up to. Continue reading Ladies Maintenance Evening Review
So you’ve got a mountain bike and you want to be comfortable riding (including avoiding the dreaded saddle sore!). Here’s a bit of advice on a few vital accessories to keep you comfy while riding.
After a successful first batch of club jerseys, we’re cracking straight on with the second batch of orders.
Our order page is open again and can be found here: http://swindonmtbenthusiasts.co.uk/join-the-club/club-shirts/
We’ve 2 rides coming up with Sunday and the usual evening rides next week too.
- First up is our first club trip to Tidworth on Sunday. This is the postponed opening weekend and our practice visit for those doing the Root1 race at the end of April – 10am at Tidworth.
- And at the same time on Sunday we have our weekly Ladies Leisure Ride, this time going from Chiseldon to Croft and back. Join Davinia at the Three Trees cafe for a 10am start.
- Wednesday evening is our regular club trip to Croft – suitable for all levels and we should get 2-3 laps in daylight too. Meet at 5.30pm in the Croft car park.
- There will also be Tuesday and Thursday night rides – details will be posted soon.
Ladies, the excellent Flare Clothing have an offer on a few winter things with 25% off.
Those things include the really very good Cloudburst waterproof jacket and incredibly useful Merino base layer. If you haven’t tried a Merino base you really should, as Merino is every bit the wonder material its made out to be and will keep you super comfy in all conditions.
Link – Flare Clothing Winter offer