Words: Rebecca Parker
I believe that as women we are naturally a more cautious breed. I like to think this is mainly because we are blessed with the ability to think before we act.
The majority of the time this is a good thing but with mountain biking it can often be a problem that holds us back. Usually this is a conversation that starts around tackling larger features such as gap jumps and large drops but it is also a reason why women are more likely to worry about the idea of riding alone, particularly if that ride involves venturing off the beaten track.
You can select a time and place that suits you
Grown up life has a habit of getting in the way I find. Inescapable work commitments, family, friends, partners, it all adds up to a pretty hectic schedule. Finding time to get out on the bike can be tough.
By considering that going solo is a viable option you immediately create so many more possibilities. Spontaneous rides in brief gaps are always great small wins over the time monster.
You get some alone time
Riding alone is a great opportunity to clear your brain of all life’s clutter. It can be a chance to think through your worries, to aimlessly daydream, or to simply empty your mind and let it be still. Riding alone also allows you to focus on technique that might be forgotten in a group setting.
You can choose your own soundtrack
On a similar note it can also be a pleasant change to ride to your own choice of background noise. You can tune into the soundtrack of nature instead. It is amazing how many different types of birdsong can be heard when you really listen. Hear the wind through the trees, the livestock mooing and baaing, the river rushing alongside you and the squirrels rustling the leaves on the branches as they scamper away. All accompanied by that grin inducing sound of your free hub clicking and the varying tones of rubber gripping as you change surface type and speed.