The mountain bike Mecca of South Wales hosted their first women’s weekend since opening their doors in the Summer of 2013.
A typical weekend at the adult MTB playground is usually packed, come rain or shine, there’ll be keen adrenaline junkies getting their biking fix, and ripping up the trails.
However, this weekend was a little different. It was the first time I had arrived at the trail centre, and felt a strong female presence. Women from all over the country gathered at Bikepark Wales to take part in their first Women’s Weekend.
With demo bikes, brand stalls, workshops and World Champion athlete Tracy Moseley on hand, Bikepark Wales hosted this weekend to provide a hands-on MTB experience fit for beginners and experts alike.
Bikepark Wales invited a number of big brand names to have a stall for the weekend where they could showcase their women’s specific range. They even created a private changing room so you can try-before-you-buy, which I loved.
An impressive line up of brands included: Fox, Flare Clothing, Troy Lee Designs, Five Ten, Giro, Bell Helmets, Maloja and more. It’s really beneficial for women to see the kit in person, rather than online. It was great to feel the fabric, see the colours and hold items against the body to get a size reference.
I caught up with Hannah Myers, owner of Flare Clothing, and asked what her views were on women’s specific events like these:
“I think they’re brilliant. It’s a good way for women to come and see the kit and feel it, especially when there are subtle differences between models that can’t be reflected online. Women’s specific events are an excellent way for getting women together who all share a passion for biking, but it’s also great that the men aren’t excluded either” – Hannah Myers, Flare Clothing
Having spoken to many of the brand representatives at the women’s weekend, it was refreshing to learn that they were so knowledgeable on their range of women’s kit. Something often lacking in bike stores.