I’m not a racer. Despite filling my childhood with sports and activities, I’ve never had a competitive streak in me… Unless we’re talking about Cards Against Humanity, in which case, no one is as funny as I am. So why did I bother entering the Hope Tech Women’s Enduro?
Given that my last attempt at racing enduro ended with an OTB crash, unconsciousness and a trip to A&E, I was certainly hesitant about entering this event. I find that as soon as a ride is labelled a “race”, my mind and body fall out of sync and either through pushing too hard or just suffering a momentary lapse in muscular coordination, I end up taking an involuntary lie down.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but Hope Technology carries an air of elegance and prestige within mountain biking which is something we all learn very early on in our riding careers. Known for their rad colour-coordinating components, the British manufacturer takes pride in their products, their racers and their impact on the biking community.
Last year we saw the launch of the Hope Tech Women’s Rides, fronted by the ever humble Rachael Walker who has nurtured and orchestrated an army of female riders to hit the trails and fall in love with mountain biking. From social rides to maintenance classes and from skill tutorials to social media inspiration, Hope Tech Women has gone from strength to strength since its inception.