Women's specific events, races and kit are becoming more and more readily available and popular. In the mountain bike world, having events just for women is a great way to seduce more girls into the world of dirt and trails.
One such race is the new Air Maiden Enduro women's race, taking place next month in Scotland. The brain child of Lynne Armstrong, Air Maiden began a few years back with women's MTB camps and weekends.
Lynne has teamed up with avid rider and clothing designer, Hannah Myers and together they are hosting this epic 3 stage gravity enduro race for women. Enduro races usually consist of a number of downhill "stages". You're timed only on your descents, trying to beat the clock for the fastest time, and your transitions between stages - the climbing - isn't timed (thankfully).
Enduro racing is growing in popularity. Events are a a true all-mountain challenge which test your endurance, climbing, downhill and every fibre of your MTB ability.
The Air Maidenduro is geared towards female mountain bikers who want to dip their wheel in the pool of racing and get a taster for it in a friendly social environment. With Flare clothing on board, and over 70 entrants already, this weekend is expected to be the epitome of girl-power.
Being a newbie to the enduro scene, and feeling inspired by the story of the Velocity Vixens, I've decided to enter the Air Maidenduro myself. I'll be there racing, socialising and covering the event for Total Women's Cycling, so please come and say 'hi' and tell me your enduro experiences. See you there!
The event takes place on Saturday July 23rd, at Innerleithen in Scotland. To register for the event, and get more information, visit their website here.
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