There comes a point in every cyclists life where you ask yourself: "Should I enter a race?". While some of us jump at the chance to race the clock and throw out all the moves, others can be more hesitant, after all, the race scene can be an intimidating place if you're not familiar to it.
Fortunately for all you curious riders out there, there are a growing number of grassroot level races scattering our annual calendar. Women's only organisations are making every effort to provide a welcoming, fun and pressure-free environment to ease you gently into the competitive world of riding. Even British Cycling are getting on board with women's racing, and have launched a fantastic new initiative called Go-Race. These clinics help build skills and confidence that you never knew you had.
Helping to push forth the wave of untapped racers is TweedLove. Famed for their mountain bike summer festival weekend, TweedLove is hosting their first entry-level event: G-Form Enjoyro.
To be held late afternoon and evening on Friday 9th June, as part of the three day long TweedLove on the Green Festival in Peebles, the race is shorter and technically easier than TweedLove’s other enduros.
The G-Form Enjoyro has been created to attract riders who might feel concerned about the perceived levels of fitness or ability required for more competitive races, but who still want to enjoy the fun of racing an enduro event. Instead of requiring a full weekend time commitment, it will all take place in just a few hours.
“MTB events are often poorly attended by women, and in many cases they make up less than 5% of the total entry numbers. We hope to increase these figures substantially through events like the G-Form Enjoyro." - Neil Dalgleish, Organiser
The race stages are all within the Glentress trail centre, with a relatively short overall course distance and technically straightforward descents. It is intended as a taster event for both adults and junior (over 12 yrs) riders.
While the course has been carefully chosen with this in mind, the fun will still be turned up to full volume, as the race starts and finishes in the buzz of the main festival centre event village in Peebles.
Enduro racing is incredibly fun and social, much like any other weekend trail ride. If you're still unsure, rope in a friend and give it a go together.
For more information on the G-Form Enjoyro event, or to register, head over to their website here.
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