Words by Rebecca Parker
Sometimes, no scrap that – frequently, I do question my own sanity. Why am I driving hundreds of miles, paying money I don’t have, stressing myself to the maximum just so I can spend the weekend pushing myself to the point of hyperventilating, lung burning, leg cramping, nausea inducing exhaustion. That’s if it’s a pedally track.
The other option is I’ll get there and the track is so steep, slippery and technical that I have to tripod most of the way down death gripping the brakes, eyes on storks and heart in mouth. I’ll still be gasping for air at the bottom but only because I was so terrified I forgot to breathe.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the challenges of racing I completely love it.
Amongst women, the opinion is very divided on why bother racing. In order for you to make up your own mind here is a roundup of the main arguments for and against racing.
Reasons to race MTB
RIDING NEW TRACKS
Races are often run on private land or hidden tracks dug by locals that you would normally never get a chance to ride on. Races also provide a motivator to get out and explore new venues. If you live in a good riding area yourself, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of convenience.