Women of Llandegla
It isn’t just the impressive selection of baked yummies that draws in the crowd, either, but Oneplanet has one of the most equipped on-site stores I’ve seen at a trail centre.
Most trail centres and bike parks have an on-site store to tease and tempt you with new biking kit, apparel and components. Perhaps you want to reward yourself for a great day or riding, or simply fancy a little memento from the day. However, women usually suffer with selection where it’s limited, or not even present. This is far from the case with Oneplanet Adventure.
Katy Jones is responsible for the growth of the women’s clothing selection in their bike store and she explains that “although it’s taken a few years to get there, we can finally offer an extensive range of women’s kit. From baselayers to waterproofs and even saddles.”
With quality bike wear from Madison, Fox, Dakine, SDG saddles, Five Ten and Race Face, this store can kit you out head-to-toe with everything a trail rider will need. Even the kids section is varied and all encompassing, sharing the big brand names.
One of the six dedicated coaches is avid mountain biker, Cheri Mills, who’s been coaching for 12 months at the Oneplanet Adventure site.
With a competitive racing background, and a passion for all things two wheels, Cheri is keen to help riders gain confidence and progress their riding skills. Whether it’s jumps, drops or cornering, Cheri has you covered.
There is a strong female presence at Oneplanet, with the female community evidently growing according to Dan Ellis who says that “roughly 20% of riders on a weekend will be female. This is significantly more than a few years ago, and we’re excited to promote this growth further.”
Wednesday evenings host women’s only rides from the centre and along one of the exciting forest trails on site. With riders of varying abilities, ages and skills, these social rides are great ways for women to get together, make friends and have fun.