MTB Events

Women-only events in May: a Dirty Weekend and Davina McCall’s Action DIVA ride

Details have landed in the packed but curvaceous Inbox of two women-only events in May, the new Filthy Foxes Dirty Weekend mountain bike event, and the return of the Action DIVA Sussex road ride.

Get down to Newnham for a dirty weekend! (Pic from the 2012 Stilettos on Wheels event)

The Filthy Foxes Dirty Weekend at Newnham Park in Plymouth, May 4-5 is “a chance for women to jump on their bikes or throw on their trainers and enjoy the beautiful trails of Newnham Park without testosterone fuelled shouts of ‘On your right!’ ruining the fun,” acording t organisers Maddie and Jay Horton of Fully Sussed Mountain Biking Academy.

The weekend costs £40 and includes a mountain bike race on a 5km circuit, with 15km and 25km options; 5km trail run; outdoor circuits; a runners versus riders hill challenge; mountain bike skills sessions; mountain bike maintenance seminars; and coached rides of the event loop.

In addition there will be demo bikes from Specialized’s range of women-specific bikes, a skills area, elite athlete Q&A, under-12 races for boys and girls and support competitions.

The latter are yet to be finalised, but Maddie and Jay say they are thinking along the lines of a cake eating challenge, dressing up and obstacle races. Mmm cake.

For more information, online entry and a provisional weekend timetable see the Fully Sussed Mountain Biking Academy.

Davina McCall is the face of the Action DIVA ride.

If your tastes run more to tarmac and skinny tyres, TV’s Davina McCall is once again spearheading the third women-only Action DIVA Sussex bike ride, setting out from the East Sussex National, Uckfield, on Saturday May 11.

Participating riders raise money for medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Davina McCall is calling on all women to join the fun and raise a huge amount to help children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Davina says: “What better way to motivate yourself to get and stay fit than to sign up for this brilliant bike ride. By doing so, you lovely ladies will be able to raise some dosh for the most amazing charity – thank you.”

The Action DIVA ride offers a choice of routes at 17 miles, 33 miles and a tougher 63 mile route through some of the best scenery in Sussex.

“It’s a beautiful route through some of the most amazing Sussex countryside,” says Davina. “Action Medical Research provide great support for all riders.”

The ride is supported by Trek Bicycles and includes plenty of rest stops and a fully-serviced lunch. Staff riders, first aiders and massage therapists will also be on hand.

Entry costs £28 and participants will also need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. To sign up go to Action Medical Research.

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