Women’s Social Mountain Bike Ride in Devon

Morning readers! I’m just getting ready to get out on my road bike for a lovely two hour ride. I love my easy endurance rides as it’s a chance to just zone out, drink in the beauty of Devon in springtime, relax and enjoy being outside on a bike.

These sort of rides are such a great pleasure now that I race bikes as frequently these days cycling involves pushing myself very hard. I started working with a new coach a couple of months ago, Mark at Epic Coaching and I’m been really enjoying completing the training he has been setting me – it’s precise, brutal and very effective. Having said that, yesterday’s turbo training sessions was nearly enough to make me weep – at one point I pretty much lost track of reality and had a meltdown mid interval and genuinely lost the ability to actually turn the pedals.

See why I’m keen on today’s ride?


Anyway, as I’ve a moment whilst I drink my third cup of decaf tea, I thought I should tell you about this weekends women’s social mountain bike ride at Scadson Freeride Park.

My friend Laura hosts women’s mountain bike rides here in the South West under the banner of Southern Ladies MTB and every time I go to one I enjoy myself so much so I wanted to do something similar down my local trails in Occombe Woods. I’ve been involved with Scadson Freeride Park for the last eighteen months or so (as Club Secretary) during which time the place has been refined, expanded and developed  thanks to Rob, Gareth and Chris who tirelessly organise dig days and never stop working hard on the site.



The tracks are short but packed with well thought out features making it an ideal place to progress from novice to expert. There’s a blue run filled with rollable features and berms, then there are more technical rooty, steep sections, large doubles, ladder drops and table tops.

The women’s day takes place this Saturday April 22nd from 10.30. The aim is quite simply to have a good time! I wanted to draw female riders from Devon and the South West to one place on the same day so that we can ride together, learn from each other and make new riding buddies.



The get-together itself is free but anyone who is not a member of the park will need to buy a day pass (at a discounted rate of £3) for insurance purposes so please bring some change. The park will remain open to other rides but us ladies will all ride together and will take priority for the day. We’ll be tackling each track in sections (where appropriate) and stopping to repeat tricky sections until we nail them just right. We also plan on getting some air time so we’ll be filling in the gap on the first jump to make things easier for the less experienced.

We’re super lucky to have some support from Marin Bikes for this event so come along and get rad, meet some new people and ride away with some lovely Marin merchandise too!

Find the most up to date info on the day on the Facebook event page.


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