Riding up the Links

From guest to guide: how I became a mountain bike leader

In April I was lucky enough to join Polly at Mountain Yoga Breaks in guiding a group of beginner mountain bikers around the Elan Valley. It was a brilliant weekend, with gorgeous weather, lovely people and a couple of beautiful bike rides. And, for me at least, it came with a whopping sense of achievement, for this was my first weekend working as a professional mountain bike guide.

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Mountain biking and mental health: my Trans Cambrian story

All photos in this post are courtesy of the very talented Phill Stasiw Finally, mental health is starting to get discussed more and more openly in the UK. And from the BBC’s much-celebrated Mind Over Marathon documentary, to Look Mum No Hands’ panel discussion on the matter, the benefits of exercise for mental health are … Continue reading Mountain biking and mental health: my Trans Cambrian story

Kit review: Madison Flux super light women’s softshell jacket

We’ve been having some rather miserable weather here in the UK recently. It’s been wet and windy for what seems like months. We’ve been sitting inside, looking out of the window and hoping for some slightly less extreme weather to get a great ride in. This weekend though, my husband and I decided that we’d … Continue reading Kit review: Madison Flux super light women’s softshell jacket

The end of shrinking and pinking: the British brands leading the field

It is a fact: women are in the minority in the sport of mountain biking. Whilst the sport is becoming more popular for us, it’s true that you’re likely to see more men than you are women unpacking their bikes in trail centre car parks. And for many years this disparity has been reflected in … Continue reading The end of shrinking and pinking: the British brands leading the field