Girls, Girls, Girls
Mountain Biking UK|November 2017

The boys had better watch out – the women’s MTB scene is going from strength to strength

IT WASN’T LONG ago that you’d almost never see a woman riding at your local trail centre. If you did, it was likely to be a long suffering girlfriend being dragged round by their boyfriend. These days, things couldn’t be more different. Not only are loads more girls riding, but they’re getting properly rad and showing up the boys in a lot of cases!

What’s changed? To find out, we spoke to some women who are heavily involved in the scene. Katy Winton is an enduro racer from Edinburgh who finished third overall in this year’s Enduro World Series. Annie Last, from Sheffield, is the UK’s most successful XC racer and won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, and Amanda Dexter is a veterinary nurse and MTB blogger from Newcastle.

How did you find it starting out in such a male-dominated sport?

Annie: I just loved riding and racing my bike and it never really registered that there were far fewer girls.

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