Having been mountain biking for over 20 years I know that there are many excellent
female mountain bikers out there. I also know that there are many women who would
like to develop their skills on the bike and to gain confidence in riding more technical
The trails in the Moray, Aberdeen and Inverness areas are ideal locations for any
rider to hone their skills and fitness and there are many top level riders, both
male and female, living and riding in the area. Although the established trail and
race centres draw large crowds on a regular basis there is no need to go to the expense
of travelling to these destinations when we have such great trails on our doorstep.
Dirt Vixens aims to cater for female mountain bikers of any level who want to improve
their riding. Whether you are new to the sport and want to learn good technique
from the start, or have been riding for a while but want to up the level, Dirt Vixens
can help you achieve your goals.
I have found that many female bikers are reluctant to attend mixed group skills development
sessions. There may be many reasons for this but I think the main one is that they
are more comfortable developing their skills within a similar peer group. Whatever
the reason, Dirt Vixens provides a supportive, safe but exciting opportunity for
you to reach your full potential on a mountain bike.
The skills sessions run on roughly fortnightly basis in Moray and monthly in Inverness
and Aberdeen, each class will last about 2 hours. Group size will be limited to
no more than 8 students as this provides a level of tuition that is tailored to developing
your skills in a very focused manner. The sessions are based in various locations
around the north of Scotland from Contin to the Aberdeen area, with the main focus
being around Elgin In Moray.
Covering all aspects of mountain biking, other than downhill racing, the sessions
use as their core Cycling Scotland's Go Mountain Bike (Go MTB) syllabus and British
Cycling Gears 1 - 6, and provides certification of each skill level as it is achieved.
There are 5 levels within the syllabus which cover the most basic skills necessary
for bike control right up to advanced riding techniques. The time taken to progress
through each level will vary with the individual but should be relatively quick at
the lower levels for most riders and will take longer for the more advanced levels.
There is no onus on any pupil to complete all the levels and if anyone does not
want to follow the certification route there is no need to do so.
All you need to attend is enthusiasm, a serviceable and suitable mountain bike, a
properly fitting cycling helmet and suitable clothing. It is also recommended that
you wear full finger gloves and either protective sports glasses or clear safety
specs that are available from DIY outlets for a few pounds.