My report on the @GarminSA @G_O_T_Girls MTB Challenge

On Monday 10 August 2015, South Africans celebrated woman’s day. If you are a lady and you are reading this, then I hope you had a very special day indeed. If not and you are looking to make up for lost opportunities, make sure to join us next year for the Garmin Girls On The Go Mountain Bike Challenge. I’m convinced there will be something to make you smile, even if it is the Garmin Angels with their pom-poms who kept the ladies safe out on the trails. (For an illustration please see the picture below :))

This unique mountain bike event took place at the Ride Free Bike Park in Central Park, Modderfontein. It was hosted not only to spoil lady mountain bikers on woman’s day, but also to create an environment where ladies feel comfortable to practise the sport they love. The event offered three distances (10km, 20km and 40km) all consisting of the smooth single trails at Modderfontein Nature Reserve.

The day’s proceedings started at 7:30 am sharp with a brief but concise skills clinic/debate presented by me (luckily the girls didn’t seem to know my recent history :)). At 8:30am the ladies set off to cover their chosen race distance, before returning to various spoils and treatments from event sponsors such as Dermalogica and Sorbet to name but a few. The day concluded with prize giving at 12 o’clock and I must say, you’ll be hard pushed to find another prize giving with so many nice goodies up for grab thanks to the event sponsors.

Although the racing was only for the females, other family members were welcome to join in on the fun and could either wine-and-dine at the local café or support-and-enjoy some of the Central Park trails themselves – or both!

It was wonderful to see 350 ladies participating at the event and it truly bodes well for the future of woman’s cycling in SA. A big thanks must go to Garmin for having the vision to support and promote woman’s cycling like they do.

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