March 7, 2011
Diva Descentv, the UK’s first all-female downhill mountain bike race, is to be held at Kinnoull Hill, Perth, Scotland on the 7th-8th May 2011.
The race aims to introduce more female riders to downhill racing and to provide them with the opportunity to compete in an all-girl environment. Diva Descent was inspired by the success of other all-girl events in the UK, such as ‘Air Maiden.’
The weekend consists of a day of coaching on the Saturday from key women in the UK race scene, followed by a day of racing on the Sunday.
Diva Descent is aimed at any women interested in giving downhill racing a go, either for the first time or those just wanting to hone in on their skills.
Diva Descent is proud to have the support of Loeka clothing, Perth City Cycles and the Forestry Commission. GirlMTNbiker will be publicity manager for the event and further sponsorship is soon to be announced. The event is being organised by Sarah Muir, a keen mountain biker from Scotland, who said: “I’m passionate about mountain biking and the industry and believe this is an excellent opportunity to introduce women to downhill racing. It also provides a place for girls to show off their talents, develop their skills and learn from other women in the race scene. The support I have received so far from the mountain bike community, not only in Scotland, but internationally has been incredible.”
One of the aims of Diva Descent is to encourage a greater number of girls to enter into mountain bike events and to see more women on the Scottish and the UK race circuit. The price of the weekend is £40, which includes coaching on the Saturday and entry to the race on the Sunday.