Ride like a Grrl returns

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The weekend of September 21st sees the return of “Ride Like a Grrl” to Strathspey. The women-only mountain biking event is being hosted by Lagganlia Outdoor Centre in Feshie Bridge and features two routes – the Epic and the Adventure – distinguished from each other by their overall length, amount of climbing and difficulty of trail but both traversing some of the most beautiful areas of the Cairngorms National Park on a range of sustainable paths and single-track.

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Promising to be bigger and better than last years’ inaugural event, Lagganlia will open up their facilities and accommodation for a weekend of biking, socializing, cake-eating, and a ceilidh. Friends of Lagganlia – a charity that raises money to help young people come to the centre who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it – are providing the catering throughout the day from early morning breakfast rolls to post ride sustenance.

Ride Like a Grrl is the brainchild of Petal Power Biking, a women’s mountain biking club based in Strathspey but with members hailing from as far and wide as Aberdeen to Fort William.

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Bridget Trussell, the Chairperson said, “We knew that women were looking for opportunities to meet and ride with other women – but we had no idea just how many! We are already have 80 members in less than six months and are hoping to hit the centenary before Ride like a Grrl”

Katrina Brown, the Club Treasurer added, “Last year we had a huge range of women riding the event in terms of age, experience, and fitness. Many women bought their partners and kids along and this year there will be a “Dirt Crit” kids biking event at Lagganlia on the Sunday. Make a weekend of it – there really is something for everyone”

Entries for Ride Like a Grrl close on Monday 9th September and can be done through the British Cycling Events web page. The event starts at 12 noon and the entrance fee is £35 (or £25 for members of Petal Power).

To find out more about Petal Power, visit www.petalpowerbiking.co.uk or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/petalpowerbiking.


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