The Gowaan als (that’s Go On! in a northern accent and with lots of feeling, or if you need OED pronunciation it’d be something like ɡəʊ ɑːɑːɑː.n), aka Martha Gill and Bex Baraona have announced details of their first women’s MTB festival at Farmer John’s, Marple on the 6th – 8th September 2019.
The event is about creating a fun environment where women can join together and share the love of riding bikes with friends old and new. There is loads of stuff planned like exclusive access to the private trails, an airbag to test out your flying skills, a pump track, dual slalom race, wheelie workshops, demo bikes and lots of food, drink, camping and expo area in the festival village.
We recently spoke to Bex and Martha who told us why they’ve set up the event: “We wanted to create an environment in which women felt really comfortable and could try new things. And we want to try and create the same buzz as what we get when we go out and do a session together. That it doesn’t matter where you are, what you do or whether you fail at it, that you can have fun.”
Getting involved in the bike activities is a female-only thing (with discounts for U16s: £75 and £50), be quick though, there are only 100 tickets available.
There are spectator passes (£25) too for those who just want to come along for the rest of the fun be they male or female; friends, family, waifs or strays.
To help raise money to run the event Gowaan are auctioning off an ibis MOJO HD4 frame as ridden by Bex (you do get a new one in your size, not a Bex hand-me-down). Tickets are £5 each and you can enter as many times as you want with 100% of the takings going towards the festival. Follow this link over to the Gowaan Gals website to enter, the competition closes just before midnight on 12th March 2019.
Tickets for the MTB Festival are on sale now through the Gowaan Gals website where you’ll also find all the other event and competition details.