International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. Worldwide, slow gains are being made when it comes to increased media coverage of women’s sporting events, the securing of bigger sponsorship for women’s teams and tournaments, more equal pay for women in sport, better support and greater respect overall. It’s time to place a lot more value on women’s sporting contributions and participation. And it’s time to celebrate the people, teams, communities and media who actively choose to support, cover and feature women’s sport.
This year we thought we’d share a little insight into our team of female riders and celebrate their achievements.
Riding for me is an escape; an hour or two of pure freedom from the stresses of work and family life. Nothing matters when you’re on that bike other than the steepness of the hill in front of you (up or down), the line through those roots or the size of the feature you’re about to hit.
It doesn’t come without guilt I suppose; time away from the family, dumping the kids on the husband yet again, but that’s where the racing comes in. It gives me a goal; a reason/excuse to be out there 2 evenings a week and a half day at weekends “training” (aka having a laugh with my mates!). At every start line when my heart is pounding and I’m on the verge of sickness, I wonder, is it really worth it? But the atmosphere of a race; the friendships born out of striving for a common goal, sharing experiences of the hill, both good and bad, make it something I just can’t get enough of, just like my bike!
You can follow Amy’s progress in the 2019 race season https://www.instagram.com/@noddyjones
Photos Katrina Bartlett Media https://www.katrinabartlett.co.uk
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