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.
In our third post celebrating our team of female riders we bring you Heather Kay. Heather who joins Flow MTB for a second year, here’s why she rides.
It’s difficult to describe why I love MTB so much, obviously the adrenaline rush, the focus when ragging it downhill, being on the edge, concentrating on where every inch your body is, which line you are going to take, looking down the track preparing yourself for the next section… it requires all of your being, your troubles float away, suddenly life is good. So, I guess I can’t talk about biking without talking about mental health and how the downs enable me to forget my woes but also how the ups allow me to think, to process, as the legs turn the cogs of the brain whir and bit by bit I can find answers or learn to accept the curve-balls life throws in my path.
MTB is also about friends, hooning down trails together, high fives, and near misses. Which brings me to racing. Racing used to be about competition but actually it’s more about catching up with racing buddies, you chat and have a laugh, then get into the start gate and all of a sudden, it’s all about the racing and that adrenaline rush! It’s not always been easy to fit that in around daily life, especially when your van gives up the ghost and you’re skint. But funnily enough that MTB community is always there to help you out and pull you through. I just don’t know how I’d make it through the tough times if I didn’t have my bikes.
You can follow Heather’s progress in the 2019 race season https://www.instagram.com/@heatherkaymtb
Get 10% off your next order at Flow MTB using Heather’s discount code heatherkaymtb at checkout
Photos Katrina Bartlett Media https://www.katrinabartlett.co.uk
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