Originally posted on the Hadleigh MTB forum
However, I decided that it was time to have a go at racing myself after being inspired by other lady racers and riders. I haven’t got a fancy bike or fancy kit but I do love a challenge and my only aim was to finish!
I decided the Travers Essex Summer Evening Series would be an ideal race series to dip my front wheel into, especially at the Potash Woods venue. The field of entrants aren’t too large or intimidating and thankfully there aren’t too many hills to contend with. An ideal beginners race!
The day was warm and humid but thankfully the forecast of rain held off. I was quite nervous as I registered but everyone was very encouraging which helped ease my fears. With the reccy lap in the bag, it was time to line up on the grid alongside the other female entrants behind a strong field of men, youths and juvenile boys.
Thank you to everyone for the support and thanks again to the organisers, marshals and commissaires for giving up your time. I would highly recommend having a go at a MTB race. You might just surprise yourself!