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Registrations now open for Women of Dirt 2016


31 October 2016
Registrations now open for Women of Dirt 2016


In a few weekends’ time, men will be – politely – asked to keep off the trails at Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park.

Women of Dirt, the capital’s only relay mountain bike event for women, will be held on 19 November from 10am – 4pm (with a rain date the following day). Registrations are now open at revolvecycling.co.nz.

Run by Revolve, Wellington’s “down to earth” women’s cycling club, the six-hour relay is in its sixth year and remains a popular addition to Wellington’s racing calendar.

“The event has a unique atmosphere that combines the fun and excitement of racing with costumes, goodies and plenty of socialising,” says Revolve club president Meagan Robertson.

“Whether you're looking for the win, or just keen to participate, this race caters for everyone.”

The course takes place on beginner/intermediate trails. Teams can consist of two, three or four people and team members can do as few or as many laps as they like.

Entries for individuals start at $45 and teams (up to four riders) from $125. Discounts are available for Revolve members.

Born out of a desire to see more women participating in mountain bike events, Women of Dirt is the perfect place to give racing a go in a supportive environment, says Meagan.

“When Revolve came up with the idea six years’ ago, the lack of women in mountain bike events was even more pronounced than it is today. There were all sorts of events – social and competitive – around the country, but women were mysteriously absent from the start lines.

“As a result, the previous club members decided to start a women’s only relay race here in Wellington, which has been a resounding success.”

Revolve’s ultimate goal is encourage more women to participate in cycling (both mountain biking and road riding), whether in women’s only or mixed rides and events.

“While we are seeing more and more women out on the trails and competing in local mixed events, which is awesome, there still seems to be a place for women’s only events in the calendar – Women of Dirt sells out every year”, says Meagan.

Multiple sponsors – including a number of local businesses – are donating prizes and Aro Valley bike shop Dirt Merchants will be providing mechanical support to riders on the day. Revolve will also be running a sausage sizzle, with all proceeds going to Makara Peak MTB Park.

For more information and to register for Women of Dirt, go to revolvecycling.co.nz

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