A mountain biking festival aimed at women who are passionate about the sport is coming to Bryn Bettws Lodge in the Afan Valley this May. The inaugural Sisters of Send event will take place on 14th and 15th May after more than two years in the planning and delays due to the pandemic.
The celebration of mountain biking is a chance for women to get together and learn more about the sport while getting to ride the trails in Afan and pick up new skills. Friends and fellow mountain biking coaches and guides, Jessica Strange, Ali Campbell and Emma Hawkins have created the event from a shared desire to grow women’s interest in the sport. Sisters is a nod to the sisterhood created around their love for mountain biking while ‘to send’ is a mountain biking term for hitting a jump or riding a trail with full commitment.
Here, guest blogger, Jessica explains more about Sisters of Send:
“Mountain biking has traditionally been a male dominated sport but we know that its popularity is growing with a female audience. We wanted to hold an event that not only connects female mountain bikers with each other but also builds their confidence and provides them with some new skills and experiences.
“Sisters of Send is going to be a fun-packed event with a carefully curated programme. Most importantly, it will be a safe and nurturing environment for riders of all abilities. As well as having exclusive access to Afan Valley Bike Park for the duration of the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to learn new skills such as jumps and racing. We will have brand clinics offered by some of the top women’s mountain biking suppliers where our guests can learn how to change their tyres or set up suspension properly. There will be lots of test bikes available for riders to compare and contrast.
“It’s not all about mountain biking though. We’ve got a band and a DJ playing on the Saturday night and a yoga instructor will lead sessions on both Saturday and Sunday to help our guests loosen up for the days ahead. We’re also holding campfire sessions where we hope to share our mountain biking stories and discuss the future of the sport and what can be done by the media and other organisations to help support its growth.
“After the last two years we really can’t wait to welcome everyone to Sisters of Send. We know it’s been a really difficult time for many businesses in the area so we’re working with local companies where possible to help deliver this event. From local food vendors through to local printers, we hope that local businesses are able to benefit from such an influx of visitors.
“We’re expecting up to 250 women to join us for the weekend and almost half of the tickets have already gone. A weekend ticket includes a camping pitch, all rider activities, access to the event village and a goody bag. We highly recommend booking in advance to secure your place at this unique event!”
For more information and to book your place please visit www.sistersofsend.com