Get Sneaky, Sour Patch and Corona Trail are the names of just a few of Bex’s creations hidden deep in the woods. As soon as lockdown was announced, Bex Baraona, Ibis Cycles
EWS racer packed her bags and moved in with friends Martha
of Gowaan Gals
. She’s been busy at work building a plethora of trails and posting regular entertaining content to YouTube.
Their longest trail timing in at 4 minutes in length, a fairly impressive feat around here. The trails are set on a backdrop of dark wet woodland but they offer the perfect mix of physicality and technicality for Bex’s training.
One of the gems in Bex’s collection was this neat little bridge they’d built, hidden in the depths you’d think you were in New Zealand from the photos. From spending just a couple of days hanging out with Bex she was constantly fixing up bits of trail whether it be drainage or blocking off strava lines.
A big part of Bex’s life is Gowaan Gals
, a not for profit organisation she set up with good friend Martha Gill, each year they do an annual event and they’re hoping it will happen this year.
Non the less through their YouTube
they’re still helping people to better their skills and get riding with how-to videos and rather fun videos like this Girls Around The World video.
With this unusual pause in racing the downtime seems to have been good for Bex, she was very open about enjoying her time at home and feels that when she does go back to racing she will be the fittest she’s ever been.
For more from Live To Ride
, there’s weekly videos and next week we’re taking a look at how Madison Saracen
downhill racer Matt Walker
is using his summer at home to train and get stronger than ever.
Rider: Bex Baraona
Filmer: Nico Turner
Photography: Kieran Kenney
Sponsor: Ibis Cycles