World’s First Women’s-Only Enduro Race Series Announced

Jan 23, 2017
by Angela Sucich  
World s First Women s-Only Enduro MTB Race Series Announced

The Sturdy Dirty Enduro, presented by Liv, is expanding from a single event in Washington State to a 3-state series in 2017, becoming the world’s only enduro mountain bike race series focused on women.

Sturdy B*tch Racing, a Seattle-based mountain bike team dedicated to promoting women in mountain biking through racing, trail building and race organizing, has announced the 4th annual Sturdy Dirty Enduro mountain bike race will now include races in Washington, Oregon and California as part of its new series for 2017. Registration opens February 14th.

Joined by partner Roam Events to help with expansion efforts, and by returning title sponsor Liv—now Series Title Sponsor—Sturdy B*tch Racing is seeking participants, sponsors and volunteers to be part of a women’s event series that’s the only one of its kind in the world.

2017 Sturdy Dirty Enduro Race Series:
June 17 -- Seattle, WA 
Aug. 19 -- Oakridge, OR
Oct. 14 -- Big Bear Lake, CA

World s First Women s-Only Enduro MTB Race Series Announced

The Event: The Sturdy Dirty Enduro, now a 3-race series, brings women racers together to experience timed downhill-orientated course sections, uphill transition trail riding and fun-filled aid stations. Racers can expect a serious race in a festive environment, with costumed volunteers and themed aid stations. (Aid stations in the past have involved bacon hand-ups, waffle s’mores, a Mexican cantina, and a limbo station.) After each race the party will continue with food, beverages, awards, and a raffle.

Says Ady Bee Lane, one of six Sturdy Dirty Enduro organizers: “We’re thrilled not only to put on this fun event for the fourth year in a row but also to bring the Sturdy Dirty down the Pacific Coast to its two new locations. We’re spreading the awesome, so everyone has a chance to experience the challenge, the camaraderie, and the fun that is the Sturdy Dirty. We are especially excited to be working with Liv again, who have been great supporters of the Sturdy Dirty.”

World s First Women s-Only Enduro MTB Race Series Announced

More information about the race series and the new venues will be available on the event website in early February. Course details will be announced closer to each race date. The courses will be designed to appeal to the majority of racers, though riders should be aware that certain sections of trail may pose some difficulty for beginner riders. Racers can expect around 3,000 feet of elevation gain and 15 miles of riding. (Elevation and mileage will vary from venue to venue.)

Registration: Race registration will be available on www.sturdydirty.com starting February 14, 2017. Early sign-up for the full series or for individual races is encouraged, as last year the Washington race sold out within 28 hours.

For more information and future updates, visit www.sturdydirty.com. For sponsorship donations or volunteer opportunities, contact info@sturdydirty.com.

Everybody loves a Raffle There were prizes on hand from thirty six different sponsors including Bell Crank brothers Liv G-Form Stevens Pass Bike Park and Swagman Racks.


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  • 67 5
 There are so many races available (for both genders), it's laughable that anyone is even putting up a fight on this. I'm in WA state, and if I included XC and CX (I race both) events with Enduros there would be a race basically every weekend from March to December…. and that’s just WA state.

This is a three race series... but its really just one race per state; WA, OR, CA. Let’s assume that anyone who takes contest to the women only races is mad that they can’t participate. We could infer that they would be willing to drive to any, or all of these events.

For those that may fit into this category I’ve quickly made a race schedule for all West Coast races that occur within an 8-hour drive radius of the the Sturdy Dirty Enduro events.

Included series are: BC Enduro Series, Cascadia Dirt Cup, California Enduro Series respectively. (I can’t find any 2017 info for Oregon Enduro Series but we can assume another 4-5 races added to this list)

Apr 29 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
Apr 30 - BC Enduro
May 6 - CA Enduro
May 7 - CAN Nat Enduro
May 14 - BC Enduro
May 20 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
May 21 - BC Enduro
May 27 - CA Enduro
June 4 - BC Enduro
—JUNE 17 — STURDY DIRTY
June 17 - CA Enduro
June 24 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
July 1 - CA Enduro
July 21 - CA Enduro
July 22 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
—AUG 19 — STURDY DIRTY
Aug 26 - CA Enduro
Aug 27 - CAN Nat Enduro
Aug 27 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
Sept 14 - CA Enduro
Sept 16 - CAN Nat Enduro
Sept 16 - Cascadia Dirt Cup
Oct 7 - CA Enduro
—OCT 14 — STUDRY DIRTY

Yeah, 24 Enduros, three of them for women. If you tackle all 21 West Coast enduros, I will personally dress you up like a woman and get you into at least one of the Sturdy Dirty events. Shit, if you pull it off I’ll dress myself up like a woman, join you, and pay your race fee.

You would have to be beastly machine of a human to hit all of these races; and certainly ignorant, at the very least, if you’d believe there to be a lack of racing anywhere on the West Coast. And that just the Enduro schedule, no XC or endurance XC. If you are that serious of a racer, you probably have the 5-6 races picked out for the season that you’re periodizing your training around them as you read this. That is, unless you’re considering a “race” a guided ride into the woods on unfamiliar trails.

The biggest bike race in the world, Tour de France (sorry I’m also roadie), is a men’s only race. Sometimes they throw together a half-assed women’s Tour, which is why you’ve never seen it. You (me, we, guys) are not a marginalized class or victim in any respect within the cycling world. On the contrary, gentlemen, we run this shit. Maybe it’s time to be more inclusive in the world of cycling. Instead of arguing over the little lines drawn in sand. More butts on bikes, ANY BIKES, ultimately results in greater lobbying power for more trails, more parks, more access, AHEM..morebikelanes…AHEM… At least it’s not a “Women Against Bikes on trails” constituency. Or worse, “Women Who Ride Horses on MTN Bike Trails and Hate bikes” group.

Guys, this is a WIN. But I digress.

An anecdotal inclusion, I’ve attempted to get my fiancee to try out a race. Her “excuses”… I don’t want guys laughing at me if I crash, I don’t think I’m good enough to have everyone watching me, my ass might look fat in the shorts, I don’t want all the creepy old guys staring at me. Hmm… all valid points, and yes we do stare. Last season, I mentioned to her some of the growing popularity of women only bike events in WA state; her response, “That sounds like fun! We should go!”
  • 16 30
flag driftmonster (Jan 24, 2017 at 6:34) (Below Threshold)
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#freedomtoThearmidillos
  • 6 2
 (Insert politcally correct response here)
  • 3 0
 I hope you get voted UP just for the length of this response!
  • 41 6
 These women-specific events (and camps like Dirt Series, Liv Ladies All Ride and Gold Rush) consistently sell out. That's more informative than any subjective comments on this thread.
  • 14 20
flag ElStig (Jan 23, 2017 at 17:44) (Below Threshold)
 You really didn't provide any info either. Women's events selling out means nothing. I can guarantee that the race promoters take into account their audience and limit the amount to a safe number that will sell out in order not to loose money for empty spots. Segregation has never been a good option. In this instance you are affirming to women that they need their own safe space to have fun on the bike. The same guys that make women uncomfortable on a bike more often than not make men uncomfortable on a bike as well.
  • 14 4
 @ElStig: I did in a different response. For example, the Dirt Series has had over 10,000 women roll through their camps since they started. I coached for them, and I know for a fact that women cited the intimidating nature of co-ed rides/events, not that one man or men in particular made them uncomfortable. You are putting those words in their mouths. I also commented that most women we coached said they went on to feel more comfortable in exactly those kinds of co-ed situations. The rise in women at events like Whistler's Toonie series are definitely related. See also the comment from the Cascadia Dirt Cup organizers further down: "Last year we had a 40% increase in women participating in our races. The vast majority of the our new racers got their start at the Sturdy Dirty." Women have been *asking* for these kinds of events, and a bunch of smart people have stepped up to provide them. So they're listening to women and what they want--if they listened to just men, well...that's where things were for a very long time. The changes now are positive, for the entire industry.
  • 6 9
 @courtneywylie: You are totally right, the more riders the better. I'm not against these rides and races being successful especially if it makes more people comfortable on bicycles.

I don't understand two points that you argue. Your main argument is that "women cited the intimidating nature of co-ed rides/events" therefore if you remove men from the event they are now comfortable....right? Your argument completely supports that men are the exclusive reason women are uncomfortable and that is okay! Its just a matter of calling it what it is.
Second, the industry has listened to men for " a very long time" because they were the consumer. The woman market has grown immensely in the past couple years and smart people capitalize on emerging markets.

Again, Im not trying to bash on the program. I think it is more than appropriate that women have a larger voice as they develop an interest in the sport. I am a huge proponent of getting everyone to get on the bike and give it a try. I look forward to seeing the coverage of these events and the rad stuff people are doing on the bike.
  • 12 8
 @ElStig: Pinkbike mansplaining FTW
  • 13 2
 @ElStig: Thanks for a decent discussion (especially by PinkBike standards). Let me try to explain the "uncomfortable" comment the best I can. What most women describe is feeling a need to push beyond their comfort level in co-ed situations, which often makes them feel like they are going to be unsafe or feel stupid. It's not men *directly* that make them uncomfortable, it's just the way these naturally male-dominated rides and events tend to work can feel intimidating. Whether it's what guys intend or not (I lean towards honestly believing dudes aren't trying for this), women, especially those newer to the sport, find co-ed rides and/or races to be overwhelming. Consider a race with practice that only separates the pros from the amateurs--I've seen this at plenty of local races, and it means that when you're out for a practice run, you could have a pack of much faster dudes on your ass and trying to pass, which admittedly can be very disconcerting. It's the little details like that--feeling like they don't know enough and will look dumb, or be put in a situation that could actually be scary/harmful, etc. Not all rides or races are like this, but the majority are. Men aren't trying to make situations that are unwelcoming to women, it's just that the default isn't what women new to the sport find encouraging. So people (mostly women) listened to what they want, and designed programs and events that foster those things. For example, the Sturdy Dirty has a couple of pre-ride events, which encourage women to come out and check out the course together. These have been wildly popular, and they also help women feel more comfortable with trying out a race for the first time. So, consider all that, and maybe you'll see that we're not saying "men are the problem." Hope that helps.
  • 7 2
 @ElStig: I'll also add that the women's market has been growing in part *due* to these events/camps. The first couple years I rode at Whistler (e.g. before Crankworx was even Crankworx), I felt like an alien in line. I took a women's camp, went on to end up coaching for them, and in the intervening years the ridership up there grew exponentially. Whistler figured it out quickly too, with their women's nights, etc. I think the market followed these things, not the other way around, but it's very difficult to pull causation from correlation here, obviously.
  • 8 1
 @courtneywylie: I definitely understand that feeling you are describing, whether intentional or not it is there.
It took brave souls like yourself to be the odd one out to get on the bike at places like whistler prior to these events. I think it's fair to say that the market largely does follow these events.
Keep doing what you do!
  • 29 3
 Damn, a lot of butt-hurt dudes upset at the thought of a mountain bike race that isn't a sausage fest.
  • 5 1
 Exactly
  • 24 9
 Let me preface this by saying that it's great that these are popular, and I'm all for helping to get more women involved in the sport.

That said, I worry a bit that this seems to be a kind of self segregation. It instills a sense of community and support for those in the minority group that are coming together, but does it hamper integration in to the larger community? If not, awesome! But I guess it's probably too early to tell one way or the other.
  • 19 9
 "does it hamper integration in to the larger community? If not, awesome! But I guess it's probably too early to tell one way or the other." Not really. I've coached women's camps, and one of the most consistent pieces of feedback was how women who took them felt significantly more comfortable riding/racing in co-ed situations. But they found the initial step of either learning/racing in women-specific formats allowed them an environment in which they were most likely to learn the skills and confidence to get them there. The Dirt Series has coached over 10,000 women, so we're well past "too early too tell." There's a lot of subjective guessing like this on the thread, but the fact that these kind of events sell out consistently show that the demand is there.
  • 20 4
 Our goal is to get more women into racing - all racing, not just women's events - by showing just how fun racing can be. So far we've been successful in multiple ways including raising the attendance for women at our local races. So the end goal of encouraging women to participate in more races has been successful. Hooray!
  • 6 2
 My comment got posted twice and apparently deletion isn't a thing on Pinkbike so (twiddles fingers)... how 'bout those Trump Tweets?
  • 13 4
 If it is self-segregation... so what? Does that actually affect you at all? If some women only want to ride with other women, what difference does that make? They're still a viable slice of the market whether they're riding with dudes or not.

But since we're on the topic...
I am probably the last woman who really wants to attend women's only events, as I think I learn better in a co-ed situation, and they're just not my cup of tea. That being said, I know many women who thrive in women-only settings and then go on to participate in co-ed events and races. I am in full support of getting more women in the sport and groups like the Dirt Series, Sweetlines, All Ride, and Bell Joy Ride are bringing women into mountain biking in droves. As far as I'm concerned more people riding bikes (men or women) is better for the growth of our bike culture. If this is what it takes to get women involved, then more power to them.

Nice work Ady and fellow bitches!
  • 4 0
 @courtneywylie: "I've coached women's camps, and one of the most consistent pieces of feedback was how women who took them felt significantly more comfortable riding/racing in co-ed situations"

That's excellent to hear. I'm obviously ignorant on the subject; I had no idea how long these things had been going on for. I wish you guys the best of luck with the races.
  • 5 2
 @jayacheess - self segregation isn't a thing. Segregation, by definition, has an element of external enforcement. If you have governments, or home owners' associations, or some such body setting rules (or creating obstacles) that lead to separating groups from each other in a way that's making opportunities available to some but not to others, that's segregation. If you have public accommodations (restaurants, gas stations, public transit systems, etc.) setting rules (or creating obstacles) that lead to separating groups from each other, that's segregation. That means "self-segregation" is a non-sequitur, as one cannot discriminate against oneself.

Say your wife or girlfriend or sister is going out for drinks with her girl friends. Girls' night out and all that. Or you do the same thing with your guy friends - boys' night out. That's not self-segregation, that's freely associating. So you can decide whom you want to include in that group, and so can they. There's no external authority authorizing or prohibiting participation.

Women's MTB events, then, can't be self-segregation, as women aren't discriminating against themselves by depriving themselves of the participation of men in those events. For it to be self-segregation, the women would have to be the ones doing the enforcing (keeping the men out) and the ones suffering the ill effect. And since the whole thing is voluntary (and those same women are free to choose NOT to be confined to women's only events), that doesn't really logically flow.

What's more to the point is whether having an event on public resources that's restricted to women is segregation, as in keeping the guys out. And that, given the fact that there's no shortage of racing, how under-represented women are in the sport, etc., is probably not a viable argument (and I don't think that's where you're going with this). But to think that somehow the poor women are inadvertently harming themselves by depriving themselves of the company and participation of us dudes at their enduros or clinics - I think that's a bit of a stretch...
  • 2 1
 @jayacheess : I fully understand what you are saying, and even admit that I somewhat feel the same way. However, I truly believe in this day and age it is easy to get stuck in the mindset of, "oh well lets weigh the pros and cons and then tell other people how to live their lives." I really believe that this kind of thing is just a reflection of the market adapting to the consumer. For whatever reason, a lot of female riders like the idea of showing up at a girls only event. (I've seen male centered art classes and yoga classes, likely for a similar reason). You could right a paper examining correlation and causation of "gendered feelings of recreational activities" (people have, trust me... thanks, "diversity credits" from college). The important thing is that these events are generating interest, stimulating our niche economy, and most importantly, getting groups of riders together on trails in a positive, focused way. Within good taste, if there's a market for a certain type of event, have it. I think the bike community is really good at this (we involve bikes with everything, and get people together for it).
  • 3 1
 Though the racing itself is women only, having volunteered at one of the events myself its certainly an inclusive event. Definitely not a "boys not allowed" vibe. Its really another event that brings bikers from all backgrounds/genders together to watch and cheer on some rad chicks riding.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: "But to think that somehow the poor women are inadvertently harming themselves by depriving themselves of the company and participation of us dudes at their enduros or clinics - I think that's a bit of a stretch..."

That certainly wasn't where I was going with that.

I guess I was looking at it from the standpoint of a lot of the high profile races being co-ed. So if these events were only able to draw women in to the sport at a women's only level, but not further, it's would have been a good effort, but not ultimately leading to women being fully represented in the sport. courtneywylie set me straight on this above, however, so it seems I was making a fuss about nothing.
  • 2 0
 These events create confidence! I was nervous when I first started riding - and went to women's clinics! After getting some skills, my first race was the women's only "Beti Bike Bash". Since then, I've become a much more confident rider, racer, and even a mountain bike coach (who coaches men, women, and children... but the women's only clinics are definitely the most fun!).

I think that these races are important for women to find comfort in racing - since most of us didn't start riding till late teens and beyond - I don't think the new generations of girls riding, won't have that comfort issue. I think right now, it's necessary - and regardless of that - they are super fun events!
  • 17 0
 I predict nothing but polite encouragement, support, and civil discourse in this comment section...
  • 55 2
 We at the CDC support the Sturdy B's and their series 100%. Last year we had a 40% increase in women participating in our races. The vast majority of the our new racers got their start at the Sturdy Dirty.
  • 19 2
 @CascadiaDirtCup: I wish I could upvote your comment to the top...why can't people see that these women races are helping grow co-ed races..just like a gate way drug...the heathy kind ????
  • 5 0
 ^ what she said.
  • 15 2
 Stoked for this! Fully support for ladies on the trail and more ladies growing the sport in a way that supports how they learn. I have seen this grow and believe me... The ladies that enter these events have no trouble keepin up with men outside the event. More lady shredders = All the fun!
Game on 2017!!!!!
  • 13 2
 Glad to see additional opportunities for young riders and pro's alike, especially as female riders becoming more and more active in all facets of the mtb scene!
  • 14 6
 I like races where everyone is there to have fun.....currently more dudes show up in droves to mnt bike races. Hope with the enthusiasm of modern mntb evnts more people will show up no matter WHT your sex or color is...it's all about enjoying and rippn' on bikes. Don't separate us please.
  • 13 9
 Yea this seems like a step backward in a sense. Why cant we all race and still support women racing? I want to race my bike as much as anyone else
  • 24 13
 im waiting for a christian only race
  • 18 9
 @krazieghost: I identify as an f-22 fighter jet. Do I get my own race?
  • 10 5
 All gender events are so much more enjoyable
  • 15 4
 That was sort of my initial impression too, but thinking about it more - its only one race. If it allows female riders to have more fun, and beginners to feel less intimidated, then it just means more women will get into racing, giving a more even demographic at normal races in the future.
  • 10 3
 I don't mind one bit. As a matter of fact, I'd love to volunteer to work one of these events and provide a fun and supportive environment for these ladies. Until the threshold is crossed where women and men racing together in equal numbers is a foregone conclusion, events like these are a step in the right direction.
  • 10 1
 My wife "might" ride the Sturdy Dirty this year if she feels confident enough to tackle Tiger Mt. If she does, ill be there cheering her on, rain or shine...with more cowbell! I think its rad AF!!
  • 6 1
 She should ride! I've seen many women walking down sections that other women we're hucking, everyone of them was having a great time- even in the dumping rain.
There were also some great pre-ride shuttle days for participants. Hopefully they're still doing those…
  • 1 0
 @coyote11: Shes seriously considering this year! Ive taken her up there once...in the rain...and it was a little slick for her comfort level. But she did it, and she had just started mountain biking 3 months earlier!
  • 9 2
 I've been to a couple of these to support my wife and her friends. Hands down the best race events I've been to. The most fun, the most camaraderie, the most laughter and the greatest person to person support.
I'm psyched for the next one! Congrats on the expansion @adybee7. We'll see you in Oakridge!
  • 5 1
 Nothing better than a woman on a mountain bike. I have a 7 yo girl who attended little Bella's last year. She absolutely loved it. My wife has recently started riding as well, and she'll tell you that riding with a bunch of guys can definitely be intimidating. Guys learn differently. There are definite brain sex differences. Guys tend to just let go of the brakes and go for it. We get injured then figure out what went wrong, and try again. Women are much less aggressive in the learning curve on sports like this it seems. However, Mtb is one of the only sports that true equality between the sexes can exist. They ride the same trails, the same bikes, (mostly) jack the same drops etc. let's hear it for the ladies!
  • 8 4
 These women's events becoming more popular are an awesome thing. The comment section on here whenever one is talked about however...... The exact opposite.
  • 4 1
 I agree on both of your points. The negativity in the comments is astounding to me. This women-only series costs "men" exactly nothing. Why get so bent out of shape? In the long run, it will get more women into the sport. Not sure why that's a problem.
  • 6 1
 Way to go! If you're a guy ever smart! Volunteer at theses events. Support the ladies, and make it fun!
  • 10 7
 This is great. I often have a hard time defining "mansplaining" to people, and now I can just link them to this comment thread.
  • 5 5
 Probably because "mansplaining" is a leftist trope designed to shut down other speakers
  • 3 2
 @preston67: Not designed to shut anyone down, just reminds us that women mountain bikers are the subject matter experts on the experience of women's mountain biking.
  • 1 1
 @DrPete: Ok I'll agree with that- it makes sense in that context. I'm used to seeing that term applied to generic subject matters.
  • 4 1
 I was lucky enough to visit Tiger on accident during the 2015 race and DAMN was it fun and cool to see what was going down. You go girls!
  • 5 0
 awesome!
  • 3 3
 Speaking as a woman, I think this and women only events are sad, frustrating and hypocritical for our improvement of equality. If we want equality, go and be equal. Don't hide yourselves in a women only closet. Be that strong woman you all march and preach about. There's nothing strong and equal in segregating and screaming with signs of "I'm a Nasty girl and proud", etc. We have been marching for years, and segregating ourselves into our own little girly corner, just to do it again. Sounds like a broken record. Actions speak louder than signs or words ladies. Rosa Parks did not march around with signs, she literally sat at the front of the bus. So, please, all you strong ladies out there. Stop segregating yourselves to feel empowered. We're beyond that as a sex, so lets show it! Go promote events, please! Just don't draw a line of who can come and who can't. That makes us no better than the forces you're striking against. PEACE!
  • 2 2
 Lighten up Francis. It's 3 races out a whole world of co-ed races throughout the world. Go find something worthwhile to be outraged about.
  • 4 0
 This is rad!
  • 2 0
 I see the best part of me is featured in photos of this post... The hand holding the bacon
  • 2 0
 look up "Grown ass woman" by Natalie Clark
  • 2 1
 That photo of a guy covered in mud drinking a beer is a strange choice for this post.
  • 4 3
 What if you're confused about what sex you are? They need trans-gender race class.
  • 6 5
 Alert....women not allowed to race EWS anymore...wait that's fake news!
  • 20 0
 'alternative facts'
  • 1 1
 @stacykohut: Such a funny term. I wonder if we'll be getting the BS equivalent of "bushisms" this time around.
  • 1 0
 That's huck the same drops. Damn auto correct.
  • 5 6
 It's a Big Wacky World!!
  • 11 5
 How far into 'my friends' transistion do they need to be to qualify?
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: omg so funny I dont care who you are
  • 12 14
 Take that D-Trump.
  • 10 7
 nasty women take over!
  • 15 5
 I appreciate you bringing politics into biking. The two Subjects have a lot in common
  • 1 3
 @pigit77: you said it!
  • 2 4
 @pigit77: right? lol
  • 2 1
 @pigit77: Are you kidding? The height of every drop, the length of every gap... all great places for alternative facts. Smile
  • 2 1
 I don't understand your comment. Do you think Trump is against Women's only Enduro races ?
  • 1 1
 @preston67: No, I just lie like a dog about lots of things related to mountain biking, especially if stretching the truth makes me sound better than I am. Smile
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