TweedLove on Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Enduro

Jan 28, 2020 at 1:37
by Neil Dalgleish  
Tracy Moseley, Isla Short, Jess Stone, Jaime Gray & Catherine Hart

There is no denying that cycling is a male dominated sport. It is evident across every discipline from downhill to track cycling to enduro. Not only just the riders but the mechanics, the race officials and the supporters, the figures all stack up higher in the male camp.

Harley Lothian, TweedLove’s marketing manager, caught up with a few key figures in Scottish and British Cycling to get their insight into this topic which TweedLove are keen to shine a light on and improve, starting by adding more female race categories to their Triple Crown Enduro Series.

Ellie Maxfield lays it down in the Transcend Epic

“You are right, it is evident across the whole sport,” said Andrea Lockhart, British Cycling UCI Elite National Mountain Bike Commissaire. “For example, last season there was only one mechanic on the World Cup circuit that was female. However, certain disciplines are improving, cyclo-cross for example is becoming more female populated and over the years we can’t deny that female participation has increased in all disciplines, but there is definitely still a way to go.”

“Confidence is a barrier with females”, Andrea explains. “We are frightened to fail and we possess this ‘mummy gene’ where we always think of the ‘what ifs’. None of this is to say we aren’t capable - because we are - and we are much more capable than we think. I do believe that for enduro, introducing additional age categories for women is encouraging and will work in some way to improving the numbers.”

Last season's TweedLove Collective star, Phoebe Gale. A girl on a mission

There is certainly no doubt about the level of riding and skill amongst female riders. Following in the tracks of world champions like Tracy Moseley there are undoubtedly some hugely talented younger women competing – but there’s just not enough of them. So how can this be improved?

“First of all, I commend you for looking at the issue of women in sport and shining a light on it,” says Kathy Gilchrist, Scottish Cycling Non-Exec Director. In order to encourage a higher level of female participation “it needs to be accessible, fun, challenging but not overly so, and enduro does provide this. It is certainly not a sport for everybody but if the opportunity to have a try is there – many would be surprised at what they can achieve.”

Becky Cook, Bex Baraona and Ella Conolly at TweedLove 2019


Typically, in enduro, with fewer female competitors, organisers have generally used broad race categories to avoid potentially empty podiums. But there’s growing consensus across the industry that these categories have probably been too wide, and go against the ‘opportunity to try’ attitude that is needed. “It needs to be more of a competing against yourself situation,” Kathy says. So will being in a category only with those of a similar age help? “Yes, I believe it will,” Kathy concludes.

With this in mind, Tweedlove have developed their categories for their 2020 Triple Crown enduro series, now offering six different age category ranges;

• Youth, 14 – 15
• Junior, Under 18
• Under 21
• Senior, 21 – 34
• Master, 35 – 45
• Vet 45+


Katherine Simpson deep in the Innerleithen woods

“It’s great to see TweedLove giving more opportunities to race against other females of the same age with six age-based categories from 14 up to 45 year olds,” said Tracy Moseley, the undisputed queen of mountain biking, downhill and enduro world champ with multiple Downhill World Cup wins and numerous TweedLove top steps under her belt. “I can’t wait to get back between the tapes in 2020 and hope to see more ladies out there giving enduro racing a go this year.”

Katy Winton, Tracy Moseley and Greta Weithaler take the honours at the UK's first Bosch eMTB Challenge

The unstoppable T-Mo. 2014 TweedLove World Enduro/EWS

“TweedLove has always been about inclusiveness, right from our first events 10 years ago,” says TweedLove founder Neil Dalgleish. “But there’s no doubt female participation levels have been less than we’d like. Hopefully the introduction of more categories which allows women to race with those of similar age will help a little, but we have to look at other ways to attract more women into mountain biking and cycling.”

TweedLove brought in less demanding or ‘light’ race categories for their enduros a few years back, and also introduced their ‘Enjoyro’ event in 2017 - an intro-level enduro specifically designed for younger riders and adults who’d like a less intimidating challenge than a full-on race series enduro. Enjoyro has had a much higher female participation rate with 31% of participants being female as opposed to 7% in the Triple Crown Series. “Enjoyro can provide a real stepping stone for a lot of people, but there’s still an unfortunate imbalance when it comes to the bigger events, so that’s what organisers really need to work on,” says Neil. “Hopefully the new categories will make a difference. At the end of the day the risk of some empty podiums is less important than doing what we can to encourage more girls and women to take part.”

Enjoyro has increased female participation to 31%

The TweedLove Triple Crown enduro series kicks off in March with Vallelujah, which has now sold out. Round Two, Tenduro, will take place over the TweedLove Bike Festival weekend 29 – 31 May when Enjoyro will also be held. The final round, King and Queen of the Hill, is scheduled for 14-15 August. Entries to the latter two rounds and Enjoyro can be purchased now from www.tweedlove.com


126 Comments

  • 48 8
 They literally say that "confidence is a barrier with females". They admit it's a confidence thing and then say they are going to try more age groups so you are racing against close peers....the same groups that men have. Why are you all getting so bent out of shape? They aren't bashing men or calling it toxic at all, they are trying to address the lack of confidence amongst women riders.
  • 33 21
 All of the bigots w/ fragile egos & lack of empathy are having themselves a day.
  • 16 14
 @stonant: calling people you don't even know exist names certainly shows your accute sense of empathy
  • 21 15
 Think the issue is with the framing. It's wonderful they are saying that confidence is a barrier, but why then is there a need for the abysmal opening?
"There is no denying that cycling is a male dominated sport. It is evident across every discipline from downhill to track cycling to enduro. Not only just the riders but the mechanics, the race officials and the supporters, the figures all stack up higher in the male camp."
This pretty much reads like it is an issue because of horrible horrible males.. When all it in fact comes down to interest. Had as many women been interest in riding and they had as long of a history as male riding I'm pretty sure conditions would have been close to equal.
  • 10 3
 @Skjalg: yep, don't agree w/ the tone but I think it's hilarious that the comment section is a bunch of male commenters complaining about an article whose primary purpose is to promote & explain the reasoning behind an event for female mountainbiker.
  • 6 5
 @Boosting: "people you don't even know exist?" they exist, look at the comments on this page . There's at least a dozen comments that are from dudes who are outraged that an event for women exist.
  • 5 15
flag Boosting (Feb 2, 2020 at 11:21) (Below Threshold)
 @stonant: they are not outraged they are calling it what it is; sexist.
  • 7 0
 @stonant: I totally agree with you on this.. If people have issues with there being female events, they have bigger problems in life, namely themselves. **Just felt the original poster failed to grasp the main issue as in why people were complaining.

Personally I have no issues with female events.. why would anyone? I mean as a male you're not in these events anyhowSmile
  • 7 0
 @Skjalg: I kind-of agree with you. I have been riding in the UK for the last 25 years and the number of women on the trails has grown exponentially over the last five years, but that hasn't quite translated to racing.
Now I don't particularly care about that, but race organisers like Neil and his colleagues here clearly do - and good for them.
Might have been better to frame the piece positively, saying "loads more women are riding, so we're aiming to get them racing by having more categories".
It's a bit of a long-winded piece to explain a simple change, but let's hope it works and more women get the racing bug.
Might even tempt me back.
  • 3 0
 @chakaping: I'm with you. It's just that I think these kind of things sort themselves out naturally. As the volume of female riders increase, so does the events. As it does with basically everything.
The bigger the market for it is, the bigger the offerings surrounding if will be.
Obviously I might be wrong. Not an expert Smile was just throwing in some opinions.
  • 2 0
 @Skjalg: I don't disagree. Some female racers over here have been unhappy about the very wide age categories run by a lot of organisers, which have been driven by low entry numbers rather than deliberate sexism, obvs.
Tweedlove run very large events so are in a good position to offer tighter age cats without ending up with one or two women in each.
It'll be interesting to see if numbers do increase. If so I'm sure the publicity will have been as helpful as the actual changes.
  • 27 1
 More people riding bikes is good. Women only, kid only trans etc events. There is room for everyone! Life is not a zero sum game - meaning someone having fun on a bike takes away from your fun. Life is a positive sum game - let’s all just get along, out on events/go to events we’re drawn to and spread the love. Life is hard enough...if you don’t like this program hit your back button.
  • 64 39
 So the barriers aren’t that to get a half decent bike you need to spend a load of cash, then entry fees, travelling etc or the simple fact that certain activities appeal to genders differently - am I allowed to use the term gender?

When articles like this pop up i think isn’t equality for everyone, so taking it to the n’th degree abolish all classes in all sports and everyone compete against each other. But that won’t work, anyone ever compared Rachel Athertons winning times to the males?
  • 41 19
 Men and women these days are not allowed to have different preferences, because we as a society suddenly decided that that would imply there are biological differences between sexes.... Go figure

Myself and several buddies have tried to bring female friends into MTB, it's not easy. I've seen plenty of riding groups and teams being quite happy and excited to have a girl on board, never witnessed these so called barriers and "toxic masculinity" that supposedly keeps women at bay.
  • 10 32
flag RoadStain (Feb 2, 2020 at 6:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Arierep: Great, now I have been triggered....where is my Safe Space.....anyone have an email address for Rachel McKinnon, I need it to assist me in more clear thinking.
  • 27 33
flag Trailtorch2100 (Feb 2, 2020 at 8:04) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, men are the scourge of the earth. Now we are holding women back from riding bikes, among all the other horrible things we are doing to them.. Oh and for you folks that say there are not enough women's bikes, I suggest women opening up a bike company and making bikes for women, clothes for women, build trails for women. Women's USA national soccer team gets beat by U15 boys team from Dallas Texas. Keep the gender war going.
  • 7 6
 Exactly, you never read details about the barriers, just that they exist...
  • 36 1
 I read the article, looks like Tweedlove is looking to encourage more women to get into Enduro which is largely male dominated and can be a bit intimidating for some. Tweedlove's first Enduro event is already sold out.
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Now, what the f$&k is the problem people are having with this exactly?
  • 5 24
flag Boosting (Feb 2, 2020 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: I don't have any, as long as they run a men only event as well.
  • 22 2
 Ironic there are so many men being fannies on an article (or advertorial) about women in MTB.
  • 7 2
 @Boosting: there is only one kind of dude that would show up to men only events. have at it if that's ur thing.
  • 6 1
 @savagelake: Not that there's anything wrong with that Big Grin
  • 23 2
 How to find the incels on Pinkbike.

"bUt WhAT arE tHe baRRieRs"?

Uhh... this thread?
  • 7 5
 @EnduRowan: people's beef (me included) with this kind of reasoning about vague barriers and misogyny or whatever is that it often describes a false narrative that in the end is counter productive. Why bother to enter a sports if it's man dominated, and full of "barriers" and misogyny?

In my view the message should always be that people can and should do whatever they want, this is much more empowering than trying to convince on oppression or victimisation if you will. You can and should show and report on these kind of events without desperately trying to frame it from the start into that narrative.

But hey, it's much more fun to just start calling someone incel or bigot if you disagree, civil discourse is so last century
  • 5 0
 @Boosting: you are a moron. Nothing in the article says anything about a women's only race. They are just adjusting the age categories for women.
  • 5 0
 @Arierep: Love me some discourse. Generally not worth the time and effort to counter one-line trolls, though.

Look, I agree with you in theory. However, that perspective comes from an inherently privileged place (and that's totally cool, we all have our privileges).

The idea that people "can and should do what they want" is great, yet it ignore decades of implicit (and explicit) signals from our cultures, families, schools, advertising, media etc. Those things effect us more than we think.

Systematic... quirks... affect individual behaviour. And they present barriers to are people who are less privileged (in any given setting).

So... it's a luxury that you're able to make whatever decision you like without regard for society's negative opinions of it. I'm genuinely happy you can do that.


... You can conduct a little social experiment yourself: next time you go to the shops... dress in a 'abnormal' way for your area. It could be goth, or in women's clothing, or a circus clown for all I care. Write down how what you notice. Do it for a week and tell me you don't see any barriers appear.
  • 2 5
 You’re so ‘woke’ @EnduRowan:
  • 32 4
 Maybe the barrier is that some people don’t like to race...a concept most racers just will never understand???
  • 5 2
 But who is the fastestest?!! We have to know!!
  • 22 3
 Good to See this happening, There are more and more fast women coming through the ranks . South Yorks seem like another proving ground for women in Enduro
  • 18 4
 I feel that this whole talk about the "mummy gene" doesn't do the initiative any favours. That may be some womens' perspectives and experiences, and that is very valid. You can talk about your experience and belief systems, but you can't talk for all women. It's especially disheartening that the experience Andrea (and by proxy, the organization she represents) is limiting women to also aligns with the patriarchy's rhetoric of women serving a hardcoded "mummy" purpose in life. Someone's biological sex and the body parts that enable them to grow and birth a child are one thing, but gender identity is another.

All of that said, great to see this initiative getting press coverage, and hoping for the best for it in the season ahead! Looks like this could really help some people overcome their fears (and systemic sexism) and accomplish something they thought they couldn't.

Pinkbike, simmer down, nobody's saying that you aren't a man, or that you're not open to riding with women. Women are marginalized in our society. Yes, we get it, you're strong, and everyone has their struggles. Your experience and opinion is valid but not universal. Can we please just listen for once?
  • 4 0
 Thank you for this!!
  • 10 0
 I don't race. I used to but got tired of the scene just not my thing. When I go and visit family on Van Island each summer Im always blown away at how many lady shredders are on the trails. I even made the error of asking a group of women riding together if they were a "women's ride" they laughed at me and said they are just a group of friends riding after work and then dropped my ass. Nice work Canada.
  • 10 1
 A lot of women/girls get into MTBs later in life than a lot of other riders, or dont have anyone else in their life who enjoys it has much as they do, so its great to see options for them to try out different sections of the sport and gain their confidence. Especially as the sport gets increasingly popular, its so cool to see orgs like TweedLove do a great job in providing a space for that! Theres nothing more inspiring than seeing other people on bikes push themselves and get excited about their own progression - regardless of what category you ride/race in!

Not gonna lie, these first initial comments are a bit disappointing but hopefully we can all stop seeing this as an "us/them" or "chicks/dudes" divide and just see it as more people being able to ride bikes together and have fun.
  • 8 0
 Whatever you all think about barriers/confidence/mummy genes, the fact is that there are women out there who DO lack confidence, who ARE worried about hurting themselves, who ARE worried about "getting in the way" of faster riders (that's the most commonly cited worry about racing, in my experience). There ARE women out there who won't believe they can do skill X unless they're shown/taught it by another female.

Like you guys, I don't get it. I have been mountain biking for about 25 years, I started when I was young, I've always raced and ridden wherever I like without even thinking about these things. But just because that's me, and I don't get it either, doesn't mean it's not an issue/barrier for other women. Just like some guys can't/don't want to jump, race, or get hurt! We're all different, but generally speaking these issues appear more prevalent for women in this sport.

Oh and as a person racing from around the age of 17 (junior age) but having to race with the big girls (senior age group in UK cats), and all that, I feel the frustration of wide age groups.. so, well done Tweedlove for creating basically the same categories as the guys have.
  • 21 10
 How many guys do you see on the professional knitting circuit???
  • 4 3
 I hear they are making a Netfilx special about the dark underbelly of the pro knitting circuit. So many do understand the evil...
  • 8 1
 As a father of two girls I’m doing my best to get my girls into mountain biking. Guess what, they are not that interested. They prefer soccer.

The bikers on my local trails are about 10% female. And that’s not because us men want to leave our wives behind. Well, maybe some of you do. I would love for my wife to mountain bike with me. Even if that meant getting her an ebike. She likes biking but she doesn’t like anything sketchy. So I take what I can get.
  • 4 3
 Maybe it's because men feel like they need to prove themselves by doing dangerous shit, and women are less likely to feel that way?

See Also: Gender Disparities in Life Expectancy ????
  • 7 0
 Just looked it up...about half of American marathon participants are women. I think that speaks volumes. When there's less risk involved, women are more likely to be equally represented.

When my buddies do a big feature, and I'm worried about hitting it, usually I'll end up doing it. I would probably be a smarter, and longer-living, human if I was able to look at that stuff and say, "nah, I'm good" and not take a self-esteem hit. Seems like women are way better at turning risk that's outside their comfort zone down without feeling insecure about it.
  • 2 0
 @gumbytex: that’s my wife. She doesn’t want to risk getting hurt. But I get it. My daughters though, they are gutsy, they just don’t like the climbing the hills to get to the fun stuff. Lots of whining. I haven’t fully given up on them yet. We all get out to some mellow trails once in a while.
  • 12 4
 PB incels out in force! Nothing will help you meet ladies faster than intolerant griping about how you know what's best! And, damnit, please share your opinion about handlebar width!
  • 2 0
 Give it time and riders are gonna start photoshopping their bars to match more socially acceptable widths. Followed by a movement where everyone talks about how it’s not the size, it’s how you use it. #handlebarwidthgate
  • 8 1
 "Why won't gurls talk to me when all I do is tell them they should ride with their husband, but don't race, still take more Insta photos, and just won't be as fast???"
I dunno I probably wouldn't like you either.
  • 6 0
 "Why aren't you just more confident? Didn't anyone support your athletic endeavors as a child? Maybe racing isn't for everyone"
-Dan "Doesn't F*ckin Get it" Daniels
  • 9 3
 I see the merit of the statement "Confidence is a barrier with females" argument, but I think the statement about "mummy genes" is sexist and demeaning to women, as well as a broad generalization. I know plenty of aggressive confident women riders and more careful non risk taking men. I think calling it a mummy gene is bad form.
  • 6 1
 It sounds like that's an opinion you formed through a life of talking to/treating women like people. Did you forget this is the internet? Where's your axe bodyspray and your book of pickup lines, I'll need those back thank you.
  • 3 0
 Or maybe you could read it not as a complete support for biological determinism and more in the spirit she said it in. That on average, women are more risk adverse. I love when people read something, then interpret in the worse possible way, and then critize the person for something they never even implied.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, well said.
  • 8 1
 where i live at least 50% of the people on the trails are women. sometimes in groups of 20 to 50 at a time. very few race though, they just don't care. neither do i, who cares about bike racing??
  • 2 0
 Whutttt. Where do you live?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, bike riding to me is pure fun, racing represents stress and riskier decisions. I do that enough at work, I’m good.
  • 1 0
 I've always noticed a lot of female volunteers at the races. It's a great sign that women are involved in racing... even if they're not represented on the timing sheets. To each their own and ride your bike how you like!
  • 6 0
 I can't say that I've witnessed very much negativity or sexism towards women in MTB, but then I'd say that a good proportion of the friends I've made through biking are women and the guys I know are all in support of getting more women into the sport.

One of my best friends has organised a couple of women only races at the FOD, not serious events, but an opportunity for women to try racing, with the support and encouragement of everyone involved. Having acted as a marshal at both events, I have to say that they were brilliant fun and it was great to see the girls/women having so much fun.


Mountain biking can only benefit from more women getting into riding, so we should all encourage it.
  • 5 0
 *bewilderment that more females don't race bikes*

Look up the thousands of studies on gender personality differences. I know it's taboo these days, but certain activities appeal far more strongly to one gender than the other. This is evident; you can observe this casually. However, we live in an age where we have to pretend like we don't know these things. It's not conditioning, or "the patriarchy", it's (largely) human evolution that creates these personality differences. Additionally, finding a preference difference between genders doesn't mean "all women" or "all men", it usually just means somewhere between "a sizable minority" and a "majority" (i.e. > 50%.)

Get more girls on bikes. If you as a private company can find a way to adapt racing formats and structures in such a way that you sell more entires in female categories, power to you. That's freakin great in my book. But don't be surprised when you find out that fewer chicks than dudes wanna go race each other around in the dirt on overpriced kid toys, risking injury and expense for bragging rights or to prove something to themselves. (that's not a dig at racing, I am just being very blunt about what we essentially do when we race mountain bikes.)
  • 1 0
 +1 on that! Just watch toddlers before all the societal conditioning has taken place. Little boys like to run and thrash around with each other. Some girls do too, but LESS. Trust me I want way more women on MTBs because my ulterior motive is to have my next girlfriend be a cyclist/mtb'er! However I doubt there will be an exactly equal amount of women racing competitively.
  • 22 14
 what barriers? surely they are the same as males, money!
  • 9 12
 Exactly.The opportunities are there, it's sheer supply and demand. Fuck off with your demonising shite.
  • 17 1
 you could always try listening?
  • 4 3
 Statistically women earn less than men. Go fetch.
  • 5 8
 @browner: statistically men do not take maternity leave, as much personal time for kids or have PMS one week a month. They also commit murder far less often.
  • 3 0
 @RoadStain: Men commit less murder than women? Are you off your meds?
  • 1 0
 @dakuan: listening to whom or what exactly?
  • 19 11
 The only barrier I see is in the mind of the person who wrote this text.
  • 6 2
 I find it ironic that in the name of equality, exclusionary measures need to taken so that so called minority groups can be included. Shut, and ride your bike. The only limitation is yourself. BTW, there are so many women, young and old, here who I would love to ride with. Mainly because they are so much better than me.
  • 3 0
 Who is being excluded here? They're just increasing the number of age categories in the women's race as before there were less than in the male race due to lower entry numbers.
  • 1 0
 @dingus:
Yeah Im sorry. I realize that was a bad example.
Was actually just speaking in general terms. My mistake,
  • 1 0
 @dingus: 'less than in the male race due to lower entry numbers.' - I dare you to try and explain that to the WNBA.
  • 2 0
 @RoadStain: I'm unfamiliar with the Women's New Bike Association, but I'd imagine higher entry numbers would be good for them.
  • 1 0
 @dingus: Most women simply do not understand the reasoning for this thing we refer to as "new bike", even less for the similar item "another bike". Both cause anger issues as well as potential loss of libido.
  • 7 0
 Came here fully expecting to see a bunch of whiny men in the comments. They delivered, as predicted!
  • 4 0
 Whining is such a female dominated passtime, perhaps these guys are just doing their bit to move towards equality. Please, show them some support.
  • 1 0
 @riderseventy7: bahahahaha well played!
  • 3 0
 Bracket racing in the NHRA might be a good example for reorganization of SOME non-pro races, rather than the female/male category. Racers qualify for a class based on time-trials (or you choose a bracket). A racer is disqualified if a time is outside the chosen bracket. Finished come down to thousands of seconds. Winners are rewarded by skills and finesse as much as their rig and physical abilities. It’s great for the racers and those who know what goes into the sport. While that’s not 1:1 comparison, I look at local-level tennis, for example, and see competitions organized by skill/level, too. Has anyone tried this...?
  • 6 0
 bring on the women's clinics/races/etc! increases my chances of meeting someone who rides.
  • 18 17
 What a load of woke clap trap. people don't race because they don't want to; find it too difficult; would rather not pay increasingly high entry fees; can't travel. You only have to go to the tweed valley to see the amount of woman that ride bikes or old people or kids or anyone else for that matter.

do an IG search for mtbscotland and look at the at higher percentage of female riders to male in top category.
  • 3 1
 To me it seems there's a "gap" in the way women ride mtb.
On one hand you have those doing it as a sport, so they'll be licenced in a club, do races, train weekly with their club or husband who's often an avid sportman as well.
On the other hand you have the "mums" who ride with their kids or family.
But there doesn't seem to be many who ride all-mountain on their own or with an "informal" group, as a sport without competition or an organisation.
  • 3 5
 Does this make sense to you when you read it back? Not totally sure what your point is but it smells a bit gammon-y.
  • 4 0
 @Will-narayan: you'er looking in all the wrong places. All the MTB ladies I know ride inners, fort bill, go on mtb holidays etc etc
  • 3 5
 You’re so ‘woke’, check you out throwing ‘gammon-y’ around. 10 bonus virtue signalling points from the commissar. @chakaping:
  • 4 0
 You know what, Neil and the team in Scotland do a top job with their events. Chapeau to the whole Tweedlove crew.
  • 5 1
 I didn’t realize woman had barriers to compete in fun everyone is welcome events.
  • 4 6
 Must be nice for white women to dredge for sympathy for their imagined struggles. Meanwhile women in the middle east aren't even allowed to ride bicycles.
  • 3 0
 A lot of PEOPLE in fact aren’t allowed to do a whole heap of things we take for granted @JohanG:
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: Ah yes, tell me more about your vast experience as a woman.
  • 2 2
 I don't understand why none of the women in any of the photos are not wearing a full-face helmet. Having had numerous crashes in conditions similar to those in the photos, I would have rearranged my jaw, or at least lost a lot of skin off my cheeks, on several occasions. In my experience when riding at speed on any kind of trail one would consider an enduro-style race trail, crashes happen suddenly and give me almost zero time to consider how I am going to hit the ground. Most of the folk I ride with wear light weight full-face helmets. I feel I must be missing some sub-text to the images, but not sure what that might be.
  • 3 0
 I’m offended there was an eMTB challenge
  • 2 0
 Calling someone a tweed kind of sounds like an insult if you say it aggressively enough and prefix with profanities
  • 3 0
 Fuck off, daft tweed cunt.
  • 1 1
 Seems a bit tweedy to me, not at all a woody sort of word.
  • 4 4
 Tweedlove, the macallan whisky of bike events. all about the branding. No actual substance. Does anyone actually feel welcome at one of these?
  • 2 0
 Awe fook bro now I feel attacked. I like Macallan. What would be your suggestion for another scotch in the same price range? Hated Laphroaig, too much like a greasy tire fire to me. I tend to like the Speyside region. Glenmorangie is another of my usuals. Thanks.
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6:
It has to be "Glengoolie, for the best of times."
  • 1 0
 Thumbs down! Mac is outstanding! (Sherry cask only though).
  • 1 0
 @MattyBoyR6: Def not Laphroaig! An Isla whisky isn't going to match up to a Speyside. I love MacAllan too.
Glenmorangie is great! Highland Park has some nice offerings. If you want a good Isla pour, I LOVE Bowmore 15. Of course, all this is very subjective....
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: You have good taste. Glenmorangie is one of the very best "standard" single malts, ridiculously well-balanced stuff. Try Dalwhinnie 15yo and Balvenie Doublewood. They shouldn't cost any more than Macallan, maybe less. If you want to try a less aggressive Islay, Ardbeg is much lighter and more subtle.
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 @MattyBoyR6: Aye so if you can get your hands on it try a 12 ancnoc, or as your man says a Balvenie.. @mybaben so true very subjective I'm just jesting using a whisky analogy...

to be fair there all loverly....
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 @stooky: I don't know Ancnoc, thanks for the tip mate. Whisky is a beautiful thing! And don't forget the Irish!! A proper Red Breast 15 is wonderful!
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 @mybaben: best advice for whisky is looking for distilleries that usually go for blends and buy there own bottling. Craigellachie....

p.s. there is no such thing as Irish whisky only irish whiskey!:-)
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 @stooky: LOL!! That's how we spell it over here too. Wink Cheers.
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 @mybaben: @stooky: @chakaping: Great! Thanks for the suggestions. Always enjoy branching out and trying new whiskeys and whiskys. A MTB group I am part of is going to a local Arizona distillery, Adventurous Still, (if you get bored and want to look it up) for a tour and tasting tonight. The group also hides bottles out on the trails with riddles for treasure hunters to find and share.
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 @MattyBoyR6: Ha, that sounds super fun! Enjoy!
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 How will the women break down the barriers that all these anti-article comments are creating? Probably by asking a man to do it.
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 This way each lady who enters can surely can get first place, thats the great thing about having as many catagories as entries.
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