Video & Photo Report: Gowaan Fest 2022

Jul 1, 2022 at 5:31
by Gowaan Gals  


At the start of June, after a two year hiatus due to Covid, the Gowaan Fest was back for the second time - and was bigger and better than ever!

Video by Ben Gerrish // HDDN Media

For those of you who don't know, Gowaan Gals is a brand which myself (Martha Gill) and friend Bex Baraona created together to share our love for bikes, and show that it's okay to make a fool of yourself, be silly, and have fun whilst out with your mates egging each other on! Gowaan Fest was a natural progression for us as we wanted to get more women on bikes and having a good time. The aim of this women's only weekend was for everyone to let their hair down, overcome challenges, make new friends, and most of all have fun!

With 350 people on site and a fun packed schedule, we were set for an awesome time. The weekend kicked off by welcoming the girls on Friday evening with a BBQ and movie night, which got them hyped for the riding to follow. Throughout Saturday and Sunday the trails at Farmer Johns Bike Park were open to ride, there were multiple coaching sessions, maintenance workshops and yoga classes. We also had a few events to let the ladies harness their competitive side, including the Scott Air Bag Trick Off, The Mud Hugger Dual Slalom, The Leatt Pumptrack Fastest Lap and The Dyed Bro Drift Off.

Saturday night's entertainment consisted of a Q&A with Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, Ella Connolly, Chloe Taylor, Bex & myself, where many questions covered topics such as training, long term goals and sponsorship. Food and drink were a plenty from fantastic vendors, the music started pumping along with the dance floor from early on until midnight, where campers happily trotted off back to their tents.

When the time came to say goodbyes we wrapped up the weekend with a prize giving where there were awards for events, spot prizes, and a raffle which included a Marin Rift Zone 29. All in all it was a great weekend, we hope that everyone who attended left feeling stoked to ride bikes!

Please enjoy the video recap and photos from the weekend!

On arrival the ladies signed in and collected their goodie bags.

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings schedule started with a yoga session led by Karen from Soul Connection Yoga.

We had 4 coaches on site throughout the whole weekend. Katy Curd coaching a beginner jumps course.]

This is Suzi, when not volunteering she was coaching a variety of sessions.

Julie coaching drops in the woods.

Jess Stone, hot off an EWS top 10 passing on her knowledge.


Everyone got sendy at the Scott Airbag trick off and wheelie workshop.

The Mudhugger Dual Slalom was the final riding activity on Saturday.

It was only a 'friendly' dual slalom race, no timing involved...

...but plenty of ladies were gritting their teeth to the finish line!

After the dual slalom we had a bit of fun with a 'mudchugger' challenge!

You know it's party time when they're running a bullet lid.

Pizza and Q&A before the dancing kicked off.

Sunday activities started with the DYEDBRO Drift Off, providing plenty of crashing and fun.

Skrrrrt.

All ages got stuck into the Leatt Pumptrack fastest lap competition which was running all weekend.


Maintenance workshops with Si from a local bike shop, 18bikes.

Smiles all round!

Raffle and prizes to round off an awesome weekend.

One lucky winner of the main raffle prize, a Marin Rift Zone 29. This lady unfortunately crashed and went home early but her friends had her raffle tickets!

Our awesome volunteers who we couldn't have gone the weekend without!



13 Comments

  • 20 8
 I rode with a big group of women out in Morzine for a couple of days many years ago and really enjoyed it because the stoke was high, the vibe was supportive, there was none of the BS about goading people into doing things they weren't ready for / comfortable with and the average experience/skill level was lower (as the riders in that group were newer to the sport) which was great because the things being attempted were a bit lower consequence.

That vibe reminds me a lot of this Gowaan event and most of the women's events I see videos of and I've got to say, as a male rider I'd really like to ride events like that too. Less of the competitive sh*t, less of the "don't be a p*ssy", less of the bravado and bro-culture. Anyone else too, or just me?
  • 7 17
flag nickfranko (Jul 2, 2022 at 11:23) (Below Threshold)
 Just you.
  • 9 0
 I hear this a lot, but have never experienced any of the "don't be a pussy" culture people speak of. I have literally never visited any bike park, jump spot or other riding venue where I felt any pressure to attempt anything, other than pressure from myself.

I feel like people often make up issues they don't actually experience, in order to justify their preconceptions about "bro-culture"
  • 1 0
 I think I'm quite lucky with my riding group that we don't have any of the "don't be a pussy" stuff. If we're confident in our friends' abilities we'll say "oh you've got that" or "if you can do X trail then you've deffo got this" etc. But I think everyone could do with riding with a group slower/less skilled riders (of any gender) and see how different the vibe is.
  • 11 0
 Are you sure you wouldn't like a nice cup of tea Father? Gowaan, gowaan, gowann...
  • 11 0
 350 people! That's awesome. Looks like a sick event.
  • 7 0
 Love it! Looks like an awesome vibe.
  • 3 0
 “GOWAAN…!”
  • 6 0
 No thanks Mrs. Doyle.
  • 2 0
 Missed the Gowaan Girls vids. They were so much fun.
  • 2 0
 All races should end with the mudchugger challenge.
  • 1 0
 Gowaaan is the standard northern UK encouragement shout, love what it’s about and love the brand
  • 1 0
 Awesome! Gowaaaaaaan!





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