World’s best descend on Gisburn Forest

A cyclist takes on the Gisburn Forest Enduro race
A cyclist takes on the Gisburn Forest Enduro race
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Gisburn Forest recently hosted a bicycle Enduro race, but this was no ordinary event.

Organised by local manufacturer Hope Technology alongside PMBA, the twist was only women were allowed to enter.

The idea was to attract as many women in the mountain biking scene to enter and ride with like-minded friends, mothers and daughters.

Where better to host a

race like this but at Gisburn Forest with it’s wide variety of trains and the added bonus of a new trail, Long Way Down, being used for the first time.

But it wasn’t just first-time racers who were there – although over a third were.

Among the riders were multiple Downhill and Enduro World Champion Tracy Moseley, Cross Country World Cup winner and Olympian Annie Last, as well as up and coming talent such as Martha Gill and Bex Barona.

On the day, over 220 women raced around the forest, making it the largest women’s only mountain bike event in the country.

Riders raced on three separate stages around the forest, which despite the weather, brought smiles to all competitors.

The overall race was won by Last in a blistering time of 6:05.36, closely-followed by Baraona +0:11.29, with Gill third place in the elite, +0:23.25 behind the leader.