More than 60 competitors will hit the trails at the third edition of the Dirty Dames all-female Enduro mountain bike race this weekend at the Glencullen Adventure Park (The GAP) on Saturday, March 30.
Organisers have said the number of female riders registered this year is unprecedented, breaking all previous records.
Dirty Dames is the only female-specific enduro event of its kind on the island of Ireland. It promotes female mountain biking and encourages women to sample racing in a social and supportive environment.
Dirty Dames has been integral to the recent growth of female biking since the inaugural event in 2016, founded by experienced mountain bikers, Ruth McGinn and Silvia Gallagher, with support from their club, Gravity BC.
This fun and social approach to racing sparked a renewed interest in the sport, which is represented by the record numbers registered for Saturday’s event.
“Dirty Dames is a women’s only enduro-style mountain bike race, but it is not just a race, it’s about sharing the ride with friends in a social but competitive atmosphere,” say organisers.
Four Categories & Five Stages
Four categories of riders will compete: juniors; baggy shorts; experienced; and pros. The race comprises of five timed stages – all part of The GAP’s trail system – offering riders a mix of red and blue trails that are perfect for the novice to the experienced rider.
“We expect Dirty Dames 2019 to be a great success, and we know that it will encourage female riders to push their limits a little further, while spending quality time on the bike with like-minded female shredders.”
Organisers express sincere thanks to The GAP and all supporters of Dirty Dames 2019.
“The support that we have received from the mountain biking community in general, our local shops, local trail centres, local businesses has been humbling.
“We are blown away by the generosity they have shown us. It shows that support and goodwill for female mountain biking in Ireland is alive and well and we hope that the race encourages the next generation to take up the sport.”
SPECTATORS AND SUPPORTERS MUST STAY ON THE GAP’S OFFICIAL WALKING PATHS. BIKING TRAILS ARE OFF LIMITS FOR ANYONE NOT COMPETING OR BIKING ON THE DAY.
Dirty Dames Website
The 2019 Dirty Dames is already sounding like a great success, best of luck to everyone racing on Saturday.
Big thanks to event organisers for the update.