Women’s enduro racing is tighter than ever. At the EWS season finale in the Tweed Valley. Scotland, just 00.32 seconds separated Trek Factory Racing’s Hattie Harnden and Ibis Factory Racing’s Bex Baraona, who clinched the win. Further back, 50 seconds separated the top 10 women over this 30 minute race, making the women’s racing just as tight, if not tighter than the men’s field. This raises some serious questions around athlete pay checks, as it is still the case that the top men are often paid twice as much as the top women, for doing the same job (as highlighted by a recent Gowaan Girls video that i’ll post at the bottom of this article for those interested).
I’m super stoked on the topic, hence that minor digression. The point I’m trying to make is, watching the racing is more exciting than ever, thanks to up and coming racers, like Estelle Charles and Ella Connolly. These women, along with so many others, are a driving force behind the growth in women’s mountain biking, giving the field incredible depth in talent, skill and determination. And, their bikes are SICK! Here’s more on Estelle’s as-of-yet unreleased Rossignol Heretic and Ella’s gravity-cavity rocking Cannondale Jekyll. Pro Bike Check: Estelle Charles’ Rossignol Heretic
For race day, Estelle swapped the Michelin DH Mud for a Michelin Wild Enduro Front Racing Line setup, front and rear, with 14.5 PSI in the front and 16 PSI in the rear; she also chose to use a Tannus Armour […]