Women’s Wednesday #1 – Jess Greaves interview and weekly women’s round up

Welcome to our first Wideopenmag Women’s Wednesday!

Women’s Wednesday’s is here to give women in mountain biking more coverage. We’ll have feature interviews with women in the sport, we’ll be summing up the week in women’s MTB both local, national and beyond and we’ll be reviewing products that women want to ride.

Making it happen is South Wales rider Lauren Jenkins – if you want to help her make it happen you can contact her on Lauren@wideopenmountainbike.com. 

Women’s Wednesday will provide the best news and video in women’s MTB each week!

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Feature Interview – Jess Greaves

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1. Who are you?

I am a 20 year old girl from Bristol who works in a bike shop and loves to ride and race her bike!

2. What do you ride – Bike and discipline (s) and team (if you have one)

I have a Mondraker Summum for racing Downhill, a Yeti DJ for racing 4X and John Atkins Cycles have kindly helped me out with a Yeti 4X frame for training. Also I have a Deluxe BMX for sprints and the odd bit of skatepark.

3. Favourite piece of kit?

Probably a fresh set of Oakley goggles

4. What do you think can be done to improve women’s racing in the UK?

I think both the DH and 4X scene in the UK have got a lot stronger in terms of rider numbers. The amount of girls at 4X nationals has pretty much doubled in the last year! But I think there could still be more girls racing and the ones already racing need more support to help them step it up to Elite/World Cup level. More support needed in terms of coverage for sponsorship, and with skills and fitness coaching. In both DH and 4X there are a lot more girls racing nationals now, but only 2 or 3 of them are racing international races. I want to help that number increase!

5. Best riding memory?
Too many to mention them all! I’ve been on some pretty fun trips! Most recently probably rocking up to a set of dirt jumps and not being scared of them all from the start like I normally am. That’s new for me!

6. Best moment/achievement in riding so far?

Winning the first DH national of the year felt pretty good for me! It was my first national on a proper DH bike and I was hoping juts not to come last. I was pretty shocked to find out I’d won! Also being given the opportunity to race at the 4X World Championships this year. That was such a good experience and I learnt a lot.

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7. Favourite riding spot?

Bristol’s local trails are running really well at the moment. We’ve got riding for almost any bike and any weather!

News in women’s MTB

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Pinner, Katy Curd took the overall win in the 4x Pro Tour, as well as taking 2nd in the 4x World Championships in Leogang. Read her report here.

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World Champion downhiller, Rachel Atherton recently did an interview with the Sunday Times, and hinted that she may want to try other disciplines, or sports in the future. Watch this space!

Juliana Bicycles rider, Anka Martin is currently in first place in women’s category in the 2013 Mavic Trans-Provence.

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Old Skull Team Rider, Claire Pollard won the overall in BMX East Summer Series for Ladies 17-29 cruiser last weekend.

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2013 Enduro World Series winner, Tracy Moseley will be bringing out her own set of signature bars with Deity Components – “Available soon in the UK from distributor Hotlines” said Tracy.

Keep an eye out for Women’s Wednesday #2 next week for another awesome interview as well as videos and news! 

Want to contribute? Email Lauren@wideopenmountainbike.com