Jim Barron at Dirt Vixens

January 08, 2015

Director of Dirt Vixens & MTBSkilz Mountain Bike Skills Companies

Level 2 MTB Coach, Instructor and Guide


Jim is a very experienced instructor and has many years of mountain biking experience.  He bought his first mountain bike in 1987 and was soon competing on the racing circuit at Elite level. Having taken a break from the sport for a few years in the mid 1990's he founded the Moray Mountain Bike Club in 2002 and was part of the team that developed and built the Moray Monster Trails.

Although still competing in some endurance races Jim found that he was enjoying pushing the limits of his skills more and more, as a result he has ridden extensively abroad.  He is also involved in promoting and hosting races through his involvement with No Fuss Events.

Prior to undertaking formal qualification Jim had been encouraging and developing mountain bike riders since 2002.  He now holds the highest level Mountain Bike Leader Association qualification of Mountain Bike Leader (MBL), together with the Night Leader & Winter Leader Modules.  He is qualified as a Go Mountain Bike Instructor with Cycling Scotland and delivers skills training to the highest level - Level 5. Jim is also a British Cycling Level 2 Coach and holds the Level 2 MTB discipline specific unit.

Several years ago Jim set up Dirt Vixens, a female specific mountain bike skills training company, having identified that there were many female riders out there who were not able to develop their riding in the manner that they wanted. He found that some female bikers were reluctant to attend mixed group skills development sessions.  There seemed to be many reasons for this but the main one appeared to be that many women are more comfortable developing their skills within a similar peer group.  So Dirt Vixens was formed with the aim catering for female mountain bikers of any level who wanted to improve their riding.  Whether they were new to the sport and wanted to learn good technique from the start, or had been riding for a while but wanted to up the level of their technical skills.

“Buying the right mountain bike” is the first in a series of articles that Jim will be writing for us. This first article obviously deals with the purchase of a bike, but future articles will focus on various core and technical riding skills and will be published on a monthly basis.


You can find out more about Dirt Vixens by visiting www.dirtvixens.com or by emailing info@dirtvixens.com

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm

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