A Year of Cafe Adventure Women's Rides - Rachel Norman

April 19, 2018

Back in November 2016 I started organising women’s social mountain bike rides from Café Adventure in Hope, which I co-own with my partner Billy. The rides soon became very popular and attracted a lot of ladies from all over the Peak District and further afield. We ride regularly on alternate Wednesday evenings, either leaving from the Café in Hope or at another location around the Peaks. The rides are social and easy going. Plenty of stopping, chatting, laughing and encouraging each other in relaxed and friendly environment with no pressure!

We welcome new riders on a regular basis and the community keeps growing and growing. We currently have over 270 members in the Facebook group. Over the winter months we’ve still had the core group of keen riders coming out in all weathers. It’s been a cold winter and a lot of riding through snow drifts during blizzard conditions.

As we’re inching into the spring/summer months the group of regular riders is growing again. On some of the more glorious evenings of last summer we’d have 20+ female mountain bikers out for a ride, and I’m predicting this summer we may have even more!

As well as our regular Wednesday night rides we also have a daytime casual social ride on the first Saturday of the month. I also organise other events for the group including maintenance workshops, skills coaching, weekends away and social nights. Last year we had a weekend away in South Wales riding at Bike Park Wales and the Forest of Dean.

We also had a good bunch of us compete in the Hope Tech Women’s Enduro at Gisburn which was a first time mtb event for most of us!

We’ve got a few plans coming together already for this summer. The first being our MTB Spring Weekender from Café Adventure next weekend (28/29th April). This is going to be a whole weekend packed full of fun rides and socials. There will be a women’s ride on the Saturday morning, followed by a post-ride yoga class run by Alice at Hope Yoga Physio  and in the evening we are opening late serving food from the café and holding a quiz and raffle fundraiser for the Mend our Mountains, Cut Gate campaign.

It’s been fantastic to meet and ride with so many different ladies over the last year and a bit. I’ve made so many new riding buddies and it’s really pushed me into the mtbworld, helped improve my own skills and fitness and made riding so much more fun for me! I’d recommend women’s social group rides to any gal starting out riding mountain bikes. There seems to be more and more opportunities and events cropping up for women in mountain biking. It’s fab, there’s always a women’s ride, event or coaching, somewhere for you to join. Anyone local or a frequent visitor to the Peaks, check out our social rides from Café Adventure and our Facebook group here. Hope to see you at a ride soon. P.S we also organise mixed group rides for guys to join in the fun too!


Celebrating the Café Adventure’s Women Riders 1stBirthday with a ride and cake!

Rachel Norman

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 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

Size 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

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