We were really excited to meet up with Air Maiden Founder, Lynne Armstrong, at Tweedlove. Air Maiden was launched eight years ago and helps women take their riding to the next level. We’re going to be working closely with Lynne this year – so watch this space. We asked her to share a review of her latest event at Glentress …
It didn’t matter if Maidens wanted to learn the basics of jumping, berms, skinnies and drop offs or if they wanted to progress their more advanced freeride style, this event was a chance to get tips from the best and be inspired by other women riders.After a four-year hiatus, I was really excited to bring Air Maiden back at Glentress Freeride Park on May 14 & 15. More than 50 women travelled from around the UK to take part in women-specific freeride clinics lead by my fab coaches; Helen Gaskell, Jess Stone, Joey Gough and Tara Glencross.
This year saw riders inspired to push themselves harder than ever before, so inevitably there were a couple of crashes (heal fast Mirren and Rebecca). But by the end of day one, everyone was buzzing, if a little exhausted, and keen to put their newly acquired skills to the test the next day.
Saturday ended with a pump track challenge where riders chased each other down in a cat and mouse-style pump-off. Perth’s Liz Law claimed a well-deserved victory in what was her first time on such a track.
Day two brought more sunshine and a morning of coaching clinics before the focus turned to the Air Maiden jump – which for many was the moment they had been waiting for as it represents a rare chance to overcome the jitters and go big on a purpose-built jump.
The coaches turned judges and scored the ladies on amplitude, style, fluidity, flow and body position. They were impressed by range of shapes and limb removal from the bikes as the women pushed their limits. The coaches were even inspired to provide a quick demonstration of their own skills on the course.
As the scores were counted, the Jump Jam kicked off on the main Air Maiden jump. More women than ever before overcame their nerves to hit the infamous wooden kicker – with some impressive air seen beneath those tyres! The level of improvement across the board was astounding – a few who started the weekend as beginner jumpers ended the weekend by hitting the fearsome Air Maiden jump.
Seeing our riders improving, having fun, supporting each other and achieving more than they think they can is what really inspires me. Be bold ladies! To find out more about Air Maiden visit www.airmaiden.com