Love cycling? Don’t miss a FREE talk next week with the inspiring American cyclist, Ayesha McGowan. Well on her way to achieving her ambition to become the first female African-American professional cyclist, Ayesha is a badass advocate of minorities and women in cycling.
The Sahara beckons in this four-day, open-water swimming event. The premise? You have four days and four stages to swim the Sahara.
What is Morocco Swim Trek?
It’s a four-day open-water swimming race, set in Morocco. Ignore the word ‘trek’. It’s just swimming!
Photo Credit: Chris Keller-Jackson
So you’re looking for a new challenge that mixes endurance sports with something new and fun – for charity? I’ve found it. Cyclone 24. Here’s what you need to know…
What is it?
Cyclone24 is a 24-hour cycle team relay event with a difference – it’s based in the velodrome, on the indoor cycle track. Fully supported before and during the event, it’s suitable for all ages and levels of cycling experiences. Think exhausting, think exhilarating. You’ll feel like a pro!
I love fitness and I love trying new sports. However I sometimes (erm… often) cross certain sports off my mental list through no other reason that I *assume* I might not be fit enough, not coordinated enough, too old, or just not the right fit for the sport etc.
Rugby is one of those sports. And it seems like I’m not alone, as England Rugby (clearly familiar with this disappointing mind-set!) are introducing ‘Warrior Camps’ around the country from 12-21st May to give women and girls a taster of contact rugby and encourage more women and girls to try the sport. Importantly, you don’t need to have any rugby experience or be ‘match fit’ to take part – it’s open to everyone! And the sessions are FREE (visit www.Englandrugby.com/innerwarrior to find a camp near you).
Muddy Kit obstacle course racer and nabber of podium spots, Nicola Callison, is well-known for her gritty endurance on long-distance obstacle course events (often in excess of 20-miles and 8 hours of racing). But how would she fare in a totally different beast – one that’s just 400 metres long, but up a 37% incline ski jump? Here, Nicola shares her experience of last year’s Red Bull 400 uphill running event in Basel, Germany.
Three races, three adventures, three seasons. Welcome to the Arctic Triple. Set in Lofoten, an archipelago of islands in Norway’s Arctic Circle, this multidiscipline threesome of events includes skimo (ski mountaineering), ultra-running and triathlon. Do an event individually or nail all three within a year to earn yourself bragging rights of completing the Arctic Triple. (Oh and a bronze, silver and gold award, depending on which distance you choose.)
Tell you more? Oh, go on then.
Looking for inspiration this month? The Women’s Adventure Expo is coming to Bristol with a new spin-off event, WAExpo Takes to the Water. The water-themed event includes amazing female adventure speakers, Ted-style talks from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Shore Seeker Challenges, updates from the Marine Conservation Society and taster activities in and out of the water.
Key speakers: The line-up features epic water-based female adventurers, including open water marathon swimmer, Beth French (interview coming soon!), world land and sea adventurer, Sarah Outen MBE, Atlantic rower Natalia Cohen from the Coxless Crew, and international adventure kayaker, Erin Bastian.
When: Saturday 22 April, 10am – 5.30pm, with pre-event drinks and Shore Seeker talks on the Friday evening, and activities, such as SUP taster sessions, on Sunday.
Where: The MShed, Bristol harbour.
Tickets: £35. Buy yours here.
What is it? Red Bull 400 is series of 14 leg-burning, lung-busting events located in off-season ski resorts in Europe, Asia and North America, where contestants race each other up a 400m ski jump. With a gradient of around 37 percent, the course is short, but it’s not pretty (besides the stunning view from the top). As Red Bull put it, it’s 400m of total uphill struggle.
I’m a copywriter and ex-journalist who fell in love with obstacle course racing last year, and I LOVE reading about badass women in sport, fitness and adventure. So I’m on a mission to find them, share their stories, and quiz them about their training, their motivation, and insider tips (totally hoping some badass magic will rub off on me along the way!). Plus I’ll bring you how-tos, must-have kit and tales of epic from some of the coolest and toughest events on the planet.