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Introduction to the Fe-moles

Posted by Cathie (aka Lost Lass) | October 13, 2009 | 4 comments so far

I have wanted us girl riders to be able to join in with the ride updates and news so I bullied Matt into letting me have a go!

We are a group of girls in our 30s or 40s who enjoy mountain biking and are friends, wives or partners of the Muddymoles. We have been aptly named the Fe-moles, much more suitable than mountain biking WAGS, because we aren’t just wives and girlfriends of… we are female mountain bikers who love cycling in the hills, trying new trails and certainly getting hot and muddy.

There are 5 of us so far, all with varying levels of experience and skills in the saddle. Me, I’m the one at the back but I don’t intend that to always be the case, hot on the wheels of the others I am closing in fast.

We meet up on a Saturday morning and tend to go for a ride that ranges from 2-4 hours depending what we want to do and how much time we have available before we have to get back to the more mundane things in life. We cover a variety of routes and trails and always looking for new places to conquer.

I always enjoy reading the tales on the Muddymoles blog of the boy’s adventures and thought it would be interesting to have the same for us fe-moles.

Some of us have cycled in Wales, Bedgebury in Kent, Swinley Forest in Berkshire as well as the local Surrey Hills. Three of us have also attended training days at Dirt Divas who conduct female only training days over at Crowthorne Woods.

We ride a variety of bikes from full suspension to hard hard tails but generally let the boys do the maintenance!

We welcome more riders and if there are any ladies reading this who fancy joining us or any fellas who know of female riders who are looking for a safe group to join cathie@muddymoles.org.uk.

So my first post has been an introduction and I look forward to sharing entertaining tales of our adventures, through the Autumn, Winter and beyond as well as hopefully meeting some new people.

Cathie (aka Lost Lass)

About the author

Cathie was introduced to mountain biking by Dave about 9 years ago but only really been riding regularly since May 2008 when she invested in a new hard tail (a white On-One classic Inbred), a wise investment as a result of being able to trial different bikes at Cycle Works demo day at Holmbury-St-Mary. She also rides a full suspension Giant Cypher which was this year's treat and saw many miles during the summer of 2010.

Cathie has attended skills days with Dirt Divas at Swinley Forest, she would like to improve her skills on bomb holes and her favourite trails are the ride over to Newlands corner loving "Whitedown" and a favourite trail through Denbies.

Cathie loves meeting other female riders of all fitness levels and experience and is hoping for less punctures in 2011 now that both bikes are wearing tubeless tyres!

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  1. Matt says:

    So the fe-moles have finally come blinking out into the daylight…

    Welcome aboard Cathie, today is a special day!

  2. Jez says:

    Hello Cathie. Nice for some new input around here. Matt does waffle on.

  3. Jem says:

    Hi Cathie,

    I have just stumbled upon your article, good on you, it’s about time you fe-moles came out of the woodwork.

    Quite impressed some of you ride hard hard tales, or is that an innuendo for something else.

    You did mention- and I quote (the boys do the maintenance) Steady on, behave!!

    Lee your slacking, where are you when we need some smut!!

  4. esther walton says:

    Hey I was wondering how to join and how to find out where you guys ride?

    Esther 🙂

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