Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by silvo0
Dirty Dames Women’s Only MTB Enduro Race – Saturday August 27th 2016 **Updated**
Dirty Dames is a women’s only enduro style mountain bike race aimed at enticing more women into mountain biking. Not just a race, it’s about sharing the ride with friends in a social but competitive atmosphere. The race will fully supported by our on course volunteer cast, providing food and refreshment, motivation, and definitely some entertainment along the way.
We would like to thank all the local riders and clubs, notably Mad MTB, Coillte, The Dublin Mountains Partnership and all the people who have helped develop the trails at Ticknock over the years. Without them this event would simply not be possible.
Check out this taster vid, with Gravity BC’s own Silvia Gallagher http://www.pinkbike.com/video/453635/
The format of the race is Enduro, involving timed segments, giving you ample time to stop and catch your breath along the way, chit chat with the handsome volunteers, and cheer on your fellow riders. The course will be well marked for race day.
With special thanks to IMBRC, we will have the use of a timing system to provide you with printed times for all your timed stages.
All trails will be beginner friendly and details of each stage will be released prior to race day, so you can practice them to your heart’s content.
See map below for all 5 stages.
Race Day Timetable
9am: Sign on begins
Please ensure you sign on and collect your race number and timing chip. You will not be able to race without these. You will need to bring €20 deposit for the timing chip – this will be returned to you when you return the timing chip after the race. Please also bring €2 if you need to purchase a day licence.
10am: Riders begin rolling out
We will be letting riders go in groups of 4/5 every 5 minutes, starting at 10am. Baggy Shorts & Juniors will roll out first. Those entered in the Experienced category will go out once all Baggy Shorts and Juniors have departed. This will help thin out the group to avoid a long wait time at the stage starts.
Have fun around the course and take your time if you please, on the transitions.
1.30pm: Most if not all riders will be back to the race village
Don’t forget to return your timing chip to get your €20 deposit back. Hang out with the other ladies, cheer the remaining riders arriving back, grab a coffee/ pizza and chat about the race. Prize giving will begin as soon as all riders are back and times are processed.
2.30pm: Prize giving (will be earlier if all riders are back earlier)
Hang around as there will spot prizes as well as podium prizes – you don’t want to miss out on the cool stuff the sponsors have kindly donated.
8pm: After party in The Bleeding Horse pub
Get the glad rags on and relax with fellow racers over a drink. Maybe even plan the next spin with your new biking buddy.
What to bring on the day
- A helmet (No Helmet = No race – You must wear your helmet on your head throughout the race – transitions included. )
- A mountain bike in good working order with suitable brakes & gears
- Appropriate clothing for cycling in cold wet weather including gloves & rain-jacket
- Spare tube (suitable size and valve for your bike)
- Basic tools (allen key set, tyre levers, chain link, pump)
- Food (cereal bar, banana) & Water
There will be a feed station which you can avail of after Stage 2 & Stage 4 but always good to have a back-up supply
Baggy Shorts Category
This category is for those who have no experience racing, however should have some experience riding a mountain bike (i.e. you have ridden some trail centres such as Ballinastoe, Ballyhoura or similar). The race is not suitable if you have never ridden a mountain bike before.
Experienced Rider Category
This category is for those who have any racing experience under their belt and/or consider themselves to be at intermediate or advanced level.
This category is for under 18’s. The minimum age limit is 12. This entry will require a parental consent form to be completed signed on race day. Alternatively you can download a form from here, print off and bring along the signed form and hand it in at sign on. You should have at least some experience riding a mountain bike (i.e. you have ridden some trail centres such as Ballinastoe, Ballyhoura or similar). The race is not suitable if you have never ridden a mountain bike before.
Registration is now open. Sign up here.
Entry prices are as follows:
|Baggy Shorts entry||€35|
|Experienced Rider Entry||€35|
|Junior Entry (U18)||€15|
For any riders without a Cycling Ireland license, a fee of €2 for a one day license must be paid on race day. One day licenses are free for U18 riders.
What’s included in the registration fee?
- Timed results to compare with your friends after the race
- Snacks and drinks on route
- Coffee/Tea vendor in race village
- Lots of great prizes
- First Aid
- 5 fun stages
- Free Parking
- Bike Wash
For any riders without a Cycling Ireland license, a fee of €2 for a one day license must be paid on registration. One day licenses are free for U18 riders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Enduro mountain biking – What does it mean?
An enduro race typically consists of 3-5 timed stages which take place on technical, generally descending terrain. These stages are linked by predominantly ascending connecting stages. Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognised as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker.
So how is Dirty Dames going to work?
There will be 5 timed stages. Ride the trails between the timed sections at your own pace. Meet other awesome women and enjoy the “entertainment” along the way. In the end, it’s all about having a fun day out with other fantastic women.
What sort of mountain bike should I use?
A mountain bike with either front (hardtail), or front and rear suspension (full suspension) can be used. Your bike will need to have offroad tyres and working disc brakes. The trails in Ticknock that will be used for the race are “enduro” bike friendly but also “XC” bike friendly.
What experience do I need?
The race is beginner friendly. If you have been on a mountain bike and ridden single track or purpose built MTB trails before you should be ok to race. The course will be released prior to the race so you can practice ahead of race day.
What type of protection should I wear?
Although there will be plenty of descending, we strongly recommend your cross country helmet over a full face as there is plenty of pedalling in between. If you feel more comfortable wearing knee pads and or elbow pads, by all means throw them on.
Do I need a licence to race?
Do I need parental consent?
If you are under 16 years old you will need parental consent. Parental consent forms will be available at sign on, on race day.
What is the minimum age limit?
The minimum age limit is 12 years old.
Will there be a feed station and water along the route?
Yes, there will be feed stations and water along the route.
Are you still looking for sponsors?
YES! If you want to be a sponsor please send an email to [email protected]
We are currently seeking MALE volunteers/ marshalls, for the day. Any ladies interested in volunteering are also most welcome, but only if they have a good excuse for not racing…..
Sponsors & Prizes
If you would like to throw in a prize or two, please contact Ruth McGinn at
This event would not be what it is without the generous help and donations from our sponsors. Show your support by choosing these businesses the next time you are in need of something they provide.
For some of you, this is the first time you will be racing enduro so here’s a little info on proper enduro etiquette:
During the enduro timed stages, riders are starting in 30 second intervals. Therefore, if a rider catches you, it is because they have gained 30 seconds over your time and are therefore faster than you. Don’t panic but please allow them to pass AS SOON as you possibly can. If you are the rider from behind coming up on a fellow rider, please make your presence known, I find yelling out ‘rider’ or ‘rider up’ is the best possible way.
Most importantly though, remember this is a fun and supportive race. Please also yell ‘thanks’ or words of encouragement as you go by.
If you crash, pull off to the side as quickly as possible. If you are able to continue, make sure it is safe to do so and jump back on that saddle.
If you come upon a fallen rider – Please make sure the fallen rider is ok. A quick ‘are you ok?’ usually does the trick.
For any questions contact Ruth McGinn on [email protected].