S.O.W. Flyer – Help us spreading them :-)

SOW flyer 2014 Final FBS.O.W. Flyers … We need your help to promote S.O.W and make the 3rd S.O.W. race – bigger and better than ever

We have printed flyers, which need to be spread throughout the country.

If you are at races, member of a club, visit your local bike shop … we would love to send you some flyers, so we can inform more women to join us on the 06.09 in Stanmer Park/ Brighton …

 

Simply drop us an email info@stilettosonwheels.com with your address and we send hard copies to you or Download Flyer Here

4 hrs Solo Winner 2012 + 2013

Hi Girls

here some motivational thoughts of Laura Sampson – 2 times winner of the 4 hours Solo Category

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“I have competed in ‘The Stilettos on Wheels, women only race’ since it was first launched in 2012. You can certainly count me in again for 2014, every year it keeps getting bigger and better as well as being extremely well organised.

This is an excellent opportunity for women to get into racing without those testosterone fuelled males chasing up behind you! Essentially, the course is so much fun, tons of swoopy single track guaranteed to put a big smile on your face!

The atmosphere is always friendly and I have met some great people.

Last year saw an arena area stacked full of women specific stands so for a change us women get to spend the money instead of the men! The generosity of the sponsors is overwhelming and they always present superb prizes as well as plenty of spot prizes.

As I said before, I will definitely be competing in the 2014 race and look forward to seeing you all there”

Take care & look forward to seeing you in September.

SOW NOMINATED FOR AWARD

SOW NOMINATED FOR AWARD

StilettTWCA INVITEos on Wheels has been nominated as a finalist in the Women’s cycling Event Of the Year category for the inaugural Total Women’s Cycling Awards!

Results will be announced on the 13.02 at the London Bike Show !!!

 

SOW RACE DAY CONFIRMED

SOW RACE DAY CONFIRMED !!!!

Brighton / Stamner Park Saturday 06.Sept.2014.
Make a Big Cross in your Calendar and Sign On Now!!!
We want to make this one the biggest SOW ever, with load of new categories and a great day for the whole family :-)

Enter here.
http://stilettosonwheels.com/?page_id=379

SOW 2014 Brighton

Hey Stilettos On Wheels ladies,

As the dark nights of winter draw in we wanted to share a few reminders of last summer’s fantastic Stilettos On Wheels race in Brighton with you. Check out some of the pictures of the event and remember how great it was to be involved with this girls-only mountain bike race, then take that warm, proud feeling and bring it to mind every time you think of wimping out on a grey, cold winter bike ride! They do say there’s nothing like a good winter of training to set you up for a fun spring and summer of biking… Picture Link

The Stilettos On Wheels team is already working hard behind the scenes to make next year’s event, which will be our third, even bigger and better than ever. Due to the increasing popularity of the race we are going to introduce a new Singlespeed category for any super-women riding a one-geared wonder! There will also be the usual two-hour solo category and four-hour pairs and solo categories. Following on from its success this year we will also be offering the Cinderella lap for any riders who just want to have a go at one lap of the course and there will be prizes for this category too!

Because we think that every woman who completes the Stilettos On Wheels race is a champion we will continue to present every finisher with a special medal, but for 2014 we will also be having extra prizes for the top five riders in each category. Many of our regular sponsors have already signed up to support the event for next year and we’ve already been promised some really cool biking prizes, one more incentive for that winter training. Just saying.

Stilettos On Wheels is a xc mountain bike race for women-only, fun is at the heart of the track design and we aim to provide something challenging for every level of rider, from beginners to expert racers. The race in 2014 will take place at the beginning of September (exact date tbc) once again in the beautiful setting of Stanmer Park, Brighton, with a smile-inducing course swooping up and down through woodland singletrack. We use a professional chip timing system so supporters and pairs can keep track of times and positions throughout the event and we also have an amazing photographer on hand to make sure riders can get photographic evidence of how rad they looked racing round the course! Plans for next year’s arena facilities include a range of demo bikes for riders to trial during the event, bike maintenance area, physio clinic for pre- and post-ride leg rubs, and an expo of women-specific bike kit and all other things bike related. There are also whispers about a vintage tea and cake stall to provide refreshments to both racers and their supporters.

Entries are already open on the website www.stilettosonwheels.com and you can keep up with latest news on the event on Facebook and Twitter. The ever-popular Stilettos On Wheels race jersey is also available to pre-order in 2014 aqua colour.

With more than 80 women taking part in this year’s event we are hoping to attract an even bigger crowd this year, so tell your friends and we’ll see you all on the start line!

Pre-Entries Now open

Still buzzing of the Stilettos On Wheels Race last weekend?
Then we have Good News for you.

2014 Pre-entries for Brighton are already open Click Here

Date: 95% First weekend in September 2014 – 06.09.2014 TBC
No worries, if the date should change and you can’t make it we give you a full refund of your entry fee until the 01.03.2014
Location: Stanmer Park / Brighton

And don’t forget to order our popular S.O.W. Jersey


Who is going to be first to sign up? :-)

Thank you for 2013 and see you again in 2014

Thank you all for coming to SOW Brighton 2013JB8_8882

We had a great time and it was super to see so many women on the start line.

Pictures are now online !!

http://www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk/

SOW is back in 2014

We love the event and SOW Brighton will be back next year in the beginning of September.

We have loads of new ideas for next and we want to grow the numbers of the female riders participating.

More cat. options: Cinderella One Lap, Top 5 Podium Prizes, Team Entries, Vintage Tea and Cake Shop, Number Board Competition, etc.

So tell your friends, Sign on will  be open next week

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CINDERELLA LAP

HI GIRLS

If u wanted to have a taster, what it is like to race, you have now the possibilty to try one lap at the SOW race.

How does it work?

  • You buy one CINDERELLA LAP on the day
  • Start time: Any time between 11 am and 14.30pm,u decide
  • You get your own timing chip, so you can get your exact race time
  • Podium Prize for the fastest CINDERELLA LAP
  • Entry fee: 7.50 GBP

Latest news from Stilettos On Wheels

Just one month to go until the next women-only Stilettos On Wheels mtb race in the sunny seaside resort of Brighton! The event will be held on Saturday 7th September at Stanmer Park, Brighton. This is the same venue as last year and boasts some fantastic swooping singletrack through the woodland, as well as the lovely green park where the event arena will be. Holding with the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ we’ve kept the course pretty much the same as last year, the exception being that this year riders will be following bright purple arrows through the trees!


Once again we have a two-hour and a four-hour solo race, and we also have the popular four-hour pairs category. With only one month to go until the event there’s still time for a bit of last-minute training. Hopefully you’re all having a fantastic summer of bike rides, but if not here’s a few top tips from the Stilettos On Wheels team http://totalwomenscycling.com/fitness/training-tips-from-the-stilettos-on-wheels-team-4891/

An array of event sponsors will be in the arena on the day to show off lots of lovely bike products. Including Prestige Cycles, Bamboo Bikes, Ana Niccola, Trail42, Lezyne, Active Physio Clinics, I Love Girl Riders, USE, Exposure Lights, Od Pod, MT Zoom, Torq, Morvelo . Following on from the success of last year’s event our sponsors were more than happy to get back on board for 2013, so we’ve got lots of fantastic prizes to give out on race day. Every finisher will receive a special Stilettos On Wheels medal, and we also have bespoke leather medals for the top three finishers in each category.

Registration is still open and will be available online until 03.09.2013. Riders can register on the day, although this will be a little bit more costly than the pre-entry. We will also have this year’s gorgeous purple water bottles and specially designed race jerseys available to buy at the event.

We haven’t forgotten your support crews either. Pizza Amore will be offering delicious pizzas (what else!) and Dinkyccino will be on hand with a range of reviving coffees to ensure everyone is well fed and watered.

For any riders who are feeling a bit nervous about the race (or just want a bit of a warm up) we will be providing guided pre-race rides of the course. Knowing what’s around the corner, and where the chicken run is if required, can definitely provide a confidence boost during the event. Pre-rides will be held Friday 06.09 at 5pm and 6pm? If you’d like to take part in a course pre-ride please contact us on: info@stilettosonwheels.com.

The race begins at 11am on Saturday 7th September, looking forward to seeing you all there!

Rother Valley Race Report (pictures to follow)

The forecast was for heavy rain, the sky was grey, the umbrellas were on standby…but that didn’t stop more than 60 women lining up on the start line for the first of Stilettos On Wheels mountain bike race of this year. With almost double the number of riders in the event this year the competition was certainly fiercer but with super friendly marshals, supporters and sponsors in the arena, and a mix of expert and novice racers on the course, Stilettos On Wheels managed to maintain the fun, supportive atmosphere which sustains its popularity.

 

The race was held at Rother Valley Country Park, in South Yorkshire, on Saturday and featured two- and four-hour solo competitions and a four-hour pairs race. The venue is new for 2013 but has strong roots in the Sheffield mountain bike scene – it was the first place legendary rider Steve Peat raced!

Especially designed for the event to include something challenging for all levels of rider, the course was 3.5miles long. It began with a hill start out of the arena up a rocky road, to spread the riders out, and then followed a route up and down a hillocky, grassy field. A field of enormous, shaggy Highland cattle watched disinterestedly (from across a hedge, of course) as riders pelted downhill towards them. Then followed some fast singletrack through the woods with a few technical challenges thrown in for good measure, jumps and rollers and the like (all were avoidable for less confident riders). But what goes down, must get back up, so a fun series of super-slippy- in-the-mud switchbacks came next. More swoopy singletrack through the trees and then the course turned a sharp left out into the open and into the basin of an old quarry, which (obviously) led to a short sharp climb up to the top. The track at the top was a complete mudfest, featuring a fun (!) mix of both claggy and sloppy mud and then it was on to a fireroad for a chance to put the pedal to the metal before another climb back into the woods and yet more singletrack, hurrah! Before you knew it, you were back at the hillocky field and climbing up the other side towards the event arena. Another hillocky descent followed by a hairpin bend and another burn up a fireroad came next, before the final descent. The rest of the course was fun and challenging in equal measures, but really the course designer (good job Emma Peasland) saved the best for last with this short speedy downhill – berms, jumps, swoops, whoops, a little bit of mud, some motivational on-course graffiti – it was brilliant. All credit to Nick Howarth, Park Ranger, and Rother Valley Riders who do volunteer trail work at the park to maintain the bike trails and keep them interesting.

So, on to the results. Hannah Saville, riding for Norton Wheelers, completed four laps 6 minutes faster than the next rider to take victory in the two hour solo category. At 15 Hannah was the event’s youngest competitor and is in the British Cycling North Midlands Youth Squad. The battle for the next two steps on the podium was closely fought, but Jessica Connor, riding for Kenilworth Wheelers, completed four laps in 1.45.06 to finish second and last year’s winner Kali Taylor, riding for Craven Energy, completed her four laps just under two minutes behind for third place. Just 6 of the 34 riders in the 2 hour category managed to complete 4 laps, showing just how challenging the course and conditions were.

 fastest lap overall of 22.30, and won with a comfortable 11 minutes to spare. Helen MacGregor, riding for VC Lincoln, also completed 9 laps to take second. Helen is currently ranked number one veteran female mtb xc racer in the UK. Last year’s northern round winner Amelia Cambridge, for Velo Club Rutland, completed 8 laps for third place.

The most senior racer in the event Ann Robinson, Lichfield City Zipvit Sport, completed 6 laps for 5th position in the four-hour solo race. Ann usually races in the Grand Veterans category and is currently ranked 9th in the country for her age-group. Local cycling clubs were also well represented, with an amazing 11 women from Bolsover and District Cycling Club taking part in the three races.

The four-hour pairs category was probably the most closely fought in the event, but the victorious Team MazNEm managed to complete 9 laps just in the nick of time to clinch first position. Two of the Formidable Five, also known as last year’s pairs winners Theresa and Sheila, completed 8 laps to finish second, and Team Kazuth also did 8 laps to place third.

But everyone’s a winner in the eyes of the Stilettos On Wheels team, so every finisher received a bespoke sprocket medal at the end of their race. The top three in each category also received special leather medals, designed and made by Katie Bebbington of Dormouse Inc, a professional leather and metal-worker (and keen cyclist). After the prize-giving, an impressive array of spot prizes for Stilettos On Wheels’ generous sponsors were doled out, including shiny Lezyne track pumps, funky AnaNichoola and Morvelo clothing, bike parts from Mt Zoom, custom-painted Stilettos On Wheels OdPod bike stands from Od Designs, cycling jewellery from Fine Fettle, discount vouchers from Bamboo Bikes, and a £100 voucher from Sheffield bike shop Over-Ride Cycleworks. JE James Cycles were at the event again, providing bike maintenance and a very-popular bike wash service. Over-Ride Cycles, Od Designs, and Bike Rehab also displayed in the arena. First laps for some were powered by Torq Energy, who provided a free Raspberry Ripple energy gel for every racer, and riders and pit crews were able to keep up to date with lap times and positions through the efficient technology of Race Timing Solutions.

The rain held off all day and feedback in the arena was of a positive racing experience, with many requests to come back again next year. Launched last year, Stilettos On Wheels is a XC mountain bike race for women only, aimed at creating a greater focus on women in the sport and encouraging more women to try mountain bike racing. It is for both beginners and experienced riders, with fun at the heart of the track design. The southern round of Stilettos On Wheels will be held at Stanmer Park, Brighton, on Saturday 7th September. Entry is now open on the website www.stilettosonwheels.com

 

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