EPIC ULTRA WOMEN
BIKEPACKING & ULTRA RACING CAMPS
Welcome to ‘Epic Ultra Women’, a journey in breaking down barriers to female participation in ultra racing.
You can’t be what you can’t see, and we believe that by working together we can help light the way a little for those wanting to take their riding to new places.
Through a series of women’s only camps, access to information and resources from those who have been there before, and the launch of a semi-supported women’s rally for 2024 (alongside our existing events – the Blaenau 600 and 480), we hope that more people will feel ready to embark on a new adventure next year.
We have designed these camps as a series, each providing a stepping stone to riding your first ultra.
For those attending all three, they will cover slightly different areas of preparation and riding, and become slightly more advanced each time.
For those who already feel confident in some areas, you can of course take part in just one!
For those who would benefit from the information provided at a camp, but who are unable to attend for whatever reason, we will be putting together resources after each one to try and bridge this gap for riders.
CAMP #1 – 25th February 2024
The first of our women’s camps will focus on gaining knowledge and skills off the bike in preparation for riding your first ultra, both with hands-on time at our workshop to learn about (and practice) essential trailside repairs and spares, and talks and tutorials with experienced ultra riders and racers that will provide an overview of planning for your first ultra – how to prepare on the bike, what to take, when/where to sleep, resupply options etc
Weather permitting, we’ll also head into the beautiful Shropshire hills for a multi-terrain ride, complete with an essential winter café stop!
Location: Ludlow, UK
Spaces limited to 10
CAMP #2 – 23rd & 24th MARCH 2024
The main focus of our second women’s camp will be on prepping, packing, and riding with a full ultra setup.
As well as a recap of our trailside spares and repairs workshop with outdoor practice, and talks from experienced ultra riders and racers, we will be running through all things bags, kit, and sleep systems with you.
This includes a full rundown of all major bikepacking bag options available to you (we will provide examples of each of these for riders to try), what to pack and how to pack for comfort and efficiency, as well as a full rundown of all sleep system options (we will provide examples of different bivvies, hooped bivvies and tents for riders to try) and the pros and cons of each.
We’ll then head out into the countryside on our fully loaded rigs for a long multi-terrain ride to simulate an ultra setup.
Location: Ludlow, UK
Cost: Free (this camp is based in a local campsite – if you wish to stay there you will pay the campsite directly)
Spaces limited to 20
CAMP #3 – 27th & 28th APRIL 2024
To provide a final stepping stone to riding your first ultra, this camp will focus on self-supported multi-day riding.
To simulate riding in an ultra, riders will take their loaded bikes out on two full days in the saddle through stunning terrain, starting and finishing each day at the same campsite.
You can choose to ride solo/in pairs etc if you’d like to go it alone, or to join our guided group ride on pre-planned routes that we will send out in advance.
Overnight camping at the start/finish campsite will be using the sleep system from your bike, but will be right next to your car if you’ve driven there.
In the evening you can enjoy fireside talks from experienced ultra riders and racers.
Location: Mid-Wales, UK
Cost: Free (again, this camp is based in a campsite – you will pay the campsite directly for your pitch)
Spaces limited to 30