Welcome to The Dirt Skirt website! The Dirt Skirt Race Series (hosted by Velodonnas Cycling Club) is Manitoba’s ONLY Women’s specific bike race series. In our inaugural season, the Dirt Skirt mountain bike race had 47 women show up – in the rain!
WHAT IS THE DIRT SKIRT?
The Dirt Skirt event started as a parking lot conversation between two women who love to ride. There was an open date on the Manitoba Cycling Associations race calendar and just like that – the race was born. We had hoped for 50 but realistically expected 30 women racers. We opened our race up to all women; we made it flexible; you could choose 1, 2 or 3 laps of our local piece of single track AND you could change how many laps you did mid race! We had 47 women show up and about 10 of them were licensed racers so that meant 37 were women not already part of the cycling scene in Manitoba!
We always had this gut feeling that more women wanted to race than showed up and they were deterred by the expense of a license and trying it out while being elbowed out of the way by aggressive male races.This year we are running a 3 race series:
- Mountain Bike Race – June 19th @ Birds Hill Park
- Individual Time Trial – August 7th @ Birds Hill Park
- Cyclocross race – September 11th @ Canadian Mennonite University
WHO IS VELODONNAS?
In 2003, Velodonnas was a brand new, Winnipeg based, female cycling club created by former National Team member Erin Carter. As a competitor with a life-long love of cycling, Erin recognized that Manitoba needed a female-focused cycling club to inform, instruct and inspire female cyclists of all levels in a supportive environment. So, with the help of some other like-minded cyclists Velodonnas was born and strives to inform, instruct and inspire females cyclists ever since.
OUR PURPOSE IS TO…
- provide opportunities for women to gain riding confidence on the road or trail.
- provide dedicated riding time focused on skill development.
(We have met many women over the years who would like to ride more – with their club, with their partners – but don’t, mostly due to a lack of confidence. We know that confidence increases when skills & fitness are improved).
Over the years the Velodonnas group has brought cycling ladies together for road clinics and rides, mountain bike clinics and rides and most recently Manitoba’s first (and only) Women’s only Bike Race – The Dirt Skirt.
Your race organizers: Moni, Kim, Andrea and Karin