Who are MissAdventures?MissAdventures is aimed at girls aged 12-18 with a bike and a sense of adventure.
A group of young ambasadors have helped to shape the project so far and have created a series of My MTB Essentials videos that we hope you find useful.
How can you get involved? Keep an eye on our social channels or sign up below! In April we will be running a fantastic opportunity for girls from across the Scottish Borders to get active and win up to £50 worth of cycling kit each.
Who are the grown ups behind MissAdventures?
Chris Bryant is an award winning professional cycling coach and coach educator from the Scottish Borders who wants everybody to be able to take part in outdoor activity through work and MissAdventures he strives to create an environment where that can happen for those he works with.
Chris has worked on cycling projects targeting inclusion among adults such as the Scott Contessa Road Race Academy and Filles A Velo - which both successfully encouraged more women into cycling. He has developed disability inclusion materials for British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, Cycling Scotland and Scottish Disability sport, and enjoys working with mixed ability groups throughout the country.
Chris now works, primarily, with younger riders and spends a lot of time ensuring KICC (an award winning youth cycling club) provides an equal opportunity for young riders to enjoy mountain biking. A background in youthwork and child safeguarding compliments his club and professional coaching roles. Chris loves all aspects of the outdoors and has travelled through some of the most remote places on earth with his bike.
Aneela McKenna’s energy and passion for cycling rallies people of all ages and from all walks of life to swing a leg over the saddle. She brings 20+ years as a Diversity and Inclusion professional into everything she does, ultimately striving to widen participation in cycling.
She is partner, professional MTB guide and coach of multi award winning adventure company Go-Where Scotland. She’s also founder of Mòr Diversity where she works directly with the cycling and outdoor industry inspiring others to champion diversity.
Aneela believes in getting the best out of people and has guided and coached hundreds of women and young girls on her MTB tours and bike packing adventures, rides and events across Scotland and the UK. Aneela was humbled to win ‘Local Hero of the Year’ at the Scottish Mountain Biking Awards in 2019.
Somehow she manages to leave room in her schedule for her charity and pro-bono work. Aneela’s a board member and trail inspector/volunteer co-ordinator for the Tweed Valley Trails Association, and more recently appointed Co-Chair of the new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group for British Cycling - where she will have an influential role in helping shape the UK’s cycling strategy for future generations.
Caroline is a qualified MTB coach and leader and is passionate about getting young girls into mountain biking. She has delivered various cycling projects in the Scottish Borders and ran the girls only bike sessions as part of the school club at Galashiels Academy. She now works as a teacher of Design and Technology at Peebles High School and wants to inspire more girls to ride with confidence.
Caroline has been recognised for her work and was included in Cycling UK’s top 100 Women in Cycling for her desire to share her passion for adventure with young girls.
Caroline also loves nature, the environment and promoting sustainability while enjoying lots of other outdoor pursuits such as walking and ‘dooking’ aka wild water swimming.