Beyond the mud was born from a desire to get out and live life to the full. Life begins outdoors and there is no better way to explore our natural environment than on two wheels!
My name is Hannah Attenburrow, I was brought up in an adventurous family on the Suffolk coast. Every school holiday we would go on a new adventure, climbing in Wales, mountain biking in Slovakia, camping in France, canoeing in Canada or trekking in Tajikistan. These experiences I had as a child gave me a zest for life and a passion for the outdoors.
I studied Fashion at University before going on to a Marketing Communication masters.
It wasn’t until 2012 I was sitting watching the Olympics and was in awe of the amazing athletes racing round Hadleigh making biking look almost effortless! It was then that I decided to have a go at my first ever cross-country race. I was hooked from first entering the arena the buzz of the spectators, the friendly nature of everyone; it was a great community to be part of. I raced XC for four years working my way up to elite and competing nationally, before jumping into endurance races. Since then I have had several podiums in 12 and 24 hour races as a pair and solo. My hunger for adventure has taken me to some incredible places to race my bike in 2016 I competed with my friend Michelle in the Trans Alp Bike race from Austria to Italy a 700km point to point race where we climbed the equivalent of Everest twice. In 2018 I competed solo in the Carpathian MTB Epic an incredible race through the wild Carpathian Mountains in Romania. I have been lucky enough to ride in incredible places like Spain, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, Wales and love my home trails of the South Downs and Surrey Hills equally.
Energised by my love of cycling in 2013 I took my British Cycling Mountain Bike and Road L2 qualifications and started Pedal 2 Pedal mountain bike club for kids, which has gone from strength to strength and is the only mountain bike focused club in the South East.
Noticing a lack of opportunity for women to get on their bikes I started Beyond the Mud mountain bike retreats as a way for women to come together improve their mountain biking through skills coaching, explore new places, meet like-minded women and most of all have fun outdoors. I wanted this to be more than just a coaching or guiding weekend I wanted to create an experience, a breakaway full or fun, relaxation and most importantly single-track!
Beyond the Mud now offers retreats around the UK as well as guided, self-guided trips and coaching for both men and women.