Go G.I.R.L. Ride with boys on the side!

Go G.I.R.L. Ride with boys on the side!

Saturday saw over 20 participants attend the Daisy Hill (away from home) ride. Most of the regular Go G.I.R.L. (Get Into Riding Ladies) team were there; Susie (moi), Carol, Tania, Helen, Kerry & Pam. Sonja gave me a sick note from her mother, so she was excused and averted a detention. We missed the squeals of Di, so Carol had to stand in and Yah Hoo on the down hill sections.

The boys (our young at heart men) were joined by two very capable young riders, (sons of Lauree Aves), Connor and Cooper, as well as, Liam who was 9 and completed an impressive 30+km “boys on the side” ride. The boys (the real boys) at first didn’t leave our side, till they were certain we could all ride and we were in good hands with Megan Tinks, a Brisbane MTB RAT who kindly volunteered her time to show us around her trails. Thanks Lauree Aves for organising this!

We again welcomed Annick a local rider, who we have lined up to be our guide for when we hit the Jinker trails. When’s that I hear you ask? (Not the next ride but the one after). So love all these connections we are making. The end result this time was another awesome Go G.I.R.L. ride covering trails such as; “Stone Henge”, “Glider”, “Wiry Panic”, “Koala”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Jumping Ant”, “Possum Box” and we couldn’t get lost because there were “5 ways home”!

We rode about 20km with plenty of riding/chatting to get to know each other discussing highly important women’s topics like, what not to say to your partner when she is feeling a bit under the weather (You know what I mean!)   If she falls off in a race, this is definately NRB (not recommended behavior). For instance- Yelling “What is wrong with you today?” & “You can ride better than this!” is likely not going to bring you closer together. There are times when our hormones run rampart and its best to leave us alone, not in a forest with bears though Paul. (But that’s another story).

By now, we were wondering if some of our partners’ ears were burning!

But no, they were millions of miles away (well on the other side of the park at least), oblivious to our laments, expertly being lead by Michael, (who probably had the reddest ears) affectionately known as Tinks! (But not at the moment with the memories of the Merida 24hr race still on his wife’s mind)!

With the wind in our hair, rock garden’s attacked with gusto and fast flowy trails, all of that was soon forgotten and we happily came together at the end- Paul, Nick, Wayne, Peter, John and co at Christopher’s for a delicious feed while we took turns to remember fondly the highlights of our ride.

Keep the 4th Saturday free each month! Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Next ride: Wooroi, Tewantin 28 May. See Bushranger calendar for more details.

See you on the trails!


Susie Hume

Women’s Advocate

Bushrangers MTB Club