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GoG.I.R.L. Tunnel Ride Summary-23/06/18

GoG.I.R.L. Tunnel Ride Summary-23/06/18
Obligatory photo in front of the tunnel

It was a great day!

Nineteen ladies and 4 boys on the side, including Michael our secretary turned up to ride on this perfect winter’s day. Who could blame them? The scenery around Ewan Maddock Dam is just magic at this time of year. After acting like children at Maddock Park, a head count, or 2… I was astonished at the numbers that were double and marvelled at how we got here.

For some of our GOGA (Get OutGet Active) graduates this was there first big girl ride. Many of the ladies had been adopted by our experienced ladies in our #adoptanewbie program so had been practising their skills and building their fitness. I could see some friendships had developed too.

Heading over the first causeway

Soon we set off happily chatting and any pre ride nerves were quickly dissipated as it became apparent that all the ladies were keeping up with the steady pace. Some of them even volunteered to challenge themselves by going up Ewan Maddock Climb. It didn’t surprise me that Toni was up for the challenge. I could hear wheeeeeeeeeeee on the downhill but that might have been her inner child squealing with delight.

From Horse Shoe Bend we continued through Dularcha NP to Landsborough where we refueled at Buck’s bakery. Then we headed back into the NP along the old railway line.

After taking in the sights at the Tunnel we continued to Mooloolah where we finished our adventure opting for the fast route back to the car park. All the ladies successfully completed the ride with smiles in their dials and no one vomited!

Having a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) has progressed our newest GoGIRLs so they can officially come on any our grade 2 rides now. Congratulations ladies!

Keep Saturday 21 July free. An awesome ride is being planned, one to please all levels. For those who like fast and flowy and some air time there will be an advanced option. For the rest of us it’s fun fun fun!

Susie Hume
Bushrangers Women’s Advocate

More photos below.

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GoG.I.R.L. Mystery Ride summary- 16/06/18

GoG.I.R.L. Mystery Ride summary- 16/06/18

A big thank you to our local ladies Debbie, Louise and Fiona for taking us on a fun Mystery tour showcasing our beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. Seven started at Matthew Flinders Park, Beerburrum along with 3 boys on the side for the longer loop of 50km.

First we warmed up riding south past Tibro, through the forestry before climbing up to the Glasshouse Mountains lookout where we picked up some more goGIRLs who were keen for a shorter loop (or maybe were not keen on a big hill climb first up, or enjoyed an hour more in bed, I’m not sure which). Sonja had to get home early to make pizza bases from scratch, for what ever reason. After introductions, we headed north on Range Rd, up Snake Hill and rode a combination of trails on what was a perfect winters day.

Highlights were Tania and Amanda playing stuck in the mud and the gorgeous mountain views that kept us company the whole ride. We finished up with a great feed at the look-out cafe. We were reluctant to leave because the view was mesmerizing but after saying our goodbyes, we continued on our tour picking up some speed and having some more fun on the downhill Kokoda and the Luge, both aptly named.

Tania as usual picked up some gold and finally we were happy to be heading back, stopping a few times to marvel at the magnificence of the mountains. Debbie knew all the mountain’s names and their faces. She and her friends had taken their time to plan an awesome ride to best showcase them.

We really appreciated your leadership and company. It was great to ride locally on this Mystery tour with some awesome chickies. Thanks Erica, C.J. & Rene for joining us today. Hope you enjoyed your ride and we see you all again on the trails soon.

Don’t forget next weekend is Ewan Maddock Tunnel ride, this is suitable for GOGA graduates and #adoptanewbie participants. Keep Saturday 21 July free if you like fast and flowy or slow and cruisy, choose your level. This is a ride not to miss.

Cheers,

Susie Hume
Bushrangers Women’s advocate

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What next for GOGA (Get Out Get Active) graduates?

What next for GOGA (Get Out Get Active) graduates?

Monday 28 May

GOG.I.R.L Ferny Forest ride. Meet Debbie at the carpark at 4 (opposite the Big Cart Track, Glenview) for a supportive ride with some of our GOGIRLs. This is our first scheduled ride suitable for GOGA graduates. We are aiming for one 10km loop. Thank you to our GoGIRLs who have volunteered to participate in our Adopt a newbie program. Don’t forget to post a photo #adoptanewbie when you are finished on our face book page.

This may get cancelled today due to the rain. So check GoG.I.R.L. Facebook page later in the day. Come out sunshine.

Friday 1 June

GOG.I.R.L Ferny Forest ride. Meet Susie at SCR (Sunshine Coast Realty, Glenview) at 7:30a.m. for a supportive ride with some of our GOGIRLs. This is our second scheduled ride suitable for GOGA graduates. After one supportive lap some well seasoned ladies may stay, pick up the pace and churn out a couple more. 3 laps is know as the treble. Me, I’ll be heading to Mike’s place at Toogoom to ride at the Promised lands. See calendar for more details.

Once you have been in there, Ferny is pretty easy to navigate and a very pretty place to ride in for both beginner and experienced rider. Follow the signs and don’t forget to exit where the P for parking sign is.

Saturday 23 June

Ewan Maddock Dam ride. Meet at the carpark at 7:30. This is our third scheduled ride suitable for GOGA graduates. After all those laps around Ferny Forest you will be getting fitter and ready to do a longer ride. This is a grade 2 ride of about 20km of mostly flat fire trails. The view is gorgeous and the company will be great. We hope to see you there.

For all rides:

  • Arrive 15 earlier to be ready to ride at start time
  • Do you ABCD check before the ride
  • Bring plenty of water, spare tube, good working bike and snacks
  • Check GOG.I.R.L Facebook page and Bushranger calendar for more details
  • Put my phone number into your phone in case you need to contact me
  • Some pocket money for a cafe stop afterwards
  • Big smile and great attitude

Susie

Women’s Advocacy Officer
Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast
Queensland, Australia
E: [email protected]
M: 04121847305

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International Womens Day 2018 – #IWD2018

International Womens Day 2018 – #IWD2018

Go TANIA!

So once again the International Women’s Day has come around and we’d like to give some kudos to Susie and the GoGIRLs.

Over the last year our award-winning goGIRL crew have been super active with local rides, away rides, races and training workshops. Also since this time last year the club’s female membership has more than doubled! 

So congratulations you amazing ladies – it’s a wonderful thing to see people pushing themselves, increasing their skills and confidence and having fun while doing it. Here is to another year of awesomeness!

What the GoGIRL’s have been saying

Here are some of the things that the ladies are saying over at the GoGIRLs Facebook page.

“So I’ve ditched my husbands bike and bought a new one – no more crashing . I’ve set myself a challenge…to ride Ferny in under an hour.”

“Anyone up for a ride this afternoon … 4pm around parklands or wooroi or somewhere else? I don’t know either very well but keen to try them out.”

“Excellent training session with Geoff Foxx at Parklands this morning. Thank you Bushrangers & Susie Hume for making it so and getting me a bit closer to that ‘I’m so hardcore’ feeling.  Loved it!”

“Fantastic ride, thanks ladies! Signing up asap. Thanks for being so welcoming and for all the tips! See you again soon!”

Note from Susie

Make a note in your diaries ladies – Keep 17 March free for a Mystery Ride. Details will be up soon on our GoGIRLs Facebook page.

“The only time a woman is helpless is when her nails are drying. Other than that – watch out!” – Unknown

 

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GoG.I.R.L. Coaching Begins

GoG.I.R.L. Coaching Begins

Geoff showing correct body positions

Awesome morning was had with Geoff Foxx from Hit Bikes and some of our GoGIRLS as we started   the roll out of 6 coaching sessions funded by Bushrangers through a grant we obtained last year for this purpose. There were smiles all around as we had fun learning new skills in the beautiful and purposefully built graded trails at Parklands, Nambour.

First we warmed up on the green trail that led to the skills area. There we learnt how to position ourselves on our bikes. Sounds basic but experienced riders know this is fundamentally really important. When you get this wrong it can end really badly, possibly with injuries, which leads you to precious time off your bike or a trip to hospital. No one wants that. Maybe you have experienced being too far back or forward on your bike, next minute you’re on the ground because your front wheel has washed out on a berm or some how your steed has thrown you off! There’s a saying, “I went over the hangers” for a reason because plenty of people have done it.

It was a friendly and relaxed learning environment

What I loved about Geoff’s method is I was taught how to work it out myself. I didn’t need anyone saying you’re too high or too far back. So now I can self- check every time I get on my bike whilst I’m riding. That alone felt empowering. After this initial lesson, he put one of us in front to check out all of our riding. Apparently I went too fast but I was enjoying myself so much I forgot we were at a coaching session. But that is very much Geoff’s style. And it fits our club’s motto, “We love to ride”. To my defense, we were on the Big V (well that’s what I’m calling it till it gets its new name) and all the pretty ferns distracted me.

After popping our front wheels over a log a few times, we were more than ready and super keen to ride the recently opened new blue trail. It was so much fun at the end some of us went back for another spin. From the feedback already coming in, everyone came away from these first coaching sessions with Geoff Foxx from Hit Bikes extremely happy and thankful for this Bushrangers initiative. The increased numbers prove that interest in women’s riding is mounting. Last year we filled two groups, (which were postponed due to rain) and this year five sessions were not enough. How exciting is that. Soon you will see bigger numbers of ladies sporting their new GoGIRL jerseys and holding their own in the forest. I for one can’t wait to go back now and practice some of my new skills. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. See you on the trails.

Susie Hume
Womens Advocate for the Bushrangers MTB Club.

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