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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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GoGIRL Sugar Bag Summary

GoGIRL Sugar Bag Summary

Due to the increasing summer- like temperatures, we met at Ben Bennet Park, Caloundra at the earlier time of 7:15 and I surprised even myself, I was spot on time (which is 15 minutes earlier than the start time). In fact, it should be noted I was the second car there- see Sonja I am full of surprises. Recently at the Wild Women’s Adventure race, Sonja and I found out I’m a wiz at a sling shot and not bad at Slack line, who knew? If you haven’t done anything like this before, I can highly recommend it (Adventurre races). Grab another kindred soul and jump right in! Even though we got lost trying to find the bike drop (google maps fault), we made up lots of time in the MTB leg (not surprising) and came in early with nearly a podium finish for our first one together! Note to self : Train for the trekking next time. Going down stairs for the next few days were a killer Sonja reported!

Back to the summary. I was expecting a small number, as I only had 2 confirmed (on Facie) plus Nicci and her Brisbane girls. Clearly this wasn’t the case, as before long, the car park was buzzing with enthusiastic ladies. So after the pre ride photo of 15 ladies, we rode up to the trailhead with the lovely new sign. We began with Exit Stage Left, which is also called 1a, (but I like my name better because we all know Strava never lies). This flows into Sweet Sugar Circuit, after adjusting my Bottom Bracket and checking the Fire Break, it was time for a little coaching. Soon most of the ladies nailed Up n Ova ready to attack Snake Wilso’s Way. After swatting Mozzies on Alley East, we peddled through Sandy Creek and some of us braved some of the new TTF’s (which stands for technical trail feature )including the new Suspension Bridge. Then for some more sweetness we did Syrup a couple of times because once is not enough. Next we tested ourselves on the Quarry Climb before playing follow the leader through Rainforest Run.

Lastly, we rode to the containers and had fun on the skinny see saw. There were lots of Yahoos as ladies surprised themselves when they rode right to the end on the skinniest of skinnies. In the end, somehow we had more riders than we started with, which just goes to show the word has gone around. There’s ladies on the trails and they’re spreading like wildfire.

Notable points of interest were:

  • Julia, WOW (Women On Wheels) co-ordinator for CORCA finally made it to a GoGIRL ride. She is one busy lady. Welcome Julia, we hope you enjoyed yourself.
  • It was New Riding Clothes day, sponsored by Hume Custom RV’s and SheBeest! Thanks Paul
  • Nice to see Wil from CORCA. Good to see you again.
  • Nicci was invaluable once again sharing her coaching skills and modeling the A lines. Hope your girls loved the Sugar Bag Trails as much as we enjoyed seeing you again.
  • Date and cranberry loaf toasted with butter, that gets into your hair somehow, is highly recommended at Malarkey Artisan Coffee, The Hub.
  • Somebody noted I had lovely calf tats. They keep showing up even though I don’t remember getting them.

That’s all from me.

Next month keep Saturday 25 free to check out the new flow trail at Parklands. With the rain and more traffic, it should ride a treat.

Susie Hume
Women’s advocate for the Bushrangers

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Go G.I.R.L. Parklands Ride Summary

Go G.I.R.L. Parklands Ride Summary
GoGIRLS in Parklands

Times are a- changing…, whilst Ben aka Bushrangers President, took a few Rookies for a ride from the Radar Hill side, we were full house at the Atkinson Rd side entrance of Parklands. This demonstrates women are stepping up and choosing to go to the next level in their riding and what better place to start than our treasured Parklands. Nicci Orr and her girls from Brisbane joined us along with some new and old faces. So after the traditional before the ride photo, 14 of us rode single file to the trailhead.

“Were you sitting down?” “Did you faint?”

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New Jerseys are coming! ….very slowly

New Jerseys are coming! ….very slowly
Latest jersey concepts

Hey everyone,

Yeah I know the jerseys have been on the cards for ages but trying to find someone to make them has been a bugger of a chore. However I think I’ve found someone to do all the jersey/shirt/singlet iterations we need at a good price.

I’ve been talking to others in the club and doing a lot of research on jersey styles and shapes so the artwork has gone through a lot of changes. To give you an idea of the journey I’ve had, the filenames are like “BRMTB-Jersey-2016-idea-19-v7-FINAL-v3-LAST FINAL-v2.pdf“. Which shows a very poor file management system that I really need to work on.

So anyway, we are going to offer the following:

  • Standard XC cycle jerseys (short/long sleeve and club/race fit) in two styles – “Spare parts” and “Black diamond”
  • Bib-shorts – Black with logo and matching artwork
  • Trail shirts (loose fit v-neck with short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves) in the two styles – “Spare parts” and “Black diamond”
  • Women’s Go-Girl Singlets  – in “GoGirl Pink”
  • Socks

There are artwork samples below but I’ll put up the final artwork along with prices and the order link in the next few days.

Stay Tuned!

 

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