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GoG.I.R.L. coaching with Jodie Willet

GoG.I.R.L. coaching with Jodie Willet

A lovely group of GoGIRL ladies took advantage of a Bushranger initiative to offer free coaching for them. In fact, it was snapped up, “flickety sticks”, thanks to a grant they had recently obtained.

Non-Bushrangers were welcome too and if they so desired they might have made a little donation on our website (paypal/australian sports foundation). Hint hint! No pressure though!

Don’t worry boys, Ben (our president) and co. haven’t forgotten about you either. At the moment, they are a little busy building trails in Parklands with their trusty volunteers. Just keep an eye out on our website for more coaching opportunities coming later this year, after we have built a flow track and a skills park in Parklands. Yes, you heard correctly, how exciting is that! What a perfect place to have coaching locally. Dreams do come true.

Meanwhile, GoGIRLs woke to the sound of rain. The forecast was showers. The question was to cancel or not. I put a “the coaching is a go” notice on the FB page and set off. I said a prayer to the rain god (Stay up here, don’t rain down there). First we traveled 1.5 hours to Underwood Park where we met Jodie. She was just finishing up with her first group.

Jodie was a great coach

After introductions, Jodie began by explaining the fundamentals of MTBing in a way that was easy to understand by all. I was chosen to model the correct stance on a bike. A considerable amount of time later, (I’m sure it was over 10 minutes) I demonstrated standing, pedals level, heels down, bending at the hips, bottom back and keeping low. I was relieved I had my magnesium levels up. Jodie hadn’t even broken into a sweat holding me up that whole time! At that time, getting a major cramp would have been embarrassing and probably resulted in a pedal in my leg. Disaster averted!

Next we practiced braking to a stop, wheelies and cornering. A lady from Jodie’s last session momentarily interrupted and excitedly reported that she had just done the “Wall of Death”. I was wondering if that was part of our session? Some of the GoGIRLs were wondering what have they had signed up for?

Wheelie practice!

After plenty of skill drills, receiving individual feedback, and asking numerous questions, we headed to the trails. By the way all the girls got gold stars for lifting their front wheel off the ground. Sonja was the expert and gave tips to the rest of us. We kept practicing till we looked like pros or at least we made a promise to keep practicing till we did! I’m pretty sure I heard plenty of squealing when someone had put it all together. Maybe that was me!

The venue had everything close at call; plenty of berms to practice right and left hand turns, roll overs, rocky descents and slabs to climb. Jodie knew where all the teaching opportunities were, because well of course, she designed this section of the place. We rode past Janine Jungfel’s Trial section and marvelled at her brain child and remembered her awesome coaching session too! It was great to see all the ladies nailing the tasks. We didn’t want the session to end so we headed to the skills part and Jodie gave us instructions on how to manual.

Wall of death!

After giving her vigorous thank you’s, some ladies stayed to ride the trails. The trails were great fun and well designed. There were heaps of berms and step- ups to practice what we had just learnt. Soon, we came across the “Wall of Death”. There was a lot of looking and talking of which way to best approach this steeper rocky descent. Luckily I stopped before dropping down to check if I had the right line! Because guess what? I didn’t, in fact it was exactly where NOT to ride. Proceeding would have been nasty. Another disaster averted. Note to self: Look before you leap! Or ride in this case. After carefully noting the entry point again, I put my modulating brakes technique into action and down I went. After the initial going over the edge, it didn’t feel like the Wall of Death. It felt great, no skidding and totally in control. I can’t wait to tell Jodie and organize the next session. Meanwhile in the wise words of Di,

“It’s practice, practice, practice”.

 

Thanks for coming ladies and I hope you all got something out of it.

 

Susie Hume
Womens advocate

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GoGIRL Glasshouse Mountains Ride Summary – 29/04/2017

GoGIRL Glasshouse Mountains Ride Summary – 29/04/2017

Autumn is finally here and we had perfect riding conditions for our latest goGIRL ride. Yahoo! Last month was cancelled due to wet conditions formed by cyclone Debbie so we were keen to follow Kerrie out of the Glasshouse Sports ground and along the fire trail into the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains area.

First we rode beside Steve Erwin Way to Matthew Flinders Rest Area, then along Farm Track to visit Jack. After Smashing the Rocks where all the girls expertly rode uphill, we gasped at the majestic views, left the Caves and Marshes and had a snack on a log. The girls dared me to ride it. It was over a metre high but it had no good exit strategy. A heli ride out of there would have made a good story but I decided to made a detour through Avocado farm instead. After zipping Downhill Fireroad, we got a view of Tibbro before crossing the creek with its own name. Climbing up the rock slabs was fun, then back past Mathew Flinders, Coonowrin Creek and under the M1, safely back to the carpark. The Boys were back too. (We never make a time but mostly they always know when we are finished). I wonder if you hear chatter and laughter on their ride as well. Finally it’s time to swap stories as we head to the local Glasshouse bakery to enjoy each other’s company as well as bakery treats, wraps, frappes and well earned coffee.

Susie
Women’s Advocacy Officer

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Be Bold for Change – International Women’s Day 2017!

Be Bold for Change – International Women’s Day 2017!
Go-GIRLs riding group

Click for more info about IWD2017

I thought the Bushrangers should say a big hello and a “You go Girl” <bobs head and clicks fingers> to all our female riders – the smarterest and better looking of all the genders!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Susie and the GoGirls there are more ladies in the club than ever and it’s truly great, because to borrow a line from the Jerry McGuire movie – “You complete me” (with “me” meaning the club, not me personally because I’ve already been completed by the lovely Kim – sorry ladies).

Interesting read: http://womenwhocycle.com/2017/03/the-role-of-the-bicycle-in-improving-womens-lives/

Interesting quotes:

“The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.”
Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895

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Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”
The Simpsons

Michael (Where is Susie? She would be better at this!) Johns
Club Secretary

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GoGIRL Time to Reflect

GoGIRL Time to Reflect

With the AGM quickly advancing next month, it is time to reflect on our aims and achievements of GoG.I.R.L. (Get Into Riding Ladies).

The key questions are:

  1. Are we getting more ladies into riding?
  2. Do they feel supported riding together?
  3. Are we offering opportunities to grow?

From the squeals and numbers of ladies that turned up to our February GoGIRL  ride in Sugar Bag last Saturday. The answer is a big YES! YES! YES!

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Thank you for a fantastic year

Thank you for a fantastic year

The beginning of 2016 marked a significant point as the old club with its strong heritage and foundations was given a fresh coat of paint and some new upgrades. Aside from introducing new branding and backend systems these changes included a revamp of the club’s vision, mission, and values. It was these statements in conjunction with the help of our members, committee and community and government supporters that have guided us through a fantastic 2016.

But as we shored up the foundations of our club we have also prepared for the future by applying for grants, increasing communication with members, landowners, local businesses and other clubs.

With Susie heading up our GoGIRL initiative to advocate women in mountain biking and our efforts to get people riding and maintaining our local trails we have been able to build an interesting narrative. A narrative that highlights our endeavours of being inclusive, engaging and supportive of the local community while demonstrating that we have the big picture in mind – make the Sunshine Coast a premier mountain bike destination.

With support from Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, NSPR/QPWS and SCRC our story played a key role in securing close to $150,000. This funding allows us to pursue our plans for 2017:

  • provide training programs with professional trainers
  • support our volunteers by providing them the opportunity to become accredited MTBA coaches
  • host and assist with cycling races and events throughout the region
  • support and advocate for the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance, and
  • continue the development of trails such as the Parklands MTB Trail Network upgrades

Special projects aside there’s an ongoing review of our day to day activities. The annual membership survey results and ongoing feedback will inform us of what decisions need to be made and what initiatives we should pursue. We’ll present our response to the feedback and how it will influence our plans at the next annual general meeting in February/March for discussion.

As always we like to thank everyone for supporting our club and allowing us to pursue our vision.

happy-new-year-2017

 

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