This six week programme will offer you the opportunity to develop essential skills needed to make mountain biking a enjoyable and safe activity. Additionally you will be provided a hire bike (if you don’t have one) and a one year Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) membership through either club ($85 value).
When: 17th April – 24 May 2018, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Where: Sunshine Coast – Kawana Sports Precint or Caloundra Cricket Ovals. Cost: $66.00 Registration: > HERE <
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
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.
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.