During September we’ve organised Geoff from HitBikes to provide some professional skills training for our beginner and intermediate riders (or any member who wants to go back to the basics and scrub out some bad habits).
These will be small 5-person classes about 90min long and will teach you the importance of body positioning on a bike such as the “attack position”. There are Green level clinics and Blue level clinics which teach the same things but are contextualise to the different level of rider and trail. If demand is there we will do further clinics on other fundamentals such as braking and cornering etc.
The classes are $10 and the money goes back to trail-care and organising future training clinics.
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
Women’s Advocacy Officer
Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast
E: [email protected]
As the poor sap who somehow got put in charge of getting grants I thought I’d let everyone know where we stand at the moment.
We’ve received a small grant from the Australian Sports Foundation thanks to the tax deductible donations a few of us made.
We have put in a grant application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for materials needed to repair bridges throughout Parklands.
We have applied for the major Sunshine Coast Council Grant which will give us the co-contribution for the larger $100k Sport and Recreation grant which will be used to upgrade and repair the existing Parklands network (we did want to get it for new trails in Ferny Forest and Boneyards but QPWS weren’t ready to proceed there yet and they’ve asked that we focus on maintenance and repair and not new trails).
Recently the Council funded basic riding coaching clinics and memberships for new female riders. These classes were conducted by Bushrangers and CORCA.
We have successfully acquitted all the grants we received so far from the Community Benefits Fund, Council and the smaller Sport and Recreation grant. Ben is just wrapping up the big Sport and Recreation grant that was used to build the new trails in Parklands last year.
First Aid training
This money was used to purchase signage, timing equipment, more tools, timber and rocks as well as pay Trailworx to do their thing. These grants also allowed us to fund a lot of training in coaching, bike mechanics and riding skills for last year and to continue offering more this year.
Do you know a Sponsor?
Grant money is great but we can’t rely on it and there are many other worthwhile activities that need it just as much as we do. Our membership fees are small and don’t provide much revenue. So we are always on the lookout for other ways to raise money to pay for things like training, trail work and events.
So if you know of someone that could provide some sort of sponsorship then get them to contact us at [email protected] and we can see how we can help each other.
Michael “Rookie Ride Record Holder” Johns
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.