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!
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.
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
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A celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour features some of the world’s most inspiring women in adventure. This tour is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. The films are to be enjoyed by women and men of all ages!
In a global first it was launched to a sell-out crowd in Sydney in May 2017. We are pleased to be now taking the Women’s Adventure Film Tour around Australia. This is an extraordinary chance to come and experience a night of edge of your seat outdoor adventuring and story telling.
The film selection comes from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Launched in 1979, Mountainfilm is now one of the world’s most exciting documentary film festivals touring 5 continents and seen by more than 70,000 people.
The tour films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring skiing, mountain biking, trail running, mountaineering, rock climbing and cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.