So I have to write the ride summary today but I kinda wussed out after 6km so there will be some glaring holes which I will try to fill with my imagination.
We all rocked up between 6.30am to 7.15am because everyone is still confused about whether we are running summer or winter start times. For the record we are still running WINTER hours so the rides start at 7.30am but get there at 7.15am or earlier to get ready.
There was about 12 of us today with the usual guys, the lovely Susie and a couple of new visitors – welcome Dave from Trailblazers and new rider Ben. I hope you had a good ride!
Gravel grinders are gravel road races and rides that combine riding on surfaces such as asphalt, gravel, dirt, some singletrack trails and maintenance or B roads. The courses vary from hard-packed dirt to softball-sized rocks. The distance usually ranges between 80 and 250 kilometres, but can be longer.
As we’re always endeavouring to try new things and expand our community we will be giving ‘gravel’ riding a go. A few in the club have already been doing it but to the people who aren’t familiar with the concept it’s basically riding a modified road bike, called a gravel bike, on dirt roads and mild single track. You can also use a cyclocross bike and of course a mountain bike but with skinnier tyres and a less aggressive tread pattern to better suit the surface/distance.
With Chicks in the Sticks just around the corner, it’s time to organise your costume, check your bike’s in good mechanical order and come training with us on Saturday 20 at Parklands. Check the calendar or Facebook Group for all the details.
Meanwhile, keep networking and getting together for regular rides and here’s an article to keep you motivated!
See you on the trails!
Susie Hume Women’s advocacy officer
We believe that local bike clubs are in a great position to help support local bike shops. Our members can give the shops their custom and endorsements and then members get advice, support and a place to get that small bolt that you snapped the day before a race.
We had to think of a way to support all the shops. A way that was also easy to manage and didn’t alienate anyone. So the plan is that we simply invite a bike shop to come ride with us each month (probably the Parklands or the social ride).
So in doing this we get to meet the bike shops, ask them questions and ogle/drool over the new bikes. The bike shops get to meet us, tell us any industry news and show us their wares in action.
We are hoping that this will help build a strong network within the local cycling community which will help in future events such as races, trail advocacy, grant applications and promoting the coast as a premier biking location.
I’ve approached all the MTB shops on the coast (…I think) and have had a positive response from most of them. So far the following shops have replied and are keen to come ride with us:
It’s on again and it’s coming up soon on Saturday 28th August! The Chicks in the Sticks is a fantastic way for ladies to get out and give MTB racing a go and have a lot of fun in the process.
A bunch of the Go GIRLs will be heading down and there’s a Go GIRL training ride on the 20th of August in Parklands – checkout the club calendar for details.
Australia’s largest Women’s Only 3HR Mountain Bike Endurance race. Hosted by Rats Cycling Club (previously know a Brisbane Sth Mtb Club) this event is held on private property (Karingal Scout Camp) at Mt Cotton. With a multitude of categories there’s sure to be one to suitable for you and your riding buddies. Random, Best Dressed and Podium Prizes on offer. So grab your bike and some friends, put on your best costume and come and join us for an awesome day of fun.