The old banner was missing in action for awhile and now it’s showing its age with the ink peeling off in places. A new banner was quickly designed and printed up and looks pretty bloody good (even if I do say so myself)!
The timing is great as we will have it up at the 24hr ride this weekend and the Trex ride next weekend. We also have a booth at the upcoming Heart Week expo.
John was ride leader today and rumour had it that he was going to mix things up a bit. Now on the few rides I’ve been on where John says this it usually meant we were up for a whole lot of climbing and I’d more than likely be saying words similar to “goshdarnit” and “I think I’m a little bit pooped”. But my fears were totally unwarranted because the ride ended up being pretty awesome and just the right amount of challenging. Initial ride briefing was loud and clear, the trails chosen were a good mix of climbing, flow and technical and the ride was smoothly adapted where needed to account for the varying fitness levels of the group.
It was big group of 28 today and after riding together from the Mapleton township through some beautiful trails we arrived at the Mapleton Day Use Area where we split up into a “Gung Ho” group and a “Moderate” group. The gung ho group shot down the newly improved Magic Mile trail and then rode down and climbed back up from the Kureelpa Falls. The other group also did the Magic Mile trail and then came back along the road back to Mapleton where we met up for some well earned coffee and cafe treats.
Thanks John for a good ride today and thanks to all that helped. Big shout out to our distinguished visitors from Harvey bay, CORCA and the Sunshine Coast Cycle Touring club and a big “you go girl!”to the rookie on the Intense dualie who just kept powering on!
On Saturday night (02/04/2016) the club celebrated Peter Bigaila’s WEMBO World Championship 24Hour category win (individual result) that earned him a rainbow jersey and another achievement among many in his long sporting career. For anyone who has been tracking Pete’s training regime it came as no surprise as Pete has been clocking up many many kilometres and achieving great results in various 24hr, marathon and other cross-country events. His next event, the Merida 24hr at Hiddenvale this weekend and we’ll be cheering him all the way.
Many have pondered the big question- “Why are there not more women riders?”
All dressed up and looking the part, I head off on my 29er (with very wide bars), for my first MTB experience. Hubby and number one son, decide that we should go explore Parklands. After getting off my bike for numerous obstacles (logs and sharp rocks) and narrow gaps between trees, (what were they doing there in the first place?), I began to wonder and stress a wee bit, (we seem to be forever descending into a black hole), I know what goes down eventually has to come up. What am I doing here? This is not fun! After falling off a few times and walking more than riding, I decide that mountain biking is not for me.
This is a familiar story and well-meaning partners and husbands encouraging words of “You can do it love” just doesn’t always cut it. After scraping yourselves off the forest floor, many women are tentative about getting on their bikes again. Luckily, I did and went on a Bushrangers Ewan Maddock social ride. There I was met by some friendly ladies riders who took me under their wing. One lady took me into Parklands and we did the Ho Chi Ho circuit! After the challenge of the uphill fireroad, it was yea ha all the way down. Now this is more like it! She taught me to be persistent and there were great rewards as you got fitter. Lots of High 5’s and cheering could be heard when we managed a challenging bit! Or we would say, next time, there always was a next time! All the sweeter when you made it! After a few months we could do it three times with a lot less huffing and puffing! I’ll never forget the encouragement and support I was given. Another lady took me into Sugar Bag but that is another story.
The Bushrangers, also contemplated the big question, “Why are there not more women riders?” After careful consideration and consultation (at the Christmas BBQ) the president of the club asked if anyone was interested in a position of women’s advocate. I grabbed the opportunity, as I have always been interested in women’s health and fitness, (I obtained my fitness leader qualifications in the 80’s and started my own neighborhood aerobic classes. Back in the day, you would find me, dressed of course, in fluro leading a group of enthusiastic women in the garage doing the “grapevine” to Cyndi Lauper and Madonna). With ten years racing experience, 5 different bikes in the garage and a love for riding, I felt that I was the “man” for the job!
Today you will find me extremely driven in my aim to get more women into riding. Queensland Women’s Week was my first challenge. I believe this was very successful as so many ladies that we hadn’t seen before came out of the woodwork, some for the very first time, most looking to make connections with other female riders. There was coaching, coordinated rides with other clubs, competitions and most importantly, a riding group was formed- Go G.I.R.L (Get Into Riding Ladies). The aim of the women’s riding group is to encourage new riders to the sport, support each other as we grow in confidence, build proficient skills and fitness and promote opportunities to challenge ourselves. We now have monthly rides and co-ordinate with the other clubs to offer more opportunities for women to ride. Why not join us for our in our next ride at Jinker trails or race in “Chicks In The Sticks” or . . . The sky is the limit! So join our Go G.I.R.L (Get Into Riding Ladies) Facebook page, be informed and hopefully get inspired to hit the trails together!
Women’s Advocate Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast
On the 16th & 17th of April the QLD X-Triathlon Championship & Multisport Weekend will be held at the Wildeco Camp at Ewen Maddock Dam (we know the area as Ferny Forest).
Further information and registration can be found on the Tre-X website > here < .
On Saturday if you can find a runner and a swimmer then you can do the MTB leg as part of a team. Otherwise there’s the 22km and 45km MTB XC race on Sunday. Unless you’re like John who does it all himself for the dirt master title.
We encourage all our members to have a go at mountain bike racing and a local race on good trails is a great way to have a go.
Please note that the organisers do not cover you in case of an accident for the MTB XC race so make sure your race insurance is sorted. For the multi-sport race – Triathlon Australia coverage is needed as the MTBA cover does not include multi-sport events.