Manjimup took on the challenge of running an advanced Mountain Bike clinic last month and the women are now planning to enter a team in the Karri Cup, which is a mountain bike stage race held annually in Northcliffe in March.
The six-week ladies mountain bike course was run in Northcliffe, Western Australia as part of the Well Being Warren Blackwood Healthy Communities Initiative.
Accredited AustCycle Teacher Tim Saunders led the women through a series of skills to give them the confidence to ride off-road.
Now the course is completed the women are riding weekly to build on their skills and fitness levels to compete in the Karri Cup. Tim said the whole process had been a very rewarding experience and he felt it had been a great success.
“It was great to be able to run the new mountain bike specific course as popularity in mountain bike riding is growing rapidly here in South West WA. I felt the course was a huge success as participant numbers grew and feedback was very positive”.
“A great aspect of delivering the training step-by-step is to see the participants faces when you first discuss what challenges you have planned for them. Watching their faces change from anxiety and fear to surprise and smiles when they discover they have the ability and new skills is totally priceless”.
Simmone Van Buerle, Healthy Communities Coordinator, said there was a high demand for MTB courses in the area and more will be run in 2013.
“With the Munda Biddi trail running through the Warren Blackwood region, and many exciting mountain bike trails running through the majestic trees, there has been a strong demand for mountain bike training to complement our usual AustCycle bike safety and skills courses”.
To register your interest for mountain bike courses held in Term 1, 2013 contact Simmone on 9771 7710 or visit the council’s website for more information http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au.