More and more women are getting into cycling in Canberra and there are a growing number of events, courses and rides that cater specifically for women or are women-only. We’ve put together a list of some of them. Have a look around – we’re sure you can find more.
- FIT stands for Females in Training. This is a great social group with the focus on being more active, increasing your fitness and having fun. They have all sorts of cycling, swimming, running and walking sessions for women of all ages and fitness levels. They also enter teams in various events all over the place. Check them out online.
- Cycle education. Run by the amazing, dedicated and talented Raynie McNee, Cycle Education aims to encourage and inspire people of all ages to confidently ride their bikes safely for commuting, sport and play. Cycle Education runs a popular mountain biking course for women along with bicycling skills and bike maintenance courses.
- CORC is for Canberra Off-road Cyclists. CORC runs women’s social mountain bike rides and has a skills camp in the mountains in November. They are also really supportive of anyone who wants to get involved in racing. Check out their women’s page on their website.
- Pedal Power’s New Horizons course. The ACT’s cycling advocacy group runs nine-week bike skills and maintenance courses specifically for women. Need a little more confidence on your bike? The next course starts in spring. Get more info online.
- Tour de Femme. No date yet for 2014 but it’s usually in November. It’s a 24 kilometre road event for women and girls 7 and older. For some it’s a race but for many others it’s a “fun run on wheels”. It’s run by the Canberra Cycling Club. Keep your eye on the club website for an update or subscribe to their newsletter.
- Dirt de Femme. Not just a dirtier mountain biking version of the above! You’ve just missed the event for this year but look out for it again on Sunday 3 May 2014. This is a great women’s and girls (from 10 years of age) only event.
- Most of Canberra’s cycling and triathlon clubs run a novice program which is a great way to get into bunch riding. Check out the Bilby’s Triathlon Club, Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club, Canberra Cycling Club and the ANU Cycling Club. No dates yet but keep an eye open for announcements.
- Junior and Women’s Canberra Tour. Entries are closed for this and only open to those with a Cycling Australia License. It’s on this weekend 10-11 May. They still need volunteers or you could just go out to Stromlo Forest Park to watch some fantastic racing. Go to the website for more information.
- Pedal Power social rides. Not exclusively for women but there’s sure to be a ride that suits your skill level plus many of the ride leaders are women. Check out the calendar page on the Pedal power website.
- Join an online forum or two (look for the links on Canberra cycling websites). They can be a great place to join a regular riding group or even start one of your own.
Photo of this year's Dirt de Femme supplied by Raynie McNee from Cycle Education.