Katy Gallagher today launched a series of mountain biking events aimed at getting women and girls to try out mountain biking.
These 2014 Dirt de Femme events will be taking place at Stomlo Forest park, are all between 20 and 25 km, and will be taking place between Feb and May next year.
Apparently we’ve already got a reasonable amount of women in Canberra’s mountain biking scene which is rad, as I am pro people on bikes.
“Canberra has the highest rates of female mountain bike participation in Australia and with some fantastic mountain biking trails, this event is a great opportunity to get involved in the sport,” the Chief Minister said.
“While many female cyclists enjoy being challenged in a competitive atmosphere, an official race can be intimidating for some people, and the Dirt de Femme provides a fun and supportive environment in which to participate.
“Over 250 women and girls took part in the 2013 Dirt de Femme – more than double the participants in 2012. This shows the growing enthusiasm for mountain biking amongst women in Canberra.
“The support and presence of past winners and other cycling role models is a vital ingredient for nurturing a passion for the sport in young girls and there’s no greater motivator than aspiring to be a champion and being able to follow the path of your hero.
“Cycling is great for health and fitness and with thousands of Canberrans today donning their helmets for ‘Ride 2 Work’ day, it is great to see targeted events like the Dirt de Femme see even more Canberrans – young and old – develop a passion for physical activities like this,” the Chief Minister concluded.
The 2014 Dirt de Femme is organised by Canberra-based company Cycle Education. For more information or to register for the Dirt de Femme, visit www.cycleducation.com.au