As the daughter of our parent Club, Caloundra Off-Road Cycling Association (CORCA), we formed to create an encouraging and supportive group for women to get together and Mountain Bike in South East Queensland.
We love the diversity of the women who come along to ride. We are from all walks of life, all ages, and a wide variety of fitness (or not) backgrounds. It is truly delightful seeing how a lot of stereotypes are kicked to the curb within our group. Don’t think that you are too old, too unfit, too timid or too unco-ordinated to be able to ride. Almost all of us have ticked one or all of these boxes, and have gone on to benefit enormously because of our tenacity and willingness to learn. There is no timeline, no pressure, no ego. Just a desire to enjoy our gorgeous trails, share a laugh, and take a step outside of the challenges of our everyday to reconnect with ourselves.
We are all constantly improving, and every single one of us remembers what it was like to be a beginner. This has resulted in a great deal of compassion, patience and passion to pass on the joy of progress to those who are at the beginning their journey. That is such an exciting place to be, with so much yet to be discovered.
Our rides are tailored to those who turn up on the day, and we are very happy to break into groups that will allow both beginners and more experienced riders to challenge themselves according to their abilities, or sometimes just to drop it down a notch and enjoy a social ride.
The Sunshine Coast offers up so many wonderful trails for us to enjoy and play on, and not much further afield we have many wonderful options also available in South East Queensland. It is an exciting time to be a woman getting into MTBing, as there is a veritable wave of women forming groups not only throughout Australia, but internationally, which means we can tap into the sisterhood to take our hobby further afield while travelling.
Women-specific events are on the rise, and these events give us gals an opportunity to challenge ourselves, or approach them as more of a “taste of a race” and treat it as a social ride. Ultimately, you can go back each year and use them as a ruler with which to measure your progress; in skill, confidence, speed and ability. The possibilities are endless.
If you love the outdoors, want to improve your fitness or are looking for a way to improve your mental health. Come. Join us.