Between October and December 2015 I swapped my usual Thursday night run intervals for cycling, by joining a 12-week women’s cycling course run by Bike Force Joondalup (the club’s Aquathlon major sponsor). A couple of other North Coast ladies joined me.
For the first four weeks we rode the relatively flat area around Lake Joondalup to practice skills like cornering, braking and gearing. Then we moved out to Ziatas/Power station (and nearby roads) to learn about hill climbing (we LOVE hills) and sprints. I also became lot more confident with group riding, particularly rolling and safe drafting.
I was very happy to finally make it to end of this long and bumpy road, several times in fact, which is something that I have always wanted to achieve. Although, I could have done without almost cycling over a little green snake and the occasional lizard.
Like all good cyclists, we always finished each ride with a coffee and a chat. The group is a very friendly and welcoming bunch. I think I even managed to convince a couple of them to give triathlons a go and perhaps join North Coast! I learnt so many new skills and my efforts did not go unnoticed. I came away with the award for the most improved cyclist, I was chuffed!
Towards the end of May, registrations for the 2016 women’s cycling course will open, so keep your eye out for the advertisements. If you want to learn new skills, I highly recommend the course and encourage you to sign up. What’s even better is that the course is absolutely free.
A big thanks to Candy, Dave and the awesome volunteer leaders, including our very own Michelle Martin, for all their time and encouragement during the course.
Don’t forget to sign up for the 6th Annual Bikeforce Joondalup’s FREE Beginners Ladies Course, which will run from mid September until mid December every Thursday evening from 5.30pm to 6.30pm with a cuppa and a chitchat after the ride. Simply email Candy at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: name, mobile number, email address, type of bike (racing bike, hybrid, mountain bike) and level of fitness on the bike. Places are filling fast.