Gear Up Girl - Ladies MTB
Gear Up Girl MTB Weekends
Women’s Only Trips
Fully Catered, Skills Sessions, Meals, Accommodation & Guides
Sydney Ladies MTB Skills Sessions - Click HERE
REVIEWS I know you're not meant to have favourties, but, Gear Up Girl weekends are some of the best trips we do, plenty of smiles, some great riding and lots of new skills to be learned. With some of Australia's best MTB trails, which are friendly for beginners right through to advanced riders, you'll have a great weekend.
Thank you ladies for making the September 2012 GUG trip a great one
An absolutely brilliant weekend hitting the trails of Canberra with Mtnbike. Will, who runs this amazing experience, should get extra credit for the great pics. No bruises or lost skin this time around either - I must be getting better. Can't wait till next time :) Jules (April 2013)
Hi Will, Thanks for a ridiculously fun weekend, I can't stop smiling, and I'm still riding berms in my head! The whole trip was so easygoing yet efficient, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Really appreciate all the skills, tips and encouragement, it makes me want to ride harder and get better. Thanks also to Stacey, her ability and enthusiasm is inspiring. Cheers (Susan April 2013)
'Will, I did go out around Olympic Park at the weekend, and the pop wheelies and pumping of the bike were coming on a treat. I will definitely be up for signing up for some of the trips as the mountain biking trips I've done have all been such fantastic fun. Thanks again for the tips. It's a great course and I have been recommending to friends so hopefully a few will sign up.' Jen (Nov 2012)
Hey Will, Thanks for a great weekend. You run a great camp - so well organised and you make everything so easy ... Jill (September 2012)
Will, what a great weekend! 5 months between Canberra MTB trips is waaayy too long! Thanks for the skills, the stacks (!) and the smiles! Katheryn (September 2012)
More reviews from the weekend can be found here.
Testimonials - 'Everything was extremely well organised. Flawless execution and timed perfectly. Jill May 2011 'Great weekend - definitely keen for more!' Katie Feb 2011 'Hi Will - Firstly thanks so much for an absolutely fantastic weekend. The whole trip was so well organised - transport, accommodation, food, bikes, skill sessions and of course the rides!!' Nov 2010. 'Thanks so much Will for taking us on a memorable adventure which was so well organised ...' Wendy May 2010. 'Will, I thought the whole experience was excellent. Very professional, yet informal and fun. The progression from skills session to Sparrow to Secret to Stromlo was very logical ...' Nicole June 2010. Read more testimonials.
A little about us, we take fully catered mountain bike trips from
What is the skill level required for the weekend? We do two MTB SKILLS over the weekend, the first one being at the first ride site on the Saturday. So if you’re just starting off or a seasoned vet, this weekend is for you! On Saturday, the first ride of the weekend, a skills session will take place where you’ll learn how to brake, corner, deal with obstacles and other tricks. The session is taken by a qualified instructor with years of experience. There is also another session run on the Sunday to learn some more MTB skills.
The skills sessions give everyone the opportunity to ask questions that you’ve always been afraid to ask. You will be able to draw upon these skills as the weekend progresses and feel yourself better equipped to be true mtnbiker.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED - During our recent trips we have had many ladies join us for the weekends. Some of those riders have been beginners while others have been racers for years. We feel comfortable instructing across the whole range of riders abilities. What riders will come to appreciate is that the beauty of
COST - This varies depending on the trip, The cost for a weekend in Canberra is $349, for Taree it is $389 and for day trips it is $129. This covers accommodation (not for day trips), food and all transport. Accommodation is at the Australian Institute of Sport or at the Meridian Resort in Old Bar - for Taree. For more information check out the FAQ page on the site then hit Book Now to make sure you get your spot on this trip.
EQUIPMENT - we recommend that you at least have a comfortable pair of cycling shorts, gloves, solid (non-flashing) lights, helmet and a working recently serviced mountain bike.
Please note that a wavier must be signed before the session starts - this will be emailed to you after booking
Reviews from past GUG MTB trips
We have now experienced two Gear Up Girl (GUG) weekends. Fourteen ladies ventured down to Canberra on the first weekend followed by thirteen the following weekend to play on the trails. We all had a great time, lots of laughs and all the riders improved throughout the weekend. Both weekends had perfect weather for the entire trip, crisp Autumn days, almost balmy Saturday nights and clear skies.
On the first GUG weekend everyone was exited for what was ahead. One rider could barely contain her excitement who commented via her facebook page 'On a bus with a bunch of girls squealing and brushing their hair....'
For both weekends we had our usual stellar mountain bike skills session leader Peter Dowse who was joined by the 2nd place getter at the recent National 24 Hour Championships, Claire Graydon. After learning how to corner, balance and manoeuvre the bike better we were off on a tour of Sparrow Hill. Two different groups worked on different skills out on course. They all made it back for a big lunch and ready to grab a coffee on our way back to the AIS.
The first weekends Saturday afternoon ride went all the way through dusk to almost complete darkness! It was hard to get these girls off the trails! The following weekend we had our Radical Lights at the ready and could ride into the night. A hearty meal at the AIS, everyone loves ALL YOU CAN EAT, then off to All-Bar-Nun for chat over an ale.
On the first Sunday morning we had an impressive eight riders out for more trails. The second weekend we had nine!! We have NEVER had such great numbers out for these sessions!! A quick hour spin before breakfast is the way I wish everyday would start!
For the first weekend at Stromlo half of the riders made it to the top with our other leader for the weekend Stacey Birch, two hours out there just flies by but it was a great opportunity for the ladies to put the skills they had picked up over the weekend in to their final ride.
The second weekend saw a busy Stromlo with us splitting up and having our own adventures out in the dirt. The majority of the riders were impossible to get off the hill and down to lunch as they were having such a great time.
Thank you to all the ladies for such great weekends. We'll be seeing the majority of them again sometime in the near future for another weekend.
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