In North Vancouver, this is about the time of year, when the rain is non-stop, and the temperature is in the single digits, that we are thinking about riding in the other hemi-sphere! Â If a trip to New Zealand is in your future, consider hooking up with this muddbunnies look alike group, MTB Chicks:
MTB Chicks is an informal mountain biking group for female riders meeting up around once a month for an off-road ride in the Greater Wellington area of New Zealand.
MTB Chicks was hatched with a first ride at Makara in May 09.Â Since then the mailing list has grown to over 60 and there are around 5-10 on each ride, including several regulars.Â Whilst being about going out for a ride rather than racing, a few people also competed in the PNP Spring Series ’09 with several podium finishes in women’s recreational class and took part in other events such as the Ak Attack (mtb orienteering), Rotorua moonride, Karapoti Classic and the Revolve Autumn Series.
All riders taking part in a MTB Chicks ride must use a mountain bike that is suitable for off road use and is in a safe working condition.Â Gloves and eye protection are recommended.Â It is the responsibility of the participant to ride within their limits. There is always the option to walk if you do not want to ride.
Weekend rides are typically for around 2-3 hours. Â Routes are aimed at intermediate level riders, i.e. those with some mountain biking experience who are comfortable with grade 2-3 level tracks (e.g. route might include slopes, narrow tracks and some exposure at the trackâ€™s outside edge).
Pace is social, distance is moderate – i.e. averaging around 10-12km/hour, depending on terrain, for around 20-25 km. There is a leader and an assigned back marker to keep the group together.
For more information, check them out here: http://www.mtbchicks.org/index.htm