Woman push for pedal power

A WOMEN-only program to promote fun and fitness on two wheels is set to roll out on tracks around the Noosa area this month.
She Rides, an initiative by Cycling Australia, will run a three-month program designed to arm local ladies with the skills they need to tackle mountain bike trails in their own back yard.
Women will have the chance to improve their confidence, health and fitness while meeting like-minded people and exploring the region in a whole new way.
The program will take advantage of local asset the Noosa Trail Network, a series of eight picturesque hinterland trails suitable for mountain biking.
The trails run through National Park, State Forest, private property, council parks and road reserves, and are kept in a natural state.
Riders need to know how to handle these tracks and the debris, rocks and mud they are certain to encounter.
The cycling program will begin with four sessions at the Girraween Sports Complex to brush up beginner to intermediate riders on their cycling skills before taking to the trails with the guidance of experienced mountain bike coaches.
The program, aimed at women over 30, will run on Thursday mornings, beginning 22 May.
Register at cycling.org.au.