WARRNAMBOOL Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) officials want more women to take part in their skills program and criterium series.
The club has turned its focus from its winter to summer programs after the culmination of the three-round Tower Hill series this month.
Training and development officer Barry Pike said the skills program would get under way on September 17. The criterium series, which runs on Friday nights during summer, will start on September 18.
Both weekly programs start and finish at the Thunder Point trotting track.
“We are not too far away from launching our dirt criterium series again, which starts as soon as daylight saving starts,” Pike said.
“And our skills program, we’re really pushing adult participation again this year.
“We’re focusing on getting women on wide wheels. One of the areas which is a bit quiet in Warrnambool is building up the skills of women.
“We’ve got one of our committee members keen and she’s really going to take on board pushing the girls’ participation.”
Pike said the WMBC also hoped to have members contest events at neighbouring south-west clubs.
“We’re really pushing to get out to other clubs, get to Forrest and the You Yangs and Ballarat,” he said.
“We’re looking to expand how far away we go as a group. It improves our social experiences.
“A lot of our riding and racing is about the social side.
“We’re not just there to compete, we’re there to support each other.”
The Tower Hill series wrapped up on August 18 with a rain-affected final round.
Just 18 competitors braved the conditions, but about 80 different riders contested at least one of the three rounds.
David Sagnol took the series honours in A grade, James Coomber was the B grade champion and Riley Patel won C grade.
“Parks Victoria was really good in allowing us to develop short sections of single track, which really improved our safety,” Pike said.
“We’re looking to a long-term relationship with Parks Victoria. We’re on fantastic terms with those guys.”