THIRTY women and girls of all ages took part in a Ladies Coaching Day at the Korumburra Motorcycle Club in Outtrim on Saturday, May 14.
The female-friendly, no pressure Coaching Day, led by professional motocross rider, Ross Beaton of the Latrobe Valley, focused on technical riding and control, braking, standing, balance and body position, as well as progressing into cornering is all aimed at inspiring women of all ages to pursue the thrills of motorcycle racing in a welcoming environment.
Event organiser Phoebe Snell, of Glengarry North, was rapt about the day: “It was great to see women and girls from all around Victoria. They all had varying levels of skill; from people who bought their bikes 2 weeks ago, to people only being on them for 45 minutes to ladies that have raced,” Phoebe said.
“Ross brought it right back to basics,” she added. Phoebe said she organised the day so that other likeminded women could learn the right way to ride a motorcycle in an encouraging environment.
“I’ve been riding for years and I wasn’t getting any better so I contacted Ross. It turned out that my riding style was completely wrong and I didn’t want other people to end up in my position so I decided to organise a Ladies Coaching Day,” she continued.
“I love seeing the smiles on their faces at the end of the day when they’ve achieved those massive goals,” Phoebe, who also said the day was geared towards training on varying terrain, not just motocross, added. “It was great to see women of all ages turn up too. We had from 16 to late 50s to early 60s. It was a massive range and they were really keen to get back into it after having kids,” Phoebe added.
Phoebe would like to thank Ross Beaton, Motorcycling Victoria’s Peta Thomas, VicRoads, Road Runner Motor and AG.
After the success of the day, Phoebe says there will be more Ladies Coaching Days throughout the year. For future dates and information please visit: www.motorcyclingvic.com.au/women.