6 July 2019
The Diamonds in the Dirt Women’s MTB Event returned to Awaba MTB Park in Olney State Forest on 6 July 2019. Hosted by Rocky Trail Entertainment it has been under the patronage of a very enthusiastic group of local riders from the Hunter MTB Association who have helped flourish this event since 2016.
This year the biggest ever crowd of female #rockytrailracers assembled at Awaba MTB Park – almost 100 racers hit the trails with us, ranging from first time-racers to ex-pro road cyclists, 24-hour World Champions, mums racing with daughters and amazing supportive partners on baby and kids duty!
I have been supporting fellow event organisers from clubs and other business with their women’s events. I firmly believe that by helping spread the word about the amazing variety of women’s events and the incredible experiences to be had, we can encourage more women to ride and race.
As one of the owners of Rocky Trail Entertainment I have been juggling motherhood of a now three-year old as well as consulting and teaching assignments and my time on my bike has been very precious. I have been racing ‘my’ Diamonds event and it has been a highlight every year so far. It’s the chance to meet like-minded women and their families who come along and I’ve had the most fun interactions out on track and inspiring conversations back at the event centre!
There were the girls who came along with their tiny little babies, breastfeeding in between laps… and dads that looked after the kids while mums were racing… there was the woman who was recovering from an operation and doing laps on an e-Bike… there were the kids cheering for their mums on the trails… the proud partners snapping pictures… the high-fives, the hugs and the laughs… what an enrichment of one’s riding life!
I want to share the women’s events that I know of – I’d love to hear of more events or initiatives for or by women (send me an email here) and help spread the word via the Rocky Trail platform!
Cheerio, Juliane from Rocky Trail
25 Aug 2019
Redlands Track Park, QLD | 3 hour
27 Oct 2019
Orange MTB Club, NSW | Various distance “Shebangs”
Jack’s Ridge in Nambucca State Forest, NSW | 1.5 and 3 hours
Says Alicson from the Nambucca Valley Cycle Club:
Join the ‘Jills’ at Jacks Ridge Mountain Bike Park in the Nambucca State Forest for the third annual “Jills at Jacks” women’s MTB race. We have yet to confirm a date for March 2020. The track is renowned for its beautiful forested setting – with plenty of ‘flow’ and very few technical features. Race organisers aim to offer all riders a fun but competitive experience, with solo and team options over two race lengths (1.5 hours or 3 hours), and two ebike categories. There’ll be podium prizes, lucky number prizes, fresh coffee and the usual race village atmosphere of friendly banter and groovy tunes. There’s even SIX free entries into Rocky Trail’s Diamonds in the Dirt race to be won! – Proud to be sponsored by Rocky Trail Entertainment, Star Hotel Macksville, MasterHire, Switchback Bicycle Repairs, Bourkes Bicycles Taree, White Lightning Events and the Forestry Corporation of NSW.
Postponed to 2020
Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra | Long and short course race | Guided Tours