Sometimes, females can be more reluctant to ride a bike than males. Canberra is a great place to ride as a female, providing a range of paths, tracks, trails and roads suitable for all levels of skills, experience and confidence.
There are all the challenges of Canberra's mountain bike trails, road rides and hill climbs - just as perfect for women as men. Our local Canberra Cycling Club women’s team proves that no challenge is too great for those who are up for it. The regular Friday morning 'Red Hill Express' bunch ride typically has a ratio of 50/50 females and males; a statistic which the group is proud.
Canberra is also a great destination for a dedicated weekend of riding with girlfriends. Consider targeting one of our key event weekends, such as Fitz’s Challenge, the Big Canberra Bike Ride and/or riding events specifically for women: the Tour de Femme and Dirt de Femme. We're also proud that the Australian and New Zealand Women's Bikepacking group is based in Canberra. You can contact local knowledgeable group leader, Amy, here.
Bike ACT also conducts regular social rides, many of which are designed specifically for female cyclists. In addition, local triathlon club, Females in Training, has a number of weekly sessions - including bike rides - which visitors may be welcome to join in.
Holidaying in Canberra by bike can also be a perfect weekend break with a bunch of friends. Why not ride together to the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday morning? If you’re visiting for any one of a great number of events hosted by the nation’s capital, such as the Handmade Markets, consider riding together. Hire bikes with a basket, grab some quality local produce from any number of independent local supermarkets, and enjoy a girlfriend’s picnic by the lake. If indulging in one of Canberra’s many spas and retreats, many are easily accessible by bike which can add an element of joy, freedom and power to the experience.
Image credits to: Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au