If the first DDCX women's development session of the season is anything to go by then 2013 is going to be a cracker year for women's cyclocross in Australia!
A total of sixteen women from experienced road cyclists to casual commuters came out to Darebin Parklands yesterday to develop their cyclocross skills.
During the two hour session the group took a step by step approach to the seemingly daunting barrier jump. Under the watchful eye of Nik Cee we covered dismounting, remounting and lifting exercises then put it all together with some serious barrier jumping practice.
The group picked up the skills really quickly and were looking so pro we put them through their paces with a few mock race starts.
On the sidelines DDCX's own Steve Duggan also put on an impromptu kids training session. The kids field looks set to break new records in 2013 as well!
The development sessions are designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence to start racing cyclocross. Hopefully those who came out yesterday will be able to practice the things they learnt and build on them at the next session.
The next session will be held at Harrison Street Velodrome at Brunswick on May 12 at 12pm. Its a special Mother's Day edition for bike riding mums who want to give cyclocross a go but all women & kids are welcome. We will run concurrent sessions for newbies as well as those wanting to develop their skills further.
Remember these sessions are open to all skill levels and bikes. You don't need a racing license to participate and they are free!
Hope to see you there!