Female pedal power returns to the Victorian High Country in 2020 with the third edition of the High Country Women’s Cycling Festival (HCWCF).
The unstoppable growth of women’s cycling will see the much-loved HCWCF return to Bright in 2020, with an extended program and continued support for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Based in one of Australia’s most loved cycling towns, the festival (20-22 March) aims to inspire, encourage and support more women to ride, and to experience the beauty of the High Country by bike.
Clare Holdsworth, spokesperson for HCWCF, explained that from its outset, Festival’s mission has been to make cycling in the mountains more accessible and more inclusive for all levels of cyclists.
“In 2020 we want to provide an opportunity for cyclists who are new to climbing and not up to riding the full ascent and descent of Mt Buffalo. Working with our cycle safety partner RoadSafe North East, we have introduced a ‘Ride to Rollasons’, as part of the Buffalo Women’s Ride (Saturday 21st March 2020). Experienced ride leaders will escort the riders to a halfway turnaround point, providing tips and building confidence to ensure a safe, enjoyable and rewarding ride,” Ms Holdsworth said.
Backed by Major Partner, Regional Roads Victoria, the Festival’s focus on safety is key for participants seeking a supportive cycling environment. As well as reduced speed limits and traffic management protocols, organisers will rollout a campaign with RoadSafe North East, to communicate important ‘Pass Cyclists Safely’ messaging, in the lead up to the Festival.
Festival organiser, Michelle Armstrong, explained that despite the organic growth in women’s cycling, in an alpine environment where road riding is more challenging, the gender imbalance is strongly evident.
“Many female riders consider hills and mountains beyond their capability. we will share our knowledge, build confidence, push boundaries and help women discover new ride destinations with new friends. The super fun weekend promises more than just cycling and includes a Lycra Lunch Party with ‘Fashions on the Field’; bike mechanics, riding skills clinics; Rail Trail produce rides; Yoga; Bike Fashion Pop Ups, a Celebration Dinner and more.