Popular women’s mountain biking event Chicks in the Sticks will return this year to Karingal Scout Camp at Mount Cotton on Sunday, August 20.
Women of all ages and mountain biking capabilities will hit up the specially-created trails in a colourful and plucky celebration of adventure-loving women.
The racing chicks often get dressed up in crazy costumes to ride, chat, eat, drink and even camp overnight in beautiful surroundings and a supportive atmosphere.
Run by the local and largest mountain biking club in Australia, RATS, the event has drawn in hundreds of women each year since 2015.
RATS president Lonnie Toia said the event had been a success because it allowed a diverse group of adventurous and spirited women to “spread their wings”.
“Some of the chicks who attend Chicks in the Sticks are racing more seriously, while others are having fun in teams or as individuals and are socialising and drinking coffee in between laps,” he said.
“There’s no pressure to race hard. The aim of this fun event is to build confidence and have a lot of fun in the dirt whether you’re new to the sport or an old hand.”
The event has multiple race categories with different race lengths and difficulties.
“It’s amazing how many women [give] feedback about how this sport has helped changed their lives, gave them confidence, helped them meet other great women and got them back into nature and a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Toia said.