I signed up to attend the Gippsland MTB Girls ‘Dirty’ Weekend, and dirty is exactly what I got! The rain came thumping down the night before and just as we were heading out the door it pelted down again, leaving some very muddy trails!! Bex and I turned up to the wrong accommodation to start with, but shortly found the Munjara Camp and were made to feel right at home as we sat down in front of the fire and waited for a few of the other ladies to join us. Great night sleep in the mud brick cabins and by 10am on Saturday 16 keen girls were ready to hit the trails!
We split into 2 groups and headed out on to the muddy trails for a couple of hours. Back to the cabin for a shower, lunch and Kirstin was kind enough to get the nappy-san out to wash my kit – legend!! We then sat around the fire, ate a delicious meal and talked the night away!
Sunday we awoke to a bright sunny day and we were put in to pairs, given a map and told to meet back in 3 hours. I teamed up with Kat from Melbourne as we set about finding the checkpoints to collect points. The check points were very creative, you had to write down a cycling champions name, what championships they had won, and then complete a challenge such as answering a trivia question/unjumbling words/dressing up/do a mono/eat a mars bar/face paint etc.
I thought I’d take us on a sneaky shortcut, it certainly didn’t work and ended up added a bit of time to our efforts in getting to the last checkpoint. We also wrongly guessed the bonus checkpoint and ended up looking for ages in the completely wrong spot!! A super fun, friendly weekend that focused on mtb skills, laughing, having fun, laughing, riding bikes, laughing, eating yum food and laughing!! A big thanks to Jac and Gippsland MTB Club, Kirstin and Munjara Camp, Liv/Giant and to all the ladies who attended, good on you for having a crack and giving it all a go! Hope to see you all again and more next year!!