Canberra Off Road Cyclists received $8800 through the Foundation and have used their funding to host a Mountain Biking Come & Try day.
The Come and Try day saw 52 participants try out the bike trails around Canberra. Money spent went predominately to bike hire as this was a critical component to getting more people involved in mountain biking as many people new to the sport do not want to invest in a bike unless they know they will enjoy themselves and commit to the sport.
Additional expenses were spent on coaching to ensure that participant’s first experience on the bike was a positive one. Canberra Off Road Cyclists offered small group (maximum 5 people) sessions with a professional coach to learn the basics of mountain biking in a fun and safe environment.
Half of the participants signed up to the six week course after the Come & Try day had finished and Canberra Off Road Cyclists are confident that the Cycling camp they are hosting in December is going to further increase overall participation in the sport.