Girls wanna get dirty

Women's mountain biking group being organized

  • Aug. 3, 2011 2:00 p.m.

With plentiful trails, beautiful scenery and temperate weather, Sooke seems the ideal place for mountain biking groups to flourish. But surprisingly, there is no local biking club for women — yet, said avid riding enthusiast Kelly Burns.

Burns used to live on Church Road but moved to Metchosin about 10 years ago. She still works in Sooke as a hostess at the Sooke Harbour House and comes into town for biking. She is currently working with Lorien Arnold, owner of Sooke Mountain Cycle to get something started up.

“We want to get group rides going — for safety, and to help people learn and get to know the different trails,” said Burns.

“It’s really in its infancy, they’re trying to get a website contact list going.”

Burns said her and Arnold want to establish Sooke as a premier mountain biking destination. One spot that she said deserves particular attention is Sooke Mountain Provincial Park that features a variety of riding terrain including jumps. Broomhill is another gem that Burns recently discovered also, laden with stunt opportunities and great views.

Coming from Quebec 14 years ago, Burns has always been outdoorsy and hasn’t looked back since relocating to the West Coast. Growing up with bikes, she met Arnold by following a recommendation from their mutual friend and purchased a Norco mountain bike to replace an aging Cannondale she owned for a decade.

“He does followups and tuneups on the bikes he sells. He has so much information on the sport.”

Eventually, they want to have something similar to the Dirty Girls Bike Club that has been run in Victoria since 2001.

“They organize group tours on a weekly basis. They have a fabulous website with a calendar telling you what’s going on, where, and when,” she said.

So far, the the only advertisement has been by word of mouth but they hope to build enough of a membership to pick up a regular routine in the fall.

“It’ll be pretty exciting, actually.”

To sign up or get some more information call Sooke Mountain Cycle at 250-642-3123 or email Kelly at kelly.burns@telus.net.

Just Posted

It’s lunchtime

A hungry sea lion grabs a quick salmon lunch on the Sooke… Continue reading

Maritime Museum makes bid to move back into Bastion Square

The museum pitched significant renovations to make its long-time home more accommodating

Sooke mom launches GoFundMe campaign to get medical treatment for son

Single mother has two children facing medical challenges

British Columbians pay more for goods and services than most other Canadians

Year-to-year inflation rate up 2.2 per cent in October second-highest rate in Canada

Fashion Fridays: Holiday outfits on a budget

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

B.C.’s largest catholic archdiocese names 9 clergymen in sex abuse report; probes ongoing

Vancouver Archdioces presides over 443,000 parishoners in B.C.

Eagles congregate around Salish Sea for one last feast before period of famine

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society preparing to receive birds in need of care

Smudging in B.C. classroom did not affect Christian family’s faith, says school district lawyer

Lawyers make closing arguments in a Port Alberni case about the Indigenous cultural practice

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Study finds microplastics in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says she wasn’t expecting to see so many microplastics so far north

Services needed in B.C. for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients: doctor, advocates

More patients are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an earlier age

Most Read