“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”– Maya Angelou

I met Eli and her family about a year or so ago as they were climbing Mt Buller on their road bikes with her brother Maxx and dad Gabe. 
Her mum, Silvana dropped Maxx part way up the hill as it was a big ask for a young boy on a small framed and wheeled bike to do the whole of Buller!
From the moment I saw Eli and her family I was totally in awe of them.  It was obvious that she and her brother had supportive and fantastic parents.

Since then we became FB friends and I have watched this young athlete grow and grow and grow! 
But not just Eli, but her brother as well.

Ride Like a Girl's philosophy is, "if She can do it, so can I."

Gaining courage and strength from those around us that inspire and create challenges for us.

Rishi Fox encompasses what I believe is a REAL Adventure spirit.

Around 8 or 9 years ago, Rishi fell in love with the mountain bike and now in 2016 has done many adventures on the bike and today is transforming her experiences into a massive challenge, one that she has set herself that really does scare her.

But that is why she has signed up!

Brodie Chapman featured in Ride Like a Girl in 2015. She was enjoying the freedom of racing and riding whatever bike she felt like on the day and have great success at this too.
In October 2015, Brodie was one of four women who turned up to race the Grafton to Inverell, its a very long race with a lot of climbing, and the inclusion of women in the event is only a recent addition.
There were 4 chicks in C grade, and overall. In C grade, the winner finished in 7hrs 11:04. 

Personally I am stoked to be able to introduce you to one of my ‘peers’ in cycling.

Felicity Wardlaw, ‘Flick’ as she is known, has been someone that I have admired from afar and enjoyed watching her journey.  For me personally as Jess Douglas the older athlete, the endurance rider entering the sport later in life, I have been inspired by Flick many times over.

Sharon Locke lives in Launceston.
In her late 40's, she is living a new way of life where she is realising that there are no limits, only those she puts on herself.
Its exciting to see women evolve into something bigger and better than they ever believed possible and this is why she is our Ride Like A Girl story - we hope you are inspired by what she has shared with us today.

She is probably one of Australia’s hardest working coaches and arguably the most pivotal in growing the nations talent pool of cyclists.

Her hard work is most visible in the momentum of female cycling in this country over the past 20 years where she personally experienced the pathways of being an elite cyclist through to delivering of state and national programs.

Women’s cycling in Australia at a recreational and elite level is at an all time participation high and I have no doubt that women like Donna have helped play an integral role in this.

The amount of times I have had random requests asking for information on 24hr Solo race related topics has led me to finally write this article.
I must preface that whilst I am offering my take on it, my experience and what has worked for me, each one of us is different.  

Take what you like, do what you want, my word is not gospel and in the end only you can learn by doing as 24hr Solo Mountain bike racing or any ultra endurance event for that matter is not just about the ‘doing’, its about the lead up, the journey and the head on meeting with your inner self.