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Posted on June 01 2019

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2019?
2019 is focused on helping other women achieve their goals, through running organised rides, promoting women on bikes, offering support and connecting them with other women riders. 
In terms of personal goals, I plan work on some technical mountain biking skills such as jumping and cornering, having never really had any coaching, and keep working towards an end goal of becoming a mountain bike coach. I will keep pushing to increase my biggest distance on both the mountain and road bike, and enter some more races of different types to continue to challenge myself.
WHEN DID YOUR CYCLING JOURNEY START? 
I've been riding bikes since I was a kid, just for fun and for commuting which continued into adulthood. It wasn't until I was 30 that I owned a bike that wasn't a second hand, owned more than one bike, and was introduced to the world of mountain biking. It was a "Where have you been all my life?!' moment. It's only been the last 3 years that I've really started riding a lot consistently and the last 18 months that I've been setting big goals and personal challenges, including starting to race on mountain bikes for fun and running women's rides to share the love and passion for cycling. I learnt to mountain bike with boys and whilst I did learn a lot, I also recognized that a lot of women do better when supported and encouraged by other women. 
I am forever thankful to my partner for introducing me to mountain biking and fostering my riding into a passion. 
 
WHAT SET OF WHEELS DO YOU HAVE?
I am lucky enough to own a small fleet of bikes, all Specialized - 2019 Stumpjumper Comp, 2016 S-works Era 29, 2014 S-works Amira, 2016 CruX, there's also a flat bar road bike, single speed cruiser and fat bike in the mix. Yup, I'm one lucky girl!
WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO RIDE?
There are so many beautiful places to ride in Victoria, I'm lucky enough enough to have the Mornington Peninsula as my backyard and playground where you can choose your own adventure whether it be mountain biking, gravel grinding, road riding or beachfront cruising. 
ON AVERAGE HOW MANY KMS DO YOU RIDE A WEEK?
I try to get out on the bike 3-4 times a week which increases or decreases depending on my schedule and if I'm attempting to train for an event, plus whether I get out on just my mountain bike or also my roadie. I currently average about 115kms a week.
WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Bright coloured socks and funky cycling kits, also rad women to go on girl gang adventures with. It's amazing how much these can motivate you to get out on your bike!
 
WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT ON THEIR CYCLING JOURNEY?
Get out and ride whenever you have the time, even if it's just for 15mins, make sure its enjoyable by not pushing yourself too hard to begin with. 
Set small achievable goals for yourself, whether it be to increase your ride distance from 10 to 20kms or to get on the bike twice a week.
Find a girl gang or local community to ride with by finding organized rides and joining in, that way you will increase the amount of people you can get to go on rides with, learn new trails and increase the enjoyment you get out of riding.
FOLLOW KATHRYN'S JOURNEY: https://www.instagram.com/pocket.rocket.riding/

 

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