In mid-November, three of our Activ Cycle Coaching ladies along with Activ coach, Desrae Cameron, successfully took on the challenge of Camp de Femme, a womens only, multi-day Victorian Alpine cycling training camp. The goal - to develop advanced skills in mountain climbing, ascending and descending.
Developed and coached by Cycling Australia Level 2 Road & Track Coach, Donna Meehan of Victorian based cycling organisation, Domestique Cycle Coaching, our Activ ladies, with assistance of Desrae Cameron, took on the challenge and conquered Mt Buffalo, Tawonga Gap (twice!) and Mt Hotham.
In the months leading up to the training camp, Activ Coach, Ben Walding, worked with the ladies on Activ’s indoor cycling CompuTrainers to specifically target their training with specialised strength and endurance sessions to ensure that they had the power, stamina and resilience required for multiple days of long rides and prolonged, steep climbs! In conjunction with the indoor sessions, coach Desrae Cameron worked with the ladies outdoors on the road on group riding skills, pacelines, techniques, and a few cheeky hills and efforts to keep things interesting!
It was not all work and no play for our Activ ladies! We have it on good authority that after the day’s suffering on the mountains that much sampling of the wares from the local wineries took place and the Bright Brewery was visited on multiple occassions for food and beverage appraisal!
Congratulations to Deborah Roberts, Julieann Trim, Alex O’Brien and to Coach Desrae Cameron on a successful training camp and for reaching your cycling goals!