Camp de Femme 2015
Sunday, 15th November 2015 (over 2 years ago)

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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!

A few words from Deb

The photos are of myself and Julieanne on Mt Hotham. Desrae was our coach and in the car that day, giving us loads of coaching and encouragement and meeting us at the end! She was so proud of us! I only have one photo of Alex and not in Activ kit (she was good at avoiding my camera!). The photos of Desrae and I looking miserable were from when we did Mt Buffalo and got caught in a thunderstorm at the top of the mountain. We had no choice to descend the mountain in the storm for 16kms. It was a scary and dangerous descent (great training!) as we had no time to get out wet weather or warm gear thus we were frozen and was hard to move our hands - not great for trying to brake in the rain going down an alpine mountain! An there is that photo of me having a few cheeky ciders at the Bright Brewery!


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