A bit about your instructor - Michelle Davidson

Hi, I'm Michelle and I've lived in Forrest with my husband and two kids since mid 2019.

I am a PMBIA Level 1 Instructor and Guide, and also an AusCycling Development Instructor. I have a WWCC and First Aid. I'm on the Forrest MTB Club committee and I've been involved in the Forrest Trail Revitilisation Project working group.

I'm keen to help people get outside and enjoy mountain biking. By helping riders build a strong foundation with their skills in a safe and controlled environment, they can head out with more confidence to tackle features they find out on the trails.

How I ended up here in Forrest is a story of spontaneity, but what drew me here was mountain biking.

Sharing the bike love

For me, mtb has been such a positive addiction, I mean addition 😉 to my life! From carving out some "me" time as a mum with young kids, to building up fitness, finding new friends, growth and overcoming fears. Learning persistence to develop more technical skills, and developing resilience - the impact has been huge. It makes me want to introduce mtb to as many people as possible - but especially women. I love watching skills and confidence develop and the smiles as things begin to click into place.

Photo by Safari #Greatopia
Photo by Safari #Greatopia
MTB Chicks ride at Mt Buller

Why Forrest?

I truly think Forrest is a wonderful location to learn and develop your mountain bike skills. There's a good range of green and blue trails for learning skills in a safe and controlled environment. I think people learn best in smaller groups so they can recieve more personal attention and feedback without getting lost in a larger group. I also think that a series of lessons is more effective than a longer single sesssion. It's better to focus on one set of skills for one session than try to cover everything too quickly - you want time to solidify your learning before you add the next layer of complexity. For this reason, my recommendation will be for most people to join a group session that runs for a number of weekly sessions. Obviously that won't work for everyone and I'm happy to talk through other options!

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