Meet our instructor leaders

Our Instructors/Leaders

Meet our Instructors & Leaders

Ladies Back On Your Bike, began in 2013 doing just that! It has now grown to not only cater for ”getting ladies back to cycling”, but also now caters for:

  • 1. the ladies in Melbourne who have never, ever, learnt to ride
  • 2. and those ladies, who are happiest cycling on road bikes on busy roads in a bunch,
  • 3. and all the levels in between these two extremes.

The business is based on our determination to place each lady in a group of similar skilled women, where she feels most comfortable, neither bored nor intimidated.  We provide rides and fun events which in turn creates fantastic camaraderie and health benefits. Enjoy meeting and cycling with these Instructors / Leaders  (and the members) and I’m sure you’d agree they are motivating and passionate about getting you cycling and more over, are fabulous mentors.

Jacinta Costello

Jacinta loves cycling! She has enjoyed it her entire life, which she says, is a long time! Jacinta is thrilled to have created Ladies Back On Your Bike, to have shown so many women what fun one can have, to see them also enjoy the freedom, the camaraderie and the countryside. Her background can be read here Basically, she is armed with a Phys. Ed degree, 50 + years of cycling experience in many countries and an AustCycle Level 1 accredited cycle coaching certificate from Cycling Australia. Jacinta is still keen and passionate to motivate even more women feel the fun of cycling and all it offers as a secondary spin off and have them appreciate their good fortune being here in Australia

Bec Domange

Bec starting riding in her mid 20’s after injury ruled her out of many other sports. Quickly the lycra addiction took hold and she found herself registered for her race in E grade at Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club. She turned up, super nervous, not knowing what to expect… Well, that day the 12 year old boys in her race taught her she had a lot to learn… and that was that.. she was back the next week determined to not let as many of those 12 yo beat her again. She was hooked. 12 years have passed since her first race. She has raced all over Victoria and Australia and raced in the USA. Bec retired from top level racing to focus on work as a Secondary School Teacher (PE and Health) and turned her passion for cycling towards coaching other women to achieve their goals on the bike and was the Director Sportif of the Specialized Women’s Racing in the National Road Series for 4years. Bec is passionate about challenging women of all abilities to get the most of out of themselves on the bike. Bec specialises in skill development, targeted training programs and having a few good laughs on the bike. When not riding or working, you will find Bec being smothered by her adorable Whippet (Harvey), watching Netflix, eating chocolate and hanging out with friends.

Karen Gittins

Finding the cycling group, Ladies Back On Your Bike, has kept up my motivation. Recently, I completed the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer with 54 of my LBOYB friends and teammates, as well as several other 100km challenges. The journey I have been on as part of LBOYB has changed my life for the better. I have enjoyed so many adventures and can’t wait to share these discoveries with all of you. I have ended up with such a passion for cycling that I feel compelled to spread the message of how rewarding it can be to everyone I come across. When the opportunity arose to become a LBOYB ride leader it seemed a natural progression for me, as I knew it would be a great way to help and inspire other ladies to get started on what could be a lifelong passion of fitness and fun! I look forward to meeting all members and sharing some amazing cycling adventures with you.

Dy Bailey

I learnt to ride on gravel / mud roads in Papua New Guinea. Our little group thought catching the school bus was “woosy”, so we rode everyday we possibly could. Sadly bicycles weren’t cool throughout my highschool years and so I moved on to motor bikes.

It wasn’t until after Uni when I met my partner that we bought mountain bikes and cycled around in NZ, did a couple of the Great Bike rides and just made bikes a part of our lives.
For 7 years I taught bike and trike riding in Special schools and caught the bug of teaching riding. That gave me a lot of skills in problem solving and adapting teaching and bike design to suit different disabilities.
So it is a great joy to be back teaching riding, this time to women in Ladies Back On Your Bike, who can comprehend instructions and no one has yet used a bike to do a runner from the BP carpark.
Personally I prefer the bikepaths, quiet streets and getting out into nature or just pedalling down to do the shopping.  On a bike I just feel so free.

Sally Clements

Having had varied experiences in being active and encouraging friends to join me on adventures, I was really excited when the opportunity to join LBOYB came about. My background is varied from taking part in triathlons for around five years (up to Olympic distance) followed by venturing off road in the form of team adventure races (mountain biking, kayaking and running while finding checkpoints).  While my experiences of standing on the podium have been few, I get a real buzz out of taking part, challenging myself and supporting my team members. A few years ago after a mountain biking accident, I went back to basics on the bike to build up fitness and confidence again. This gave me the opportunity of rediscovering the joy of cycling and I am looking forward to hearing your stories and sharing some adventures with you all.

Carolyn Ward

Carolyn has always been a cyclist, enjoying both the exploration of the many bike paths Melbourne has to offer and commuting to work.

Through joining Ladies Back on Your Bike in 2019 she has developed an even stronger love of cycling.  Watch out for her, on either her hybrid or road bike, she’s out there most days, loving it all!

Barely a day goes by when she isn’t on one of her bikes. Carolyn has had a career as a Registered Nurse and Lawyer, lives in Camberwell with her husband Anthony, she has 2 adult children who have flown the coop which gives her plenty of time to ride. Carolyn was excited when Jacinta offered her the opportunity to become an LBOYB leader. Like all the leaders in Ladies Back On Your Bike, Carolyn has completed and gained relevant and appropriate Cycling Australia qualifications.

Narelle Beurle

I learnt to ride at the age of 8-9 on my older brother’s bike which Dad had fitted three-inch wooden blocks on the pedals so I could reach them.  It was challenging, and I never really had any lessons or support so didn’t really keeping riding much.

I took up riding seriously at the age of 30 after a friend convinced me to buy a bike and join her riding on Sunday mornings along beach road with a group.  I loved it.  The group was so welcoming (girls and guys) and really took me under their wing and taught me a lot.  I haven’t looked back.  I have done many bike-riding holiday trips through Asia in South China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and two trips in Italy including following the GIRO world tour for three weeks back in 2016. I have also done most of the rail trails in Victoria and really enjoy doing weekends away exploring as well.  I joined Ladies Back on Your Bike in 2020.  Joining the group has been the best thing I’ve done in years, really got my passion back for cycling and met so many great ladies along the way.  I have been a trainer/facilitator in my professional life for many decades, so when Jacinta asked me to become a ride leader of course I said yes, it felt like a natural progression for me.  

Like other Instructor’s with Ladies Back On Your Bike, I too have successfully completed my AusCycling Foundation Instructor Road course.

 I am really looking forward to meeting many more ladies and sharing my passion for bike riding any fun adventures together.