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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.