Bendigo Mountain Bike Club will hosts its fourth Women's three-hour MTB Challenge this weekend.
The event provides an opportunity for women to have a go at mountain biking in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.
"A lot of women tend to think that mountain biking is scary because it takes you out of your comfort zone," event organiser Jo Lythgo said.
"When you ride over terrain that isn't flat, you can't switch off and just ride - the challenge is to stay focused and take note of your surroundings.
"But once you trust your bike and get over the fear of falling off - mountain biking becomes very enjoyable."
This year there will be two different courses for riders to choose from.
Participants can embark on the entry level Trail Blazers circuit, a 5km loop for those who want to take it easy on a track with minimal rocks.
More experienced riders can take on the Trail Blitzers circuit, a 6km circuit with mild technical rocky areas.
"There is nothing better than conquering something you thought would be scary - it gives you a nice little adrenaline boost," Lythgo said.
Girls aged 14 years and under can also participate in the event, which already has 102 overall registrations.
Event starts at 9am on Sunday at Spring Gully Trail Network, Wattle Drive.
For more information and to register please visit http://www.mtbbendigo.com/index.php/events/bendigo-mtb-womens-challenge/.
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