The Bikefit Sunflowers

Sunflowers love the rooty downhills The Bikefit Sunflowers are a group of women from all over Niagara who love to mountain bike. From fun and social to fast and challenging, we have rides for everyone. Whether you're still figuring out your gears or working on your racing starts, there's a ride for you. We've been riding on Niagara's gorgeous trails for more than 10 years and we'd love to share them with you.

We ride three times a week from May to September and have three different ride levels. All rides are led by an experienced rider who knows the trails and we have a no-drop policy at all times - so you never need to worry about getting lost or left behind. We pride ourselves on our supportive, encouraging atmosphere. We love to challenge each other to grow as riders and to reach our individual goals, but mainly we just love to ride!

The Details

Sunflower Robin finishing the Giant Lake to Lake 2011For our adult riders, we have two ride levels: Recreational and Sport. The Recreational Rider is new to the sport and may be looking to build her skills and gain confidence on her bike, or she may be a rider with more experience who is content with a fun, leisurely ride - shorter and slower paced, with frequent stops. The Sport Rider is experienced and able to ride for a longer time, at a faster pace. She may be training for races or simply out for fitness and fun, fast rides. The levels are flexible so that if a lot of riders are out or individual riders are training for specific events, the groups can divide further to meet everyone's needs. As well, once the season gets underway, the Recreational Group generally splits into two groups: Rec One for those who are still a little unsure or are more comfortable going at a slow pace and Rec Two for those who are gaining confidence and skill, but aren't quite ready for sport.

Rides are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus Sunday afternoons. Each month the start location changes to give us a chance to explore and practice various trails over the course of the season.

Several times throughout the season we hold Skill Sessions to help everyone work toward their individual goals.

A couple of times a month we have an Open Ride, where family and friends are welcome to join us. Open Rides take place on Sundays and sometimes include road trips to great trails outside Niagara.

Road Rides

Sunflowers Fiona and Sue at the 2013 Big Move Cancer RideFor a change of pace we hold weekly evening Road Rides throughout the season. Group road rides are a fantastic way to build endurance and to prepare for longer charitable rides, like the Big Move Cancer Ride.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Sarah with Seed Sydney Canal Days Mountain Bike Race 2011The Sunflower Seeds program is a great introduction to the sport for girls aged 10-15. Every Seeds ride has a mentor who leads the group and helps the girls develop their biking skills and grow their confidence.

The Seeds program runs from May to August. Tuesday nights are mentored rides for the Seeds, but the girls are welcome to come out to rides on Thursdays and Sundays as well, provided they have an adult member to buddy up with.

Give it a Try!

Sunflower SeedsSo why should you ride with us? Our philosophy is simple: encourage women and girls of all ages and riding abilities to get on their bikes and discover what a thrill mountain biking can be. So what you'll find with us is encouragement, support and camaraderie. You'll find a network of women to ride with. You'll find fun, fitness and friendship. Zero intimidation. Zero pressure. Still not sure? You're welcome to come out and try a ride with us before joining - meet the ride leaders and other members and see whether it's for you.