The inaugural Diamonds in the Rough tour will finish its
six-date nationwide run on April 14 as part of the Queenstown
Women have the chance to ride with and learn from two of the
best female riders in the country, Rosara Joseph and Ash
Burgess, starting from Christchurch on Saturday, then
Auckland (March 8), Wellington (March 15), Dunedin (March
29), Nelson (April 5) and Queenstown.
Organisers said the group aims to ''spread the love of
riding'' by joining forces with women cyclists in each centre
they visit for ladies' only riding days.
Each day will start with a skills course, followed by an
afternoon of shuttles and a group ride, and then finish with
Olympic and Commonwealth Games cross-country mountain biker
Joseph said whether women are ''just starting out on the
dirt, or you're already shredding, Diamonds in the Rough has
''The skills courses will be split into small groups based on
ability: intro to mountain bike, turns and berms, the rough
stuff, and hops and drops.
''With a one to six instructor ratio, women will be sure to
have a fun and positive experience.''
Registrations can be made online via the Diamonds in the