Wheels turn for Diamonds in the Rough

The inaugural Diamonds in the Rough tour will finish its six-date nationwide run on April 14 as part of the Queenstown Bike Festival.

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 refreshments.

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 your back.

''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 Rough website.