Jules Verheyen - Cycling Australia Road and Track skills coach
Jules is a Cycling Australia level 1 road and track cycling coach, level 3 personal trainer and has a degree in Primary Education. Jules' passion is to get women out enjoying their bicycles, assisting them in being able to form networks for riders' safety, friendships and fun.
Jules is the coach for Cycling Australia's She Rides programs, which have been running in the Illawarra for three years. In this time she has met a lot of keen cycling women and has made many cycling friendships; thus, the Wollongong Women's Cycle Club was formed as a way to bring women together, nurture new cyclists and give established cyclists a social network.
Jules works as an individual cycling coach, providing personalised cycling training programs via TrainingPeaks, an online system where tailored workouts are delivered to clients each day. Jules provides feedback, advice and encouragement and will individualise each training session to help cyclists reach a goal such as an event ride, improving fitness or getting started in racing.
Jules has competed at both state and national level in numerous racing events; in road events such as triathlon, time trial, teams TT and criteriums, and in track (velodrome) events such as teams sprint, teams pursuit and individual pursuit. Jules' vast experience makes her a great source of knowledge and a wonderful support to women just starting out on their cycling journey.
Jules has been appointed an Ambassador for TREK Bikes Australia and works at Wollongong's local bicycle shop Simple Cycles.
Rides: TREK Emonda SL8, Carbon Clincher Aleous 3 wheel set.
Robyn Bevitt - Cycling Australia Mountain Bike Coach
Robyn coaches the mountain bike She Rides program located in Shellharbour. She too is Shellharbour Simple Cycles ambassador for TREK bikes Australia.
Robyn started riding as many women do, on men’s XC bikes that were incorrectly sized. She bought her first women’s 26 inch all-mountain stead, and up stepped the fun and comfort factor. But the fatigue from this slightly heavier bike began to outweigh the fun. Next was a lighter and faster rolling women’s 29er XC bike that relieved her dislike of hills, but after a while it couldn’t match her growing yearn to “shred”. Enter the Remedy 9 27.5, and up goes the stoke factor! Although unisex, this bike's geometry suits her frame.
Rides: TREK Remedy 9 MTB
Joanne Vanderstok - Cycling Australia coach
Jo has been riding a bike since she was a kid whizzing around and around the shed on her BMX. She has been a keen participant in many Sydney to Gongs, Mudgee Bike Musters, the Cadel Evans People's Ride and the short version of Fitz's Challenge as well as a nine-day epic ride around regional NSW.
She's taken her love of cycling overseas too, finding opportunities to cycle during trips to France and Myanmar and lining the roads to watch the professionals battle it out in the Giro D'Italia and Tour de France.