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Debbie Edwards-Cycling Proficiency

Debbie learned to ride a bicycle at age nine but did not own one until she turned sixteen when her family moved to Canada. Always sporty she played various sports at a competitive level including women’s lacrosse and netball from secondary school through to university. She took up cycling in 2001, joining a local bicycle user group.

Looking for challenges Debbie has participated in the Sydney to ‘Gong Ride, Cycle Sydney, and Cycle Sportifs such as Blayney to Bathurst  70 km race and Canberra’s Tour de Femme, a 20 km women only race. In 2009, Debbie competed in the Sydney Masters Games womens road race and achieved a top ten finish in her age category. She is also a Master Ride Leader with Bicycle NSW.

Debbie enjoys cycle touring in country NSW and has ridden in Tasmania, New Zealand and France where she has ridden up the iconic Alpe d’Huez and Col de Galibier .

She attained her AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Level 1 in 2012 and has a Cycle Skills Coach Certificate, First Aid Certificate and Working with Children Certificate. Debbie has also completed the Sports Nutrition Course for Dietitians at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Debbie coaches both children and adults and derives much pleasure seeing her students learning, improving and enjoying cycling.

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Alison Wong-Learn to Ride

Ali began riding as a young child.  She joined a Bike User Group – Bike North in the late 1990's and has since been an active member.

Ali has cycled and camped around Tasmania, participated in a Cycling Challenge around Vietnam raising money for CARE Australia and completed a cycling tour around the South Island of New Zealand.   

Ali has a Level 1 AustCycle Teacher Certificate, Cycle Skills Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate and a Working with Children Certificate. She has taught children how to ride, recreational bike skills and bicycle confidence courses.

Ali hopes to encourage others to share her passion and love of cycling.

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Dave O'Connell

Dave is an avid cyclist and is partial to various adventures on two wheels, making the most of riding on the road or the mountain bike trails.  While having enjoyed riding all his life, his passion is riding the trails and competing in cross country mountain bike races across marathons, 24 hour races as well as solo and team categories in endurance race series.


Regular road riding complements time on the trail for training including criterium and road races. It is not all about competition though, some of the best days on the bike are those fun adventures on a local ride or an epic day out to new destinations.


Dave is an accredited Level 2 MTB Coach and AustCycle Skills Coach and has a broad range of experience across cycling disciplines, skill levels, and age groups to help you in your riding endeavours.  


Whether your passion is on the road or the trails, if you wish to improve your confidence, skills, speed, general riding or race experience, Dave can help you towards your goals.

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