I was jumping on a plane to Brisbane to join a bunch of fellow bike-lovers at the 2018 Liv Summit - an annual celebration of women’s cycling.
The festivities were already in full swing when I arrived at Next Hotel’s pool bar. The room was buzzing with old friends catching up and Instagram followers freaking out about meeting in ‘real life’ for the first time. The cocktails went down nicely too - until we needed to re-assemble our bikes without getting grease on the hotel room carpet.
A breakfast buffet and coffee is possibly the best way to start the day, especially when you’re fuelling for a ride up Mount Coot-tha. The ride to the summit was wo-man vs machine, with roadies racing some of the shiny new Liv Intrigue E+ electric bikes to the top. Fingers crossed they’d forgotten to charge them overnight.
Those of us who’d hoped we might finally be able to beat Nicole Whitburn up a hill had our dreams dashed when she e-ccelerated past us in jeggings and a hoodie. Mt Coot-tha means ‘Honey Mountain’, as the local Aboriginal people used to collect ku-ta (honey) here. No wonder it was such a sweet view from the top, whether we’d made it by battery or pedal power.
What do you get when you fill a room with Liv ambassadors, athletes, and women from the Giant and Liv Dealer network? A whole lot of noise. After lunch we caught up for a group discussion about bikes, riding and community – all the stuff we love making happen with Liv’s support.
I mustn’t have been the only one praying to the spirit of the Beach Boys overnight, because we woke to blue skies instead of the forecast rain - perfect weather for a Sunday spin to Nudgee beach, led by local ambassador Zara Bruce.
The homeward stretch had us feeling yesterday’s hill climb and the late nights, but the promise of High Tea at the Sofitel kept us pedalling towards pastries. You don’t want to get between a bunch of female riders and a table full of sweet treats.
Topping off a weekend of adventure with all the teacakes I could eat, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be the only one napping on the plane home.