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    New adventures ahead!

    New adventures ahead!

    I have taken time out over winter to reassess what we are trying to achieve at Tribal Cycling. We are still a new business, sometimes with limited resources or budgets, but we want to make sure that we are driven by purpose not just a dollar. However, in saying that I as a business owner have had to learn that we can’t run everything for free. After all we can only keep impacting others as long as we can keep making money. But finding that balance is the challenge.

    We have taken a few steps back, looked at we do well, what we can do better, and what our community needs more support with. Here is what we want to achieve for our community;

    Connect

    We want to provide opportunities and platforms for women to connect with like minded women. Women who are passionate about cycling as well as share the same values. Always inclusive! Never judging of others. Supportive towards each other, both on and off the bike. Open to growth, learning and a little adventure. Women who share the same zest for life!

    Empower

    We want to support women overcoming self limiting beliefs, their fears and share knowledge that support their development. Teach skills that build confidence and empower women to keeping moving forward on their cycling journey.

    Inspire

    We want to inspire each women to pursue that goal that she has been thinking about. Providing her with support to take on that next adventure!

     

    We are so excited to share with you all the adventures we have planned for the year ahead. Will be sharing them very soon!

    Owning my ‘messy’

    Owning my ‘messy’

    When I created Tribal Cycling I had all these amazing ideas, crazy ambitions and wanted to have a massive impact in the cycling community. I wanted to support as many women as I could overcome their fears, empower them with new skills and inspire them to take on new adventures.

    But when my personal life as I knew it changed without warning, and I struggled to manage the challenges that life threw at me, I questioned how I could carry the expectations I had created for myself. There have been many moments where I have struggled in the last year and definitely have not been the best version of myself. I have struggled with anxiety and depression, and my physical health has suffered due to stress as well.

    I have let down friends, clients and generally not being the best version of myself and definitely not being the person I had set out to be. I’ve struggled with huge amounts of fear, and been very self doubting of what I was actually able to achieve, both personally and professionally.

    I have wondered what I am actually capable of in almost every area of my life. I have doubted myself and whether I could run the business I set out to build. If I could actually be the person that supports others when I was struggling to support myself.

    I questioned every area of my life and everything I am.

    So why I am I sharing this? Because I have learnt that the most amazing humans in the world have ‘messy’ moments. And as women in particular, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be constantly kicking goals and to be perfect at everything, all the time. And when we aren’t we don't like to share whats going on or ask for help. Instead we shame ourselves for not being perfect. 

    I think we need to own our ‘messy’ with pride and know that it is not a reflection of the person we are. We need to talk more about our ‘messy’ moments so we can normalise imperfection and open up safe spaces for conversations about the harder moments in life. So we can all learn to be there for each other in a real way. We need to be able to talk openly about not coping and mental illness.

    The last year has probably been the hardest of my life. But looking back I have been gifted with the greatest lessons as a result. Here are just a few;

    Our lowest moments are not a reflection on who we are. How we respond to them is. All of us will have moments in life we are not proud of, but how you choose to move forward, learn from your failure will be greater than never failing in the first place.

    Being open about our struggles gives others the space to be open about theirs. I can’t tell you how many times I have reluctantly been open with someone about not  coping, and expected judgement, only to be thanked, supported and have them open up about their struggles. It has allowed space for me to help them and them to be there for me.

    You learn who your true friends are and aren’t. The last year has surprised me with judgement from people who I thought were my friends. But it has also gifted me with support from unexpected places. And I am so blessed to have friends now that I know won't judge me at my worst moments. Yes they are honest when I need it. But show true love. And can honestly say losing friends hurt, but the gift of the new amazing people in my world far outweighs the hurt. Letting go of friendships has made room for new, extraordinary people to come into my life.

    I have learnt to let go of expectations. Expectations of ourselves, how life should look and of others. This is something we all do so much. But by letting go of our expectations, we make room for the beauty that is in our lives right now. We get to connect with the people who are actually right beside us, live the beautiful moments in our day happening around us and we become grateful for the opportunities we do have and grab them with both hands. By letting go of expectations of ourselves, we are give ourselves more love, are freed from the burden we place on ourselves, and actually spend energy on growing rather than beating ourselves up.

    Failure is necessary for growth. We put so much pressure on ourselves to never fail, when in fact it is the very thing that we need to do to grow. The greatest lessons, learnings and opportunities for development happen on the other side of a “fall” or failure. So embrace it, dust yourself off,  look for the lesson, don't beat yourself up but embrace the opportunity.

    So what now? I am excited to be looking forward, using the lessons that I have gained over that the last year and take tribal and the impact we can have for others to new places. I hope I can use my experiences to support others. And I hope I can isnpire others to embrace their  ‘messy’


    X Tracy

    Time to recharge

    Time to recharge

    So I have spent the day trying to figure out what I need to do, what to say and what to tell my friends and my tribe.

    The last year has been very eventful. My life has had many changes and challenges. Starting a new business at the same time has been beyond challenging. Many times I had no idea how I would overcome challenges thrown my way. But I did. And then another, and another one. And again. And again.

    And I am proud to be where I am. Proud to have overcome most things thrown at me over the last year. But it has come at a cost.

    The truth being the last week  I have come to realise that I am not okay.  I am not coping. Most days I am a mess at one point or another. I feel like I am on an emotional roller coaster. And some days I am really bad. The days challenges or tasks overwhelm me and I can barely comprehend how to get through the day, never mind the week. I have pushed myself physically, emotionally and mentally and as a result found myself in a place where depression and anxiety are yelling loudly. Truth be told I have forgotten how to put myself first. To look after myself and even lost track of what I want from my days.

    And so I have made the decision to take a step back for 6 months. To put some projects and events on hold. To put myself first. To invest in me so that I can be the best version of myself. And I can come back stronger to continue my goal of supporting others.


    What does this mean?

    It means that Tribal Cycling won't be;

    • Running social rides as regularly.
    • Running our Mtb Weekend to Derby.
    • Running our weekend of Cycling and Surf to Noosa.

    However will still;

    • Run a limited calendar of skills clinics
    • Only a few private clients for skill development and training
    • And we will still launch our cycling kit at the start of June. But for pre order only.

    I want to thank our amazing community for all your ongoing support. And to everyone who has and continues to support me, and the goals I have for Tribal Cycling.


    I am looking forward to some time to recharge and do some exploring of my own.

    x Tracy

    Tribal Lycra Party at SKCC Crits - 12th Feb

    We have partnered with St Kilda Cycling Club to bring some fun to women's crit racing!

    Join us on the 12th Feb for a fun morning of racing!

    If you are new to crit racing or just want to join us for a fun morning out, then this is the crit to attend! Its a chance to try crit racing with other women who are out to have some fun.

    We will bring the tunes, fun and support on the day, as well as a gift for anyone who is taking part in the Women's C Grade crit.

    Enter here: https://entryboss.cc/calendar/skcc

    Don't have a race license? You can buy a 3 Race Licence here; https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=RegisterAdd1&EventDesqID=14967&OrgID=4912

    Tribal Cycling Crit Skills Clinic - 4th Feb

    So you want to try your first crit? Or you want to work on the different skills that make up crit racing? You currently do crits but just seem to be following everyone around for the whole race? Want to learn new skills and techniques that will have you feeling more confident and safe? Want to improve your results?

    Then our Crit Skills Clinic is perfect for you. We will be running this the week before our Lycra Party. Details here.

     

     

     

    Racing just for the fun of it

    At what point did we get so caught up in the "racing" that we forgot the reasons we started cycling in the first place? For many of you, being tangled up in pressure, competition and race fever may not be something you're familiar with but at some points of the year, I have struggled with it; the pressure I might put on myself for no particular reason at all.

    Over the winter I had a few things on the go that wittled down my immunity, leaving me unwell and fatigued. Some motivation faded, my physical health wasn't 100% and yet I was still forcing the racing. Sure I enjoyed it but there was a point in time in which I reflected on the months that had passed and couldn't remember a time which I'd been a participant in a race, purely for enjoyment and involvement, as opposed to a competitive athlete.

     

    Not too soon after, a dear friend of mine invited me on a weekend away to do a MTB race as a team. Turns out she was injured and couldn't "race" but wanted to be involved in the great event. And just like that, we were road tripping up the coast. The car full of bikes and gear, delicious portable treats I had made and two singing their hearts out to bad pop songs. It was an entirely different feeling than usual in the days leading up to the event, and most noticeable the morning of. We were there to have fun, enjoy some sweet single track and be a part of the awesome MTB community. I did double laps for the day and can sincerely say I enjoyed every moment of the race. The sun was shining, I played around with skills and lapped up the freedom. The day was spectacular and my cheeks ached from smiling so much. How had I left it this long since enjoying an event without the pressure of racing?

     

    I guess this was a lesson I could take for my racing and training in the future. It is so important to remember the reasons why I cycle. Sure I love setting goals and pushing myself mentally and physically, but there's so much more to it; the freedom, the friends, the opportunity, the clarity and the coffee. Grab a friend, grab your bike and hit the road or trails for the pure joy it brings.

     

    Meg Gillmer

    The Wholesome Athlete