Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island July 17-20, hosted by multiple award-winning humanitarian engineer and top mountain biking coach Anita Naidu of Whistler (pictured). Photo supplied

BikeFest returns to the Comox Valley July 17-20

Mountain biking workshops, anti-racism sessions set up for female bikers of all skill levels

Bike Fest Series returns to Cumberland July 17-20.

The festival, open to female mountain bikers of all experience levels, offers numerous cycling skills workshops, as well as humanitarian discussions.

Bike Fest Series is hosted by multiple award-winning humanitarian engineer and top mountain biking coach Anita Naidu of Whistler.

“There are four mountain bike workshops, and two sessions of anti-racism and allyship training,” said Naidu. “It’s for anyone from beginners to advanced bikers. They learn everything from bike handling, to cornering, to catching air, and learning race techniques, and even how to bail (fall) safely.

“Participants can take in the whole weekend, or just the workshops they prefer.”

The anti-racism and allyship sessions are optional for anyone who registers for any of the biking workshops.

“Every year there is a social impact angle to the festival,” said Naidu. “This year’s social impact focus is anti-racism, understanding privilege, and how to be an effective ally. I am also an anti-racist and diversity educator, so I work with a lot of companies, organizations, and individuals, on anti-racism training. So I will be hosting a talk on it, then we will have a discussion forum, so people can ask questions and share stories.”

For more details on the workshops, and pricing, email Chris Paquette at crankedgirls@gmail.com

Naidu said that all COVID-19 precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of participants.

“First, we are outdoors, so that helps. Also, the sessions are always broken up, so we never have more than about 10 people in any one session.”

Another added safety precaution is the use of innovative wearable artificial intelligence technology – CoronaShield.

“CoronaShield is wearable technology that helps you with [social distancing],” said Naidu. “The technology beeps loudly, if you start to get too close to someone. So another person who is wearing this, you will both get vibrations, so you will both know to back away.”

For more information on Naidu’s anti-racism and allyship session, or other aspects of her humanitarian work, contact her at mountainanita@gmail.com

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