Dubai bike rider Dana Miskulnig to host Girls Riding workshop in UAE

Sport360 staff 17:02 10/10/2017
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  • Dana Miskulnig.

    Dubai biker Dana Miskulnig will be hosting a Girls Riding Workshop at MX-Academy Dubai over the course of the next four weeks.

    The workshop will give budding adrenaline junkies the opportunity to learn how to ride a dirt bike and take on challenging terrains.

    It is ideal for complete beginners or if you have had limited experience on a motorcycle. Over a one-month period you will learn how to ride a dirt bike and depending on your skill level Miskulnig will get you riding some trails by the end.

    The gear and bikes will be provided on site so all participants need to show up in is what they would normally wear to the gym.

    Riders should wear socks (ideally longer ones to be worn under the boots), a sports bra and leggings that could be worn under the riding pants if needed.

    Miskulnig is a seasoned rider who takes part in the Emirates Desert Championship each season. The Dubai-born Austrian is keen to share her experience with women in the UAE.

    “Because it’s a girls workshop, obviously girls have different needs when it comes to learning how to ride a motorcycle, because they just have a different way of taking up that kind of knowledge and they have different needs in terms of how we teach them. So coming from a girl’s perspective, I think that’s really valuable because I understand the things they can struggle with or how to explain certain things to them,” said Miskulnig.

    “For example, because maybe some girls haven’t even ridden a bicycle or driven a manual car, so they’re really starting from the bottom up, and I think as a girl, I might have a bit more patience than the other guys.

    Workshop details

    • October 14, 21, 28 and November 4.
    • Timings: 7:00-9:00 (please ensure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start).
    • Cost: Dh2,600
    • Location: MX Academy Dubai (Dubai Motocross Track Jebel Ali).

    Because a lot of times I’ve heard about guys just putting a girl on a motorcycle and expecting them to go. You need to teach them how to ride first before you even take them anywhere near sand or anything like that.

    “So in terms of what they’ll gain from the experience, they’ll learn how to ride a motorcycle, they’ll learn drills, they’ll learn how to ride a couple of trails to get used to a bit of off-road, obviously depending on how quickly they advance we can team them more.”

    The workshop will take place at MX-Academy in Jebel Ali at an open field that has some soft patches to give participants a taste of some tricky terrain. Tougher challenges will be taught depending on rate of progress. Miskulnig and an instructor from MX-Academy will be conducting the workshop together.

    “We want to really teach them clutch control, because that’s something that sometimes girls aren’t very used to, especially in this region because a lot of us drive automatic cars, we haven’t been exposed to driving a manual car, so that’ll probably be the biggest thing they’ll have to learn, clutching and changing gears with hands and feet,” explained Miskulnig.

    “Some other key skills is getting them used to riding in an off-road area and just being more confident and being able to take on a motorcycle, they don’t think they’re just limited to driving a car their whole life. And being able to break into something that’s male dominated.”

    All details are listed above and spaces are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

    Visit for more details on how to register.