What is GRiT?
The GRiT program inspires young women to build confidence and empowerment through off-road cycling. Our goal is to increase the number of female student athletes and coaches on an annual basis. The GRiT program has a number of fun events designed to show young women the benefits of cycling and riding bikes with the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League! Join us during race season for our race pre-rides so we can check out the courses, meet female riders from other teams, and, mostly importantly, have fun!
Who can be a part of GRiT ?
· All girls who participate in the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League
· All women who volunteer for the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League as coaches, ride leaders or other roles.
· All women who support getting more girls on bikes and are committed to helping increase numbers of girls participating
in the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League!
2019 Event Dates and Information
Interview/Secure Commitment from GRiT Ambassadors
Mentoring Program begins
24th: More Moms & Girls on Bikes – Recruiting Event
Blankets Creek trail, 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114, 2:00-4:00 pm
Wear GriT Wednesdays
On Wednesdays in April, May and June, wear your GRiT gear. Share on social media and tag us at @gamtbleague to be entered into a drawing for a GRiT prize pack! #moregirlsonbikes
30th: Chipotle Fundraiser
Chipotle, 165 Alps Rd, Athens, GA 30606 5:00-9:00 pm
Wear GriT Wednesdays
11th: Dirty Spokes MTB race @ Fort Yargo – Winder
Fort Yargo State Park,210 S Broad St, Winder, GA 30680
19th: More Girls on Bikes Recruiting Event
Wear It Wednesday
15th: Chainbuster MTBrace @Road Atlanta
Fox Race Face Trail @Road Atlanta, 5300 Hwy 53, Braselton, GA 30517
24th: GRiT Workshop
Dauset Trails, Jackson, GA
4 – 10: Bring a Girl to Practice Week
7-8: Race 1 – Road Atlanta: GRiT Season Kick-off/ Gear Swap/ Meet Mentors
Road Atlanta race venue
21-22: Race 2 – Allatoona: GRiT Pre-ride
Allatoona Creek race venue
5-6: Race 3 – Bartram: More Moms & Girls on Bikes Recruiting
Bartram Trail; after Saturday awards, meet at GRiT tent, sign waiver throughout the day and before ride, RSVP on Google document
19-20: Race 4 – Heritage Park: Barbaritos
Heritage Park; Saturday evening 7:00 pm
2-3: Race 5 – Dauset Trail: End of Season event
MEET GRiT GEORGIA LEAGUE LEADER, DAWN CHANDLER
Dawn Chandler grew up in Albany, GA, and later, she turned a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors into a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Georgia Southern University. Currently, she lives near Athens, GA with her husband, two sons and numerous animals.
Until recently, her biggest hobby was gardening and sustainable living, and she was a Chapter President of a women’s homesteading organization. When her youngest son joined the local Georgia League team and husband began coaching, she was not content to watch them have all the fun. She saved for her own bike and has had a growing passion for mountain biking ever since! “I am so excited to be working with the GRiT program and Georgia League. Being a part of our team and the league as a whole has been the best thing we have ever done for our family, said Dawn. We truly love it and cannot wait for the season to start!”
However, one of the things that she noticed as she started riding trails was a lack of ladies to ride with. She quickly became passionate about getting more women on bikes and having ladies group rides on the local trails. It is this passion that brings her to Georgia League to head the GRiT program for our state. She has big ideas and a huge desire to build a special community of girls in our great league!