GRiT (Girls Riding Together)

Women’s Outreach Program for the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League – Let’s Get #moregirlsonbikes!

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

January : Introduce new GRiT Ambassadors

February : Launch Kit Design Contest for 2019

March : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser

March : Launch mentoring program 2019

April : Chipotle Fundraiser in Athens

April : More Moms and Girls on Bikes Recruiting Event

May : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser

May : Pre-Season Event at non-race venue

June : Recruiting Event/Fundraiser

July : GRiT Leadership Workshop (with Georgia League Camp)

August : Bring a Girl to Practice Week

September : Race 1 Season Kick Off/Gear Swap/Meet Your Mentor

September : Race 2 GRiT Pre-Ride/Meet Your Mentor

October : Bartram Race More Moms on Bikes Event with Trek

October : Heritage Race Little Bellas Give it a Whirl (new chapter launching in Athens Spring 2020)

November : Race 5 end of season event

Check back soon for more information pertaining to events!

What Can You Do To Help?
Spread the word about the Georgia League to all the girls and women you know. Tell them about the GRiT Georgia League events. Direct them to the GRiT  Facebook page or to the Georgia League website.

Questions? Email Dawn Chandler at


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!