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

All June 

Wear GRiT Wednesday Campaign

On Wednesdays in April, May and June, wear your GRiT gear. Share on social media and tag us to be entered into a drawing for a GRiT prize pack!

#moregirlsonbikes

#wearGRiTWednesday

#georgiamtbleague

 

August 4 – 10    

Bring a Girl to Practice Week

This is a big week for our league and teams. Each new girl that attends and tries out a practice is bonus points for the recruiting contest!

BONUS POINTS: 10 Points = for each NEW female student athlete who attends one practice during “bring a girl to practice week” August 4th-10th. Coaches must submit a photo of the student athlete and one time signed waiver to Lisa@georgiamtb.org before August 10th at midnight.

 

September 7-8

Race 1 – Road Atlanta: GRiT Season Kick-off/ Gear Swap/ Meet Mentors

GRiT will help officially kick off race season with tent for girls to visit both race days, meet up with mentors and meet new friends. Stop by one or both days!

 

September 21-22

Race 2 – Allatoona: GRiT Pre-Ride

GRiT tent available all weekend for females to meetup; Saturday at 11:00 am girls and female coaches will meet to at the tent to ride the race course together; females only.

 

October 5-6   

Race 3 – Bartram: More Moms & Girls on Bikes (click to RSVP)

The GRiT tent will be available all weekend for females to meet up!

Immediately following the middle school race awards ceremony on Saturday October 5th  any female rider or adult is invited to participate in a short ride with groups for all levels. This ride is designed to be FUN! Please meet at the GRiT tent for the ride. In order to participate in the ride you must be a registered student or coach with the Georgia League OR bring a copy of the signed waiver with you.

Thanks to Free Flite Bicycles, we will have demo bikes and a few helmets available by reservation only. Please reserve a bike by coming to the GRiT tent and reserving in person. First come first serve.

 

October 19-20  

Race 4 – Heritage Park Pre-Ride

GRiT tent available all weekend for females to meetup; Saturday at 11:00 am girls and female coaches will meet to at the tent to ride the race course together; females only.


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 grit@georgiamtb.org
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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!