SoCal GRiT Program

GRiT Webinar Series! Since in-person GRiT Gatherings aren’t able to happen, we have put together a webinar series with some rockstar cyclists! Sign up below using the links.

Monday, December 14th, 4p Amber Neben, Px4 Amber Neben, an Olympian and World Champion, will be speaking about her Px4 platform and how to overcome challenges and persevere! With challenging life experiences, she has a lot to share.

Monday, December 21st, 5p Kristen Arnold, Nutrition for Mountain Bikers Sports nutrition is a really important part of being an athlete! Kristen Arnold, a Registered Dietician and Professional Road Racer, is going to give a presentation about what you should eat before, during, and after rides and races. She will also leave plenty of time to answer your questions.

Monday, December 28th, 5p Gwen Gibson, Racing in College and at World Cups Gwen Gibson was a SoCal League Varsity Girls State Champion for Ramona Composite! She went on to college at Colorado Mesa where she is completing a degree in Exercise Physiology while racing for their cycling team. She is a Collegiate National Champion and has even raced at World Cups and World Championships!

Monday, January 4th, 5p Mental Health Panel, Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy with Ellen Noble, Gabbi Richardson, and Ava Ahlberg COVID-19 has been a challenging time for many of us. This webinar is meant to give tips from folks who have focused on finding happiness, even through tough times. Ellen Noble is a World Championship silver medalist cyclocross racer. She was on Trek Factory Racing Team and now has her own privateer program with Trek. Gabbi Richardson, a SoCal Alumni who won the Varsity Girls State Championship, is now attending UCLA and rides for the Bear Devo. Ava Ahlberg, an 11th grader at Newbury Park, also races for Bear Devo.

What is GRiT? Girls Riding Together. Why GRiT? To ensure that girls know the sport of mountain biking is a sport for EVERYONE!

For too long there has been a misconception — often pushed along by clumsy marketing — that mountain biking is a sport predominantly for boys. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Our mission with the SoCal GRiT Program is to get more girls (grades 6-12) and female coaches on bikes while showing that EVERYONE can ride bikes: girls, boys, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, etc. Yes, mountain biking is a tough sport but the lessons learned and friends made make it an inspiring activity to participate in for life. We feel that one of the best ways to get #MoreGirlsOnBikes is to create a community where we can share our excitement, encourage one another, and spread the word through various outlets. We do this through a combination of GRiT Ambassadors, GRiT Gatherings, GRiT Tent activities at races, visibility through GRiT Kit and marketing material, and ice cream. LOTS OF ICE CREAM! It’s going to be a fun adventure! For more information on the GRiT program, please contact nikki@socaldirt.org.