GRiT: Girls Riding Together

2023 Preseason GRiT Events

We are excited to host 3 Preseason GRiT Events this season!

These events will provide an opportunity for registered female student-athletes and coaches to come together to build a strong, connected community of fellow female mountain bikers from across the state. Each event will have a different theme with games, photo booth, hot chocolate bar, scavenger hunt, prizes and of course a ride! Student-athletes will have the opportunity to enter a submission in our annual GRiT merch design contest. This season, one rad student-athlete artist’s design will be used to create GRiT hats! Event registration opens October 15th in the Pit Zone, where you can find full details for each event.

October 29th – Fall Trail Masquerade at Dark Mountain Park

November 5th – Neon Blast Event at Medoc Mtn State Park

December 3rd – Out of This World Event at Lake James State Park

We hope that these opportunities will create meaningful ways for the females in our league to connect and have fun making new friends, to start their season off great! If you have any questions regarding our Preseason GRiT Events, please email We look forward to seeing you there!

The GRiT (Girls Riding Together) program is a NICA national initiative aimed at increasing the overall participation rate of female student-athletes and female coaches across NICA to 33% by 2023.

For the 2022 season the North Carolina League saw a female student-athlete participation rate of 18.7% (national average is 20.7%) and a female coach participation rate of 27.3% (national average is 24.7%). The North Carolina League is committed to continuing to increase this percentage for both our student-athletes and our coaches.

Our GRiT Coordinator, supported by a team of women coaches making up our GRiT Committee, is working to increase female participation at the coach and student-athlete level through various outreach events across the state. 

We all know that girls are stronger when we support each other and lift each other up, and with that the North Carolina League has started a GRiT Ambassador program that empowers female student-athletes to mentor other female student-athletes across the league. Setting time aside for “girls only” events allows our female student-athletes and coaches to get to know each other and strengthen our mountain biking community.

Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding GRiT or how to get involved.