Anchorage GRIT (Girls Riding Into Tomorrow)

Here is a video about Anchorage GRIT by Rugile Kaladyte and an article more information with considerations about starting a GRIT program. We’d love to see more opportunities like this spring up around the world.

In 2017, I began a girls cycling mentorship program in my hometown, Anchorage, Alaska. Over six weeks, we build up to a 60 mile, 3 day adventure ride from their school in East Anchorage to the Serenity Falls Forest Service cabin at the end of Eklutna Lake. We meet 2-3 times a week to ride and build skills (first aid, fixing a flat, packing, bag-making, route finding, mountain biking…) for the final camp out. All of the mentors and teachers are women. We work with 12-13 year old girls and have run the program for three seasons. Girls from previous years can come back as student mentors. It’s encouraging to see them gain confidence, take on a huge challenge and have fun.

3 thoughts on “Anchorage GRIT (Girls Riding Into Tomorrow)

  1. Tanner Randall says:

    SUCH a fantastic video and premise in general! It is so awesome to see that this program has continued to grow and gain support! We just started watching the series (I believe is on HBO?) called “The Wilds” which I would describe as being a modern-day take on “The Lord of the Flies” but instead of boys, it’s a group of teenage girls that get trapped on an island after their plane crashes. As great as the show is in showing how vital it is to put our differences aside, no matter who we are or where we come from, and that we’re stronger together, I love seeing those same lessons actually being taught in person. I love seeing that there are more programs out there to help girls specifically build their confidence and build bridges between one another. Kikkan has worked for years with a similar idea in hosting mini-camps through the program Fast & Female (founded by Canadian gold medalist Chandra Crawford), and it’s so cool to see GRIT taking a whole new approach with encouraging girls by getting them on bikes and learning important life lessons through the program! I am absolutely going to be sharing this incredible video, and I can’t wait to see this awesome program continue to grow and expand and inspire!!!!

    YOU GO GIRLS!!!!!!!!!

    Keep up the awesome work!!! One of your biggest fans! (cause I can’t even imagine how many you have got to have by doing what you do and have done!)!

    Tanner 😉

    On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 1:48 PM lael’s globe of adventure wrote:

    > laelwilcox posted: ” In 2017, I began a girls cycling mentorship program > in my hometown, Anchorage, Alaska. Over six weeks, we build up to a 60 > mile, 3 day adventure ride from their school in East Anchorage to the > Serenity Falls Forest Service cabin at the end of Eklutna Lak” >

    • laelwilcox says:

      Tanner! I tried to comment earlier, but I’m not sure if it went through. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! My main motivation with GRIT was creating an opportunity that I would’ve loved as a kid– who wouldn’t want to go on a bike adventure with a bunch of friends as a 12 year old?

      Thank you for always being so encouraging! I really wish you were here with us in sunny Arizona.

  2. Andrew Carnie says:

    Brilliant work, always interested to know how it is going.

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