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Girlz Gone Riding July News!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

July?? I can’t believe summer is here! Welcome to triple digits! Here is some great information from webmd on heat exhaustion, symptoms and treatment: Web MD Heat Exhaustion

heat-stroke

Here are 10 simple tips and reminders you can do for riding in the heat
Prevention!
1) Either plan your ride early in the am or late at night and keep it short if its going to be super hot. If possible, don’t go alone!
2) If the forecast is going to be hot, plan what day you will ride and start hydrating now! Water water water!
3) Wear a neck wrap cooler and keep an iced bottle of water in your cage to keep the neck wrap cold at all times. When your neck gets warm, just dump the cold water on the neck wrap and place around your neck again. It helps keep your body temperature down.
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4) Make sure to have electrolytes mixed in with your water.
5) Take salt tabs or endurolytes before and during your ride
6) Wear sunblock everywhere!
7) Bring snacks that are easily digestable
8) Choose a ride that has some shade and a water source if possible
9) Reduce the length and intensity of your ride
10) And lastly, pay really close attention to how your body is reacting to the heat at all times!

Trail Etiquette!
Since summer is here, the “cooler” trails are getting a lot more use. So sometimes you will find a lot of riders, hikers and even equestrians on the trails at the same time. GGR supports multi use trails and sharing the trails. Please be courteous to all, yield to hikers, equestrians and if you are descending, please yield to the climbers. Even stop and say HELLO! Respect and kindness go along way with all! Please refer to the trail etiquette rules here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/trail-etiquette.html

CO ED NIGHT RIDES!
Please keep an eye out on the GGR Google calendar & our FB page for our super fun, all level night rides.

Coming up August 8th and August 9th is GGR’s 2nd annual women’s weekend in Big Bear! This is a super fun, relaxed weekend of guided rides and socializing.
Saturday August 8th is Snow Summit day. Guided rides for both XC and DH runs. Group dinner Saturday night.
Sunday you have 3 choices!
Down hill day at Snow Summit
XC day at Fawnskin
Intro to ENDURO at Rim Nordic!
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GGR TENT AT BB

The girlz in Purple…..
We hear this a lot now! GGR has grown to over 1300 members with 3 chapters. So it’s not uncommon to see a purple streak of lady riders on the trails! When wearing a purple jersey, we represent kindness, great trail etiquette, friendliness and a welcoming spirit.
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Rocktober news! If you have not been keeping up with the new supporters and exhibitors, well just take a look here! http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/rocktober-event-exhibitors–supporters-2015.html

Haven’t ordered your new GGR Chapter jersey’s yet?? Order them here! They take less than 2 weeks to be made and delivered!

If you want to exhibit at this fun event and get in front of the largest all female mountain bike community in the US, please email wendy@girlzgoneriding.com for information. It’s easy!

Until next time, smile and say hello to the girlz in purple on the trails!

GGR Girl Wendy E

Join Danusia Taber’s annual Memorial Ride May 31st

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The second annual memorial ride honoring the memory of our friend Danusia Bennett Taber​ will be held on Sunday May 31st.

CORBA supporter Danusia with husband Don.

CORBA supporter Danusia with husband Don.

This ride is a FUND RAISER ride! To make a donation in Danusia’s name to the Sarcoma Alliance which is tax deductible, please go to this Sarcoma Alliance web page. Then, in the drop down menu for the EVENT name, please choose Danusia Taber Memorial Ride. Thank you so very much in advance! This is what Danusia wanted to help others that are alive today battling cancer; I am carrying on her wishes.

Please sign up on the CORBA Facebook or Meetup event page here where you can locate more information.

If you never had the pleasure of meeting Danusia, read the blog article on her memorial and her legacy.

There will be three guided rides, all no drop rides: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. For exact routes, please check the CORBA Facebook or Meetup event as it gets closer. Beginner will ride approximately 10 miles, Intermediate under 20 and Advanced about 30 miles. Both fire road and single track.

The event will take place at Sycamore Canyon from Newbury Park.

Contributed by Wendy Engelberg

Girlz Gone Riding news for March

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

It’s been a VERY busy 1st quarter for GGR!!

I am so very proud to introduce a new page on the GGR website to honor and acknowledge our amazing women athletes! http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/featured-women-athletes.html

We are starting to solicit vendors for this years 2015 GGR Rocktober event! Signed on so far:

  • Clif
  • Liv
  • Trek
  • Specialized
  • Petal Power
  • ZOIC
  • Kali Protectives
  • Dirty Jane
  • G2 Bikes
  • Michael’s Bicycles
  • Apothecary Muse
  • Ultimate Health.

For these sponsors direct weblinks, please click on their logo here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/event-sponsors-2015.html

Look for a new GGR chapter coming soon in San Diego! Talks to start in April!

We have had some super educational and fun clinics so far this year! Thank you to Ninja Mountain bike skills who put on private skills clinics just for GGR! http://sandiegomountainbikeskills.com/

Thank you to Michael’s Bicyles in Newbury Park for hosting a Wenches with Wrenches clinic! http://www.michaelsbicycles.com/

Thank you to Cycle World Chatsworth and Brian Peterson for hosting a hands on weekly bike trail repair class! http://cycleworldbikes.com/

And finally, GGR is all about learning to be a better skilled, safer and confident rider so that all have a great mountain biking experience, we have a weekend skills clinic coming up with Kat Sweet and http://sweetlines.com/ co hosted by G2 bikes and GGR! http://www.g2bike.com/

Girlz Gone Riding News: 2014 Reflections and 2015

Friday, December 26th, 2014

With the enormous growth of women riding socially, GGR soared to 800 riders in 2014. This also made our annual Rocktober event the biggest yet with just under 200 women riders attending with a waiting list of over 100 to get in.  Here is a video of the event by GGR volunteer: Art Lertpiriyapong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snl9NGnaKmU

10710471_10152446583462358_1178046654575321870_o (1)Rocktober was especially exciting this year since we had more demo bikes thanks to Liv and Trek not to mention all the vendor booths we had this year! The women’s clothing was a huge hit thanks to the participating sponsors! Booths from  Shredly and ZOIC and sponsoring women’s riding clothes from Primal & Shebeest were raffled off. The G2 booth sold out of their YOU GOT CHICKED jersey’s.

We were super excited that CLIF sponsored the GGR fuel station this year. Clif provided hydration and recovery drinks as well as a table full of their goodies. Clif also provided items for every goody bag!

CORBA, a partner of GGR also had a huge presence at Rocktober as well as MBU: The Mountain Bike Patrol Unit.

We were also so very proud to have at Rocktober this year Petal Power! This was Petal Power’s 1st event. For the full line of sponsors and their websites, please go here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/event-sponsors-2014.html. The date for Rocktober 2015 will be announced in January.

One of GGR’s proudest moments of 2014 is adding our 1st chapter! The GGR IE chapter! For those of you that live in the Inland Empire, this is for you! Headed up by GGR’s own Jackie Reseigne! For the full article, please go to the blog here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/blog/ggr-opens-its-1st-chapter-in-the-inland-empire

GGR is proud to welcome our guest blogger Joh Rathbun who will be writing for GGR’s blog! http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/blog/review-of-sweet-spot-skirts

At this  year’s holiday ride and lunch, GGR girlz Wendy Engelberg and Amy Rambacher were interviewed by Roam Rydes for an upcoming podcast. Keep your eyes open for this one! http://www.roamrydes.com/

What can you expect for 2015 from GGR??

GGR will be adding a BIO page for up and coming riders who race , coach and who are involved in their communities. This new page will provide much needed exposure for women athletes all over the US.

GGR TentA women’s lounge at the races! For some of the Southridge USA and Rim Nordic races, GGR will have our big purple booth welcoming female athletes. The booth is there for a place to meet other women, network, leave your stuff, hang, find vet riders to session with, etc.

Clinics and trips! GGR continues to encourage learning skills to be safer riders that have a ton more fun on the trails! In  the 1st quarter of 2015, The Ride Like a Ninja skills clinics are returning to GGR. There are still spots open! Register here: http://sandiegomountainbikeskills.com/upcoming-clinics/

Also, March 21st and 22nd, GGR, Girls Ride 2 and G2 Bikes have proudly teamed up to bring Kat Sweet’s Sweetlines Shred Sessions to our women’s community! Sorry ladies, this 2 day clinic sold out the 1st day. http://sweetlines.com/

TRIPS! One of our favorite places to run away to with our bikes is BIG BEAR!  GGR will host a women’s weekend in Big Bear the 1st weekend of August. Dates to be confirmed soon. This is open to all women everywhere for strong beginners and up, both XC and DH! GGR goes to Big Bear all summer and also has co ed trips.

Day Trip: The R50! Ride for Ruwanda! This is an incredible charity event that we participate in. Register as a GGR club member here: https://50mileride.webconnex.com/registration2015

Other trips in the works: Kernville, Sea Otter, more Big Bear weekends!

For information on becoming a GGR member, club sponsor, opening a new chapter or volunteer, please contact us at wendy@girlzgoneriding.com.

From Wendy Engelberg

National Park Service “RecFest” This Saturday 10/25/14

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Rec-Fest-Poster (1)Find out about recreational opportunities in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. CORBA and Girlz Gone Riding will be there with skills demonstrations, and CORBA’s Youth Adventures will have a kid’s safety rodeo and short trail rides, with bikes provided.

Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober Wrap-up, held October 19th, 2014.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This is GGR’s 4th Rocktober event at Malibu Creek State Park and the biggest year yet. With 216 registered, 190 riders showed up! If the waiting list was released, we would have close to 300 women! Let me take you through the day……moment by moment.

I pulled into MCSP at about 6:30am hoping that the park attendant would get in early. It was dead quiet and still dark out, very peaceful. The night before, I posted for everyone to get there as early as possible due to the long lines and one attendant working. And sure enough…just a few minutes later the line was out into the road waiting for the gates to open.

Sage, our sweet park attendant was right on time and opened the gate at 7am for us. One of the new ride volunteers Jose G, came by my house during the week and picked up all the GGR booth things in his truck to bring to the event and he was right on time too!

IMG_4090Many ladies got there early and the girls got the GGR Booth up right away to get riders checked in and Mark Langton got the CORBA booth up right away next to GGR of course! Doris Dunn took over managing the vendors for the morning and mapped everything out. I was so grateful she took this over and she did a great job! Joyce made signs, awesome GGR name tags and did a million other fantastic things for me. Well done ladies!

The morning is always crazy…and the day is filled with sooooo many things we have a time schedule to keep, so it’s critical things move quickly and smoothly in the morning……Sometimes they do………sometimes they don’t!

While we were getting set up, the demo trucks, Trek & Giant, the food truck and Pedal Power truck were to be arriving any minute to set up for demo bikes, give out samples prior to the rides of the Joy Ride System by Pedal Power: http://www.petal-power.com/ and of course have some coffee in the wee hours of the morning!

dRiders were arriving early and the parking lot was getting full. The lines at the GGR booth seem to be going well and so far running smoothly thanks to Registration Team Leader Desi who handles this for me every year and does an outstanding job! Then she goes and leads a ride too!

Gathering everyone up in the morning before the rides and clinics is always challenging..it’s a social event so ladies are socializing and enjoying the morning!

I always start the morning with a quick motivational speech. This year was about empowerment since the entire day was about empowering each other to become better riders, better friends and just better in general.

I talked about getting involved in GGR and CORBA suggesting everything from organizing and leading rides, to trail work to setting up a Wenches with Wrenches workshop at their favorite bike shop.

The Rambachers, Amy and Thomas, GGR ride leader volunteers, were recognized for their incredible Enduro Series wins…The Rambachers also donated 6 foot tables to GGR which we desperately needed!

Christine Hirst (left) and Leigh Donovan

Christine Hirst (left) and Leigh Donovan

Darcie Loth was presented the night before with the Courage and Commitment Award.

And the community aware this year to recognize their excellence in our community went to Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park. http://www.michaelsbicycles.com/

This year we were blessed with having 2 coaches for the beginner skills clinics! Christine Hirst who has been with GGR since the beginning donating her time every year for this event, and now Leigh Donovan who made the really long drive to donate her time for the day helping our incredible group of GGR riders to become safer, more confident riders! Leigh recently partnered up with LIV to start http://ichoosebikes.com/.

Our final speaker was Mark Langton from CORBA. http://corbamtb.com. GGR and CORBA partner for pretty much everything. Mark talked about CORBA and the trail etiquette for safe and courteous riding for all that use the trails.

Photo Time! We all then moved over to a big empty space in the park for our massive group photo. I was looking around and couldn’t tell really how many were there, but I knew it was much bigger than last year. I would just have to wait to count the waivers later in the day to find out….

Group Photo

RIDE TIME! So now all the riders went to their ride signs to wait for their ride leaders. The beginners were taking the skills clinics 1st while the advanced beginners went out for their guided rides. Then the advanced beginners would come back and get THEIR skills clinic and the beginners would go for THEIR guided ride.

RidingI watched all the ladies take off for their guided rides like a proud, very worried mother. Virtually everyone was in the purple, the GGR club color. Some had their GGR jerseys on, some had purple tees, purple jerseys, boa’s, purple beads, painted purple toes and finger nails, decorated handle bars, the bling goes on and on! It was fabulous! Ladies really had fun with the bling this year!

TuTuLet me mention the men on these rides….there are very few men in GGR. Because…well, it’s a club for women! However, these handful of men are friends of mine that I ride with, trust, are respectful, kind and very willing to help out. Their strength, speed and compassion is much appreciated to help on our rides. They out did themselves this year too! Purple tu tu’s, wigs, ear rings, purple nail polish….they were COMPLETELY in the GGR spirit for the day and I love them for that!. I thank you all so very much!

While everyone was out on the rides and skills clinics, Louisa and I started going over the raffle and silent auction items. This also gave me a chance to just take a breather and take in everything that was happening and what I needed to do in the afternoon.

IMG_4076Charles from Clif : http://www.clifbar.com/, came up to me while I was heading over to get some coffee. Clif provided the entire fuel station this year. This included hydration, recovery, shots, gels and mini Clif bars. They also provided Clif product for the goody bags. This was Clif’s 1st year supporting the GGR Rocktober event and they were thrilled with their fuel station as well as the attendance! Always great when your sponsors are happy!!! Thank you Shilo and her girls from The Squeaky Wheel Bike Shop in Palmdale for setting up the Clif fuel station for GGR!

Riding Group 1The riders started coming back around noonish for the afternoon festivities. Apparently there were a ton of hikers and of course a Boy Scout group that was on the trails at the same time, so there was some congestion on some parts of the trails. We will be re routing the routes next year to prevent a lot of this.

The afternoon was to chill, visit all the wonderful booths, have lunch, socialize and win some great stuff!

We had some speakers in the afternoon too!

Amy “Enduro” Rambacher talked about coaching a high school team

Nancy “Den Mother” Harris and Jill Hamilton of Petal Power spoke about racing.

Lisa Baker from the Unlikely Cyclist came up and told her story and talked about women’s cycling clothes and the importance of proper fit.http://theunlikelycyclist.com/

Then before we started the afternoon raffles, Leigh Donovan awarded Karleen Volz the most improved rider of the day. Liv donated a Liv Cycling kit, hat and gloves for miss Karleen to take home knowing she was the most improved rider! http://www.liv-cycling.com/

We ended the day with the huge raffles, silent auctions and Mark Langton from CORBA awarded an REI tent for the CORBA membership drive winner. Every year at Rocktober, we also hold a CORBA/IMBA membership drive and everyone’s name that renewed or purchased a new CORBA membership goes into the raffle.

MASH GroupWe broke everything down, swept the park so not a trace was left behind, I watched everyone pull out and just a few of us were left talking about the day. I was exhausted. I start planning this event in February and it’s always very stressful the month before. For the most part, it went better than expected. The turn out was huge……..women mountain bikers are growing in numbers that our club just can’t even support at the events any longer. Bike companies……bike shops, this is a movement that is happening. Take notice, step up and get involved in your women’s cycling community! WE ARE FABULOUS!

I want to thank every volunteer, rider and sponsor who were a part of this event. All the volunteers work hard to make this a better event every year and I thank you for it. Our booths and sponsors sere just awesome this year! Huge Kudo’s to Shredly who has been with GGR since day one! http://www.shredly.com/. Also, Zoic did something very special. They picked a girl out of the crowd and gave her a ZOIC MAKE OVER! HOW COOL!  Thank you Zoic for making the day extra special! http://www.zoic.com/

Riding Group 2For a list of our amazing sponsors, please go to the GGR website and check them out who support women’s cycling! http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/event-sponsors-2014.html

See many many more photos in our 2014 GGR Roctober photo gallery!

Until next Rocktober, I bid you happy trails, keep the rubber side down and just be fabulous daw-lings!

From Wendy Engelberg

Girlz Gone Riding news for September

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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GGR’s Rocktober XC Gala Registration is UP! We are almost at our cut off of 150 riders!

For event info & registration: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/rocktober-2014.html October 19th at Malibu Creek State Park. 8am-4pm. This is a FREE event for all GGR members

  • Registration is cut off at 150 women so sign up now!
  • Women’s Specific Demo bikes!
  • Beginner skills clinics
  • Guided rides
  • Guest speakers
  • Raffles, silent auctions, good bags and more

Rocktober

A Celebration of Women on the Mountain Weekend!

We had 59 women show up for this Big Bear weekend! All levels were riding the mountain both XC and DH. There were guided rides, Enduro practice, a speed meet & greet, group dinner and contests. For pictures and complete blog, go here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/blog/a-celebration-of-women-on-the-mountain-event

Interbike!

September 8th-12th in Las Vegas! The biggest industry bike event! New products, outdoor demos, networking, a cross race, everything you can imagine relative to the cycling industry! Wanna meet with GGR & get involved in the women’s mountain bike community? Looking to sponsor a PRO ENDURO FEMALE RIDER? Then contact Wendy Engelberg, GGR Director to set up an appointment or ride at Interbike! wendy@girlzgoneriding.com
http://www.interbike.com/

Pancakes

CORBA RAM Ride (ride & mingle) and Pancake Breakfast! September 28th: 7:00am. This is a CO-ED ride & event.

Come join us for a RAM (Ride and Mingle) morning! Ride beautiful Sycamore Canyon in Newbury Park with your buddies or join one of the guided rides. Then pop over to Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park at 10:30am for a pancakes! You can sign up on the CORBA Meet up page here: http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/203784752/ or the CORBA Face Book page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437487449840832/. Suggested donation for the Pancake breakfast is $10. Please support your local community of mountain bikers by supporting CORBA: http://www.corbamtb.com/join/

Skills Clinics!

You wanted clinics! You got em! October 11th and 12th Intermediate Skills clinics given by Leigh Donovan at Mt Pino’s are SOLD OUT! Want more clinics? Keep your eyes peeled, they are coming!

Skills

Save the Dates!

September 28th: CORBA RAM (Ride & Mingle) and Pancake breakfast. Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437487449840832/

October 19th: GGR Presents Rocktober XC Gala! Registration is required: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/rocktober-2014.html

November 16th: Wenches with Wrenches at Michael’s Bikes in Newbury Park: Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/714888711867255/

December 20th: GGR Holiday Ride & Lunch! Juliana Bikes will have their demo truck there for us! Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/248744028643192/

Wendy Engelberg joins CORBA’s Board of Directors

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Wendy Engleberg joins CORBA's Board

Wendy Engelberg joins CORBA’s Board of Directors

On Monday, June 9, 2014, CORBA’s board of directors unanimously  approved the addition of Wendy Engelberg to the board. We’re more than excited to have her “on board” (pun intended).

Wendy’s life was forever changed when she attended CORBA’s Fat Tire Fest at Malibu Creek State Park in 2005. It was her first introduction to mountain biking, and the start of an incredible life journey for her. She was instantly hooked on mountain biking, and before long was encouraging her friends to get involved. She began riding with the Dirt Chix and the North Ranch Riders mountain bike club soon thereafter, finding her place within the mountain biking community of which we’re all a part.

She became an avid CORBA volunteer, always there to lend a hand at CORBA events and fundraisers.  In late 2011, looking for ways to get more women involved in mountain biking, Wendy co-founded Girlz Gone Riding (GGR), an all-female mountain bike club. GGR holds skills clinics, group rides, workshops, day trips, road trips, social gatherings, and an annual fundraiser and CORBA/GGR Membership Drive every October. GGR is non-competitive, and provides a very welcoming and supportive environment for new riders.

What Wendy has accomplished with GGR, all the while supporting CORBA’s efforts, is nothing short of impressive. We know she’ll continue to impress us with her energy, her drive, and her willingness to go above and beyond. She will get more people — and especially more women — out on mountain bikes. We’re also looking forward to working even more closely with GGR to expand our outreach and education efforts.

Also noteworthy is that the addition of Wendy brings CORBA’s board up to fifty percent women.

Social media is one of the tools that Wendy has used with great success to build up and engage the GGR membership. You can follow her on twitter @WendyEngelberg, or on Facebook.

Wendy’s first love is the Santa Monica Mountains, but you’ll often find her in Big Bear during the hot LA. summer.

 

Danusia Memorial Ride

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Danusia Memorial Ride

Danusia Memorial Ride


Last weekend, on the May 31st one-year anniversary of Danusia Bennett-Tabor’s passing, an informal memorial service/ride was held at Malibu Creek State Park. It was a solemn but cheerful event, organized by Wendy Engelberg and the Girlz Gone Riding volunteers, a group that started with Kim Cofield, Wendy and Danusia. Wendy also wrote a wonderful report about the memorial ride with photos by Jesse Ettinger and others. Read it on the GGR blog.

There were many cheerful moments, interspersed with a few tears, as friends told stories about their wonderful experiences with Danusia. Steve Messer made sure everyone appreciated how much she did for CORBA, and how her work continues to guide us.

Recently, CBS did a special report on the cancer and procedures that ultimately took Danusia’s life. Her husband Don told her story in the CBS report on Leiomyosarcoma. Almost $1000 in donations were accepted on behalf of the Sarcoma Alliance, followed by the real celebration: riding.

Thanks to everyone who came to Malibu Creek to remember Danusia.

Girlz Gone Riding News for June 2014

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

2013-03Logo_GirlzGoneRidingPlease keep an eye out for GGR’s new website that will be up in the next few weeks! The website will have the Google calendar of events that matches the Facebook events, the entire line of GGR cycling clothes to purchase, blog, an email sign up to keep up with announcements and events, and the MOST important a FORUM! GGR’s Face Book page is so busy that we needed to create a forum so posts won’t get lost. The forum will be open to all GGR members to post and respond. Threads can be relative to cycling, fitness, nutrition, etc.

The Wenches with Wrenches workshop scheduled THIS Sunday is now cancelled due to Vince from JRA Bikes & Brew breaking his ankle. JRA was hosting the workshop. We wish him a speedy recovery! This workshop will be rescheduled at a later date.

Please sign up for our quarterly ride in Reseda June 21st! ALL LEVELS WELCOMED! Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/682243968509473/

Submitted by Wendy Engelberg, http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/