Anchorage GRIT 2017 portraits by Tessa Hulls

Anchorage GRIT ally, Tessa Hulls, drew portraits of each of the girls from this year’s program. Tessa lives in Seattle. She is an avid biker and artist. We really hope that she can come ride with us next year. Thanks for the portraits, Tessa! Learn more about her at http://www.tessahulls.com    

Photos from the Capstone Campout

Rue Kaladyte from Anchorage Dispatch News rode with Team GRIT and made a video about the program: Anchorage GRIT: ‘Empowered to make their own adventures possible’ She also passed out disposable cameras for the GRIT girls to take pictures during their final weekend adventure ride to the Serenity Falls Forest Service cabin at the end…

Capstone Camp Out

The forecast predicts a weekend of rain. This weekend? For our capstone camp out? “Does everyone have a rain jacket?” Three of them don’t, so I tell them I’ll bring extra. On Monday we meet to ride to REI for a lesson on packing with Amy Breen, this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational winner. The sun…

Volunteer Week

After receiving so much support from Anchorage last week, Anchorage GRIT was grateful for the opportunity to give back. We spent the 5th week of our program volunteering at different locations around town and got some great riding in along the way. The group met at Begich Middle School on Saturday and prepared to ride…

Stolen bikes, yoga, community support and mountain biking skills

On the afternoon of Monday, May 1, as usual, Cait and Lael met Steller GRIT at 2:10PM. When the girls went to the portable classroom behind the school to retrieve their bikes, they discovered that five of the bikes were missing. We avoided panicking, assuming that bikes were moved somewhere else in the school. Quickly,…

Mapping with Taylor and Fitness for Females with Holly

The GRIT team had a busy week, but all the effort and hard work was rewarded by some great activities. The snow in Russian Jack Park finally cleared up and the girls rode the amazing trail network in Anchorage to connect multiple neighborhoods between midtown and Muldoon! The trails really allow for easy riding where…

First Long Ride to Eagle River

A huge thanks to Dan Bailey for all of the great photos! Today was our first big day ride as a group. We’ll just let you know up front that the Team GRIT did an awesome job on their 26 mile ride out to Pizza Man in Eagle River and back!  The group met at…

Maintenance 2 with Katie and Sarah

Thanks to Dan Bailey for sharing all of these great photos! As usual, the Begich GRIT girls and the Steller GRIT girls grabbed their bikes and snacks and started riding towards each other. At this time of year, with fifteen and a half hours of sunlight, more snow is melting daily, more bike paths are…

Bag Making and Screen Printing at Revelate Designs

The ice melted substantially this week and we finally got to enjoy some traffic-free trail riding. Steller students get out of school at 2PM and Begich gets out at 2:45PM. The two schools are located 7 miles apart via greenway trails and city streets. In mid-April in Anchorage, there is still quite a bit of…

Bicycle Maintenance with Katie and Sarah

The GRIT team enjoyed beautiful weather for our Wednesday ride! Spring has arrived with gusto here in Anchorage and we were ready to take to the outdoors! Steller departed their school and biked towards Begich. We met on the trail near Russian Jack Park after 5 miles of pedaling and rode as a full team…

Our First Two Days

Sunday, April 9: Parent and student meeting at The Bicycle Shop. On Saturday, April 8, eleven Specialized Jynx mountain bikes arrived at The Bicycle Shop for Anchorage GRIT. With the help of all of the employees at the shop, we built the bikes and had them ready for the parent and student meeting the following…

Welcome to Anchorage GRIT

Anchorage GRIT is a bike mentorship program for middle school girls in Anchorage, AK. The six week program includes two to three weekly rides to learning and volunteering experiences with lessons in bicycle maintenance, safe riding, route planning, bikepacking, stretching and fitness, bag fabrication; and volunteering opportunities at Off The Chain Bicycle Collective and Anchorage Parks and Recreation. The program culminates in a three-day capstone bikepacking adventure. The final ride will leave Anchorage via bike paths and surface streets and will end on a dirt road to a public use cabin at the far end of Eklutna Lake, about 45 miles from Anchorage.