GRiT MN is an outreach program of the MN High School Cycling League focused on recruiting and retaining female athletes, coaches, ride leaders and volunteers.

GRiT MN goals are to:

  • inspire young women to build confidence, strength of character, and empowerment through off-road cycling
  • increase female athlete participation rates in the league by introducing girls to the sport of off-road cycling
  • provide a fun and welcoming sisterhood for female athletes – beginners through veteran riders
  • provide role models for female athletes through increasing women involved in leadership roles with the league – coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders and volunteers.

New in 2019

Meet & Greets are for women interested in learning more about the GRiT Program, volunteering with events – both on and off bike events, event planning, execution and race day tent activities. In order for off-season events and a variety of race day activities to come to life, committed volunteers are needed. Your support, feedback and ideas are an integral part of GRiT MN, and we look forward to working with you!

Race Day Tent Activities

  • Volunteer to assist and ensure there is a GRiT booth at each race weekend for both days. With two-day racing starting in 2019, more volunteers will be needed.
  • Better Yet, Volunteer to plan and run a race day tent activity on Saturday or Sunday (or both) and to run the tent and own a race weekend.  We would love to use the great ideas of Moms, female athletes, team supporters and parents/guardians
  • Outcome:  More individuals, more teams, and more ideas expand female athlete involvement in the GRiT Community.

GRiT Jersey!

The GRiT MN jersey from Podiumwear is all ready for pre-order!! Check out the link below and get yours today!!
It’s available in both short-sleeve and 3/4 length sleeve MTB styles.

Orders will be taken through May 15th and take about 4 weeks to get.  Shipping costs $10.

GRiT Skills Clinic!

  • WHO:  Moms/guardians/ female team supporters that want get involved as bike volunteers with the team
  • WHY:   If you are newer to mountain biking this is a great chance to learn some fundamental skills to increase abilities and confidence on the trail
  • WHEN:  Saturdays, June 1 and June 15.

Check the schedule and Calendar, or Contact GRiT at to discuss scheduling your own GRiT Skills Clinic.

Make sure you are following us on Instagram (NICAGRiTMN) and Facebook (NICA GRiT Minnesota). 

Sign up for the GRiT email list for volunteer opportunities, by emailing

Continuing GRiT MN Activities

  • Try It Out Sessions
  • GRiT Practices – coaches can request a special GRiT practice for their female athletes. Experienced female mountain bike coaches can run a fun practice/ride or a mountain bike skills session.
  • GRiT Pre-Rides and Social Events
  • GRiT Tent Activities on Race Days

GRiT MN Pre-Season Social Rides

Geared for female athletes and coaches, moms, and other team supporters

GRiT MN and Try It Out!

Are you. . . .

  • thinking about mountain biking but not sure if it’s your thing?
  • a beginner rider and would like the hear more about mountain biking and ride with other girls?
  • a current rider and want to share your experiences to encourage more girls to join?
  • a current rider and want to bring a friend to show her how great it is?

Well, then come and join GRiT MN at a Try It Out Session! 

At all the MN High School Cycling League Try It Out Sessions there will be experienced female mountain bike coaches to show female athletes the basics about mountain biking and guide them through a mountain bike ride.

Meet other female riders, go over some basic skills, then take a ride with other girls in a fun, comfortable environment.  Register for a Try it Out Session.  Bring your own bike or use one a demo bike provided by the MN High School Cycling League that you reserved during registration.   Meet in the parking lot.  Look for the MN High School League trailer.

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Where is GRiT at the Races?

Checkout the GRiT Tent at each race in the Infield.

Questions or Suggestions?  Do you have other ideas of events you’d like to see? Email the GRiT MN Director.

What Can You Do To Help?


Spread the word!  about the MN High School Cycling League to all the girls and women you know!  Tell them about the GRiT MN events.  Direct them to the GRiT Facebook Page, the MN High School Cycling Facebook Page or to the MN High School Cycling League website.

Want to stay connected with the latest news?

Join the MN League Single Track Times newsletter today!

For real time updates


Questions? Email the GRiT MN Director.

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Who is part of the GRiT MN Sisterhood?  

  • All girls who participate in the MN High School Cycling League
  • All girls who participate in a GRiT Event (Try It Out Session, Social event)
  • All women who volunteer for the MN High School Cycling League as coaches, ride leaders or other roles.
  • All women and girls who support getting more girls on bikes and are committed to helping increase numbers of girls participating in the MN High School Cycling League!

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Do you know a girl who may be interested in mountain biking but is too young to be part of the league?  GRiT has some suggestions!

  1. Girls of all ages are welcome to come to the races and participate in the GRiT tent activities.
  2. Watching the races and cheering for girls racing is another great activity.
  3. For information on youth programs for student-athletes between 7 and 13, please visit: Little Bellas program, Loppet Foundation Trail Kids programor your local regional park district events and programs website. These programs are not affiliated with the MN High School Cycling League.

GRiT 2019 Calendar

Don’t miss anything! 

Upcoming Events

Pre-Season Social Rides

Most Thursdays from  May 9th-Jun 27th   – 6-8PM

Registration is required! Register Here

Women’s Foundational Skills Clinics

GRiT MN Women’s Foundational Skills Clinic 

-Sat Jun 1 – 9-1PM
-Sat Jun 15 – 9=1pM

       Registration is Required.  Register here.