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GRiT Ambassadors

2022-2023 Ambassadors will be selected by November 5th.

Kiera Ramirez, Central Region

Hi, I’m Kiera and this will be my third year racing with the Salinas High Cowboys! My dad introduced me to mountain biking and I truly owe him for nurturing my love for this sport. He was incredibly encouraging and supportive of this new sport that he has loved for so many years. Cycling has heavily impacted my life and I’ve met some of the kindest and most genuine people through this community. I’ve weaved riding into just about every aspect of my life and have balanced it with my interests in animal science and baking. I’m excited to spend my last year racing in the NorCal League as NorCal GRiT ambassador and honored to be a part of an organization that has a bright and impactful future!

What is your favorite trail snack?

Fig bars and Tahoe bars!

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Just about anywhere in Tahoe!

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

If I’m not on the saddle, I’m usually piling dishes in the sink in an attempt to bake my way through cookbooks or politely forcing my lab to cuddle with me. There is truly nothing better than the aroma of baked goods in the oven and puppy dog eyes.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am excited to be a NorCal GRiT ambassador to have the opportunity to showcase the most wholesome and riveting aspects of mountain biking in promoting more girls on bikes! Riding in a predominantly male sport has its challenges but sparks an opportunity to influence novice riders with the welcoming and inclusive community of girls in cycling. I am truly grateful for my upbringing in this sport and would love to share the greatness that I’ve experienced with others.

Annie Hyatt, Redwood Region

My name is Annie Hyatt. I am a senior and I race for the Granite Bay High School Mountain Bike Team. I started racing when I was in 6th grade and joined my high school’s team as a freshman. I am a coach for the Granite Bay Jr. High Mountain Bike Team, which I started when I was in 7th grade. My favorite part of coaching is being able to coach kids through mental and physical obstacles that previously stood in their way. When I’m not riding, you can find me hiking on local trials, fishing in the canyons above Auburn, paddle boarding, or painting in my room. See you on the trails!

What is your favorite trail snack?

Dried mango & grapefruit HoneyStinger Chews

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Graeagle, California

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

A hobby that I have is by tying flies for fly fishing. My dad taught me to fish and I got my first rod when I was three; It has been a large part of my childhood ever since. One of my favorite parts of the process is looking through my dad’s tackle box. Even though I could list the contents of the box with my eyes closed, I love dumping it out on the table and reassessing my options. After selecting my materials for the body and head, the real creativity begins. I usually will reach for the black nylon thread to create a sleek, dark body. I love adding olive greens and browns to create a pattern that moves like a caddis in the water. The hardest part of the process is tying off the masterpiece when finished. You have to hold the thread tight enough to hold tension, but not so tight that it breaks and you have to restart the entire project. In my opinion, the most rewarding part is when I’m on a river and I take a gamble on one of my own flies. Watching a fish track my fly, swallow it, and then having the opportunity to set the hook (hopefully right in the corner of its lip) is the experience that keeps me coming back.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am beyond excited to be a GRiT Ambassador because I enjoy introducing girls to mountain biking who may have not otherwise been introduced to the sport.

 

Avery Daubert, Redwood Region

Hello, my name is Avery Daubert. I’m on the Bruins High School Mountain Bike Team, and this will be my third season racing in the NICA NorCal League. Outside of cycling, I love spending time in front of my painting easel and doing other outdoor activities. I’ve enjoyed backpacking, sailing, and cyclocross. I’m honored to be a returning GRiT ambassador. I couldn’t be more excited to show new female-identifying riders how awesome mountain biking can be!

What is your favorite trail snack?

I like fruity GU gels.

Where is your favorite place to ride?

I really enjoy the trail system behind Sugar Bowl in North Tahoe—on the Truckee-Donner Land Trust.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

Outside of mountain biking, I like hiking and backpacking, drawing and painting, and trying to teach my dog new tricks.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

Mountain biking has truly helped me gain more confidence in myself. I want to support other riders so they may enjoy the same positive experiences that I’ve had.

Gabriella Worth, Redwood Region

My name is Gabriella and this will be my third year racing in the NorCal League with the Ponderosa High School Bruins. I have been on the team since freshman year because my brother introduced me to the sport. I love the community and friendships that I’ve formed along the way! Everyone has been super welcoming and encouraging which was such a change from other sports I have played! I joined as a GRIT ambassador to meet more girls to ride with and to introduce more girls to the sport!

What is your favorite trail snack?

My favorite trail snack is Cliff Bloks chews!

Where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride is Granite Bay State Park!

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

I love to travel!

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I have been riding for a couple of years and have been looking for more girls to ride with and figured this was a perfect way to meet some! I love this community and want to show people how great mountain biking is! I can’t wait to share my experiences and make new memories with this group!

Sierra Paliaga, Redwood Region

Hi, my name is Sierra Paliaga! This will be my second season riding with Humboldt Composite High School Mountain Bike Club. My dad, who knew some of the coaches already, had taken me on the occasional mountain bike ride throughout elementary and middle school, but it wasn’t until he persuaded me to go on a ride with HCMTB at the beginning of my freshman year that I really got into it. One of the major things that convinced me to stick with the team was the support and encouragement of other girls and female coaches on my team. This is partly what has inspired me to want to help recruit more girls and further build our amazing mountain biking community. Additionally, more girls riding means more competition, which can make racing a lot more fun. Last year, each of the 4 girls on my team had hardly any other riders in their racing categories.

My overall favorite things about mountain biking are the community, getting to challenge myself mentally and physically, and having fun outside in nature. I want to share these great experiences with other teens, especially girls who are ambivalent about or intimidated by mountain biking, as I was when I was younger. I am excited to collaborate with GRiT ambassadors from other teams to work towards the shared goal of introducing more girls to mountain biking!

What is your favorite trail snack?

I love dried mango and chocolate brownie Z bars!

Where is your favorite place to ride?

The Hatchery Ridge trails in Blue Lake are pretty cool, but I love riding in most places, especially in the beautiful redwood trees around where I live.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

In my free time when I am not mountain biking, you are most likely to find me playing music (mainly piano). I also love to explore nature, cook, and hang out with my friends, family, and pets! (I have two cats and one dog; all three have black fur and are about the same size)

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am looking forward to positively impacting my community by introducing the fun sport of mountain biking to girls who wouldn’t have otherwise heard about it or had the resources to partake. (you can find more of the things I’m excited about in my main bio 🙂

Ella Johnson, Redwood Region

Hi, my name is Ella Johnson and I am very excited to be a part of GRiT! I fell in love with mountain biking in the seventh grade when my dad introduced me, and ever since I’ve loved the sport and this organization’s mission to get more girls on bikes. I am a Junior on the Woodcreek High School MTB team. I’m also part of Woodcreek Speech and Debate, and a program that enables me to help teach speech and debate skills to the local middle school students. I want to go to a UC majoring in biotechnology and go on to do something in that field.

What is your favorite trail snack?

Any Blok flavor except salted watermelon.

Where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride is Granite Bay. There are so many trails I’ve gotten to know and love over the years I’ve been biking, and every time I go out I find something new. But, if I’m looking for something else I’ll go to Hoot or Magnolia Ranch.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

I’m very involved in my school’s speech and debate team. I’ve learned much about how to speak effectively and confidently, something I struggled with a lot with in middle school. They’ve helped me to grow more confident in my abilities and grow my social network.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am excited for the opportunity to help the people within my community. Getting girls on bikes is always more of a struggle than it is getting boys on bikes, and I believe helping to get more girls involved in this activity is a noble goal.

Indie Lee, East Bay Region

Hi, my name is Indie, and I have been riding with Oakland Composite since last year. I was encouraged to mountain bike by my little brother and was immediately drawn in. Joining the team fueled my passion for the sport and helped me realize how much there is to it. Not only did I get to improve my skills, participate in races, and make new friends, but I was also able to build my confidence on the bike and in myself. I applied to be a GRiT ambassador because I want girls to feel like they can do anything. Mountain biking for me has been super empowering, but I’ve noticed that many girls are hesitant to join team rides where there are little to no female riders. I want them to know that they are supported and welcome no matter their skill level. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to work with the GRiT program, help reach more girls, and create a more inclusive community for mountain bikers.

What is your favorite trail snack?

Watermelon energy chews

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Joaquin Miller Park— it’s where I ride most often!

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

Outside of mountain biking, I like to crochet, draw, and read.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I’m excited to be a NorCal GRiT Ambassador because I want to welcome more girls into the mountain biking community. When I started mountain biking last season, I was met with so much enthusiasm and support, and I want to do the same for others.

Tatum Roberts, East Bay Region

My name is Tatum, I have been riding on SRVMTB for 5 years. I started riding when I was in 7th grade. I remember not being super excited about riding bikes at first. However my first ever Girls Ride with my team was extremely influential. The girls were some of the nicest people I have ever met, they came to every ride with enthusiasm, which I remember being inspired by. I hope to have the same opportunity to help make other girls as enthusiastic and passionate about riding, as those girls helped make me.

What is your favorite trail snack?

Skratch Labs Raspberry Energy Chews

Where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride is in the Tahoe National Forest.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

I enjoy painting and skiing.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am so excited to get the opportunity to inspire and encourage other young girls to begin the lifelong journey of mountain biking.

Saskia Freedburg, East Bay Region

As a sophomore at Berkeley High School, I enjoy writing for my school’s newspaper, dancing, and, of course, mountain biking. I also spend a lot of time doing capoeira, which is an Afro-Brazilian martial art. I started mountain biking last year when my friend convinced me to join our school’s team. As a brand new rider, it meant a lot to feel supported and encouraged by the other female riders on my team and I think the GRiT program is one of the reasons for our team’s strong and loving female/non-binary community. I look forward to continuing to grow this community to support more female and non-binary riders.

What is your favorite trail snack?

Strawberry flavored Clif Bloks

Where is your favorite place to ride?

One great thing about Berkeley is that there are great trails practically in our backyard! But when I’m not riding in Tilden, I love China Camp state park.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

Outside of mountain biking, I am passionate about capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am so excited to be a GRiT ambassador this year! I can’t wait to meet amazing people who share my interest in creating a supportive and inclusive community for all female and non-binary riders. As a freshman on my school’s team last year, GRiT events and rides were the moments where I felt most seen and supported as a female rider and I am looking forward to sharing that experience with other riders!

Sophia Woehl, Repack Region

Hi, I’m Sophia Woehl. I am a high school senior, and I live in Pacifica. I ride for San Francisco Composite, where I’m the Spirit Captain and Girls’ Team Captain. I love to spend time outside, mountain biking and camping. I also enjoy arts and crafts like painting and beading. I have been riding bikes for most of my life and started racing my Freshman year. In my spare time, I work at my family’s bike shop.

What is your favorite trail snack?

Honey stinger gummies are my favorite!

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Anywhere with awesome views, but I love the trails in Pacifica.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

I love arts and crafts since it allows me to be creative.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I am so excited to be a GRiT Ambassador again this year to continue to connect with more girls throughout the league and share my passion with girls who have not found mountain biking yet. I am especially looking forward to more in-person events!

Eliza Gould, Repack Region

Hi! My name is Eliza Gould and I’m a junior at San Rafael High School. I’ve been on my high school mountain bike team since my freshmen year, and my first race season was during my sophomore year. Bikes have always been big in my family and I first hopped on a bike when I was 3 years old. I’ve always really enjoyed downhill riding, but have started adding in more XC riding in the past few years so I could be on my high school team. One of my favorite parts about racing is how everyone stays at the finish line and cheers you on as you come across. Outside of riding I am on the Sugar Bowl Freeride Ski team and love spending time skiing in Tahoe. I also love music and I play the guitar and saxophone. In most of my sports, I’ve always been one of the few girls amongst mostly boys, sometimes even the only girl. I’m excited to be a GRIT ambassador to help bring more girls into mountain biking on my team and all around the league!!

What is your favorite trail snack?

Cherry Clif Shot Blocks

Where is your favorite place to ride?

China Camp

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

Big Mountain Skiing

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I’m looking forward to helping grow the sport of mountain biking and giving more opportunities to girls to get involved with NorCal league. It would be great to see more girls riding and racing in the future years!!

Hayley Ballard, Repack Region

When I first began mountain biking in middle school (which somehow already seems like a lifetime ago), I surprised everyone, including myself. No one thought I’d be daredevil enough to stick with it. Yet, learning to mountain bike sparked a tenacity in me that hadn’t been there beforehand. I became determined to push myself to go farther, to keep up with the boys (ok, and maybe beat them sometimes, too), to compete, and to explore all the trails and mountains that I could. I went on to join the Archie Williams mountain biking team as a freshman, where I was first introduced to the welcoming community of NorCal female shredders. I’m now in 11th grade and on the San Domenico mountain biking team, where I’m trying to expand our base of female riders. After learning the solace, empowerment, and pure joy that comes from mountain biking, I’m passionate about sharing my love of the sport with my fellow experienced riders but I’m even more excited to connect with girls who are just discovering the sport. Mountain biking has taught me so much and I believe every girl should have the chance to at least try it. I love helping to motivate and coach elementary and middle school riders and have been working at a mountain biking summer camp for the past three years. At camp, I have been able to mentor and forge connections with budding riders and even lead an all-girls group of aspiring riders for several weeks. At school, I also sometimes help with our elementary school afternoon rides. In between, I find myself telling girls all the time that they should try mountain biking! Being an ambassador for NorCal GRiT is an exciting opportunity to give back to a sport that’s become really central to who I am and what I stand for (hard work, adventure, kindness, fairness, and loving and protecting the natural world). I’m excited to be part of getting #moregirlsonbikes. Hope to see you out there!

What is your favorite trail snack?

Fig bars!

Where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride is Mount Tam, including the Pine Mountain Loop and Bolinas Ridge.

What is a hobby or interest of yours outside of mountain biking?

Outside of mountain biking, I’m involved with environmental activism. I’m part of a youth climate group, and also my town’s committees for open space and sustainability. In general, I love anything to do with the outdoors, including trail running, hiking, and paddleboarding.

Why are you excited about being a NorCal GRiT Ambassador?

I’m excited to be a NorCal GRiT ambassador because the mountain biking community has been so supportive of me, and I really can’t imagine my life without mountain biking. That being said, whenever I encourage my friends and girls to try it, they usually respond with “sounds too scary” or “I could never do it”. I want to be a GRiT ambassador to change this, and to show other girls just how much joy and empowerment being a part of the mountain biking community can bring.

What it means to be a GRiT Ambassador: 

The NorCal League is looking for female student-athletes who are passionate about growing female participation in mountain biking! Our NorCal GRiT [Girls Riding Together] ambassador program is aimed at doing just that…getting #moregirlsonbikes. NorCal GRiT ambassadors are current NorCal League, high school student-athletes who have raced for at least one season in the League and are enthusiastic to help get more high school and middle school aged girls on bikes.

NorCal GRiT ambassadors are role models that organize and support NorCal GRiT events through outreach, camps, GRiT pre-rides, and more. Our ambassadors are the types of young women who encourage other girls to find joy and empowerment through cycling. Coming together and embracing each other as female athletes is uplifting —GRiT values this. GRiT ambassadors are always thinking about ways to bring more girls into the sport. Particularly girls from all ethnicities, geographic regions, and socio-economic backgrounds. GRiT ambassadors are inclusive, and full of stoke for cycling. They are also welcoming, positive, supportive, kind, and passionate about life.

GRiT ambassadors should possess great organizing and planning skills as well as excellent communication and teaching skills. Ambassadors should also be comfortable encouraging girls outside of the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League to learn more about, and possibly join, our organization. There will be two ambassadors selected from each of our four regions, totaling 8 league-wide. Be a part of the change and help the NorCal League get more girls on bikes!

GRiT Ambassadorship expectations:

  • GRiT ambassadorships will last for one full NorCal season (November 5th – June 1st). If you want to reapply to be a GRiT ambassador for a second season, you must do so between October 15-30, which is the start of the pre-season.

  • Must have raced a minimum of one season with any NICA league.

  • Ambassadors must organize a minimum of 2 GRiT events per season. When you want to organize your own event, please reach out to your GRiT coordinator, Hailey Childress at hailey@norcalmtb.org for assistance. Ambassadors will sign up by November 30th to organize their event of choice on their preferred date during the season. However, one event should occur during preseason and one event during race season. No ambassador events will be scheduled from June 1st – October 15th since this will be outside of their ambassadorship term and the NorCal League season.

  • A GRiT Ambassador should commit to attending as many of the league GRiT events as possible and encourage the girls in her local area to participate. GRiT Ambassadors may also be asked to attend and support NICA GRiT or league fundraisers.

  • 1 post per GRiT event that the ambassador has attended is required on the student-athlete’s personal social media account to help spread the word about the program. You can talk about a GRIT event, summarize a race, talk about getting #moregirlsonbikes. We will leave the content up to you, but please be in your GRiT jersey and use the following hashtags: #moregirlsonbikes #GRiT #NorCalGRiT and always tag @norcalleague and @norcalgrit

  • Tag our sponsors in your social media NorCal GRiT posts if their products are in your photos. Click here to check out our sponsors.

  • GRiT ambassadors are expected to uphold all NorCal/NICA rules and values —be a great role model.

  • Provide a fun and welcoming sisterhood for all participants, regardless of experience and ability.

  • Participating in some group discussion may occur between all NorCal GRiT ambassadors to gain input and better improve our program.

  • Attend ambassador zoom meetings. Three of these will be scheduled during the season.

     

    Benefits for Ambassadors

    • A NICA/NorCal jersey

    • A NICA/NorCal GRiT shirt to wear at GRiT events

    • Free entry into the NorCal GRiT Camp

    • Swag from our sponsors

    • A letter of recommendation can be provided upon request after one season of ambassadorship is completed to satisfaction

    • Community service hours for your school’s graduation requirement. Contact hailey@norcalmtb.org to supply the form

    • GRiT Ambassador title for your college resume or job application