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Girlz Gone Riding converge on Big Bear to celebrate 5th annual women’s mountain-biking weekend

Published July 31, 2019

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Big Bear, CA – August 23-25, 2019

 For 3 days in August, 100 members of Girlz Gone Riding will meet to shred at the 3 major bike parks in the Big Bear area: Skypark at Santa’s Village, Snow Summit and Rim Nordic. There’s a style option for every rider, with multiple enduro, downhill and cross-country guided rides scheduled for the weekend of August 23-25.

 There is no registration fee for the event for members, who also get discounts on park admissions. Limited to only 100 participants, registration for the women’s weekend “sells out” in a matter of matter of hours.

 The largest women’s mountain-biking club in the country and entirely volunteer-run, Girlz Gone Riding was co-founded in 2011 by Wendy Engelberg with 85 Los Angeles-area members. The group now counts just under 3,000 members and has 7 chapters: Big Bear, Inland Empire, Kern County, Los Angeles, Mojave, Orange County and SanDiego.

“I’m so excited about our annual event in Big Bear! The women’s weekend is truly my all-time-favorite GGR event,” says GGR Director Engelberg. Engelberg emphasizes that she seeks to create asupportiveatmosphereof funandadventurewith the event, where women can challenge themselves, no matter what their skill level. 25 GGR members serve as ride volunteers to lead, float, and sweep rides ranging in difficulty from advanced beginner to black-diamond runs.

 GGR Girlz take their riding seriously, but the social aspect is important too, with a banquet dinner Saturday night at the popular Big Bear eatery Nottinghams Tavern. The festivities feature guest speakers, including Nona Varnado from Bicycle Culture Institute, Gina Virzi-Kelly from All Pro Bicycles, and Holly Cass from Summit Real Estate and awards like Bad-Ass Shredder. Says Engelberg: “This yearly event glues together women of all mountain biking disciplines in so many ways. Rides are 100 percent supported, so all riders are ensured an outstanding experience. Participants get to meet other riders from all different areas and the weekend is a great networking opportunity for women to share their businesses and support each other.”

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Contact: Wendy Engelberg – (818) 522-0840



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