GGR: Girlz Gone Riding is so very excited to announce our 5th chapter! Please visit the new Kern County GGR chapter on their Face Book page here:
Their 1st ladies only ride is scheduled for September 24th in Tehachapi! To sign up, please visit the event on their FB page here: www.facebook.com/events/1015840101860621/
The Kern County chapter is headed up by new GGR Director Tracy Jones! I had the pleasure of racing with Tracy at this year's Pedalfest in Castaic Lake. She is super fun, friendly and very supportive of other women cyclists! She will be a great asset to our new chapter!
Now she is racing and actually winning! Tracy moved up to sport division and took the overall win at this year's Pedalfest! She hopes to keep improving too move up to Expert.
Tracy's background is in horse racing. "I used to exercise race horses. Professionally for about 15 years. Had many injuries in that sport, such as broken ribs, concussions and the one that ended my riding career was a severely broken arm which required the insertion of a titanium rod. In that profession, you must be very strong, and my arm never quite healed properly, so was not able to pursue my dream of becoming a jockey.
I've had several physical injuries that I am a miracle to be alive. About 12 years ago I had a brain hemorrhage. The doctor told me I should have died. However I am doing very well. Lost some control of speech, balance, and memory.
7 years ago doctors found a tumor in my brain. Not cancerous, thank goodness! Had radiation therapy on it and has not grown. Yeah!!
I've always been very shy. Since I started mountain biking I've made so many awesome friends and become part of a group that has made my life complete. Loving the sport and loving the community of fellow mountain bikers has changed my life. I can talk to people now and ... really.. am no longer shy!!
The women I've become friends with through mountain biking are life long!! I love them all!
Girlz Gone Riding has truly brought so many women into mountain biking that would never of even thought of trying it."
If you are interested in starting your own GGR chapter, please contact Wendy Engelberg at: firstname.lastname@example.org