On October 18th, hundreds of female
mountain bikers gathered bright and early
at Malibu Creek State Park in California to
kick off the 2015 Rocktober event. When
this event started five years ago, only
85 women were in attendance, but the
fifth annual event drew over 300 female
mountain bikers. The event offered demo
fleets from multiple bike companies such
as Liv, Rocky Mountain, Turner, Trek and
Specialized. All of the demo tents were in
full force, turning over their entire fleets a
couple times throughout the day. After the
riding was over, an impressive raffle took
place, with sponsors giving away tubes,
tools, helmets, gift cards and even a new
Specialized Jett mountain bike. The Girlz
Gone Riding club holds dozens of rides
throughout the year, in addition to their
annual Rocktober event. The club has
1300 female riders in three chapters
ranging across Southern California. For
more information check out the club’s
website at www.girlzgoneriding.com.
Rocktober 2015: When this event started back in 2010, there were only 85 riders.
The latest Rocktober gathering drew over 300 participants. The Girlz Gone Riding
group now has over 1300 riders, and the club is still growing.
T-minus Zero: After morning announcements and
thank-yous to the sponsors, these women were ready
to tackle the trails. As the riders lined up to take off,
the fog cleared and the sun showed its face.
Award Winner: Girlz Gone Riding
recognized G2 Bikes out of Orange
County for being the most female-supportive bike shop in the Southern
California area. The shop offers tons of
riding clinics and female-only rides in
order to bring more women into cycling.
Learn From A Pro: Downhill legend Leigh
Donovan offered a free skills clinic for
less-experienced riders. We asked her
what skills she was planning to teach, and
she told us the most important skills for
new riders to learn are how to properly
shift their weight over the bike and to
learn basic cornering skills, such as keeping one’s outside foot down and looking
ahead when riding through a turn.
Get a Grip: Redmonkey showed off
their selection of grips, which offer
support to various charities. The pink
grips offer 50% of their profits to breast
cancer research while the camo grips
provide 50% of their profits to PTSD,
military and veteran support.