I started mountain bike riding in 1996, a good friend Denise took me out for my first MTB ride. I believe it was at Sycamore Canyon in San Diego. Not knowing what to expect and not being fully equipment with all the bells and whistle of mountain bike attire, I headed out for a ride. After a couple of hours of riding, I was exhausted! Even after a few days went by I knew I was hooked even in spite of how sore my muscles were. Denise continued to take me out for mountain bike rides on different trails and taught me my mountain bike skills and techniques need for trail riding. As time went by I meet up with a riding group Mission Cyclery, there I began attending Sunday rides and racing in Baja.
After a couple of years went by I was noticing how the sport of MTB didn’t have much apparel for ladies riders. Being petite and only 5 ft tall, my biking wear I wore would hang on me, as it was men’s clothing and my jerseys would always get caught on my seat when I go to stand to go over a bump, which wasn’t fun. I started tossing around the idea of making women’s biking clothing; I just didn’t know how to go about it. While driving to Arizona for a race, I started thinking of what I would name the business. It wasn’t until I went to Cactus cup in Arizona that I realized that I’m going to do this, start my own women’s brand of biking sportswear for ladies. Upon arrival at the Cactus event they had vendor booths set up, it was the first event I went to that had this type of set up. At one of the vendor’s booths was a company called Sheebest, I was so happy to see ladies biking wear that I pulled my wallet out and purchased a few items. It was so nice to wear cycling wear that fit.
Upon my return home in San Diego, I came up with the name Go Girl, you would often here that shot out from the spectators at the girl riders while racing. After I’ve put in a lot of time to research how to start my business, Go Girl came to life on October 1st 1998. After a couple of years of selling Go Girl and at all the different venues, I started getting my regular customers who would come in and see what I had new for that event. It was so heartwarming to hear all the positive feedback about my Go Girl Clothing and accessory line. They found it to be positive and motivating. Then later the next year I started selling online and eventually started selling my Cycling Jerseys in Bike shops.
After a couple of more years have gone by and with Go Girl moving along strong I decided it’s about time Go Girl had its own race team. Over the years I have met so many dynamic ladies that love to MTB as I did and were very competitive, which is great for a race team so Little by little I started asking some of the ladies I knew from the biking events and whom I rode with on weekends of their thoughts on the idea. The response was amazing that it motivated me so much more to seek out top sponsors and awesome looking team uniforms for the ladies. I had a variety of team members, starting with my junior team on up. I was so fortunate to have such a great group of teenagers and ladies that I consider as my friends to be a part of my Go Girl team. I thank all of them for supporting and making Go Girl known in the Mountain Bike world.
Go Girl to me has been a great part of my life in all aspect, it comes with great memories, courage of believing in myself that I could create a brand of ladies cycling apparel for a sport that wasn’t highly recognized back in the day as a sport that many women didn’t participate in. For having an amazing team riders/friends that made events and the sport fun. Mountain biking is my favorite sport. For all the wonder lady MTB riders, fathers/mothers that support their daughters, the boyfriends/husbands that encouraged their girl friends/wife to ride I thank you for your support in the Mountain bike sport. For all the consumers that shopped online or attended the events and purchased my Go Girl clothing, I thank you. I look forward to continue the Go Girl Brand and support and encourage the sport of Mountain biking for years to come.