For the final blog post of 2017, we typically survey everyone’s favorite memory of the year, and collage them together for a “best of GritCycle look back”; we think it’s safe to say that our unanimous, most favorite and treasured memory of 2017, was the coming together for one of our own, Kelli, on December 23rd, to raise money for her growing medical bills resulting from a terrifying brain surgery and stroke recovery.

With less than two-weeks notice, with only two days before Christmas, our staff and clients showed up physically, mentally, and with their hearts wide-open to express how much our Kelli means to us.

Kelli’s 90-minute ride had an instantaneous waitlist, and instructors and staff were generously donating their Saturday afternoon without a second thought.

It was a fantastic chance for the Monarch Beach crew and the Costa Mesa crew to shine together.

In addition to the ride, we raised money with an outstanding raffle where our winners took away generously donated gifts from TK Burger, Citizen Water Co, LululemonStyle Society BoutiqueBear Flag Fish Co., Jans Health Bar, Wild Taco, 2145 and The Lost Bean – Tustin.

Oak and Coal, Tabu Shabu, Mutt’s and State Farm provided food and refreshments

We still are selling the much-coveted “Kelli” tees and tanks—-and again, all the money will go to Kelli’s gofundme account.

A special “thank you” and mention must go out to Casey Line and her Husband, Patrick Field, for creating and managing Kelli’s gofundme account. Dear friends of Kelli, Casey + Patrick immediately stepped in and saw to Kelli’s pressing need for financial assistance with these astronomical medical bills.

When we asked those closest to Kelli what they remember most about this special day, it was a concordant agreement: although the day itself had several unforgettable moments, nothing could top Kelli gettin’ back on the mic for “Drop THAT Kitty!!!”:

Kelli is the type of girl who gives so much of herself to everyone around her. She always has a smile, a compliment, and a positive outlook for every situation. Watching the community rally around her, and give those gifts back to her has been amazing. There was so much love and positive energy radiating throughout the entire studio that day. 

When Kelli came up to the front of the room during the last song – I could not stop smiling. We locked eyes and I made a decision to hand her the mic. She taught the last song, working the room like the warrior she is. She brought me to tears – not for sadness, but for joy seeing one of my best friends radiate so much strength. I never thought I would cry during “Drop that Kitty”. Watching her persevere through this ordeal with grace and fire has been nothing short of inspirational on a daily basis. Kelli is a gift, and we are so very lucky to have her in our lives!   –Dani 

My favorite moment was when Kelli got on the mic and taught “Drop that Kitty”. It must have been a scary moment for her but she didn’t miss a beat. She always gives us her all and it was just so great to see her receive all the love she gives right back.”-Allie Beauchamp

Well, it’s easy to say that Kelli is loved. But It was clear from being at Grit that day that she touches everyone she is around in such a unique and warm way. To see such a sincere outpouring of support & adoration was beyond heartwarming.

I was unable to fight back the happy tears that overtook me when she put that mic back on & “dropped that kitty” like she hadn’t missed a beat.

I was floored, & I think I speak for everyone when we all felt overjoyed at her uncanny ability to make life look like a breeze considering all that she’s been through. –Melissa Rogers


For Kelli the whole day was one giant happy, favorite memory….she describes it best:

“I remember driving up to the studio and just feeling a cloud of happiness. There was an aura around Grit that day of happiness….being in the Saddle Room, all I wanted to do was just get on the bike. During the final song {“Drop That Kitty”} I remember Andrea asking me if wanted to go up {to the podium}, and I was so unsure and scared. But then I started remembering the cues……and I just knew…..I was going to be ok.”

Kelli, you are more than ok; you are a gift. You are OUR gift. We are so grateful for you, grateful for your health, and grateful we can show you how much we truly love you.

And to all of our Gritties, we thank YOU for your unyielding support through 2017. We are so excited for a new year, new studio {LBX}, new instructors, and new Gritties.

Happy New Year.

In Gratitude,

Grit Cycle


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