Meet Taylor Miller @tmillaaaa | See you at Babes in the Dirt East

We first met Taylor Miller at Babes in the Dirt 4 (she was the one SENDING IT on the MX Track). She drove out from Alabama to attend the event. Well…. now we are coming to her for our first ever Babes in the Dirt East in Greenville, TN. We got to catch up with her to hear more about how she got in to riding and racing as well as the difference between riding in California vs Tennessee! She has some great advice for new riders: “You can start riding at any time in your life !!! It’s never too late to start. Just throw that leg over a bike and get out there.. you will not regret it. “ Amen to that!

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Name: Taylor Miller @tmillaaaa

Location: Birmingham, Al 

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Alabaster, Al but currently live in Billingsley, Al at Crossbone MX Ranch.  

Tell us about how you got in to riding dirt. How long have you been riding? 

When I was three my dad got me a 4 wheeler for Christmas and that’s where it all began. After learning how to ride the 4 wheeler I got a PW 50 and started racing motocross at the age of four. My dads side of the family raced motorcycles and I quickly picked up the passion for racing when I was young. 

Was there someone specific that inspired you? I grew up at a motocross track that my dad owned.. So I was surrounded by racers all the time that inspired me growing up. My dad never pushed me into the sport I just fell in love with it naturally. I respect him for that because some dads push the limit in the sport of motocross which can end careers fast. 

 What type of terrain do you like riding the most? Track? Trails? Desert? Mountains? Dualsport? My true passion is MX .. but recently I have explored more trails and raced off-road races. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life. I have raced many bikes throughout my life .. from a PW 50 to a Honda 450. When I was young I always wanted a cobra 50 but my dad never would let me get one because of the maintenance.. I’ve never let that one down until this day haha! Some other bikes I’ve had are 65s, 125s, and 250s. All types of brands from Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM. 

What bike do you ride now? I ride a YZ 125

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 What are your goals as a rider? Any specific technique you are working on? My goal as a rider right now is to just have fun with the sport. I am much older then the girls I race these days and the pace they run is super fast.. I have to keep telling myself I’m 10 years older then most girls out on the track. Age is just a number though and I use that as motivation for training. I am currently working on using my legs more when I ride.. I tend to hold on to tight with my arms when I race which causes arm pump fast. Also I’m working on using less clutch and more momentum flow out on the track. It’s all about the flow !! 

Tell us about your most epic riding experience. The most epic riding experience I’ve ever had was at the sand dunes outside of Vegas. My dad brought me out to these dunes after a national at glen helen in our Moto van. We were the only ones there and I had the entire area to myself. I used up 2 cans of race gas and even drained some gas out of the van so I could keep riding. It was EPIC!! 

When did you first hear about Babes in the Dirt? I heard about Babes in the Dirt a few years ago from a friend. Last year I finally got to experience the event and it was so rad! I grew up being the only female in the state of Alabama that raced a dirt bike.. and to attend a event with that many girls that  rode was freaking unreal.  

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What was your experience like at Babes in the Dirt when you attended the west coast event? Mind blowing .. the most coolest event ever! I rode the motocross track the most but just being around such a rad vibe and meeting so many people was awesome. Not to mention my friend brought her mom along and she attended the training class and KILLED it! 

Tell us what you think about Babes in the Dirt coming to TN. Are you stoked? I’ve been waiting for this one for sure! The moment I saw the post about it I made sure to clear my calendar. It’s going to be fun!! Finally in my neck of the woods. It’s great for the girls on the east coast to be able to experience this kind of event.. let’s do it!!! 

What do you think is the most different about riding in California vs. Tennessee?  California has a huge riding scene .. MX, trails, desert, Dualsport , they have it all! You can travel an hour and be able to ride any of that. It’s a little more difficult in the east to be able to ride all that terrain. The tracks are more spread out and the riding is less convenient than California. The dirt we have in the south like in Tennessee is prime!!! More technical riding verses out west. 

Any advice for new riders? You can start riding at any time in your life !!! It’s never too late to start. Just throw that leg over a bike and get out there.. you will not regret it. 

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Babes in the Dirt 5 Official Video

Take us back to this incredible weekend with over 600 women camping and riding in the hills of Southern California. Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors who helped make this event possible! Husqvarna Motorcycles, FMF, Toyota SoCal, Fox Racing, Kurt Caselli Foundation, Thousand Oaks Powersports, National Hare and Hound Association Garrahan Off-Road Training and WLF Enduro!!!

Moto Anatomy Flat Track School at Babes in the Dirt East

Ever wanted to learn to handle your motorcycle better! Well Pro racer Johnny Lewis is taking over the Flat Track on site at Babes in the Dirt East to host training classes throughout the weekend. Come join in the fun and walk away from this weekend a better, more skilled and confident rider!

YOU MUST ALSO HAVE A TICKET TO BABES IN THE DIRT EAST TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING CLASS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Although Johnny Lewis’ roots are flat track and Supermoto racing, the 28 year old native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania has a background in multiple disciplines as well, including road racing and off-road. Lewis went pro at 16 years old in AMA Supermoto, riding for the Factory KTM team. The youngster showed great potential as one of the sports rising stars and eventually earned his first win in the Unlimited Class at Nashville. Lewis switched gears in 2009 and returned to his flat track roots in the American Flat Track series. He captured his first Dash for Cash win in 2010 followed by 3 career podiums in 2011 and his first National win at the Daytona short track in 2012. Lewis has raced a part-time effort with multiple teams over the past 6 years assisting the development of multiple brands, including the Ducati & KTM. Other career highlights of Lewis are being named AMA Sports Athlete of the Year in 2004 for flat track and being invited to compete in multiple international Supermoto events such as the prestigious Superbikers event in Mettet, Belgium as well as being chosen as 1 of 3 riders to represent the USA at the Supermoto of Nations in Italy in 2014. Lewis has also been invited to compete in the X Games 4 times, both in Supermoto and Flat Track, with a 4th place finish in X Games Flat Track 2015 just one position shy of an X Games medal. Lewis currently resides in Center Hill, FL with his wife Alysha and their two young children Maxsen and Clary.

We are a motorcycle training facility with a holistic approach, meaning: we focus not only on the riding technique but also the fuel behind it. Attention is brought to: The mental aspect - how you may be holding yourself back from your greatest potential, your subconscious and how it plays into your riding technique. The physical aspect - we discuss the body and it's alignment and how to use that to your advantage while riding and go over some really easy ways to improve your current movement patterns. General curriculum: - Body positioning - Line selection - Braking - Sliding - Wheelies :P - Basic motocross techniques (jumping, cornering, etc.) - Sand riding plus more!

Meet Christina Dixon - Williams | She has been to every single Babes in the Dirt Event !!!

We have seen Christina Dixon Williams smiling face at every single Babes in the Dirt event! Yep, she has battled a hailstorm, weathered the gale force winds and BRAAAP’d allover Hungry Valley State Park with us over the past 5 years. We caught up with her to hear about what the community has meant to her, fan-girl moments (we have all had them) baby wheelies and the progress she has made as a rider over the years. Read on!

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Name: Christina Dixon-Williams

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Instagram handle: @c_ldixon

 Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a Las Vegas native, second-generation born and raised. I went to college in Utah on a softball scholarship and then moved back to Vegas after I graduated. The desert will always be my home. My career is working in finance and I volunteer with the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. I am also a full-time kitten foster mom (#fosteringsaveslives) while also caring for my resident “fur-children”, with all the help from my husband. Our furry/feathered children are comprised of horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits (all rescues). Any spare time after that is spent on the bikes.  

How long have you been riding? About 4.5 years, although I really got into riding about 3 years ago when I bought my 500.

What/who got you in to it? My wonderful husband! (@dirtbikedave5) He used to race MRAN and Best in the Desert. I am a pretty competitive/ driven person (all the years of being a competitive athlete). I saw him riding and thought “I can do that” and here I am. I like to brag on him since he had to deal with my mental breakdowns in sand washes and on hill climbs for years (don’t be fooled those breakdowns still occasionally occur, haha). 

What kind of bike do you ride? I am currently riding a 2016 KTM 500 EXC – Six Days.

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Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life.

2006 Suzuki LTR 450 (I started on a quad and quickly realized 2 wheels was a lot more fun)

2007 KTM 525 XCW

1976 Yamaha YZ125 (Don’t underestimate this little bike.. it flys)

2016 KTM 500 EXC – Six Days

2015 Beta EVO 250 4T

You have been to every single Babes in the Dirt event! We want to know more about your experience!

How did you hear about Babes in the Dirt the first year? I saw a flyer for the event being posted on Instagram.

Give us a little run down of your experience at each event:

Babes in the dirt 1: The hail! Oh my hail! The weather was definitely crazy that first year. I remember when I was unloading my bike and I was just a newbie doing this without my husband and the awesome girls camped next to me were so quick to help me unload my bike.

Babes in the dirt 2: My first year demo’ing a brand new Husky! How awesome is Husqvarna to bring out brand new bikes for girls to rip on the trails? Totes awesome.

Babes in the dirt 3: I was able to join in on a ride led by Ashley Fiolek (I fan-girled a bit). 

Babes in the dirt 4: This event was only a couple months after my mom had lost her battle to cancer. Being able to attend such a friendly event was a heart lift (I know, sappy).

Babes in the dirt 5: Was it just me or was this the first year it wasn’t insanely windy?! It was perfect weather! I joined the Garrahan Off Road Training class on Sunday and had an absolute blast and got a thumbs up from Kacey Martinez (another fan-girl moment). I finally nailed a baby wheelie (if you know me, you know that’s a BIG deal).

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What do you think about how much it has grown?  It’s really impressive to see how large this event has grown. Even though this event has grown hundredfold from the first year, the same atmosphere of girls helping each other load/unload, kick over their bikes and just pick someone up off of the trail is still there, which is the exact reason why I continue to attend the event each year.

 What does the off-road community mean to you personally?  The off-road community to me is a sense of belonging. It’s a sense of support and welcoming. Each thumbs up from another rider or the help pulling a bike out of a ditch and all while still smiling because we all love this sh%&.. that is community.

The Babes in the Dirt community has been one the kindest communities. At each event I have met the coolest and most badass women riders. The Babes in the Dirt event has become an annual trip that I look forward to and a chance to catch up with new and old babes.

Thank you Anya & Ashmore for hosting these events! You two have successfully created an incredibly inspiring and motivating event for beginner and pros riders alike. <3

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babes in the dirt

 

Thank you to all of the Amazing brands that contributed to our Babes in the Dirt Raffle!

With the help of these amazing brands and The Kurt Caselli Foundation we were able to raise enough to cover the entire cost of the ambulance on site at Babes in the Dirt 5! So many ladies got to walk away with some insane prizes! We appreciate the support!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE BRANDS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE RAFFLE!!!!

BABES IN THE DIRT 5 RE-CAP | Our Best Year Yet!

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What a truly incredible weekend!!! This was our 5th year hosting our ladies only off-road campout at Hungry Valley State Park and by far our best year yet. It has been so rewarding to see ladies who started on dirt with us years ago on borrowed or rented bikes with borrowed gear now coming back on their own bikes with their own gear and ripping it up out there. To all the women that learned to ride for the first time or bettered their skills, conquered an obstacle they didn’t think they could, to those who came out to spend quality time on two wheels with friends new and old, YOU are what this is all about and we thank you! This community is full of such amazing and inspiring people and we are lucky to have you growing the sport with us.

So what went down this year for Babes in the Dirt 5? It was back to Quail Canyon MX park, our favorite off-road riding area just 1 hour north of LA. This private space is now our home and with an MX Track, GP track, peewee track , 6+ miles of private trails and direct connection to the entire trail system it could not be a better place to host 700+ for a weekend of good times, good friends and two wheels!

The weekend was jam packed with awesome thanks to our partners!

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Husqvarna Motorcycles came out for the 5th year in a row. Yes, they were with us when we were 60 women in hail storm covered in mud! They brought out a brand new fleet of 30 demo bikes for Babes to enjoy and were able to get over 130 women out on the trails for one of their group rides. We hope everyone walked away as blown away as we are at how incredible these modern machines are and how much they can help to take your riding to the next level. By bringing out the crew of Coach 2 Ride, Husqvarna helped to give over 40 women an opportunity to try out a dirt bike for their very first time and learn the proper skills. We hope to see you all back out there next year, practice is everything. We cannot thank Husqvarna enough for what they are doing to grow the sport! Thank you to the Husqvarna team for believing in us and being such an integral part of growing this amazing community! If any ladies are interested in purchasing one of the demo bikes they rode please contact Jet World Powersports! They are hooking up Babes in the Dirt 5 attendees with KILLER deals! (Ashmore has already bought one of the FE250s from the Demo fleet!)

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Fox Womens made sure that Babes were kitted out in the right gear that fit by offering roost protectors, Moto Boots, and helmets to any riders that needed them all weekend. We can’t stress the importance of having the proper fitting, quality gear when you are out on the track and trails. Fox hosts a survey at their booth every year where they give you the opportunity to share feedback on product. How cool is it to have a major brand like Fox actually listen to you in a way that affects the products they make. Thank you FOX for all that you do for women that ride! Please note that Cinderella moment above as Joy from Fox Racing fits a rider with her MX “slipper” for a perfect fit.

Toyota SoCal helped to take Babes in the Dirt 5 to the next level by turning our humble little pavilion into an awesome hang out zone! They brought the party by hosting a DJ dance party on Friday night and Karaoke contest on Saturday night. I mean really…. what is more fun than a dance party after a day of trail riding? We saw a ton of awesome Toyota rigs rolling in to camp and each and every one of them went home with a Toyota SoCal swag bag. Trophies ranging from mini bike races, to karaoke and dance contests were handed out throughout the weekend thanks to Toyota SoCal. You make off-roading easy!

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FMF was there to support by hosting Mad Moose Media to shoot photos at the event. Each rider got a pro shot of them in action sent to their phone. We can’t wait to see everyone’s shots from the weekend. Post away ladies and make sure to tag FMF and Babes in the Dirt!

FMF has been around since 1973 with a goal of taking the most advanced machinery to its limit by building the world's best performing exhausts! One lucky winner was able to upgrade their ride by winning 1 free FMF exhaust this weekend at the raffle. Thank you for the support and for putting the !!!! in BRAAAAP!!!!!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation has been with us for 2 year now helping to promote safety and providing Ambulance support for our events (no that is not a Franco brother above) Thanks to them and their Riders First Responders Program, 30 attendees came out to Babes in the Dirt 5 as certified first responders fully trained in CPR. KC66 is such an amazing organization and we are honored to have Nancy Caselli participate in our riders meeting and inspire us and remind us that women that ride always have a place in this community and industry.

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WLF Enduro came out for the 3rd year to provide trail support throughout the park and ride sweep on the Husqvarna Demo rides. It’s hard to even find a place to start with this amazing crew of people. They do so much for the riding community and it is a true honor to have them as a part of the Babes in the Dirt family! They spend the weekend helping to pick up bikes, tow motos back to camp, and guide lost riders and just give high fives to the total rippers! You will not find a better crew of people and their motto of Further Together runs throughout our event thanks to them. HUGE shout out to Brooke, Trieste, Kate, and Jenna aka SHEwolves for all of their help this weekend working the event. These awesome ladies put their time and energy in to helping out and we are so grateful!

Thousand Oaks Powersports spent the weekend wrenching! This shop came out for the 4th year in a row with their trackside support rig to help problem solve any bike issues and help to get ladies back on the trails. Thanks to them many riders were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend even after unforeseen bike issues.! Mark and crew put the tools in the attendees hands and helped to guide them while they fixed the bike TOGETHER. If their crew helped you out over the weekend make sure and give them a shout to say THANK YOU

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The National Hare and Hound Association came to Babes in the Dirt 5 for the first time this year. They were on site to help answer any questions about getting in to racing. With decades of riding and racing under their belts these ladies provided so much info to so many riders! We hope to see more of you give racing a try! NHHA hosts a ton of ladies classes in their race series so check them out to see what’s happening in your area. The ladies of NHHA took our little mini bike races to the next level this year to say the least. With classes like 50 cc minis, 60-80cc’s, lemans start 125 cc, relay race, obstacle course race and the ever popular 2-Up Friendship race there was some fun for all. Quite the highlight of the weekend and endlessly entertaining to watch! Thank you for your support and to all the babes that participated in the races.

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babes in the dirt

Brian Garrahan of Garrahan Off-Road Training taught over 100 women the proper skills of riding a dirtbike. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced him and his crew helped to get riders to the next level. Huge shout out to the champ herself Kacy Martinez for being there to coach and demo alongside Brian all weekend. This was such an incredible experience for so many riders. He offers ladies only classes once a month so make sure and check out his website if you want to take one of his classes! You will not regret it!




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Our good friends at VC London came from across the pond to enjoy the weekend with us. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful terrain of Hungry Valley State Park by hitting the trails and track but they also participated in the Garrahan Off-Road Training course! It was so cool to host them at one of our favorite events. VC London also brought us the first ever Babes in the Dirt Team Talks featuring Leah Tokelove (Pro Flat Track Racer from the UK), Nina Buitrago (PRO freestyle BMX rider) and Kacy Martinez (AMA Lifetime achievement award recipient and 2018 Endurocross Champion among a long list of other outdoor championships) It was so inspiring to hear their stories of how they got in to a life on two wheels. Thank you VC London for sharing this with us!

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babes in the dirt

To the awesome staff and crew of Hungry Valley State Park. This is our 5th year there! They spend so much time prepping the track and trails for all the Babes and not to mention the clean up crew giving it their all. Thanks to them we have this amazing space to share with everyone on one of the best weekends of the year.

What we all have built together is truly awesome! We are all leaving this weekend with full hearts and sore muscles. If you enjoyed yourself this weekend will be surviving on throwback for the next few months like we will then please join us for the first ever Babes in the Dirt East!

THANK YOU!!!

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Photos by Heidi Zumbrun