As we are starting to get closer to hosting our first ever Babes in the Dirt East event in Greeneville, TN, we are getting to know some of the riders who will be joining us. Becca Sheets has been ripping through the woods riding and racing off-road for 19 years. From riding her local tracks with her Dad to racing in the ISDE in France, Becca has lived her life on two wheels. We can’t wait to ride with her in September!
Click Here to register for Babes in the Dirt East | September 20th-22nd at I-81 Motorsports Park
Location: Ohio @Bsheets551
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was an Indiana baby but Ohio is where I was raised and where I currently reside. I really love it here as long as it is not winter time.
Tell us about how you got in to riding dirt. How long have you been riding?
My dad rode and raced dirt bikes for fun for a long time. I grew up at the motocross tracks watching him race. I asked for a dirtbike on my 7th birthday and I’ve been racing ever since. I spent most of my youth years riding motocross and transitioned to off-road in 2011. I’ve been racing for 19 years.
Was there someone specific that inspired you?
My dad was definitely my OG inspiration. But I was inspired by the Pro WMX (then WMA) riders when I was growing up in the sport, like Sarah Whitmore and Tarah Geiger. I looked up to them for so many years aspiring to get to their level some day.
What type of terrain do you like riding the most? Track? Trails? Desert? Mountains? Dualsport?
Anything off-road. I really enjoy technical trail riding in the mountains with friends!
Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life.
PW50 KTM50 JR KX60 RM65 RM85 KTM105 YZ125 YZ250f-x KTM 250xc-f KTM 250SX-f
What bike do you ride now?
What are your goals as a rider? Any specific technique you are working on?
I am always working on my overall technique on the bike. The practice never ends.
Wheelie skills are always a good one to practice though.
My goals as a rider are always evolving, but in a general sense it’s usually just get faster, get better results, and continue to help grow the sport with women in off-road riding/racing.
Tell us about your most epic riding experience.
Definitely my first year doing the ISDE in France. Riding through the backcountry there was so amazing. We got to see parts of the country most tourists would never see.
When did you first hear about Babes in the Dirt?
I noticed it on social media a few years ago out on the west coast.
Tell us what you think about Babes in the Dirt coming to TN. Are you stoked?
I think it’s awesome that there are large groups of women getting together to ride and just hang out, and learn a few tips and tricks along the way.
There’s TONS of women out here on the east coast that love to ride. So any opportunity to attend an event like this is great.
What do you think is the most different about riding in California vs. Tennessee?
I’ve only ridden out in California once in a few different terrains. Its very hard, sandy dirt out there in the trails. Or just one or the other. Out in the TN woods, you will get lots of rocks and roots and possibly some slick sections depending on the weather. It’s usually pretty hard clay based dirt there. So I know on the moto tracks out this way, usually add a lot of mulch to keep some moisture in the dirt.
Any advice for new riders?
Take lessons, learn the proper riding techniques, and put them to practice. It will give you so much more confidence on the bike. :)