We have been looking up to Megan Griffiths aka @megs_braap for a few years now. Watching her ripping through the woods in BC, practicing braaaping over logs, or training with as much strength and determination as on can muster is truly inspiring. Megan applies herself to riding with all she’s got and drives the rest of us to push ourselves a bit harder. We cannot wait to meet her at Babes in the Dirt 4 this year! Read on to get to know a little more about her.
Where are you from?
I am from Kelowna, BC.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 27 years old. I am an electrician but I have been working towards making a career in the motorcycle industry. I am working towards putting on riding clinics and group rides soon! I also love filming, editing, and creating content for my YouTube channel. I love spreading the love for the sport. Outside of riding, I'm a pretty adventurous person. I love snowboarding, camping, hiking, trail building, and basically anything outdoors. I am also a crazy dog lady haha. My dog and I go everywhere together, he's my partner in crime.
How did you get in to riding dirt bikes?
How I got into riding is pretty random. I had always wanted something with a motor ever since I was a young child. I loved adventure and I loved the thought of ripping around in the woods and exploring. I wasn't sure whether I wanted a quad or a bike but I eventually made the decision to get a bike at random and I'm really glad I made that choice! I didn't really have anyone to teach me so I basically just motored around on forest service roads for a couple of years until I met Hippy (just picture a long haired man wearing a hoody and pyjama pants in the dead of summer). He was working at our local riding area as the "camp host". He was the first person to really influence me with my riding. He basically showed me what woods riding is all about and helped mould me into the rider I am today.
How long have you been riding?
I have been riding for ten years now.
What is it about riding that you love so much?
There are a couple of things that I absolutely love about riding dirt bikes. The first thing is the adventure of it. I can't get enough of exploring new places and finding new terrain. I always need to see what's around the next corner or over the next hill! Being out in the woods is the best place for me. Another reason I love it so much is for the feeling you get when you start improving your skills and becoming a better rider. There is no better feeling than when you leave your comfort zone and succeed at something you couldn't do before. There is no limit to what you can do on a bike, the bar just gets higher and higher as you get better. There is no end to the challenge!
Where is your favorite place to ride?
My favourite place to ride would have to be here in Kelowna. My riding area is called Bear Creek. We have hundreds of kilometres of single track trails through the mountains. We have such a variety of terrain type as well as trail difficulty. It's a really great place for me to train and have a whole lot of fun.
Is there somewhere in the world that is on your riding bucket list that you have not been to yet? Where?
I've always wanted to ride Moab in Utah. I've seen so many pictures and videos of all these amazing rock features and I've just been dying to check it out for a long time now.
What type of riding do you love most? Track, trails, single track, sand, enduro cross?
Aah that's a tough one for me because I really enjoy almost all types of off road riding. I love riding the track because it's fun to go really fast, rail berms, and fly through the air, I love riding trails because of the adventure and the challenge of new or challenging terrain, and I love riding sand because it's super tough and is really great cross training for woods and track. If I had to choose an all time favourite though.... I would have to say trails.
Share one of your most challenging riding experiences.
One of my most challenging riding experiences outside of the ISDE in Spain would have to be my first time riding and area we have here in BC called McNutt. This place is known for it's tough terrain. It pours rain almost every day and the trails are all made up of boulders, roots, more boulders, and even more roots. Honestly, I remember looking at the trails and just assuming that it wasn't even physically possible to ride up. Clutch control, balance, and proper body positioning and weighting is hugely important there. Riding this stuff after riding the fast, flowy terrain back home for so long was definitely a wake up call. I may have had a "McNutt meltdown".... or two while I was there hahah. This place opened my eyes once more to what is possible to do on a bike though. It just made me want to try harder, learn more, and get better.
Tell us what it was like to race the ISDE?
Racing the ISDE was definitely the craziest thing I've ever done. I was so nervous going into it and had no idea what to expect. It was really really tough, physically and mentally. The days were long, and I had injured myself pretty badly on the first day. Finishing this 6 day race was probably the hardest thing I've ever done. I have many bad memories in the very back of my mind of the pain and the struggles with my separated shoulder and my concussion. The cool thing is though, that I actually have a lot of good memories as well. My mind was blown when I experienced the camaraderie even between teams from different countries. We had some really nasty conditions after some heavy rain and there were times out there when we'd work together to make it through. I specifically remember riding with one of the girls from Slovakia. We were similar in speed and we basically stuck together and got through. If I could use one word to describe my experience at this event, I'd say it was EPIC.
What bike do you ride currently and why do you love it?
I currently ride a 2017 Husqvarna TX 300 and a 2018 Husqvarna FX 350. I love my 2 stroke (the TX 300) in the technical terrain because it's light, nimble, and a total tractor. That bike is nearly impossible to stall. I love my 4 stroke (FX 350) in the more open terrain because it's smooth, planted, extremely fast, and is SO MUCH fun to ride in the fast, flowy trails.
What are your goals as a rider? Who do you look up to in the moto world?
My goals as a rider are to continue to improve on my skills and broaden my skill set. By that I mean that I want to become a more well rounded rider. Motocross, enduro cross, cross country, you name it! I love it all and I want to work on my skills in all these categories :). I look up to riders like Chris Birch and Graham Jarvis for their incredible skills, and I look up to riders like Victoria Hubacek and Malcolm Hett for their skills on the bikes but also for their passion and love for the sport. I watched both of them racing when I first started and they were a really positive influence on me.
Have you ever heard of Babes in the Dirt?
I heard about Babes in the Dirt last year on Instagram but was unable to come down and check in out.
Are you looking forward to Babes in the Dirt 4?
I am really looking forward to attending this event! I can't wait to meet a bunch of like minded women who ride motorcycles! What could be better right?!
What advice do you have for someone who is interested in riding?
My advice to someone who wants to get into riding is to never sell yourself short. It may seem tough or overwhelming when you first start but the possibilities are endless! I truly believe that anyone can achieve any level of greatness at whatever they are doing. It all depends on how badly they want it :).
photos by Ashley Kalizuk @ashkaleigh