The National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5 to help encourage more women to get in to racing and answer any questions you might have about what it takes to line up at the starting line. Meet Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright . She picked up riding as an adult and with a naturally competitive spirit she went straight in to racing! Read on to hear more about her and make sure to stop by the NHHA booth, say hi and sign up for the mini bike races.
What is your name?
What do you do for a living? Tell us about your job.
(My real job) Copywriter for KISKA. KISKA is the design company for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP. In my job I take all marketing materials and adapt them for the North American motorcycle market. I also help our clients and their management with their business strategy development.
What is NHHA?
NHHA stands for the National Hare and Hound Association.
The top hare and hound series in the country is the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship Series. It is promoted and organized by the AMA’s promoting partner for the series, the National Hare and Hound Association. The NHHA works with local clubs in various regions to build the series to a National standard, and is responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers.
In parallel to the Hare and Hound championship, the NHHA also holds the promotional rights to the regional AMA West Hare Scramble Championship.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada
Where do you live?
I have lived in Southern California since 2011, and currently am located in Lake Elsinore.
When were you first introduced to riding dirt? Who introduced you?
I worked for a racing series (WORCS) from 2007-2011. I didn’t know a thing about how to ride a motorcycle, but I eventually got tired of watching and said, “I think I could do this”. I’m naturally competitive, so in 2010, I bought a 2008 KX 250F and learned how to ride. My best friend at the time Jason Parsons taught me how to ride. Then I met my husband who took me out to the middle of the desert (not weird at all) and taught me how to race.
How long have you been riding?
Since I was 23 (2010/2011).
Why do you like riding dirt?
It’s an amazing feeling to “get out” of town, away from crowds and roads. In the type of riding I like (off-road), there is nothing more satisfying or educational than overcoming an obstacle or hill that made you nervous. You learn a lot about what you’re capable of and it carries over into your daily life in how you approach things.
Two stroke or four?
Four, I’ve only ever really ridden a two-stroke once or twice. I will ride either! But I trust in a four-stroke.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had?
○ 2008 KX 250F
○ 2012 KX 250F
○ 2015 HQV FE 350
○ 2014 HQV FC 250
○ 2017 HQV FX 350
○ 2015 YAM FX 250 F
What do you ride now?
2015 YAM FX 250 F
If you could have 2 bikes what would your other bike be?
Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now? Why did you choose that bike?
While I love the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and what it stands for, the Yamaha suits my riding style better, and is most similar to what I learned on.
Where did you buy your bike from? How was your experience at the dealership?
I have never purchased a motorcycle from a dealership, always from a friend. BUT my first industry job was working in a dealership (Carter Powersports). It was the perfect place to start, you learn so much about what it takes to sell motorcycles, gear and accessories. And the efforts it takes to stay connected with the consumer. I enjoyed my time there. But, I believe there’s a real challenge for today’s dealers to be successful. The millennial generation is tough, and will take open mindedness from the older generation to adapt.
What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?
Lucerne Valley, California is hands down my favorite. Especially after it rains. Lucerne can be wide open, rocky, technical, flowing with sand washes, has high elevation.
What kind of terrain is a challenge for you but you want to master?
Anything with moisture. I don’t ride it enough to be good at it, and it can totally transform the environment!
What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?
We had a National Hare and Hound in Murphy, Idaho, and while it wasn’t “gnarly”, it was relentless. 110-miles of tight trails, it seemed endless! But it was a different kind of “challenge” than I was used to.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
Lucerne Valley, California and the Baja penninsula
What is on your moto bucket list to ride?
Ride through Europe. Nothing more I would love than to eat and ride my way through Europe.
Tell us what it is like to race a Hare and Hound?
It can be very tough, or it can be the most amazing ride ever. Every single location offers a completely different experience. Some rounds are super fun and flowy, others are tight in terrain, sometimes the weather isn’t great and you’re 20-miles from camp! But no matter what, everytime you cross the finish line you gain a sense of accomplishment. And I think that’s important, especially for women who ride.
Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?
No, but the Women’s racing community is pretty tight. We all know each other, and we all support each other on and off the race course.
Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?
Right now, Ken Roczen. I appreciate his mentality and approach to the sport. I recently read an article and it just gave me chills. He’s intense and dedicated to the sport, you can tell he’s less about the image and knows that to be taken seriously you have to be serious.
What was your experience at Babes in the Dirt/Babes Ride Out events?
Babes is so cool. I recommend it to women who ride, or want to learn to ride. It’s a “come as you are” vibe, and I think really important. There’s a great social atmosphere. I remember last year, all the women were standing at the Flat Track Coffee bar. No make up, freezing cold, messy hair and sweat pants. Some girls brought over breakfast to share, others were just sharing stories from the night before. It was like a big sleepover, and a neutral place for women to come together.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about getting in to riding dirt?
DO IT. It’s scary….at first. But isn’t everything until you’re good at it? Stay open minded to learning. Be patient, and know that you don’t have to figure it out in a day. Every skill learned is a new victory! Be humble, know your skill. You’re going to fall, but dress appropriately and laugh when you get up. And don’t let any dude tell you that you can’t….It’s 2019- we can do whatever we want, the way we want!
There are places you would never see other wise in your life riding dirt. The tallest mountain in the distance, you can sit at the top of it, and have fun getting there. It’s an amazing sport.
Anything else you would like to add?
I am super excited to bring a different element to this year’s Babes, and grateful to you guys for embracing the idea.