COMMUNITY

Come Ride With Us! Fox Women's Ride Day

We've got the entire vet track to ourselves ladies! Babes in the Dirt is proud to support Fox Womens Track day along side Husqvarna Motorcycles Jan 26th at Fox Raceway from 9 AM - 4 PM. The track will be yours the entire day but kids and your dudes can still come and rip the other tracks in the park. No need to preregister, you'll simply pay the standard entrance fee at the gate. FREE Fox Women's tank top while supplies last so get there early! 

THE BREAK DOWN: 

  • 8am – 4pm, everyone is welcome / all ages 

  • Free tank top with paid entry while supplies last

  • Designated track / times for women riders only

  • Rest of park is open to all 

  • Fox Racing raffle and giveaways

  • Husqvarna demos

  • NO preregistration, just show up! 

Bytown Motorcycle Association Presents the Annual Ladies Ride and Social | A Trail Ride & Social Event for Women in the Limerick Forest

Babes in the Dirt Bytown Motorcycle Association

We are proud to support The Ladies Ride and Social is a Trail Ride & Social Event for women in the Limerick Forest, near Brockville Ontario. This one day event is designed for ladies to have fun on the trails and to meet other like minded riders in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is spearheaded by Sascha Lange, Women’s Advocate Bytown Motorcycle Association, and Co-Producer- Ladies Limerick Ride and Social. 

Event Location: Limerick Forest, Oxford Station, Ontario

Social Handles:

Tell us about Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) and what the organization does?

We are a group of novice to expert off-road and dual sport riders who love the dirt. We work hard to develop, maintain, and sustain the off-road trail networks here in Eastern Ontario. Our club hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

Tell us about your annual Ladies Ride and Social (what it is, how long it’s been happening, what the goals are):

The Ladies Ride and Social started in 2016 as a joint event between the Bytown Motorcycle Association and Husqvarna Motorcycles Canada.

What it is:

The goal for the Ladies Ride and Social is to engage women riders and to grow participation by creating an inviting atmosphere that encourages women to join group rides, socialize with other women and to find new riding buddies. We welcome new riders to try a motorcycle for the first time and experienced BMA women to lead groups through their favorite trails.

The key for this event is to make the barrier for participation as minimal as possible by hosting rides for all skill levels and by having a dedicated area to practice finer skills. The event is also free! We create a welcoming environment with a lounge area where riders (and their friends and families) can mingle.  A complimentary BBQ lunch and treats are provided to all ladies and girl participants.The day concludes with a huge prize giveaway where everyone will be a winner!

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What is the riding like in and around the Limerick Forest?

The Limerick forest has a mix of double track and single-track trails. Limerick is a shared use forest. Doubletrack is shared with ATV’s and side by sides and single-track is shared with horses, mountain bikers and hikers.

The doubletrack trails are a great way to start off-road riding. The single-track trails are purposely built as motorcycle trails and as practice trails for enduro. Single-track trails offer twisty turns, hills, sand and roots. Limerick isn’t very rocky like many other riding areas.

The routes in Limerick forest are numbered very clearly as there are many loops around the 2 main parking areas. Connecting the various loops can make for a nice long ride. It’s also convenient to ride back into the gravel pit for breaks and to have some drinks and snacks before continuing your ride. Overall, the Limerick Forest is a super fun and appealing area with lots of accessible single track. It is important for us to note that we promote the respectful use of the forest so the different groups can continue to co-exist on the trails.

What should ladies expect this year?

·         Group rides for all skill levels

·         Skills practice area

·         A lounge for breaks

·         Complimentary lunch and yummy treats

·         Husqvarna Motorcycle Demo Bikes for 18+

·         Prizes for all women and girls!

·         Special Guests!

 Participation is free for ladies and girls!

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Husqvarna Motorcycles in Canada has partnered with the BMA organization and their Ladies Ride and Social event for a few years now, tell us about the relationship and what happens on site.

We have the co-organization of this even dialed. The Husqvarna Motorcycles team provides a nice range of bikes for ladies to try out on the trails or in the skills area. They also amp up the event by creating the lounge area, arrange for special guests and a ton of really cool prizes.

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The BMA’s volunteers lead the group rides, setup the skills area and practical things like registration and parking. Jointly we cover the things that make this event a real social, from the lounge to the food.

How do we sign up!?

·         http://bma1.ca/womens-ride-out.php

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Stepping Outside of Comfort Zones and Advancing Your Skill Set - Brooke's Experience at Husqvarna's New to Moto Training Course at Babes in the Dirt

Careers, marriage, kids, friendships, family and more are things we often try and balance but sometimes we forget to make time for ourselves even though we love all of those magic moments that life gives us with the above. We caught up with Brooke Spiva, former teacher, mom to 4 small girls under 8, and with an attitude of "hell yeah let's go" who took one of the Husqvarna training courses at Babes in the Dirt this year.  Her feedback on the experience including what she learned, how the bike handled, and her overall thoughts on the event as she was able to take the weekend to herself in order to step out and enjoy the camaraderie of hundreds of like minded ladies was refreshing and appreciated. 

I met so many fabulous women who were so very skilled and fearless.  I figure if they can do it, then I should at least try to get over my fears and advance. 
— Brooke Spiva, 36, mom to 4 girls, total ripper!
  • Name: Brooke Spiva, age 36
  • Location: Ventura, CA
  • Instagram handle: I'm too old for instagram!
Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

What you do for a living:    

I am a stay-at-home mom with four girls under the age of 8. I used to be a teacher in a private elementary school.  In that school I taught third grade. 

How did you hear about Babes in the Dirt and what made you want to attend?

I heard about Babes Ride Out about two years ago while getting my hair done.   I was busy telling the stylist how I used to surf, snowboard, run, and ride dirt bikes when one of the stylists chimes in and said I should do Babes in the Dirt. Once I heard about the event that was it, I had to go! 

Why did you decide to go for it and sign up to learn?

I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was a young girl, so I didn’t need the basics, but I wanted to try out a Husqvarna.  I am short, so I definitely needed the beginner class for the tall demo bikes! I also wanted to go on a guided ride, because I could push myself and get better. 

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What was your off-road experience like before you took the class?

I have been on a dirt bike since I was a toddler (on the front with my dad).  I can hill climb a lot of things, but I’m scared of downhills and speeding.  I think the biggest preconceived notion about a Husqvarna class is that you will be on a bike that fits you.  Just know that if you are not comfortable on a huge bike then sign up for the “never been on a bike” class because that’s where they will put you after you struggle with the big bikes.  I made that mistake and had to wait until the end to get on an 80 and boy was that bike fun. 

What was the training class like?

Two years ago (@ Babes in the Dirt 2) I was able to ride the lower bike and I learned how to use a rekluse clutch.  My guide, Ashley, was amazing. She let me ride her lowered bike and I was able to follow the leader on the trails. She was patient and right there for anyone who had fallen. 

How did you like the Husqvarnas?

I love the Husqvarna bikes.  I tried the TC85 and had a blast!! It was super responsive and fast! I took it around the beginner track a few times and then around the advanced track, and had so much fun! 

Did your opinion of off-roading change by taking the class?

I learned that I have a long way to go to get better that I really need to get comfortable on the downhills and on the taller bikes.  I met so many fabulous women who were so very skilled and fearless.  I figure if they can do it, then I should at least try to get over my fears and advance. 

Are you looking into furthering your off-road skills?

Of course.  I want to get to be the best rider I can be so that I can go more places and have more fun. I’d love to be able to keep up with the advanced class someday. 

Will we see you in the dirt again?

Definitely! I plan to get out to every single Babesin The Dirt there is! I think it should be called just Babes Ride Dirt! I can’t wait to sign up for the next class and jump in that TC85 again!  

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Babes in the Dirt Proudly Supports East Coast's Ladies Only Over and Out Moto Adventure

We love events that gets ladies off the grid and on two wheels. Our dear friend Kelly has created her own event, Over and Out, for east coast ladies looking to improve their off-roading skills and connect with more like minded people who enjoy the sport. There is still room to join so read! 

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Over And Out is for ladies who ride all levels of off-road motorcycles, dirt bikes, enduros and more! In the Northeast, public riding land is nearly non-existent, so they are opening the gates to 1,000 acres of private extensive trail network and a variety of street-legal terrain options just for their attendees!

EVENT DETAILS

Date: FRIDAY 6/22 4pm - SUNDAY 6/24 2pm.  SAT & SUN are the only riding days, mandatory riders meeting SATURDAY 8:30am. 

Location: Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club's 1,000 acre private property in Hancock NY.  More about the property here

Riding Options:  See the current schedule and riding options here

  • New riders can cruise beginner-friendly grass tracks and fields, or sign up* for a 1-hour group lesson (bike included).
  • Intermediate to advanced woods and trail riders can rip a variety of marked woods loops on-site. (Full dirt tires required). 
  • Dual sport/adventure riders can pick up a REV'IT route map and explore local routes off-site or sign up* for a guided intermediate dual-sport ride. 

The event is for ladies only, age 21+ and will be held rain or shine.  Please read all info and FAQ's on https://www.overandoutmoto.com

Have fun ladies and we hope to join you next year! - A & A