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!