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Kurt Caselli Foundation Partners With Babes in the Dirt 5 to Support On Site Ambulance

Safety is something we take seriously as and event and as individuals. Since we have access to a MX track for Babes in the Dirt 5, we take extra precautions to ensure we have immediate on site help if the situation arises. Ambulances are not cheap and the costs exceed over $5,000 for the event but not having one is simply not an option. Once again, the Kurt Caselli Foundation has stepped in to generously help the biggest part of the cost and we will have an on site raffle to raise the small amount of additional funds needed. 100% of any extra funds raised will into future education that KFC provides annually that focuses on the safety within the off-road industry. Thank you KCF! We are forever grateful for your kindness and care for all those who ride.

Kurt Caselli Foundation

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013. The focus of the foundation is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. While we understand the inherent elements of danger in this industry, we aim to help minimize this danger to the best of our ability. The foundation has a three-part mission that encompasses safety precautions for riders before, during, and after a racing career.

1. Before racing, we are committed to encouraging, developing, and standardizing safety precautions that will help minimize risk outside of the rider's control.

2. During racing, we are committed to developing, establishing, and encouraging the use of safety equipment and policies to increase the safety of the riders.

3. After racing, we are committed to providing a safety net that allows and encourages former racers to further their education and reach career goals for themselves and their families.

All this is done through the loving memory of Kurt Caselli, friend, racer, son, and so much more. Read more about his legacy and those who keep his memory alive by clicking HERE.

Founded in honor of the legend  @KurtCaselli66 . Protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders.

Founded in honor of the legend @KurtCaselli66. Protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders.

Thousand Oaks Powersports | Babes in the Dirt 5

Thousand Oaks Powersports has been coming out to Babes in the Dirt for 3 years now! Between all the events they have fixed over 200 motorcycles on site to help get Babes back in the Dirt! They are coming back for our 5th year to offer trackside support. In addition to being there to help problem solve and wrench where needed, they will have some spare parts etc available for purchase in case you take a spill. Read on to hear more about Thousand Oaks Powersports and the crew!

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Lots of rain = great off road riding.

Thousand Oaks Powersports will be celebrating 50 years in business this year and this off road season has been one of the best in recent memory. Babes in the Dirt 5 at Gorman is shaping up to be epic! This being our third year at Babes in the Dirt, we are keenly aware of what may come up so we’re getting ready a little earlier this year. Between Babes in the Dirt 3 and 4 we have fixed over 200 motorcycles! 2019 marks our 31st year doing trackside support for riders and racers at events all over the country.

Our mission at Babes in the Dirt is to make sure your bike (or gear) is working properly so you can enjoy the entire weekend riding. If you’re having bike trouble, come find us! We’ll do our very best to get you rolling as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a rental or it’s your own ride, we’ll try to get you going. As usual, our services are free of charge, but if there is a part you need to fix your bike you’ll have to pay for that. Anyone attending Babes in the Dirt will get a discount on bikes, parts, accessories, riding gear and service at our shop leading up to the event. Last year we had several riders buy bikes and gear from us before and after the event and we definitely appreciate the support!

This year our team at Babes in the Dirt will be a little different. Our Chief Technician, Charles Price, will be there wrenching on bikes. Chas is a master tech and a former pro racer. Chas’ approach to working on bikes is next level. He’s also one of the most patient and informative people you’d hope to meet. If you have questions about how motorcycles work, Chas is the person to ask! Two familiar faces, Mark and Laura, will be there trying to keep up with Chas.   

Aside from fixing motorcycles, we are here to pass on knowledge. There are no stupid questions when it comes to motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if you ride a TT-R 110 or a 500 EXC, if you have questions, we want to help. Whether you want to know how a carburetor works or you’re thinking about buying your next bike, we can guide you in finding answers.

 

It’s been an honor to be a part of Babes in the Dirt and we’re looking forward to another fun weekend.

 

One last thing, don’t forget your spark arrestors. See you there!

National Hare and Hound Association at Babes Ride Out 5

Interested in getting in to racing? Racing your motorcycle can seem intimidating to some, especially if you don’t know much about it. The crew at the National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes Ride Out 5 to answer any questions you have about getting in to racing as well as hosting the ever-popular mini bike races this year! Read on to learn more about NHHA and what they are all about.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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"Prior to 1986, many hare and hound races were called “National” races, but they were not recognized as a series by the AMA until 2009. It was during this time that the AMA officially promoted the “National” series by arranging the race series with interested clubs. Following their efforts, the “National Hare and Hound Association” was formed to manage the series with the support of the AMA. The National Hare and Hound Association is the promoting partner of the AMA for the AMA National Hare and Hound and West Hare Scramble Championship series'. Our group works with local clubs in various regions to build these series' to a professional standard, and we are responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers. We are a team made up of 75% women who are actual racers, motorcycle riders and fans off off-road racing. 

The NHHA is excited to be onsite at Babes in the Dirt 5 to serve as a source of information for all women who are curious about how to get started in racing! Whether its motocross or off-road, we are excited to educate women who are interested in unleashing their competitive side on two wheels. We invite all ladies to visit us on-site and ask any questions they may have, and we'll have plenty of resources and handouts on site to get you started on the right path. Our goal is simply to help break down the entry barriers for women so that they can feel confident they belong in motorcycle racing. On Saturday night we are also hosting the Babes Mini Bike race, so be sure to stop by the our ez-up located next to Husqvarna Motorcycles to sign up and ask any questions you may have about how to get started in racing."

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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! 

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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Pushing Limits | My Experience on a Husqvarna at Babes in the Dirt 4

It's not everyday you have the opportunity to try out a brand new Husqvarna dirt bike. Coming from a street background, dirt is still very new to me. You'd think if you had years of experience on the road, dirt would be  breeze but its not. It takes discipline and courage to get better at riding off-road and every time I've had the chance to ride a Husqvarna, I always walk away a more confident rider but this year, I actually shocked myself...

Anya about to take me on some of the green routes behind camp. I like to take my time, get used to the machine, and no one is more accommodating than my road dog Anya 

Anya about to take me on some of the green routes behind camp. I like to take my time, get used to the machine, and no one is more accommodating than my road dog Anya 

With the event space changing, I was challenged to try new things. I'd never been on a mini track. Quail Canyon had 2 on the premises and after a few rips up and down the hill side getting used to the Husqvarna, I felt ready to try it. Turns out this track was the perfect area to practice my cornering. The track was wide, offered tons of visibility, and had a few opportunities to get a tiny bit of air. After 20+ times around the loop, I wanted to step it up. 

Ripping it up on the mini track! Cornering was something I needed work on. This track helped me improve my skills! With every loop, I learned so much on the Husqvarna. 

Ripping it up on the mini track! Cornering was something I needed work on. This track helped me improve my skills! With every loop, I learned so much on the Husqvarna. 

In the past I never would have hit the big track as most tracks have tons of fast as hell riders and for me to try and weasel my way in woud have caused carnage. Having the track groomed and all to ourselves only happens at Babes in the Dirt so I knew it was now or never. With a heightened confidence and a pep talk, I hit the big track on the 250.

You could not get me off that track. I stayed on it until my body couldn't take it anymore. There was another girl out there cheering me on the entire time (I don't know who she was but if she is reading this, it meant the world to me). The bike cut into the dirt like no other and soon I found myself going faster and faster. The thrill was like nothing I had ever felt before and the the time I spent out there seemed like a flash. To be on that bike, on that track, in that moment was pure bliss. 

Anya telling me I slayed it! 

Anya telling me I slayed it! 

That night I couldn't stop talking about my experience on the bike and hitting the track. I was so proud that I pushed my limits and hearing that others did the same while demoing the Husqvarna fleet made me smile until my face hurt. Thank you again to the entire Husqvarna team for providing these incredible machines for us during Babes in the Dirt 4. You made hundreds of ladies incredibly stoked and helped me personally push myself further than I thought possible.