Babes in the Dirt East

Babes in the Dirt East | Everything You Need to Know

We are so excited that you will be joining us for the first annual Babes in the Dirt East event! We wanted to consolidate all of the info for the event in one email. At this time, all admission tickets and transfer options have ended.

Gates open at 10AM sharp on Friday 9/20/19. There will be no access to the park prior to that. As you arrive please have your ID ready and the registration team will get you checked in and parked in your camp spot. Friendly reminder, if you are under 18, you must  be accompanied by an adult to enter the property and take part in the event. 

 Location: I81 Motorsports Park: 3507 W Pines RD Greeneville, TN 37745

Mandatory riders meeting at 12:00PM on the main camp stage

  • Event schedule: click Here

  • Concession stand menu: click HEREYou are welcome to bring your own food and beverage on site as well

At this time, pre registration for classes and demos have shut down. If you missed out, please check to see if any spots are still available when you arrive on site.

  • DC Dirt Camp Bike Rentals and New Rider Class: click Here

  • Ashley Fiolek MX Schools are completely full on Friday and Saturday BUT if you would like to drop in to the class on Sunday make sure and bring $100 cash to join. Click Here for more info.

  • Moto Anatomy Flat Track Training has a handful of open spots throughout the weekend. If you decide you would like to join please bring $100 cash on site. Click Here for more info.

 What to bring:

  • Towel & toiletries for the showers

  • Headlamp or flashlight for after dark

  • Gas for your bike

  • Plenty of water

  • Cash for merch or the concession stand

  • Food if you don’t want to eat at the concession stand

  • All your riding gear

  • All your camping gear

  • Portable phone charge (there is nowhere to charge your phone on site)

  • Sunscreen

  • Camp chair

Gates close at 2pm sharp on Sunday. Please make sure you that you are loaded up and headed home before 2pm. We will see ya next year!

Rules:

  • Name on ticket must match ID

  • Ladies only (except for park staff)

  • Event is 16+ and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Helmets ON anytime a bike is in motion

  • Buddy system only! Please do not go out into the woods by yourself. There are plenty of other riders on site who would join you!

  • No drinking and riding

  • No burn outs or hot doggin’

  • Trash must be properly disposed of. Please help us keep the site clean & leave no trace

  • Wristbands must be worn at all times

  • Parking decals must stay visible in rear-views

  • No Eazy Ups are allowed to be set up for safety reasons.

  • No burning of anything at your camping space. There will be a bonfire each night.

  • No one is allowed to hang banners or signage at their camp site.

  • No one is permitted to sell or handout anything on site (no stickers, flyers, business cards etc). We spend countless hours cleaning these items up as people trash them 99% of the time and again, it's not fair to our sponsors.

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Sandriana Shipman to Coach Flat track Training at Babes in the Dirt East

We are beyond stoked to welcome professional flat track racer, #55, Sandriana Shipman to Babes in the Dirt East! Sandriana will be assisting Johnny Lewis’s Moto Anatomy class during the event and helping ladies of all skill sets increase their knowledge, handling, and confidence as they slide sideways through the track. We can’t even begin to explain how much these classes help you become a better rider (in the dirt and the street). Becoming a better rider doesn’t mean you are the fastest, it means you are better educated and more confident on two wheels which can only come with putting in the seat time. We are so grateful as Babes in the Dirt and Babes Ride Out to be able to partner with people like Johnny Lewis and Sandriana to bring some fun to the track while helping riders (new and old) become more skilled. Red on to get to know Sandriana and make sure to sign up for Moto Anatomy during Babes in the Dirt East by signing up HERE.

My love for two wheels began when I was just three years old on the rail road tracks behind my house. My dad put me on a PW 50 for the first time and I haven't looked back since. By the time I was seven my dirt track career had started before I even knew it. I traded the nearby trails for local indoor racing at the "Thunderdome" in Middletown, NY and instantly fell in love with the added adrenaline rush of bar banging and close competition.  

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From there my Father and I began traveling to all of the nearby AMA District 3 tracks collecting trophies and championships along the way. Eventually I made my way onto the National Flat Track scene during the 2014 Amateur Grand National Championship races at the famous Springfield Fair Grounds. I finished 6th overall racing 450's against all the boys even though I missed the last day; Dad had to get back to work to pay for racing.

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After some bad luck and broken bones in 2015 I found myself racing bikes older than I was competing at all the AMA Vintage Nationals. I walked away from 2016 with a National #1 plate and a ton of new connections made. I still felt like I had more potential left and deep down I wanted to prove that I could run with the best of the best in American Flat Track's singles class. I was met with some more challenges in 2017 between injuries and the struggles of traveling the US in my SUV and small trailer. Before I knew it I was lined up for my first professional main event at Calistoga. Finally everyone started to see that I was a serious contender against the boys.  

Unfortunately for me.. racing always seems to create unexpected circumstances. In just the third round of the 2018 AFT season I was seriously injured. I sat out until the last three races of the series when I teamed up with RMR Honda. At the very last race of 2018, the “Meadowlands Mile,” I made my second American Flat Track Single Main Event. For 2019 I decided to form my own team, by utilizing all of my resources I was set to be under the “TripleNickelRacing” banner. But, as seems to be the story of this 5’2” 100lb girl, I am injured again. I compressed vertebra in my spine for the third time… As I write this I'm on the mend yet again. I may have some more metal holding my bones together and a few more battle-scars but I'm more driven and determined to comeback stronger than ever before. I appreciate everyones on-going support throughout my career and especially during my recent recovery.



DC Dirt Camp Dirt Bike Rental and Optional New Rider Class x Babes in the Dirt East

Alright ladies! We have a rental option open for you for Babes in the Dirt East and since its limited, you had better act fast! DC Dirt Camp has everything you need to get your boots dirty including bike, gear, and even optional instruction that is included in your rental price! Read the below entirely and if you have ANY questions and / or are ready to rent, please contact DC Dirt Camp directly as they will help you get dialed in and ready for Babes in the Dirt East as all info, contact, etc is found in this blog post :)

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Meet DC Dirt Camp’s Owner and Head Coach BJ Hessler MSF Coach

Owner and head coach BJ Hessler is currently based outside of Washington, DC but has lived all over the US including Rochester NY, Boston MA, and Denver CO. She has been riding road bikes for over 20 years and dirt bikes/ADV bikes for about 6 years. Her 2015 motorcycle tour through Patagonia fanned the flames of her desire to lead tours and teach off-road riding skills. She has been a snowboard instructor, yoga teacher as well as a student of myriad disciplines both academic and athletic. BJ got started teaching the MSF Basic Dirt Bike Curriculum as an assistant coach with Xplor-Int in Nottingham, PA in 2017. She received her Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike Coach certification in Mendocino, CA early Spring 2018. She has also had numerous off-road coaches along the way. From the outstanding staff at BMW Academy’s off road school on big bikes, to Danny Walker’s American Super Camp on small dirt bikes, to her extensive training with Pat Jaques of ADV Woman on all sorts of bikes, big and small.

Soooo What Will I Learn if I Opt into Classes with BJ?

DC Dirt Camp aims to help students not only learn to ride, but also to gain confidence and practice resilience; character traits that will prepare students to face life on life’s terms. Mastering the basics on a motorcycle can be empowering, fulfilling and fun! Starting out on a dirt bike is by far less intimidating than learning on a street bike first. The grass, protective gear, and relatively light weight of most dirt bikes make them ideal for new riders. We start with the absolute basics: what all the parts of the bike are and what they do. Then quickly move onto controlling the bikes using the hand controls, especially the clutch. We work through a progressive series of closed range exercises where one skill builds on the prior with lots of practice time on each new drill. Once the clutch us understood, we will work on shifting gears, standing on the pegs, and working toward smaller radius turns, balance, throttle and continuous clutch control as the class progresses. We leave some time at the end for free riding as well with your rental bike. Small class sizes allow for individual coaching and feedback over the 3-4 hours of instruction. Each student will be pushed but also supported and encouraged.

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Alright! This Sounds Rad, Give Me All the Details!

  1. No prior experience required, just a good attitude toward learning and personal growth! What's included: Dirt bike, fuel, helmet, goggles, elbow pads, shin/knee pads, and free t-shirt, tank top or hat of your choice!

  2. What you need to provide yourself: Long sleeve shirt, pants, over-the-ankle-boots, gloves

  3. No prior motorcycle/dirt bike experience required for class. Hopefully student can and has ridden a bicycle successfully prior to coming to class. If renting a bike without taking the optional class, proficiency with a manual motorcycle clutch, balance/traction in dirt and other basic skills of safely riding off-road is expected and required

  4. To register, CLICK HERE and scroll to "Special Events". Select the day/time you'd like to rent a bike/take class and fill in the form. Payment will be collected at time of registration via credit card. No refunds for cancellations, and rental is non-transferable to other people or other time slots. Please be prompt and arrive at least 15 minutes before your rental time/class starts to ensure all forms are signed and to get geared up. Hydrate before class and/or bring a Camel Pak.

Still need more info? No problem! The quickest way to reach BJ by email info@dcdirtcamp.com

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Babes in the Dirt East September 20-22nd | Greeneville Tennessee at i81 Motorsports Park

Introducing Babes in the Dirt East taking place Sept 20-22nd 2019 in beautiful Greeneville, Tennessee at I-81 Motorsports Park and will include tons of open track and trail riding as well as sign ups for training courses in flat track, moto X and enduro cross. You will not want to miss this one. Tickets and all info launch April 29th.

Want to connect to like minded ladies now? We have the official event pages set up on our Facebook. Simply click below and check the “going” box.

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