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.
- Name: Brooke Spiva, age 36
- Location: Ventura, CA
- Instagram handle: I'm too old for instagram!
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.
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!