Over and Out Moto

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! 

Babes in the Dirt

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 

Meet Kelly McCaughey and Get Ready for the Ladies Only Over and Out Moto Event!

With a love for off-roading, a "hell yeah" attitude, and organizational skills like no other, our dear friend Kelly McCaughey launched into her first event production for off-road loving ladies called Over and Out Moto. Over And Out is a ladies-only campout experience for girls who ride (or want to ride) Woods and Enduro dirt bikes, as well as Dual-Sports and Adventure bikes. Their first event is being held June 22-24th in Hancock, NY (just a couple hours from NYC). We are proud to sponsor this event and can't wait to see this east coast off-roading event become a staple in the dirt, enduro, adventure communities!

Over and Out Flyer Art by Lydia Roberts

Over and Out Flyer Art by Lydia Roberts

"Our first event is going to be a more intimate one, with about 100 tickets available.  I’m already certain it’s going to sell out. ;)" - K.P creator of Over and Out Moto

The immediate goal of Over And Out is to provide access to riding land for women in the Northeast. The property is beautiful and amazing. With over 1,000 acres of private woods & enduro trail network, a covered pavilion, massive bonfire pits and zero light pollution. The little town of Hancock sits right where the Delaware river splits in two, and the routes that explore the Upper Delaware make for some really excellent dual-sport riding.

Heather MacEachern by Joanne Galley 

Heather MacEachern by Joanne Galley 

Publicly accessible riding land is practically non-existent. Most land is private, so her immediate goal was to open up access to some great riding terrain so women could go, ride, learn and connect with each other.

"The larger goal of Over And Out is to help in educate women about all the different types of off-road riding terrain and bikes: enduro, dual sport, adventure, trail riding and more. The name Over And Out refers to the two-pronged vision I have for this event: OAO offers completely off-road tracks and trails that go “Over” the mountain (on-site) as well as local trails and street-legal routes that go “Out” (off-site)" - K.P

Private property dedicated to the ladies to rip around at Over and Out Moto 

Private property dedicated to the ladies to rip around at Over and Out Moto 

K.P wanted to cater to both groups so that women could ride the bikes they own, but also to facilitate cross-exposure, so they could get a deeper understanding of the differences in these machines and the terrain they are suited for. The more they understand, the more success they will have in riding!

What inspired you to create this event and who is helping you? 

I ride with all men mostly, which is totally fine and awesome – love my guy friends! But, there were definitely times where it would’ve been great to have someone similar to me, physically and mentally, to learn with. So it definitely started with the desire to have a riding buddy who was just like me.

K.P ripping it up. Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

K.P ripping it up. Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

I was also inspired by Babes Ride Out and Babes In the Dirt.  I was drawn to these events to begin with, but over the past couple of events I’ve met some of the nicest girls and have became part of the team that works on their East Coast street event each year.  

I knew more girls would get into riding dirt, and sure enough they have. More girls started asking me where they could ride, or asking me if I could teach them.  But because of the no-land, no-rental situation in our area it can be a difficult sport to get into. So I felt the tides turning toward a great and fun opportunity – to create access and community, to give other girls the opportunity to ride.

Babes In The Dirt stepped up to support Over And Out right away, and I’m so proud to be associated with an event that has grown to be beloved by so many female riders.

I also partnered with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club of Hancock, NY to open the gates to their amazing 1,000 acre private property.  The club was formed decades ago by riders who wanted to preserve their access to recreational riding land.

Endless wooded trails! 

Endless wooded trails! 

The BCS property is private, open only a couple times each year for AMA-sanctioned riding events, of which the proceeds are typically donated to the local community. This year, Over And Out, will be their first ever all-female event!

How long have you been riding and what's in your garage?

I’ve been riding for about 6-7 years, and started riding the more challenging off-road terrain about 3 years ago.  A majority of the riding I do now is off-road and very technical. For that I’m currently on a Honda CRF150f.

I have a Yamaha XT250 dual-sport that I consider my ‘street-bike’. We live in some pretty countryside with historic farms and old dirt roads. So the XT is perfect for local riding, a ride to breakfast. It has really great power delivery and features and if I need to cut through a field or something I’m golden.

I also have a Honda XR100r that was my first bike. It’s a great bike for friends to learn on or for little mini races on the track in our back woods.  I’ll be bringing that up to OAO as well for mini-motocross games.

What do you do for a living?

I am a graphic designer, writer, and I manage websites, social media accounts, email programs and coordinate events. I have done a lot in visuals or graphics, but also communications, coordinating, logistics and management. Currently, I work for a video production company and a few freelance clients.

I also work with Babes Ride Out to assist in producing their East Coast event in Narrowsburg, NY every year (my FAVE “job”!)

I think it’s these qualities in addition to my love of riding that make me pretty naturally suited to producing an event like Over And Out!

Going from Street to Dirt? 5 Tips for Riding Dirt by Kelly McCaughey, Creator of the Ladies East Coast Dirt Bike Event Over and Out

"I’m super stoked for anyone who wants to try riding dirt for the first time or take off-road riding to the next level, because riding is as rewarding as it is challenging, both physically and mentally. There’s a lot to learn, and to keep learning for many years to come" - Kelly McCaughey | Creator of the Ladies East Coast Dirt Bike Event Over and Out 

Babes in the Dirt

Getting started or making progress can be tough if you’re not set up for success with the right information and guidance.  So, whether you are a street rider trying dirt for the first time, or new rider altogether, these tips should help you understand a little more of what to expect, and what to do, as you set your sights off-road.

1. Start Small

I think one of the biggest mistakes newer riders make is to start riding on a bike that is way too big for them.  In street riding, as riders gain experience and confidence, they may seek to increase engine size because that affords them more stability and comfort at higher speeds for longer distances.

When making the switch to off-road, many riders think this street experience translates to dirt, but it doesn’t.  So, regardless of what cc engine you’re riding on the highway you should always start small with a bike you can handle confidently.  There is so much that even smaller bikes can do, so don’t underestimate them.

In truth, riding a smaller bike doesn’t make everything easier. Many things are harder on a small bike, but you can seriously benefit from that!  The wheels may be smaller, the suspension leaner – and all that jostling around can do a lot to help you develop core muscles and reactions to sudden movements that would otherwise throw you off.

2. Invest in Gear, practice ATGATT

What’s ATGATT? All The Gear, All The Time. Trust me, because I’m one of the many people who learned this the hard way.  And look, even if YOU do everything right, you’re riding in nature so there are variables beyond your control. Slippery rocks, roots, sand, you name it. As they say, “it’s not IF you fall, it’s when.”  So gear up!

First, invest in a decent dirt helmet.  Dirt helmets and street helmets are different. They are made from different materials, and they are tested differently.  Dirt gear companies will also offer different levels of helmets, with the levels being in direct relation to the materials, weight and technical features.  If you’re planning on riding a lot, and you like your brain, I say spring for a decent level helmet.

Other types of gear include: knee and elbow pads or braces, neck braces, chest protectors and back protectors. 

My favorite piece of gear is the Fox Titan vest. It covers shoulders, elbows, chest and has full back coverage. It’s also connected with mesh, so on hot days I can layer it over a tank top, and on cold days I can layer it under a riding jacket.  I’ve taken some serious spills in this thing and walked away un-bruised and un-broken.

Babes in the Dirt

3. Learn the Fundamentals

In any and every sport, the fundamentals of form are crucial! Form comes first, speed comes later.  There are a ton of different techniques you can and should practice, including these basics:

Body position:  A lot of new riders sit too far back on a dirt bike. You should be seated or standing directly above the pivot point of the bike (basically the center engine and foot-peg area).  Your head should be just over the handlebars, elbows up and out.

Babes in the Dirt

Leg and foot positions: Squeezing with your knees helps steady your body to the bike, supporting your body weight with your legs rather than your arms. You want to keep weight and tension off your arms to avoid getting arm pump and to keep the center of gravity low.

When standing (which you should be as much as possible) you want to be on the balls of your feet so you are more at-the-ready to make different movements. It’s good practice to place your bike on a bike stand, stand on the pegs and practice shifting your feet on and off the brake and clutch back to the balls of the feet to build muscle memory. 

Babes in the Dirt

I personally don’t ride in sand too much, and upon my first visit to Babes In The Dirt I was advised by my own crew to maintain the grip in my knees, keep the front end light and keep on the throttle. Sure enough those simple tips made adapting to the sand that much easier.

4. Take Advantage of Education

Again, there is so much to learn when it comes to riding dirt and that learning curve can extend for decades depending on what you’re riding and where! A lot of this information that I’m relaying to you today has come to me from people who have coached me, but also from training resources, manuals, magazines and more.

Think for a second about the world’s best Motocross racers. We’re talking about a relatively small group of exceptional athletes out of millions of people in this world, and they still have trainers.  They’re not out there just riding; they’re training, and getting feedback and assessment from coaches and training experts. 

Babes in the Dirt

So, take advantage of lessons, classes and instruction from experienced riders and trainers.

5.  Get that PMA!

Positive Mental Attitude is something that can change your life, and I believe the reason I meet so many great people through off-road riding is because they all understand and subscribe to this general practice of PMA. 

With street riding you can relax somewhat and just cruise. And yes you can do that on dirt, but it’s more likely that you’ll be focused on the challenges that are right in front of you.

Riding is for sure a mental game, possibly even more than a physical one.  Top riders get special training for mental toughness and resilience, and confidence is something that is essential to becoming a better rider.

I still get butterflies in my stomach every time I go riding, but I’ve also learned that riding is the time to cast doubts aside, focus on myself and my ride, and dig deep for that part of my brain that doesn’t have time or energy to waste on fear. 

Written by Kelly McCaughey Creator of Over and Out, a east coast off-road experience for women taking place June 22-24th in Hancock NY . Click HERE for all details. 

Credit where credit is due: I get most of my knowledge and insight from my husband, Dan Sternaimolo, who has been obsessed with motocross for over 40 years and has taught me a lot but also done me the wonderful favor of encouraging me to read and watch training materials by Gary Semics. 

Kelly will be at Babes in the Dirt 4 with a bunch of east coast ladies in tow! Make sure to say hello and feel free to ask her for more tips and tricks on riding dirt.