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VC London Presents: Team Talks at Babes in the Dirt 5

Our friends VC London will hosting Team Talks on Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at Babes in the Dirt 5. Started in 2015 VC Team Talks are panel talks run by VC London where we bring together incredible women within motorsports, adventure and action sports to come share their their experiences, tell their stories and open up a conversation for everyone to get involved in with the aim to inspire more women to get out there and try out all forms of action sports and motorsports.   Read on to see who we will be hearing from!

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We're stoked to be bringing VC Team Talks to Babes In The Dirt all the way from the UK! We've got a stellar line up of ladies who will be coming along to share what they do and get you inspired to go rip some dirt on Saturday at the event!

Past speakers that have included  legendary motorcycle adventurer Elspeth Beard, Dakar Rally competitor and enduro expert Tamsin Jones and Cycling Olympic gold medalist and moto rider Victoria Pendleton, we gather together some of the awesome women for you to ask questions about their careers, lives and the road that got them there and to get advice on how to start out in their fields.

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Check out the line up for Babes in the Dirt 5!

We're so excited to have joining on our panel for our Babes In The Dirt special - UK based pro flat track racer Leah Tokelove, Enduro Champion and X-Games Gold medallist Kacy Martinez, Pro BMX freestyle rider Nina Buitrago and Babes in the Dirt co-founder and dirt rider Anya Violet ! So make sure you don't miss it Friday night!

See you there!

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Mini Bike Races Hosted by the crew of The National Hare and Hound Association

Get ready for everyones favorite part of the weekend! The Mini Bike Races at Babes in the Dirt 5 are getting a bit of an upgrade this year. We are moving it to the official Pee Wee track. The crew at The National Hare and Hound association will be hosting and we cannot wait for all the fun. Trophies and winner ceremony presented by Toyota So Cal! See below for all the info!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Sign Ups: Sign up at the National Hare and Hound Association booth on site. You must sign up before 2pm on Saturday in order to be included. Bikes are NOT included.

When: Saturday 4/27/19 4pm-6pm

Where: The PeeWee track located at the back left hand side of event space ( see map)

What: Go head to head with you friends in one or more of the below classes.

  • 50cc mini bikes

  • 60-80cc

  • le mans start 125 cc

  • relay race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

  • obstacle course race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

  • 2-up friendship race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

Rules:

  1. You must sign up ahead of time at the National Hare and Hound Association booth on site.

  2. No riding dirty. This is just for fun, please do not take mini bike races too seriously!

  3. Must be wearing your full gear including helmet and boots

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Hungry Valley Trail Recommendations | Babes in the Dirt 5

While all the trails in Hungry Valley are clearly marked as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced; they each have character all their own! I have put together some recommendations to help you navigate the park and make sure each rider has a great time! Check it out! if you need recommendation throughout the weekend feel free to ask a ranger or myself ! - Anya

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Heading out of camp:

Step 1: Grab a trail map. They will be available on site. These are super easy to follow and will help you navigate out and back.

Step 2: Grab a buddy. Buddy system only! We much prefer that no one venture out solo for safety purposes.

Step 3: fill up your camel pack or water bottle and make sure your gas tank is full. There are so many fun trails to explore and some can be quite a trek. Pack a snack, stay hydrated and have some fun!

The Hungry Valley Trail Map can be found HERE

Exiting Quail Canyon Event Space:

For Beginner riders there is only 1 way to leave Quail Canyon and that is on North Pronghorn Trail. Please do not take South Pronghorn as you will encounter a salt rock wall climb that is actually super fun but not meant for beginners by any means. I have included a video of North Pronghorn Trail so that you can see what it is like.

Salt Rock Wall on South Pronghorn

Salt Rock Wall on South Pronghorn

Intermediate and Advanced Riders can exit Quail Canyon and access trails via:

1. North Pronghorn: Easy.

2. South Pronghorn: Chill but has a salt rock wall climb that can hold people up a bit.

3. Quail Pass Trail: hill climb that takes you up and over the ridge.

3 trails that exit Quail Canyon event space

3 trails that exit Quail Canyon event space


BEGINNERS MAP TO QUAIL CANYON EVENT SPACE

BEGINNERS MAP TO QUAIL CANYON EVENT SPACE

New to moto:

I have been on a dirt bike less than 5 times. I am not fully comfortable operating a dirt bike yet or do not know how to at all.

I recommend spending your time on the beginner track and  trail loops within the Quail Canyon Event Area. You will get plenty of action and experience a variety of terrain. Plus you are close to camp! Both the North Loop and South Loop within Quail Canyon are 2-way trails so if you encounter anything that you feel uncomfortable with you can simply turn around and go back the other way. Easy!

Beginner:

I know how to operate a dirt bike. I am comfortable with shifting and braking. I am comfortable off-road but am still learning how to ride different terrain.

If you want to head out and see some of the trails around the park definitely stick to the clearly marked GREEN trails. If you leave camp make sure and take the North on Pronghorn trail. It is the easiest way in and out of camp. See video below to get a visual of what that trail is like.  From North Pronghorn Trail you will connect to Powerline Road which is the easiest trail in the park. It is essentially a fire road but highlights some really amazing views and will connect you to the rest of the trail systems in the park! The only thing to make sure and watch out for is on coming riders and sometimes jeeps or buggies. Any of the GREEN trails that shoot off Powerline are great loops! If you stay on Powerline and cross over the paved road there are some absolutely stunning views! My favorite green trail in the park is Old Cottonwood Trail to Meadows Trail. The views up there are rad and Cottonwood has some fun switch back turns! If you do head out onto the trails in the park just remember that Powerline will take you back to Pronghorn and back to camp.

Beginner transitioning in to Intermediate:

If you have been riding for a while and are super comfortable with shifting and breaking and operating your motorcycle in general than you might be getting bored with the GREEN trails. If so then I would recommend easing yourself into an BLUE (intermediate) trail. A lot of the trails that are marked BLUE in Hungry Valley SVRA are marked as such because of a semi rugged section such as sand wash or hill climb section OR it is a narrower trail with a drop off along the side. You may be surprised how chill the BLUE trails are. If you are comfortable in sand, switch backs, narrower trails and hill climb section then you will have a blast on the BLUE trails in the park.  Nearly all of the trails within Hungry Valley are 2 way trails unless otherwise marked. So… if you do try an intermediate trail and encounter something that you don’t like, you can easily turn around and go back the way you came!

Intermediate:

I am very comfortable operating a dirt bike. I am very comfortable in a wide variety of terrain.

My favorite intermediate trails in the park are:

Mesa Trail

Brome Trail

Lower Brome Trail

Upper Brome Trail

Tataviam Trail

These are not super technical but have a ton of fun switchbacks and up hills and down hills. The middle wall hill climb is super smooth and fun to climb. You just want to make sure and let off when you get to the top so you don’t send it over the other side. The Quail Canyon Moto X track is really fun with mostly table top jumps that you can easily roll if you want to or gas it and get a little boost.

Advanced:

Pretty self-explanatory

Well if you consider yourself and advanced rider than you can easily tackle any trail in the park. There is really nothing too savage in Hungry Valley SVRA in my opinion. Most of the black diamond trails are marked as such due to the fact that they go along a cliff or are single track. They are all fun and thrilling in their own way.

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Thanks and Have Fun! - Anya

Thousand Oaks Powersports Talks "Buddy System" & How to Prepare for the Unexpected

So you’re about to head out on the trails with some friends. The weather is perfect, the coffee shop got your order just the way you like it. The store you hit up the night before was having a 2 for 1 deal on your favorite trail snacks. Your new Fox moto kit is looking fresh, and your goggle strap is the envy of everyone in your group. You took the time out to prepare your bike before your ride and it’s running perfect. The universe is smiling down on you!

“For me, when everything goes wrong – that's when adventure starts” - Yvon Chouinard

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Before you set out on your next adventure make sure you’ve packed a few essentials to keep your ride going. Even if you don’t know anything about working on bikes or how to use certain tools and aids properly, bring them. Chances are someone might come along who’s been there and done that. Also, NEVER RIDE ALONE. Develop a plan with your group to make sure nobody gets left behind and nobody gets lost. Trail rides are way more fun when everybody makes it back to base.

Here is a list of things to bring with you on rides. When you’re riding in a group you can divide the gear up so you can distribute the weight evenly between each rider. Also, there are great fender and tail bags that can take the weight off your shoulders.

I have used every single thing on this list at one time or another so I don’t leave without any of this gear.

I once did a solo trip through Utah and Colorado (yes, I know, never ride alone) and used nearly every one of these items on other people’s bikes. It’s a great feeling when you can help someone else get going.

A Plan. Know where you’re riding and who you are riding with. Make sure everybody understands the routes and checkpoints. Also make sure everyone has the proper gear and someone who isn’t going on your adventure knows where you are going. That can be a friend, relative, park ranger, anybody who wants to see you again.

Hydration. Whether you use a hydration style backpack or some other device make sure you bring water. A good hydration pack will also leave room for tools and things you may need on the trail.

Snacks. Because snacks.

Spare Tube. If you only bring one spare tube make it a front tube, It will work for the rear tire as well. Everybody in the group needs to bring their own spare tube.
Tire Repair Kit. The rubber cement that comes in some of these kits can also help in other applications.

Tire Irons. Two tire irons are good but three is better. Again, you can split up the weight between riders. Maybe you've never changed a tube in a tire and you’re nervous about the prospect of trying. Take a few minutes and research how to change a tube on the trail. Trying to use fix a flat may not work so be ready to tackle the challenge.

Tools. Make sure they are specific to your bike. You’ll need to know what size wrenches you’ll need for your wheels, spark plug, levers and anything else that needs repair. Usually you won’t need many tools but you will need the correct sizes. Not all dirt bike wheel nuts are the same size. Buying a tool roll that includes tools is convenient but make sure the tools fit your bike. My tool kit includes allen wrenches, screwdrivers, a small ratchet set, needle nose pliers and a few other tools. I also carry a telescoping magnet. This helps to find little nuts and bolts that disappear into the dirt or hard to reach places on the bike. Motion Pro makes a lot of great tools you can use on the trail or in the garage. Make sure you include a small pocket knife in your kit.

Compact Bicycle Pump/CO2 Cartridges. After you’ve successfully changed your flat tube you’ll need to inflate it. If you bring CO2 make sure you have the correct adapter to fit your valve stem.

Valve Stem Remover. While this one isn’t totally necessary it does speed things up if your tire isn’t totally flat. Plus they're very small and don’t weigh much.

Spare Nuts and Bolts. Dirt bikes rattle and sometimes things fall off. Buy a track pack from your local motorcycle shop and take a few of the nuts and bolts with you.

Blue Loc Tite. A dab of this will keep bolts from backing out on you.

Safety Wire. This is a Macgyver tool. This has saved me on several occasions. Safety wire can help keep a grip from slipping off or keep a lever attached to the handlebars. It’ll keep fuel line from slipping. I’ve seen riders use it as a master link on their chain after a chain break. I’ve used it to repair the strap on my hydration pack that tore off when I went down. You never know when or where you’ll need it but you’ll be glad you have it. Also good for household fixes. Need to hang a picture? Safety wire. Water hose is slipping away from the nozzle and getting everything wet? Safety wire. 3 dimensional art project needs help? Safety wire.

Zip Ties. The possibilities are endless. They’re small and light so take 5 or 6 or six with you.

Duct Tape/ Flex seal. Another Macgyver tool. Take a couple feet of either one of these to help finish repairing almost anything. It’s also a good item to have in certain first aid situations.

RTV/ High Temp Gasket Maker. When you’ve got to put an engine cover back on or make a drain plug. This one isn’t vital but it does come in handy. Having said that I’ve used it on both dirt and road adventures repairing other people’s bikes.

Quiksteel/J-B Weld. For when your engine case springs a leak. I’ve used quiksteel several times on the trail and it’s usually when someones bike falls over while on the kickstand and the engine case finds the only rock in a 10’ radius. Amazing.

Oil. The right kind for your bike’s engine. You may not need a lot but if the hole in your engine case just emptied it all out on the trail you may need to put a little in to keep things from seizing.

Levers. Bring a clutch and brake lever for your bike. Most levers are designed to have the ends snap off in the event of a fall but sometimes the whole lever goes. Have a back up and keep the ride going. If you’re the type that likes to be totally prepared, bring a shifter and rear brake lever as well.

Spark Plug. If you ride a 2-Stroke you'll always have one with you when you ride. It’s a good idea to always have an extra and sometimes it can work as an oil drain plug if it’s the correct thread size.

Master Link. Chains break and having a clip style master link will save your day. I broke a chain while riding solo through Canyonlands in Utah. Absolute lifesaver.  

Extra Fuel. You never know. You might not be out for a long ride but if you suddenly find a hole in your fuel tank you’ll need to refill. Using a fuel safe container is always the best choice but in a pinch Gatorade bottles will hold gas and not melt.

First Aid Kit. Pack it and know how to use it! A little first aid knowledge can save a life. I’ve had to use my first aid knowledge on too many occasions and I’m glad I knew what to do in the moment. Taking a basic first aid class can save the life of a friend or even yourself. Store some waterproof matches in you first aid kit.

GPS Tracker. Check out the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s website https://www.kurtcaselli.com/shop They offer a link to a GPS tracker from Giant Loop.

Nitrile gloves. Things can get messy when fixing things so pack a pair and keep your hands from getting covered in oil and grease that would then go into your riding gloves.

Maps. GPS is cool but sometimes it doesn’t work. Always have a map of the trail you’re riding. Also, make sure someone else back at camp or home has the same map so they know where to find you.    

Flashlight/ Headlamp. You never know when you’re going to get caught repairing or riding after the sun goes down.

Glow Sticks. If you do get stuck out after dark snap open a glow stick or two and hang one off the front and back of your backpack. This will help riders in front and behind you know where you are. If you happen to fall at the back of the pack you’ll be easier to spot.

Thermal/Emergency Blanket. Someone needs to pack this in the group. It can provide heat or shade to a downed rider. Again, pack a first aid kit and know how to use it.

Toilet Paper.

There are a lot of things on this list but again, you can divide up the weight. It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have. You never know how to do anything until you try it and you’ve gotten this far so give it a shot.

Adventure doesn't start until something goes wrong. Those are the days you remember.

Be prepared and get ready for your next adventure!






Join us as we talk through some of our favorite gear from Fox Racing!

We get so many great questions from new riders. One of the biggest ones is about good riding gear. Well… join us as we nerd out on some of our favorite gear from Fox Racing. Taking a spill on your dirt bike is 100% going to happen and its all part of the fun. Make sure you have the right protection on so you can get back on the saddle.

Meet National Hare and Hound Association Team member Rily Castloo

The National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5 to help encourage more women to get in to racing and answer any questions you might have about what it takes to line up at the starting line. Meet team member Rily Castloo. She has a racing career of her own as well as a passion for the sport. Read on to hear more about her and make sure to stop by the NHHA booth, say hi and sign up for the mini bike races.

What is your name?

-Hi my name is Rily Castloo formerly known as Rily Ellinger in my racing days.

What do you do for a living? Tell us about your job.

-First and foremost I'm a mom of two.. hardest yet most rewarding job in the world ; ) I am also a Operating Room Nurse and surgical technologist. And, I came on last fall as Social Media coordinator working along side all of the awesome staff involved with the National Hare and Hound Association  (NHHA) and most recently took on the Weekend social media position for the RockstarHusky team covering SX, MX and us-offroad. 

What is NHHA?

NHHA is a group of passionate Off Road enthusiasts that manage both the National Hare and Hound series and the West Hare Scramble series and are dedicated to making the best off-road races in the US.

Where are you from?

- Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Where do you live?

- I currently live in Lake Elsinore, Ca with my husband and babies. 

When were you first introduced to riding dirt? Who introduced you?

-I started riding and racing a dirtbike at the age of 5. My whole family has been around riding and racing dirtbikes so really I was introduced to riding from my family as a whole.

How long have you been riding?

-23 years now 

Why do you like riding dirt?

-To me, there is really nothing like throwing your leg over a bike and freeing your mind of all the hustle of daily life and just riding.  

Two stroke or four?

- Four stroke for sure, I haven't ridden a 2 stroke since the 4 stroke 250f came out in early 2000's and now when I ride one I feel like a fish out of water!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

-I started on a PW50, went to a KTM 50, then jumped up to an 80cc for years, then 125cc for years, then multiple 4 stroke 250's, then 350sxf KTM ( my favorite).

What do you ride now?

- I actually sold my bike a few months ago and am currently in the process of getting a new bike (have been borrowing Meg's bikes to ride or my husband or really anyone that's willing to let me ride their bike, haha). I would like to get a KTM 350 or Husqvarna 350.

If you could have 2 bikes what would your other bike be?

-I would like to have a street bike actually, Husqvarna 701 Supermoto would be sick!

Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now? Why did you choose that bike?

- I originally only rode 250's but when I started racing Hare and Hounds I needed something with more power but was also not too heavy. It really depends on what I'm riding. If its Endurocross I like the lighter 250sxf. Motocross or off- road definitely 350.  

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

- Ohh this is a good one. I love all kinds of terrain but Motocross is probably my number 1 favorite followed closely by Endurocross.

What kind of terrain is a challenge for you but you want to master?

- Definitely Endurocross. It is so rewarding to accomplish an obstacle that I once did not have the confidence to do.  

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

- By far a National Hare and Hound. Hosted by the club 'DMC' in 2014 to be exact,( HAHA if you raced NHHA this year you would know exactly what I am talking about ). Select Endurocross rounds and WORCS would be a close second. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

- My absolute favorite place to ride is back home with my dad at a place we call the 'Sands' out in the New Mexico desert especially after a rain. Can't beat it.

 What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

- I would like to go ride some epic trail riding near Mammoth.

Tell us what it is like to race a Hare and Hound?

- Whew. Its tough. no denying that. But it is also very rewarding to have accomplished it when its all said and done.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

- I do. I have a huge number of other female riders that I have become friends with over the years!

Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?

-There are a lot of women I look up to actually, there is always something you can learn from another.