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The Kurt Caselli Foundation | Protecting and Supporting the lives of Off-Road Riders

It has meant so much to us to have the support of The Kurt Caselli Foundation at our events. Nancy Caselli is a true inspiration and what she and the rest of the team at KC66 have been able to do to better the sport and protect the lives of riders is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for all that you do and for being a part of the Babes in the Dirt family!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013 in loving memory of Kurt Caselli. The focus of the foundation is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. The Kurt Caselli Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. All donations made to The Foundation are tax deductible.

Roll Call | Meet Babes in the Dirt East Coast Rider Becca Sheets

As we are starting to get closer to hosting our first ever Babes in the Dirt East event in Greeneville, TN, we are getting to know some of the riders who will be joining us. Becca Sheets has been ripping through the woods riding and racing off-road for 19 years. From riding her local tracks with her Dad to racing in the ISDE in France, Becca has lived her life on two wheels. We can’t wait to ride with her in September!

Click Here to register for Babes in the Dirt East | September 20th-22nd at I-81 Motorsports Park

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Name:Becca Sheets   

Location: Ohio  @Bsheets551 

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I was an Indiana baby but Ohio is where I was raised and where I currently reside. I really love it here as long as it is not winter time. 

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Tell us about how you got in to riding dirt. How long have you been riding?

My dad rode and raced dirt bikes for fun for a long time. I grew up at the motocross tracks watching him race.  I asked for a dirtbike on my 7th birthday and I’ve been racing ever since. I spent most of my youth years riding motocross and transitioned to off-road in 2011. I’ve been racing for 19 years.  

Was there someone specific that inspired you?

My dad was definitely my OG inspiration. But I was inspired by the Pro WMX (then WMA) riders when I was growing up in the sport, like Sarah Whitmore and Tarah Geiger. I looked up to them for so many years aspiring to get to their level some day.  

What type of terrain do you like riding the most? Track? Trails? Desert? Mountains? Dualsport?

Anything off-road. I really enjoy technical trail riding in the mountains with friends! 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life.

PW50 KTM50 JR  KX60 RM65 RM85 KTM105 YZ125 YZ250f-x KTM 250xc-f KTM 250SX-f

What bike do you ride now?

KTM 250sx-F

 What are your goals as a rider? Any specific technique you are working on?

I am always working on my overall technique on the bike. The practice never ends. 

Wheelie skills are always a good one to practice though. 

My goals as a rider are always evolving, but in a general sense it’s usually just get faster, get better results, and continue to help grow the sport with women in off-road riding/racing.  

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Tell us about your most epic riding experience.

Definitely my first year doing the ISDE in France. Riding through the backcountry there was so amazing. We got to see parts of the country most tourists would never see. 

When did you first hear about Babes in the Dirt?

I noticed it on social media a few years ago out on the west coast.

Tell us what you think about Babes in the Dirt coming to TN. Are you stoked?  

I think it’s awesome that there are large groups of women getting together to ride and just hang out, and learn a few tips and tricks along the way. 

There’s TONS of women out here on the east coast that love to ride. So any opportunity to attend an event like this is great. 

What do you think is the most different about riding in California vs. Tennessee?  

I’ve only ridden out in California once in a few different terrains. Its very hard, sandy dirt out there in the trails. Or just one or the other. Out in the TN woods, you will get lots of rocks and roots and possibly some slick sections depending on the weather. It’s usually pretty hard clay based dirt there. So I know on the moto tracks out this way, usually add a lot of mulch to keep some moisture in the dirt. 

Any advice for new riders?

Take lessons, learn the proper riding techniques, and put them to practice. It will give you so much more confidence on the bike.  :) 

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Meet Taylor Miller @tmillaaaa | See you at Babes in the Dirt East

We first met Taylor Miller at Babes in the Dirt 4 (she was the one SENDING IT on the MX Track). She drove out from Alabama to attend the event. Well…. now we are coming to her for our first ever Babes in the Dirt East in Greenville, TN. We got to catch up with her to hear more about how she got in to riding and racing as well as the difference between riding in California vs Tennessee! She has some great advice for new riders: “You can start riding at any time in your life !!! It’s never too late to start. Just throw that leg over a bike and get out there.. you will not regret it. “ Amen to that!

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Name: Taylor Miller @tmillaaaa

Location: Birmingham, Al 

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Alabaster, Al but currently live in Billingsley, Al at Crossbone MX Ranch.  

Tell us about how you got in to riding dirt. How long have you been riding? 

When I was three my dad got me a 4 wheeler for Christmas and that’s where it all began. After learning how to ride the 4 wheeler I got a PW 50 and started racing motocross at the age of four. My dads side of the family raced motorcycles and I quickly picked up the passion for racing when I was young. 

Was there someone specific that inspired you? I grew up at a motocross track that my dad owned.. So I was surrounded by racers all the time that inspired me growing up. My dad never pushed me into the sport I just fell in love with it naturally. I respect him for that because some dads push the limit in the sport of motocross which can end careers fast. 

 What type of terrain do you like riding the most? Track? Trails? Desert? Mountains? Dualsport? My true passion is MX .. but recently I have explored more trails and raced off-road races. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life. I have raced many bikes throughout my life .. from a PW 50 to a Honda 450. When I was young I always wanted a cobra 50 but my dad never would let me get one because of the maintenance.. I’ve never let that one down until this day haha! Some other bikes I’ve had are 65s, 125s, and 250s. All types of brands from Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM. 

What bike do you ride now? I ride a YZ 125

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 What are your goals as a rider? Any specific technique you are working on? My goal as a rider right now is to just have fun with the sport. I am much older then the girls I race these days and the pace they run is super fast.. I have to keep telling myself I’m 10 years older then most girls out on the track. Age is just a number though and I use that as motivation for training. I am currently working on using my legs more when I ride.. I tend to hold on to tight with my arms when I race which causes arm pump fast. Also I’m working on using less clutch and more momentum flow out on the track. It’s all about the flow !! 

Tell us about your most epic riding experience. The most epic riding experience I’ve ever had was at the sand dunes outside of Vegas. My dad brought me out to these dunes after a national at glen helen in our Moto van. We were the only ones there and I had the entire area to myself. I used up 2 cans of race gas and even drained some gas out of the van so I could keep riding. It was EPIC!! 

When did you first hear about Babes in the Dirt? I heard about Babes in the Dirt a few years ago from a friend. Last year I finally got to experience the event and it was so rad! I grew up being the only female in the state of Alabama that raced a dirt bike.. and to attend a event with that many girls that  rode was freaking unreal.  

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What was your experience like at Babes in the Dirt when you attended the west coast event? Mind blowing .. the most coolest event ever! I rode the motocross track the most but just being around such a rad vibe and meeting so many people was awesome. Not to mention my friend brought her mom along and she attended the training class and KILLED it! 

Tell us what you think about Babes in the Dirt coming to TN. Are you stoked? I’ve been waiting for this one for sure! The moment I saw the post about it I made sure to clear my calendar. It’s going to be fun!! Finally in my neck of the woods. It’s great for the girls on the east coast to be able to experience this kind of event.. let’s do it!!! 

What do you think is the most different about riding in California vs. Tennessee?  California has a huge riding scene .. MX, trails, desert, Dualsport , they have it all! You can travel an hour and be able to ride any of that. It’s a little more difficult in the east to be able to ride all that terrain. The tracks are more spread out and the riding is less convenient than California. The dirt we have in the south like in Tennessee is prime!!! More technical riding verses out west. 

Any advice for new riders? You can start riding at any time in your life !!! It’s never too late to start. Just throw that leg over a bike and get out there.. you will not regret it. 

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Babes in the Dirt 5 Official Video

Take us back to this incredible weekend with over 600 women camping and riding in the hills of Southern California. Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors who helped make this event possible! Husqvarna Motorcycles, FMF, Toyota SoCal, Fox Racing, Kurt Caselli Foundation, Thousand Oaks Powersports, National Hare and Hound Association Garrahan Off-Road Training and WLF Enduro!!!

Moto Anatomy Flat Track School at Babes in the Dirt East

Ever wanted to learn to handle your motorcycle better! Well Pro racer Johnny Lewis is taking over the Flat Track on site at Babes in the Dirt East to host training classes throughout the weekend. Come join in the fun and walk away from this weekend a better, more skilled and confident rider!

YOU MUST ALSO HAVE A TICKET TO BABES IN THE DIRT EAST TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING CLASS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Although Johnny Lewis’ roots are flat track and Supermoto racing, the 28 year old native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania has a background in multiple disciplines as well, including road racing and off-road. Lewis went pro at 16 years old in AMA Supermoto, riding for the Factory KTM team. The youngster showed great potential as one of the sports rising stars and eventually earned his first win in the Unlimited Class at Nashville. Lewis switched gears in 2009 and returned to his flat track roots in the American Flat Track series. He captured his first Dash for Cash win in 2010 followed by 3 career podiums in 2011 and his first National win at the Daytona short track in 2012. Lewis has raced a part-time effort with multiple teams over the past 6 years assisting the development of multiple brands, including the Ducati & KTM. Other career highlights of Lewis are being named AMA Sports Athlete of the Year in 2004 for flat track and being invited to compete in multiple international Supermoto events such as the prestigious Superbikers event in Mettet, Belgium as well as being chosen as 1 of 3 riders to represent the USA at the Supermoto of Nations in Italy in 2014. Lewis has also been invited to compete in the X Games 4 times, both in Supermoto and Flat Track, with a 4th place finish in X Games Flat Track 2015 just one position shy of an X Games medal. Lewis currently resides in Center Hill, FL with his wife Alysha and their two young children Maxsen and Clary.

We are a motorcycle training facility with a holistic approach, meaning: we focus not only on the riding technique but also the fuel behind it. Attention is brought to: The mental aspect - how you may be holding yourself back from your greatest potential, your subconscious and how it plays into your riding technique. The physical aspect - we discuss the body and it's alignment and how to use that to your advantage while riding and go over some really easy ways to improve your current movement patterns. General curriculum: - Body positioning - Line selection - Braking - Sliding - Wheelies :P - Basic motocross techniques (jumping, cornering, etc.) - Sand riding plus more!

Meet Christina Dixon - Williams | She has been to every single Babes in the Dirt Event !!!

We have seen Christina Dixon Williams smiling face at every single Babes in the Dirt event! Yep, she has battled a hailstorm, weathered the gale force winds and BRAAAP’d allover Hungry Valley State Park with us over the past 5 years. We caught up with her to hear about what the community has meant to her, fan-girl moments (we have all had them) baby wheelies and the progress she has made as a rider over the years. Read on!

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Name: Christina Dixon-Williams

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Instagram handle: @c_ldixon

 Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a Las Vegas native, second-generation born and raised. I went to college in Utah on a softball scholarship and then moved back to Vegas after I graduated. The desert will always be my home. My career is working in finance and I volunteer with the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. I am also a full-time kitten foster mom (#fosteringsaveslives) while also caring for my resident “fur-children”, with all the help from my husband. Our furry/feathered children are comprised of horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits (all rescues). Any spare time after that is spent on the bikes.  

How long have you been riding? About 4.5 years, although I really got into riding about 3 years ago when I bought my 500.

What/who got you in to it? My wonderful husband! (@dirtbikedave5) He used to race MRAN and Best in the Desert. I am a pretty competitive/ driven person (all the years of being a competitive athlete). I saw him riding and thought “I can do that” and here I am. I like to brag on him since he had to deal with my mental breakdowns in sand washes and on hill climbs for years (don’t be fooled those breakdowns still occasionally occur, haha). 

What kind of bike do you ride? I am currently riding a 2016 KTM 500 EXC – Six Days.

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Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life.

2006 Suzuki LTR 450 (I started on a quad and quickly realized 2 wheels was a lot more fun)

2007 KTM 525 XCW

1976 Yamaha YZ125 (Don’t underestimate this little bike.. it flys)

2016 KTM 500 EXC – Six Days

2015 Beta EVO 250 4T

You have been to every single Babes in the Dirt event! We want to know more about your experience!

How did you hear about Babes in the Dirt the first year? I saw a flyer for the event being posted on Instagram.

Give us a little run down of your experience at each event:

Babes in the dirt 1: The hail! Oh my hail! The weather was definitely crazy that first year. I remember when I was unloading my bike and I was just a newbie doing this without my husband and the awesome girls camped next to me were so quick to help me unload my bike.

Babes in the dirt 2: My first year demo’ing a brand new Husky! How awesome is Husqvarna to bring out brand new bikes for girls to rip on the trails? Totes awesome.

Babes in the dirt 3: I was able to join in on a ride led by Ashley Fiolek (I fan-girled a bit). 

Babes in the dirt 4: This event was only a couple months after my mom had lost her battle to cancer. Being able to attend such a friendly event was a heart lift (I know, sappy).

Babes in the dirt 5: Was it just me or was this the first year it wasn’t insanely windy?! It was perfect weather! I joined the Garrahan Off Road Training class on Sunday and had an absolute blast and got a thumbs up from Kacey Martinez (another fan-girl moment). I finally nailed a baby wheelie (if you know me, you know that’s a BIG deal).

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What do you think about how much it has grown?  It’s really impressive to see how large this event has grown. Even though this event has grown hundredfold from the first year, the same atmosphere of girls helping each other load/unload, kick over their bikes and just pick someone up off of the trail is still there, which is the exact reason why I continue to attend the event each year.

 What does the off-road community mean to you personally?  The off-road community to me is a sense of belonging. It’s a sense of support and welcoming. Each thumbs up from another rider or the help pulling a bike out of a ditch and all while still smiling because we all love this sh%&.. that is community.

The Babes in the Dirt community has been one the kindest communities. At each event I have met the coolest and most badass women riders. The Babes in the Dirt event has become an annual trip that I look forward to and a chance to catch up with new and old babes.

Thank you Anya & Ashmore for hosting these events! You two have successfully created an incredibly inspiring and motivating event for beginner and pros riders alike. <3

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