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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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WLF Enduro at Babes in the Dirt 5

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We are so excited to welcome back the crew at WLF Enduro to Babes in the Dirt 5! For their 3rd year in a row they will be providing trail support to anyone that needs it as well as bringing the heat for the bonfires after hours near the WLF den. With their motto of “Further Together”, this crew knows the true meaning of no rider left behind. (never forget the Smith brothers riding 2-up on a single track trail to rescue the bike of a rider who was injured) If you are out on the trails and see a member of the WLF Pack in their signature jerseys make sure to throw up a high five or if you need some support flag them down. So grateful to have them as part of the Babes in the Dirt Family! Read on to get to know more about them!

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

BABES IN THE DIRT

WLF MISSION:

Unifying riders around the globe with the common passion of two wheels and a throttle.
Providing riders a credible resource for quality products tested by actual use and effectiveness in the field.

WHO WE ARE:

We are of humble beginnings from the hills and deserts of Southern California. Some of us have been riding and racing dirt bikes from birth, others of us picked up the sport later in life. What started as a handful of rag-tag teachers, salesmen and construction workers has turned into a team of riders connected around the globe. From DualSport/ADV bikes to technical Off-Road, Enduro riding, we love it all. We are brought together by moto-camaraderie and the passion of exploring on two wheels.

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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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Meet National Hare and Hound Association Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright

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 Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright . She picked up riding as an adult and with a naturally competitive spirit she went straight in to racing! 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?

Meg Argubright

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

(My real job) Copywriter for KISKA. KISKA is the design company for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP. In my job I take all marketing materials and adapt them for the North American motorcycle market. I also help our clients and their management with their business strategy development.

What is NHHA?

NHHA stands for the National Hare and Hound Association.

The top hare and hound series in the country is the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship Series. It is promoted and organized by the AMA’s promoting partner for the series, the National Hare and Hound Association. The NHHA works with local clubs in various regions to build the series to a National standard, and is responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers.

In parallel to the Hare and Hound championship, the NHHA also holds the promotional rights to the regional AMA West Hare Scramble Championship.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada

Where do you live?

I have lived in Southern California since 2011, and currently am located in Lake Elsinore.

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

I worked for a racing series (WORCS) from 2007-2011. I didn’t know a thing about how to ride a motorcycle, but I eventually got tired of watching and said, “I think I could do this”. I’m naturally competitive, so in 2010, I bought a 2008 KX 250F and learned how to ride. My best friend at the time Jason Parsons taught me how to ride. Then I met my husband who took me out to the middle of the desert (not weird at all) and taught me how to race.

How long have you been riding?

Since I was 23 (2010/2011).

Why do you like riding dirt?

It’s an amazing feeling to “get out” of town, away from crowds and roads. In the type of riding I like (off-road), there is nothing more satisfying or educational than overcoming an obstacle or hill that made you nervous. You learn a lot about what you’re capable of and it carries over into your daily life in how you approach things.

Two stroke or four?

Four, I’ve only ever really ridden a two-stroke once or twice. I will ride either! But I trust in a four-stroke.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

In order:

○      2008 KX 250F

○      2012 KX 250F

○      2015 HQV FE 350

○      2014 HQV FC 250

○      2017 HQV FX 350

○      2015 YAM FX 250 F

What do you ride now?

2015 YAM FX 250 F

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

Husqvarna Svartpilen

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

While I love the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and what it stands for, the Yamaha suits my riding style better, and is most similar to what I learned on.

Where did you buy your bike from? How was your experience at the dealership?

I have never purchased a motorcycle from a dealership, always from a friend. BUT my first industry job was working in a dealership (Carter Powersports). It was the perfect place to start, you learn so much about what it takes to sell motorcycles, gear and accessories. And the efforts it takes to stay connected with the consumer. I enjoyed my time there. But, I believe there’s a real challenge for today’s dealers to be successful. The millennial generation is tough, and will take open mindedness from the older generation to adapt.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Lucerne Valley, California is hands down my favorite. Especially after it rains. Lucerne can be wide open, rocky, technical, flowing with sand washes, has high elevation.

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

Anything with moisture. I don’t ride it enough to be good at it, and it can totally transform the environment!

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

We had a National Hare and Hound in Murphy, Idaho, and while it wasn’t “gnarly”, it was relentless. 110-miles of tight trails, it seemed endless! But it was a different kind of “challenge” than I was used to.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Lucerne Valley, California and the Baja penninsula

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

Ride through Europe. Nothing more I would love than to eat and ride my way through Europe.

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

It can be very tough, or it can be the most amazing ride ever. Every single location offers a completely different experience. Some rounds are super fun and flowy, others are tight in terrain, sometimes the weather isn’t great and you’re 20-miles from camp! But no matter what, everytime you cross the finish line you gain a sense of accomplishment. And I think that’s important, especially for women who ride.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

No, but the Women’s racing community is pretty tight. We all know each other, and we all support each other on and off the race course.

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

Right now, Ken Roczen. I appreciate his mentality and approach to the sport. I recently read an article and it just gave me chills. He’s intense and dedicated to the sport, you can tell he’s less about the image and knows that to be taken seriously you have to be serious.

What was your experience at Babes in the Dirt/Babes Ride Out events?

Babes is so cool. I recommend it to women who ride, or want to learn to ride. It’s a “come as you are” vibe, and I think really important. There’s a great social atmosphere. I remember last year, all the women were standing at the Flat Track Coffee bar. No make up, freezing cold, messy hair and sweat pants. Some girls brought over breakfast to share, others were just sharing stories from the night before. It was like a big sleepover, and a neutral place for women to come together.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about getting in to riding dirt?

DO IT. It’s scary….at first. But isn’t everything until you’re good at it? Stay open minded to learning. Be patient, and know that you don’t have to figure it out in a day. Every skill learned is a new victory! Be humble, know your skill.  You’re going to fall, but dress appropriately and laugh when you get up. And don’t let any dude tell you that you can’t….It’s 2019- we can do whatever we want, the way we want! 

There are places you would never see other wise in your life riding dirt. The tallest mountain in the distance, you can sit at the top of it, and have fun getting there. It’s an amazing sport.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am super excited to bring a different element to this year’s Babes, and grateful to you guys for embracing the idea.

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.

National Hare and Hound Association at Babes Ride Out 5

Interested in getting in to racing? Racing your motorcycle can seem intimidating to some, especially if you don’t know much about it. The crew at the National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes Ride Out 5 to answer any questions you have about getting in to racing as well as hosting the ever-popular mini bike races this year! Read on to learn more about NHHA and what they are all about.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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"Prior to 1986, many hare and hound races were called “National” races, but they were not recognized as a series by the AMA until 2009. It was during this time that the AMA officially promoted the “National” series by arranging the race series with interested clubs. Following their efforts, the “National Hare and Hound Association” was formed to manage the series with the support of the AMA. The National Hare and Hound Association is the promoting partner of the AMA for the AMA National Hare and Hound and West Hare Scramble Championship series'. Our group works with local clubs in various regions to build these series' to a professional standard, and we are responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers. We are a team made up of 75% women who are actual racers, motorcycle riders and fans off off-road racing. 

The NHHA is excited to be onsite at Babes in the Dirt 5 to serve as a source of information for all women who are curious about how to get started in racing! Whether its motocross or off-road, we are excited to educate women who are interested in unleashing their competitive side on two wheels. We invite all ladies to visit us on-site and ask any questions they may have, and we'll have plenty of resources and handouts on site to get you started on the right path. Our goal is simply to help break down the entry barriers for women so that they can feel confident they belong in motorcycle racing. On Saturday night we are also hosting the Babes Mini Bike race, so be sure to stop by the our ez-up located next to Husqvarna Motorcycles to sign up and ask any questions you may have about how to get started in racing."

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