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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.

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!!!

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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Off-Roaders Guide to Babes Ride Out 6

Hey Off-Roaders!!!! As you know, Babes Ride Out 6 is an event focused on street legal motorcycles. But... that does not mean that you dirt lovers can't come out and have some fun! The desert has a couple of great OHV areas for you to play in if you don't have your M1 and is a dual sport paradise if you are plated!

Photo by YVE Assad

Photo by YVE Assad

Some of the many dualsport trails you can enjoy in the high desert!

Photos cutesy of WLF Enduro

JOHNSON VALLEY:

Home of the famous King of the Hammers Johnson Valley is a dirt riders dream. Full of fun trails, hill climbs, dry lake bed and open dirt roads.  There is something for every level of rider here!

Here is some info about the OHV area HERE

Directions to Johnson Valley OHV from the event HERE but there is a closer staging area option HERE

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GIANT ROCK:

Giant rock has a history all its own! From UFO conventions to mysterious phenomenon, this place has drawn in people from all walks of life. It just so happens to be excellent terrain for off-roading. There is plenty of wide open spaces for Braaaping and tons of interesting trails and terrain. 

Here is some info about the OHV area HERE

Directions to Giant Rock from the event HERE

Please remember, there is no dirt-bikes allowed off the truck or trailer in the campsite. No braaaping in or around the campsite whatsoever. This is the property owner's wishes so please respect it. Both of the above riding areas are not far and you can totally have some fun! Enjoy! AND see you at Babes in the Dirt 4 in April 2018!

 

Photo by Drew Martin for Atwyld

Photo by Drew Martin for Atwyld

Pioneertown to Big Bear OFF-ROAD:

Watch the Joshua Trees turn in to pine trees as you leave the desert for the mountain. Pioneertown to Big Bear is a 19 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rimrock, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. Make sure you down load GPS so that you stay on trail. There are many websites that share info about this commonly used route! Plated bikes only! Click HERE for more info

Meet Lindsey Lovell and her Husqvarna FE350

Like many of us, Lindsey was introduced to riding through her family. In fact, she was on a Husqvarna before she could walk. We first met Lindsey through her work at the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Her passion for the sport and for the industry as whole is evident in all that she does. She is an inspiration to us and we got the chance to chat with her about her life on two wheels and how she likes her Husqvarna 2018 FE 350.

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What is your name?

Lindsey Lovell

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

I work full time at the U.S. Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) as the Content & Communications Manager as well as the Marketing Specialist for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Both jobs are supported by the KTM Group; the Kurt Caselli Foundation is backed by KTM’s support and the USMCA’s Founding Partner is Husqvarna Motorcycles. My jobs are…. All over the place from content managing to building social media campaigns to event planning and everything in between. I love to learn new things and am always adapting to the needs of each organization.

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Tustin, CA and later moved to San Clemente, CA.

Where do you live?

Recently I moved to Menifee since my job and life headed this way. Also, I can ride from my garage to tracks and trails —how rad is that?!

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

I was first introduced to riding by my dad at a very young age. When I was a baby, my dad would ride around the neighborhood with me on his 1983 Husqvarna XC250. When I was 8 years old, my brother Brad got a Suzuki JR50 for Christmas that I ended up riding before he had the chance to ride.  

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How long have you been riding?

I’ve been riding off and on since I was about 8 years old.

Why do you like riding dirt?

That’s where my roots of motorcycle riding come from!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

Well, I started off on a 1970’s Suzuki JR50, and quickly moved up to a YZ80 then a KX80 (both from the 80’s). When high school came, I sold my motorcycles to get a car (doh!). High school took over the next few years. Once I was in college, I started working at an online Automotive company that was a part of the publishing company that owned Dirt Rider Magazine which got me back into motorcycles. I bought one of our test bikes; a 2009 Honda CRF150Rb and finally moved up to the big bikes with a plated 2004 Honda CRF250X. Working for a magazine, I got to test ride a grip of really cool motorcycles to see what I liked. Having that opportunity can really narrow down the list.

What do you ride now?

Fresh with paper plates, I just bought a 2018 Husqvarna FE350 —which I am absolutely in love with! Also, I kept my CRF250X so my friends can come ride with me.

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

My other bike would probably be some sort of sportbike. If you ever get a chance to ride a track day at Chuckwalla, you’ll fall in love with sportbikes as I did.

Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now?

The bike I ride now can take me to more places (since it is street-legal) than your typical street bike or motocross bike. I’ve done a few Adventure Rallies before on the Husqvarna FE250 that wouldn’t have been possible for me to ride on a non-plated, off-road motorcycle. The power of the 350 is perfect for any destination rides that take me on a high-speed highway and yet manageable enough for me to handle on the trails.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Technical & challenging (to me) but not a true death march. My favorite is destination rides -a ride that takes you to someplace that is naturally beautiful and hard to get too.

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

Ridgelines & ruts.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

My second ever off-road race. It was the Checkers MC’s Barstow National Hare & Hound race in 2015. If you have never heard of National Hare & Hound racing, it is a dead-end start desert race. You wait for the banner to drop, once it drops you start your engine and race against everyone on the starting line in your class for about a mile or longer over uncut desert terrain (“Bomb Start”) toward the race course. It is basically a mile-wide lineup of riders that funnel into the same spot. Here’s some helmet cam footage from Pro rider Ricky Brabec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4M83S4pZk. You are not allowed to pre-run the course other than the bomb start; the races are typically 35-75+ miles for the novice class and you race by navigating off of pink ribbons tied to bushes and danger markers staked in the ground. It was wet, cold and the course was filled with rocks and slippery from the consistent rain. It might have also been mentally challenging because I went into it thinking this is going to the be the easiest of the year since I knew the Barstow off-road truck race courses like the back of my hand. But I was wrong! This course ran through virgin terrain and further South of “Barstow Main” than I had ever been. Somehow I ended up making it to the finish line after 35 miles of ribbon and got my finisher pin. There were 329 racers that lineup that day: 220 riders finished (I was the 208th person to cross the finish line) and 109 riders did not finish (DNF). Of course, there are different classes which have additional course mileage that my class did not race (Pro racers ride additional, advanced loops), but that is a pretty heavy DNF rate for any NHHA race. I think the Pro’s finished the race before it started raining. It was miserable but all worth it when you get to the finish line.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Colorado! Crested Butte & Gunnison areas. The scenery is breathtaking. 

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

Hmm… I think there’s a lot of places I want to ride on my moto bucket list still. I think one day, I want to try and race a GNCC.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

Yes, I love finding new female friends to ride with. I’m always down for a cruise or a challenge, so I will ride with other girls of any skill level. Luckily, I have a lot of female friends that ride!

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

Yes, I look up to a lot of other women in the industry and women riders. Active, strong, vocal women riders like Ashley Fiolek (@af67), Megan Griffiths (@megs_braap), Jacqueline Carrizosa (@brojaq), Kelsey Abbott (@DA8Apparel), Rhiannon Kamo (@PCIRaceRadios) and so many others. Anya & Ashmore — you two women are a blessing to the sport and industry, and an inspiration to me! As well as men in the industry who support women riders. All of my co-workers at the Kurt Caselli Foundation and the USMCA —Donny Emler Jr. (a true hard worker always on the go and being creative), Christy LaCurelle (a boss woman.), Jenna Parker, Momma Caselli, Carolyn Caselli, Sarah White. I really do look up to everyone I work with —I’m surrounded by so many people who inspire and help me to grow on and off the bike as a person and a rider. My boyfriend Joey, my friends Brittany Brooks, Justin Morgan, David Kamo, Mark Samuels… Too many people to name!

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

I was pleasantly surprised! I was nervous and thought I’d be going out to a weekend full of drama & cliques since there are a LOT of girls out there —but everyone was so nice, kind, welcoming and supportive. I met a lot of new riders or girls who have only ridden with their dads, brothers, boyfriends or putted around camp on a bike. It’s always a fun weekend of seeing new riders enjoy their time on motorcycles, correcting bad riding habits, giving tips to help improve their experience and helping girls challenge themselves. The coolest thing is seeing someone’s expressions after they conquer something they didn’t think was possible.

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

Find a mentor, coach or riding school that can help you enjoy your first ride or adventure! If you’re new to the sport and are nervous or have questions, hit me up at @LindseyLovell on instagram and I can give you a few tips whether you’re just starting out or looking for a new adventure.

Anything else you would like to add?

I think what Anya & Ashmore have created with Babes Ride Out and Babes In The Dirt is absolutely needed in our sport of motorcycling, inspirational to other women in the industry and to new riders. It’s like having an inclusive clubhouse where like-minded women can come together to help support each other and share a good time on two wheels!