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!
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.
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).
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