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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!






Kacy Martinez Coaching at Babes in the Dirt 5 with Garrahan Off-Road Training

We are thrilled to announce that the National Enduro Cross Champion and AMA Lifetime achievement award recipient , Kacy Martinez will be coaching along side Brian at the Garrahan Off-Road Training classes at Babes Ride Out 5! This woman has been an inspiration to all of us and we are so honored to have her at the event this year! Read on to learn more about her!

“I’m super excited to attend Babes in the Dirt this year along side Brian at Garrahan Offroad Training! Being able to share everything I’ve learned throughout my career with a bunch of women with the same passion of riding is going to be awesome! Looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all the babes! “ -Kacy

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 Started riding at 8 years old going out on the weekends with my dad to our local state parks. We would also do a lot of family camping riding trips with my mom and sister who also ride! Not too long after we realized there was a big race at one of our favorite parks and my dad signed me up but quickly realized on the sheet there wasn’t a girls class. While on the line waiting for the start he went down and counted all the pony tails after the race he went up to the promoters and told them there were more than three girls out there and they deserve there own class. The next race we showed up to there was now a girls class on the sign up sheet! We then started following our local District 38 Hare Scramble series and from there we were hooked! I moved up quick in all the female classes and started Racing national level races in 2006. I was at the first women’s Pro offroad race in 2008 that WORCS started and from there I was all in. My life revolved around Racing and I put everything I had Into it! My parents being super supportive drove me to races all over and was still there at the end of my career always cheering me on! Riding for Factory KTM has been a dream come true, there support has been top notch since I signed in 2014! I’m  very excited and grateful to be able to keep my partnership with them by being a KTM Ambassador! 

 

Championships

  • 2007

  • National Hare Scramble Champion

  • 2008

  • National Hare Scramble Champion

  • 2009

  • National Hare Scramble Champion

  • WORCS Champion

  • AMA Female Racer of the Year

  • 2010

  • WORCS Champion

  • 2011

  • WORCS Champion

  • X Games Enduro X Bronze Medalist

  • 2014 

  • GNCC Champion

  • X Games Enduro X Gold Medalist

  • 2015 

  • GNCC Champion

  • X Games Bronze Medalist

  • AMA Female Racer of the year

  • 2016 

  • National Enduro Champion

  • 2017

  • National Hare & Hound Champion

  • ISDE Gold Medalist

   •   ISDE USA Womens Trophy Silver       

        Medalist

   •   2018

   •   Red Bull Rocks & Logs 

        Winner

   •   National Endurocross Champion 

   •   Big 6 Champion 

   •   AMA Life Time Achievement Award

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Stacy Dixon & the Dirt Ladies do LA-Barstow-Vegas

2 days and 400+ miles off-road sound fun to you? Us too! Stacy Dixon @pikeylady and @dirt_ladies did the LA-Barstow-Vegas dualsport ride last week and are sharing there awesome story with us. Adventures like these are filled with triumphs and mishaps that help shape us all in to better and more prepared riders. Read on to hear more about her experience and the advice she has for other riders thinking of joining in the fun. Congrats on crossing the finish line babes!

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Name:

Stacy Dixon (@pikeylady)

Where do you live?

Lancaster, CA 

How long have you been riding?

I’ve been riding dirt on and off for about 8 years, and street for about 2.

What bike do you ride?

For dirt and racing, I ride a 2017 KTM Freeride 250R (two stroke!), and for long moto camping trips or street rides, I use my 2014 Honda CB500X. I’ve turned it into a mini adventure bike.

What is LA to Barstow to Vegas?

LAB2V is a self-guided, two-day dual sport ride that’s been running for 35 years! It attracts hundreds of riders on everything from vintage bikes, to sidehacks, adventure bikes and dual sports. Any street legal bike is welcome, and it’s cool to see what kind of bikes people have used to complete this ride. The routes and mileage vary a bit every year, but it usually totals around 450 miles over two days. It starts in north LA County (Palmdale, CA), stopping in Barstow, CA the first day, then continuing on to Las Vegas the second day. The terrain includes sand, rocks, whoops, gravel, pavement and everything in between. Fortunately though, LAB2V plots multiple route options to suite all kinds of riding abilities. There is the standard “Easy Route”, which is primarily off-road and great for the average dual sport. For those who like to be challenged, there are “Hard Routes” which periodically break away from the Easy Route and contain enduro obstacles like rock gardens, deep sand, boulders and step ups. There are also some “Bail Out” options. If you’re on a heavy adventure bike or need to make up lost time, you can choose to take a stretch of pavement or a well maintained dirt road and give yourself a break.

 

What made you want to participate in LAB2V?

This year it was a matter of continuing what’s become a new Thanksgiving tradition for me, and riding my favorite dual sport event. My first LAB2V was in 2016 after buying my first dual sport and finally getting my motorcycle license. I had always felt so intimidated by street and dual sport riding, but I also couldn’t ignore the desire to try it, and I love a good endurance challenge. One obstacle I faced back then was that I didn’t have a lot of riding buddies, and I didn’t know anyone who wanted to do the ride with me. But I wanted to try it so bad that I was prepared to ride LAB2V solo. I spent months researching the ride and prepping and I had the support of my Mom, who agreed to drive a chase vehicle and help me with pit stops. I also had the peace of mind of there being an amazing volunteer group that puts on the event, including sweep crews, Rescue 3, and experienced riders that were full of helpful tips. The week before the 2016 LAB2V ride, I met someone on a District 37 forum who matched my riding style and also wanted to give it a try. So that year, I showed up to the start, barely knowing that one other person, and we set out on the ride. He wound up crashing towards the end of the first day and couldn’t continue, so I rode and navigated day two by myself. It was a little scary, and my bike gave me a lot of problems that forced me to finish the ride on a bail out. I think I was the very last person into Vegas after dark, but I finished! I also met some good people on that ride and through the social media afterwards, including the amazing Sara Dinges (@dualsportwomen). In 2017, I rode LAB2V again with much better luck, and this year was my third ride!

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What bike prep did you need in order to get ready?

This ride requires a lot of prep! Every year, I’ve actually made a spreadsheet months in advance to keep track of what I need to buy, do and pack so I don’t forget. This year I decided to do some bike upgrades before the ride: a Seat Concepts seat, TUbliss system, JD Jetting kit, new tires, and a Giant Loop gas bag to go with my Giant Loop Mojave saddlebags. My bike’s fuel tank is less than 2 gallons (with no aftermarket options) and LAB2V fuel stops can be 100+/- miles apart, so carrying extra fuel was absolutely necessary. After the upgrades, my amazing friends Ruben Arizaga and Hollie West helped me with hours of bike work including an oil change, new brakes, a carb clean and rebuild, silencer repacking, air filter cleaning and prep, new fork seals, and an overall deep clean and inspection. My fellow LAB2V rider Christina and her boyfriend Giancarlo also provided some much needed mechanical help the weekend before the ride. Then there were the logistics: ensuring my 6-year-old son was taken care of during the ride, booking hotel rooms in Barstow and Vegas, coordinating with the other riders, getting time off work, and organizing the ride home. I also made sure I had all my trail gadgets ready to go: my Antigravity XP10 battery pack (my bike doesn’t have a kick starter) and mini compressor, Garmin Montana GPS, SPOT tracker, Tusk helmet lights just in case, and a GoPro for the fun sections.

Who did you ride with?

This year I was excited to have three women riders with me, and it was their first LAB2V. I rode with Christina (@motorobot), Erica Kim (@itsericakim) and Casey Jaeckel (@tonedapollo), who was recovering from a broken wrist due to a recent street bike accident (such a trooper!). I’ve ridden trails with Christina, who is also on a KTM Freeride, and she put me in touch with Erica and Casey through our Dirt Ladies group.  

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Tell us about the ride, any mishaps? Did ya get lost? How was the terrain? Any particular challenging sections?

As usual, the ride starts the Friday after Thanksgiving in Palmdale, CA.  We were in line for tech inspection around 5:30am, and there were already hundreds of bikes ready to go! After tech inspection, I picked up maps, a roll chart, rider instructions and GPS tracks for Day 1, then regrouped with the girls to make a game plan. Since I had some experience, I was asked to the group and navigate. Our chase crew included my mom Lori driving the MotoMinivan, Christina’s boyfriend and our team mechanic Giancarlo in a truck with their two pups, and Casey’s friend Kyle, who was also keeping an eye on two other LAB2V riders. We all confirmed where our first pit stop location would be, then hit the road.

As we made our way north to California City, I kept looking in my mirror and thinking how cool it was to see three badass, brave women taking on this new adventure. We kept up a great intermediate pace, and were staying on schedule to make it to Barstow before sunset. Although we carried extra lights for night riding, we didn’t want to use them! After the first gas stop, we headed east towards the lunch location in Johannesburg. Along the way, we decided to test our first Hard Route opportunity in Last Chance Canyon. There were some bottlenecks with other riders once we hit the deep sand and rock sections, which made riding through the obstacles even more challenging. With Casey’s injury, she made the very smart call to preserve her wrist and go back to the less crowded route, with Erica by her side. We communicated to our chase crew that we were briefly splitting up, then continued on. Christina and I put our two strokes through their paces in the long stretches of rocks and deep sand before meeting back up with Erica and Casey at the end of the canyon. It was at that point that Casey was having trouble getting her bike started. Some friends of ours, Billy and Joe passed by and they were able to get Casey’s bike running well enough to get back to the main road, and be picked up by our chase crew. Once again, Casey’s selflessness insisted that we press on while she figured out the fate of her poor CRF.

The trail was from there was fun and flowing, with amazing views overlooking Searles Valley. Then we arrived at a steep downhill with a bit of a rut, which is my biggest fear in riding. I know how I’m supposed to ride downhills, but executing it is another story. As I looked down the hill I saw a vintage XL600 on its side part way down, with its rider looking stuck and unable to fully lift the behemoth of a bike. I got off my Freeride and walked (slid) down to assist. As I helped him lift his machine, I learned he had no front brake! The bike would quickly pick up speed when we lifted it, pulling us all back down to the ground. We decided to push the XL on its side into the rut for leverage, where it could be stood up and walked down in gear, using the clutch as a brake. After the rider caught his breath and expressed his gratitude, he was able to get down the hill more safely. The other riders now had a clear path down, including Christina, who tackled that downhill like a pro. Fearless and confident, she rode down flawlessly as I watched from the rut. Then I realized I still had to walk back up to my bike! This made me realize how steep the hill felt and made me psych myself out even more. Despite being inspired by Christina’s success, I didn’t feel confident about riding down, and I wound up walking my bike halfway down the hill too. I got back on my bike and coasted to the base of the hill, where it plateaued before descending again into a second hill. I tend to be a stubbornly cautious rider, especially in the middle of a 400-mile ride. 

Our entire group reorganized at the lunch stop in Johannesburg, where my mom greeted us with sandwiches, gasoline and ibuprofen. Casey’s bike was still in the truck, where it would stay until we could get to Barstow and let Giancarlo take a crack at getting it running well enough for day two. After a well-deserved lunch break, Erica, Christina and I got back on the road. Johannesburg to Barstow had a lot of fast, flat sections, and it was fun to open up the bikes after all the previous rocks and ruts. The very last dirt stretch of the day was a long, wide whooped out dirt road just outside of Barstow. This is where Erica really showed her speed and skill, as she opened up her 250 and flew across every rut and whoop section with ease. This girl can rip!

We eventually rolled into Barstow to end day one around 4pm, an hour before sunset and ahead of many other riders. I was proud of our pace as we picked up our roll charts and GPS tracks for day two. I immediately started bike prep before my fatigue totally set in. For me, that meant topping off my gas tank and gas bag, swapping out my air filter, replenishing my camelbak, cleaning and lubing the bike’s chain, checking tire pressure, mixing gas for tomorrow’s pit stops, charging all my electronics, loading the new roll chart, and previewing tomorrow’s route options as part of my navigator duties. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep but this ride is all about prep. Giancarlo already had Casey’s bike torn apart by that time and he discovered that, despite his outstanding efforts, the bike simply required new parts and wasn’t reliable enough to ride day two. We were heartbroken that Casey’s ride had come to an end so early in the weekend, but thankful that she stuck around and continued supporting her friends for day two. After carb-loading at the best Italian restaurant in Barstow, we got some rest before another early morning start.  

The next morning we were all a bit sore and were starting to feel the muscle fatigue. Despite how much we wanted to ride the super rocky Hard Route through Calico Canyon that morning, we decided to stick to the Easy Routes and save our energy for Red Rock Canyon at the end of the day, which for me last year, was the highlight of the ride. We left Barstow and rode alongside the Calico Mountains for a bit. It was so difficult to pass up the Hard Route turnoffs into the canyon, but I felt that staying conservative was the best option for the group to get to Vegas while the sun was still up. A small consolation for missing out on the rocky canyon was watching the still-visible full moon hang over the mountain ridges while the sunrise cast long shadows of our bikes on the short stretch of pavement past Calico. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the ride, but I tried to remember to look up and enjoy the beautiful scenery that we are fortunate enough to be able to ride through.

The pavement faded to dirt and the dirt to sand in a canyon. This turned that beautiful sunrise into a challenging one, as we were now heading directly east in clouds of hazy dust. Ultimately, we popped out onto some fast, wide dirt roads that paralleled powerlines and railroad tracks near Yermo, and the wind helped clear the dust. Giancarlo met us at a railroad crossing so Christina and I could top off our small tanks before the next gas stop in Baker. As we headed off towards our first checkpoint, we turned on to the sandy and curvy Powerline Road. I could see that Christina and Erica were eager to click through some gears behind me, so I waved them on ahead, knowing that navigation wasn’t going to be an issue for several miles. Moments later, I came around a corner to see a group of riders huddled around someone on the ground near a small washout on the left side of the road. Then I saw a Freeride with no one on it and my heart sank. But just as quickly, Christina’s face appeared through the small crowd as she was sitting upright and looking my way with a slightly bloody half grin. I knew then that she was okay… relatively speaking. Erica was by her side and so were a handful of other riders who had stopped to check on her. Christina took some time to recover and felt good enough to press on, so we did. We sped off towards Baker, home of the World’s Tallest Thermometer, and arrived there just before 9:30am. We were still ahead of schedule to be able to ride Red Rock that afternoon, and we took advantage of that with a long break. Giancarlo went to work fixing a few things on Christina’s bike while Erica and I indulged in more of Mom’s sandwiches.

After Baker, it was a quick 50ish miles to Sandy Valley, a tiny little town in Nevada where we were served a hot lunch by the local student council at an elementary school. Once again, the volunteers that come together for this event are amazing! We realized that Christina’s front tire had a slow leak after her crash, so a repair was in order. Giancarlo saved the day with a post-lunch tire fix that allowed Christina’s Freeride to keep going. With a little time lost on the tire change and an ankle issue creeping up on Erica, we decided to take what can only be described as a dirt highway from Sandy Valley to the entrance of Red Rock Canyon to make up some time. On this final leg of the trip, we had a couple other friends tagging along as well: Scott and Ichi.

We arrived at the start of the Red Rock Canyon Hard Route and were immediately greeted with some fun, winding single track leading us to the base of the canyon. We twisted our way through stone-filled dips and climbs until we arrived at a rocky downhill, where sheets of dark red shale were stacked like stairs covered in loose rocks and small boulders of the same color. This place was appropriately named. The downhill ended with a sharp right turn into deep, deep sand where other riders’ tracks wound tightly around Joshua trees and more rocks. I had to keep looking up from the faint trail to find the signature LAB2V ribbon markings and make sure we stayed on course. The sand ended into a deep wash filled with nothing but rocks and boulders, with gravel underneath. Some parts were narrow enough for only a single bike to fit through and the wash’s walls came up over our handlebars at times. But I felt like a kid in a candy store. My little Freeride was built for this type of terrain and my excitement outweighed my fatigue. My bike gobbled up the rocks and crawled up a few small step ups without issue. Eventually the wash widened and leveled out a bit, so I stopped to check navigation while waiting for the others.  

I realized the roll chart and GPS both alluded to a right turn that I had missed, which could get us back to the main road more quickly. This was the first time on the ride that I felt uncertain about navigation, and I certainly didn’t want to lead the group through more enduro riding then they had to, since shadows were getting long and muscles were getting tired. The group caught up and took a break while I turned around and unsuccessfully tried to find a cutoff back to the main road. Other riders passing by confirmed that they didn’t see a turn either, so I double backed to my group. We decided to keep following the wash, since more riders were heading that way as well and none of them had turned back around. It wound up working out and we reached the blacktop a short while later. I linked back up with the GPS track and I knew we were around the corner from the grand finale. 

After a very brief paved reprieve, we were back on winding dirt two track, ascending to the rock garden at the peak of Rocky Gap Rd that seems like the most sought after section of Red Rock and the LAB2V ride itself. I arrived at the peak to find 4x4s blocking all the non-Jarvis lines through the first stage of rocks and step ups. Some riders tried going around the trucks but were having trouble because the lines were nonexistent. Ichi hopped off his bike and assisted the riders ahead of us. Eventually the trucks moved but I was already set up for a less-than ideal line choice. I tried it anyway and dropped my bike. I repositioned, and gave it another shot, and successfully crawled up the first rock face, with Ichi spotting me just in case. He stayed behind and helped some others while I charged ahead with Scott right behind me. There were more 4x4s coming towards us on the trail, which took away more line choices, but we were there for a challenge anyway. I bounced around from one rock to the next, smiling and feeling at home in the rocks. Within minutes, the hardest part of the section was over and it was just a matter of flowing back down some rocky two track before emerging into the beautiful Red Rock Park.

One of the best parts of the ride, is the sense of accomplishment felt when reaching the pavement after Red Rock Canyon. The dirt portion of the ride was over, and I could see a glimpse of the Vegas skyline poking up between the Red Rocks and horizon. I felt so proud of our little group for finishing despite the challenges along the way. I was elated to riding into town, even though we had to jump on the freeway momentarily and caught every red light down Flamingo Blvd on our way to the finish line at The Orleans Casino.  We pulled into The Orleans’ parking garage around 4:30pm, with the last bits of daylights fading behind us. My mom and Giancarlo were waiting proudly at the finish, taking pictures and sharing in our excitement. After some high fives and two stroke revs, we lined up to have our picture taken with Santa Claus and two Vegas showgirls; a traditional LAB2V finish. 

I loaded up my bike and gear in the MotoMinivan, then and rushed to my hotel for that long awaited shower. Next it was time for the LAB2V rider’s banquet inside one of the casino’s ballrooms, which is a cool ending to the event filled with awesome giveaways, photos, drinks and grub. For those who stayed in Vegas through Sunday night, there was an LAB2V bowling event also at The Orleans, which I participated in for the first time this year. My bowling team happened to also win the 50/50 pot that night, so thanks to my teammates Dave, Abigail, and John!

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How was the navigation?

It takes some practice, but this year I felt more confident with navigation and was able to lead the group without getting lost. I use the mandatory roll chart issued by LAB2V, alongside my Garmin, which is loaded with LAB2V tracks before the start of each day. I also carried a SPOT tracker, which was a huge help to our chase crew. They could see our movements every few minutes on an app and receive check-in messages that we were okay when we stopped.

 

Were there a lot of ladies on the ride?

I didn’t hear the official count this year, but the last couple years there were less than 20 women riding out of over 550 participants. That makes it even more awesome to have a group of 4 women take on this ride together! We hope to inspire more female participation by sharing our experience and giving women a resource for information about the ride and how to prepare.

 

Tell us about some of the people you met.

Because of the Sunday night bowling event, I was able to spend time with some of the volunteer 4x4 sweep crews, and learned even more about what they do. One of the volunteers, Abigail Williams, was on her second year of teaming up with her husband and using their truck to rescue several bikes and riders each day. Sweep’s job is stay behind all the riders and help get every last broken bike or stranded person safely off the trails. No one gets left in the desert because of these amazing volunteers and their collaboration with Rescue 3. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

Favorite part? Least favorite part?

My favorite part was definitely Red Rock canyon. It offers some challenging but rideable enduro obstacles in the middle of gorgeous scenery at the end of an amazing ride. My least favorite part was that steep downhill, and there is definitely LAB2V drone footage that proves my discontent. Maybe someday I’ll get over my fear and tackle it the “right” way.  

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Would you do it again?

Absolutely! I hope I get to do this ride every single year, and some day, I’d love to be able to ride LAB2V with my son. He’s only 6, so it’s gonna be awhile! This year, there was an 85 year old man that completed the ride, so there’s no shortage of inspiration when it comes to returning year after year. 

Any suggestions for ladies wanting to participate next year?

Here’s some essential tips:

1)     You don’t need a 500cc, high speed desert rocket to do this long ride. Reliability is key, and you’ll be much happier on a smaller, lighter bike that you’re comfortable picking up multiple times. You’ll need to be able to hold onto it for 8-10 hours straight for two consecutive days. All our girls rode light 250s at a steady, consistent pace and did great.  

2)     You also don’t need a bunch of bike upgrades and gadgets to make this ride happen. My first year, I just used what I had and learned what was essential for the next year. If you love it enough, you’ll accumulate the “nice to haves” over the years as your budget allows. I’ve also borrowed friends’ gear before, and pooled resources with other riders. And don’t forget to get creative! Padded bicycle shorts can be a life saver when an upgraded moto seat is not in the budget. Fuel bottles can be carried instead buying an aftermarket tank. And you can buy an old, cheap smart phone on eBay and load it with a GPS app as opposed to spending hundreds on a dedicated GPS unit.

 3)     Start prepping months before the ride. This includes bike maintenance and training. Ride as much as you can before LAB2V to prevent things like arm pump, blisters and cramps. The gym is helpful too, but nothing beats seat time. The more you ride, the easier it gets.

 4)     Do a shakedown ride during the weeks before LAB2V using all the gear you plan to wear and pack for the ride, and consider the temperatures you’ll be facing. Give yourself time to fix any issues you find before Thanksgiving.

5)     Practice navigating ahead of time, or better yet, find a buddy that’s done the ride before and is comfortable navigating and leading. That way you can focus on enjoying the journey during your ride, and maybe learn navigation along the way. Babes in the Dirt would be a great place to network for LAB2V riders and navigation experts, as well as various dual sport groups on social media, like @Dirt_Ladies and @dualsportwomen.

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Meet Stephanie Anderson @throttlefortwo and her Husqvarna FE350S

She has been riding for over 20 years and been coming to Babes in the Dirt for the past 2! Stephanie has ridden some of our bucket list locations and constantly has us drooling over her awesomely remote photos on the trails. We caught up with her to hear more about her life on two wheels, love of her Husqvarna FE 350 S and her lust for the new fuel injected 2-stroke TE 250i.

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What is your name?

- Stephanie Anderson

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

- Well, for a few more days I am a Property Manager of a mobile home park, but as of next week, I will be unemployed for a few months.  Me, my husband, and our two Siberian Huskies, will be traveling around the country with our travel trailer and motos in search of a new place to call home and start our own business.

Where are you from?

- San Diego/Temecula, CA

Where do you live?

- Mammoth Lakes, CA

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

- When we moved to Temecula in the mid-90’s, dirt was pretty much everywhere, so I was lucky enough to make friends with kids in school that grew up riding quads and dirt bikes.  Unfortunately, my parents never let me have my own dirt bike as they were always worried I would seriously injure myself (which, now that I’ve crashed at least a dozen times and broken my fair share of bones, I can see why J).  So I spent most of my younger years on a variety of friend’s loaner bikes cruising around the wine country and out in the southern California deserts (Ocotillo Wells/Glamis).  

How long have you been riding?

- About 20 years, but more actively for about that last 10.

Why do you like riding dirt?

- I like riding dirt for too many reasons to list!  But one of the main reasons is that it opens a whole new world of places to go and things to see.  There’s no better feeling than being able to take a spontaneous trip down a random dirt road and find that it leads to a secluded lake, or takes you to the top of a mountain with 360-degree views.  Not to mention, you can take dirt detours when there is traffic J.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

- Handful of CRF/XR 50s

- 2013 Honda CRF150R

- 2014 Kawasaki KX250F

What do you ride now?

- 2016 Husqvarna FE350S

- 1980 Honda XL250S

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

- A new fuel injected 2-stroke Husqvarna, of course ! Actually, as much as I would absolutely LOVE a new TE 250i, I would really like to add more of an adventure bike to the collection.  Our ultimate dream is to take an international motorcycle trip, and having a bike that can still handle dirt, but also be able to put down some serious road miles with a full load of camping gear would be optimal.  What exact bike that is, I really have no idea yet, but I am hoping over the course of the next 5 or so years, manufacturers will continue to cater to smaller riders such as myself, and I will have more options. 

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

- The FE350S is the ultimate adventure mobile!  There aren’t a lot of motorcycles that you can say are completely capable in (and meant for) the dirt, but also street legal.  We can be on technical single track one minute, and then cruising the highway through Yosemite the next.  The places we can go are almost endless!  Also, because of fuel injection!!!  You just can’t beat being able to ride at 8,000ft. elevation one day, and then 800 ft. elevation the next without skipping a beat or needing to re-jet (it was a serious problem when I had the CRF150R which was carbureted).   

 

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

- Hmm, that’s a tough one . . . I really love it all!!!  But if I had to narrow it down, I would say snow.  I’m not the best at it, and to be honest, I used to try to avoid it, but I’m slowly getting more comfortable with it and it couldn’t be more fun.    

 

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

- Definitely rocks . . . Being vertically challenged, I am still working on clutch and throttle control to account for the fact that I can’t ever reach the ground to put my darn foot down J.  Thankfully, I finally did some much needed upgrades to the suspension and steering, so hopefully my skill level will catch up to my confidence level sometime soon ha.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

- When we first got the Husqvarnas, we had some friends visiting with their dirt bikes so we decided to take a trip completely in the dirt from Mammoth Lakes to the ghost town known as Bodie.  It was about 65 miles one-way through all kinds of different terrain.  We hadn’t owned the bikes for very long, so I didn’t have the bike set-up and dialed in specifically for me just yet.  We hit some really deep and soft sand/silt on the backside of Mono Lake that just seemed to go forever, so I was struggling for a while to keep the front end stable, and then proceeded to take a literal face plant into an actual plant J.  I was too worked to go back home the same way we came, so I also go to experience my first solo ride on the highway, and at night too.  It was definitely a trip I will never forget!       

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

- Definitely right here in my own backyard!  The Eastern Sierra is packed full of places to ride, with everything from mellow fire roads and sand dunes, to tight single track and even snow.  It really is an off-roader’s paradise!  And the views aren’t too bad either J.  I also really enjoyed the moto tour we took in Maui.  It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the terrain was like nothing I had ever been on before (we went through a sugar cane field that was so dense we couldn’t even see the actual trail).  We were fortunate enough to be the only two riders on the tour that day (which was usually a group tour), so we got really lucky and the tour guide took us on an epic journey which ended so high up that we found pine trees! 

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

- Australia

- Russia

- Moab, Uta

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

- Unfortunately, no L.  My few female friends that do ride live about 6 hours away, and not a lot of women in our area have motorcycles.  99% of the time it’s just me and my husband, but I am really hoping that will change.  I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with some super cool ladies thanks to Babes in the Dirt and Instagram, who I would love to get together with someday soon.   

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

- Megan Griffiths . . . girl seriously rips and is ALWAYS smiling.  She really makes everything looks so easy but is always so humble about it.  She is so passionate about riding and it shows!  I really hope to someday be able to attend one of her clinics and learn to go over logs instead of crashing into them J.  Also, because I struggle so much in the rocks, Sarah (aka @spacecat.moto) . . . lady KILLS it out there in Utah in some truly epic terrain!  Pretty sure she eats rocks and vertical walls for breakfast J.

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

- I made it to Babes in the Dirt both this year (2018), and last year (2017).  Although I always bring my husband and fur kids so we always camp outside of the actual event, it’s still one of my favorite weekends of the year.  The first year, I was solo and ended up crashing attempting to go back down the big hill climb (ha oops).  Within seconds there were several people more than happy to help get my bike upright and down to the bottom.  One of the nicest Park Rangers I have ever met found some ladies to bring my bike back to the road, went and tracked down my husband who was cruising around in my 4Runner, brought me back to the main camp, and treated my wounds.  The Babes in the Dirt staff and many of the other ladies there for the event kept coming up to me and asking if I was ok or if I needed anything.  It was so awesome to be completely alone and not know anyone, but still feel welcomed and right at home.  This year we could only make it for a day, but it was still an epic day of riding and I even convinced my fellow female rider friends from San Diego to attend as well (and they loved it).  From the most experienced rider to the first timer, it really is an event that can be enjoyed by all. 

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

- Take it slow and start off with something nice and mellow.  There are all kinds of fire roads and open riding areas to practice at that are great places to get a feel for the dirt without having to worry about obstacles or other riders.  As someone who learned to ride in the dirt before learning to ride on the street, I can tell you there is a learning curve both ways, so just do what you feel comfortable with and practice, practice, practice.  And remember, you don’t have to be a pro to have fun!

Anything else you would like to add?

- I would like to say thanks to the Babes in the Dirt staff, Husqvarna, and all those involved with putting together such a rad event.  Seeing so many ladies from so many different walks of life come together for the love of motorcycles is truly an amazing experience!  How many beers will it take to convince you to do more Babes in the Dirt events?!?!? JJJ

Roll Call | Meet Ashleigh Kaliszuk @ashkaleigh

We first met Ashleigh through some of the amazing images she shot at Babes Ride Out 4. Her photography is what first caught our eye but it didn't take long to see that there is so much more to this talented babe. As a fellow Husqvarna FE 250 rider and lover of dirt, it can be hard to keep up with Ashleigh as she travels all over pursuing her passion. We got to catch up with her and hear more about how she fell in love with dirt bikes. 

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What is your name?

Ashleigh Kaliszuk

What do you do for a living?

I’m a Red Seal mobile crane operator, and self-taught photographer.

Where are you from?

I’m from Vernon, British Columbia

Where do you live?

Edmonton, Alberta

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

I was first introduced to riding dirt over 20 years ago by my childhood best friend Victoria Hubáček (Hett) and her family.  They would host a lot of races for the community, and her mom would always tell us to keep busy and go ride while they were setting up— so I would get on her little brother's bike and follow her on the trails.  In retrospect, it’s pretty impressive because I would just ride without thinking about what I was actually doing and I did fine!  I only launched the bike into a creek once (sorry, Malcolm)!  

How long have you been riding?

I’ve been riding on the street for four years, and I only started taking dirt seriously again last summer. 

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Why do you like riding dirt?

I love how technical it is!  It’s a full body workout, and you’re never done learning and practicing. I love how many different facets there are from casual dual sport riding to intense Supercross.  To be honest, I haven't ridden much on the street since getting my dirt bike.  I’m hooked. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

I have only had one dirt bike, my Husqvarna FE250.

What do you ride now?

The same Husqvarna FE250— a cute four-year-old named it “Mint.” I also have access to my boyfriend’s FE501, and I’m so stoked to give that bike a try! 

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

It’s so hard to pick just one, but I would have to go with the 2018 Husqvarna FC350 with a custom suspension from TNT Racing Development Inc. to get it flat track ready!  That’s one of my major riding goals for this year and I am already signed up for school with Flat Track Canada.  Just for fun, if I could have a third bike I would like Jason Anderson’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna FC450 at the end of his season!  So if you’re reading this ElHombre, hit me up! 

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

I love that it’s an FE model!  Meaning it has turn signals, headlight, and a license plate bracket so I can legally take it on the street as well as off-road. I also love that it’s a Husqvarna.  As a brand, they promote the adventure / exploring aspect of the sport which is something I can really get behind and relate to.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

I’ve been told I’m crazy for thinking this, but I’d have to say sand!!  Maybe it’s because I am biased towards the desert and spend so much time there, but I enjoy how challenging the simplest things are in the sand.

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

Rocks.  I want to be able to get over the mental aspect of looking at a bed of jagged rocks and thinking about what it would feel like to fall on them.  So much about dirt biking is getting past the mental part and just committing.  I’m spending the last bit of winter in Arizona, so that’s a prime place to practice! 

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

The first time after I got my bike!  I picked up my shiny, brand new Husqvarna FE250 and the next day drove out to an all women’s dirt bike rally in Revelstoke, BC.  I figured that since I have been riding on the street for awhile that it can’t be that hard.  Holy crap, was I wrong!  Lexi Pechout was there teaching emergency braking, cornering, hill climbing, etc. and I was probably the least experienced person there.  I was hardly able to do anything and yet the next day I felt like I had ran a marathon!  Needless to say I had learned a lot that day and was able to apply it to the next time I rode. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

My favourite spot to ride is a hidden gem just minutes from my place, called Hellbilly Ranch.  My cousin’s and their buds designed a compound with FMX jumps, MX tracks and a bit of single track.  Three days a week a close groups of friends all head out with their kids, dogs, and bikes and it’s the best vibe you can imagine.  I like to hit the MX track and make new goals for myself every time— like going up a gear, clearing the table top, getting higher into a jump, upping my endurance and staying out for more consecutive laps, etc.  It’s been such a great environment for me to practice and build confidence on my bike.  Maybe this season we can bring in some rocks and logs!!   

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

I’ve always wanted to ride the Bolivia high desert!  They have one of the largest salt flats in the world with saguaros around the perimeter— it just looks so beautiful to me.  I would also love to do a Baja run on a 701 Enduro!  And an Isle of Man tour with David Knight!!  This next one may sound like a joke but I would also like to roll an actual Supercross track… just to say I did it.  I could go on!  Haha

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Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

I do!  The evenings I spend out at Hellbilly Ranch there are always a bunch of rad women to ride with.  It’s awesome because we observe how we’re all advancing and progressing and encourage each other.  Alberta has a huge women’s dirt bike community and I am super pumped to be apart of that.  When I ride on the street I enjoy the solitude of riding alone, but on dirt I find it far more rewarding and enjoyable to be around other people. 

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

Victoria!!!  I met her when I was 5 years old walking down the street and noticed a new girl had moved into the neighbourhood!  I asked what her name was and have looked up to her ever since (in all aspects, not just moto).  She was pretty much raised on a dirt bike and I always thought that was the coolest thing.  She’s a very accomplished rider and has medalled in the ISDE multiple times and won multiple championships.  I never thought I would one day be riding along side her on a couple of Husqvarna’s on the backroads above Kalamalka Lake, but we did last summer, and it was awesome! 

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

I have been to two Babes Ride Out events and they both blew my mind.  I think the craziest thing for me is how over 1,500 women can get together and it still feels so open and freeing.  There’s no judgements on what you ride, wear or look like— just common ground for the love of two wheels.  There’s nothing like it out there!

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

Just take the plunge and do it!  It’s never too late, and you’re never too old.  

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Roll Call | Meet Jaime Leigh Schulte @thunder732

Dirt bikes are often thought of as a family sport. Not everyone was fortunate enough to grow up riding dirt bikes with their family. Some of us found our passion for off-roading a bit later in life. Meet Jaime! She bought her first dirt bike before even knowing how to kick start the darn thing. She already knew it was going to be something she loved. Read her story and how she went from watching youtube videos to figure out how to run her bike to racing enduro races. 

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What is your name?

My real name is Jaime Leigh Schulte, but most people call me either Jaime Jam, or Thunder.

Where are you from?

I was born in Carroll Iowa, and raised in Summit County Colorado. 

Where do you live now?

Eagle, Colorado.  

What do you do for a living?

After seven years of teaching snowboarding for Beaver Creek, and Co-Founding a non-profit called Duchess Ride along side two of my best friends, I have moved onto slingin’ dirt bike parts at MotoSource Colorado, and working with my fiance on our newest journey DecalsByDesignCO.  

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

Not that long ago! July 2015. Honestly it was pretty random, maybe an early mid-life crisis, I’m not sure. I made up my mind one day that I wanted a dirt bike and that was that. My daughter Skyler posted a gofundme.com on her Facebook telling all my friends she wanted help with my 35th Birthday present! A BIKE! I took the money all my friends pitched in and added a bit more to make my budget $1000, trolled Craig's list and found a KX100. I’d never ridden a bike, knew nothing about bikes, but drove about an hour to go look at this one. I had the guy ride it up the street for me....looked rad with all the colors, and sponsors on the graphics so I bought it. haha. I drove straight home and sat on the couch, computer in my lap, franticly searching you tube for how to ride a dirt bike, watched for about 15 minuets and right back out the door I went. I had my friend Maddy with me, we drove to a dirt road, somehow un loaded the bike from my truck, fumbled with starting it for at least 30mins. (didn’t know what or where the choke was) Got that thing fired up and the rest is history! I ripped up and down that road for over an hour never even getting out of 2nd gear, my face hurt so bad from smiling, I called my man, told him he better buy a bike if he ever wanted to see me again. So he did! TRUE FREAKING STORY 

How long have you been riding?

About 350 hours :) hahaha but for real. 

Why do you like riding dirt?

Oh my gosh.....why do I like riding dirt? I don’t think there is one thing I don’t like about it. I’m kinda a balls-to-wall type of girl with everything I do so riding a dirt bike just fit my personality. I love the challenge, I love that I can’t think about dumb shit when I’m on my bike, I love feeling exhausted after a good ride, I love that I’m “working out” without working out, the friends I’ve made are beyond worth it, the places I’ve seen, the feelings of accomplishment, working through fears, tears, and sometimes physical pain, I love seeing the dirt wash out of my hair in the shower, and how bright my smile is when my face is super dirty. :) 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

2000 KX100, 2016 KTM 150sx, and my newest love the 2018 Husqvarna TE250!! 

 What do you ride now?

2018 Husqvarna TE250

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

Thats a great question, I would have liked to keep the 150sx as a second bike, but I’m not even sure why. I suppose just cause we went through a lot together, and I can’t lie, I secretly loved ripping that bike the same places the guys do on their big bikes. Learning to get power out of a smaller bike, clutch control, and having ownership over your bike is an amazing feeling. However if I base this off of other peoples opinions I’d have to get a 250 4 stroke, but in my 3 years of riding, the 4stroke just doesn't make me smile like the 2 smokers.

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

I’ve only had my bike a few weeks now, and its winter here so my riding has been somewhat limited, so far I can tell you having electric start is a game changer, especially being short. I think its pretty neat you can make so many adjustments such as the pre load which is right on top of the xplor forks, or change how hard it hits with the three different power valve springs depending on what you're riding. The clutch is so smooth and it can crawl up anything! It’s a lot of bike to hold on to for sure, but Husqvarna makes it possible to fine tune so many things. 

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Definitely a single track fan, rocky, ledgy, loggy, yummy goodness.

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

The most technical, gnarly woods riding. I day dream of completing a hard enduro one day. 

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

The most challenging ride to date happened to be a two day enduro race, The Shady Burro Enduro! Check it out, South Fork Colorado! RMEC. I raced it last August on the 150sx, its possible I was on the smallest bike there. Day one, test one was a huge wake-up call and that was just the beginning of a 100 mile day. A constant climb, with loose rock, mud, diagonal roots, and other riders, I was defiantly worried about what I had ahead of me. Day two was even more difficult, we rode a little further this day and I was still feeling the first hundred miles. I did my best to pace myself, and tried super hard not to make mistakes. I wasn’t all that successful. However, I finished the day on the gnarliest rocky road. It was absolutely relentless. I couldn’t feel my triceps. My thighs felt like tree stumps. My forearms rock solid, and I was starting to lose it mentally! Seriously, I cried, screamed, and laughed my way to the finish line. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Some of my current favorite places to ride here in Colorado are McCoy, Rifle, and De Beque.  

What is on you moto bucket list to ride?

100% I have to go ride McNutt, BC, Canada! Instagram makes it look sick :) 

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

Ummmmm, kinda. Well, okay lets be real, most of the time I’m am chasing the boys though the woods. However, there are a handful of girls I like to rip with around here. Nicole, Chelsea, Julie, Jackie, Lauren,  I probably shouldn't start name dropping cause I’m sure to forget some. I also started a FaceBook group called “Eagle County Moto Chicks” and hosted a couple ladies ride days last summer, and plan to do it each month this coming summer. 

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

I look up to everyone, the novice rider and the expert rider, the pros sending it at Erzberg, to the local pros I have to pleasure to ride with here in my back yard. There is something to learn from everyone, even if it’s how NOT to do something. We are all human, it’s not always the riding that blows my mind but the obvious dedication someone has, its freaking contagious and gets me so hyped. 

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

My first Babes Ride in the Dirt experience was last April, and it was amazing from the moment we loaded up the camper in Colorado. Pulling up to camp was unreal, babes, babes and more babes on dirt bikes! How cool is that! The atmosphere was positive, and welcoming! Night life was hilarious, weather was perfect, riding was exceptional, Husqvarna demos, clinics, and tips were amazing, the 50cc races were comical, and the people! WOW, the people were off the charts awesome. I left feeling empowered, refreshed, and ready to plan for the next one. 

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

Age is just a number, dress for the crash, you gotta learn to go slow, to go fast. YouTube is awesome, but nothing beats some real life instruction from someone other than your significant other, cause we all know how that goes. If you’re thinking about it, go for it!!!