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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!

Pushing Limits | My Experience on a Husqvarna at Babes in the Dirt 4

It's not everyday you have the opportunity to try out a brand new Husqvarna dirt bike. Coming from a street background, dirt is still very new to me. You'd think if you had years of experience on the road, dirt would be  breeze but its not. It takes discipline and courage to get better at riding off-road and every time I've had the chance to ride a Husqvarna, I always walk away a more confident rider but this year, I actually shocked myself...

Anya about to take me on some of the green routes behind camp. I like to take my time, get used to the machine, and no one is more accommodating than my road dog Anya 

Anya about to take me on some of the green routes behind camp. I like to take my time, get used to the machine, and no one is more accommodating than my road dog Anya 

With the event space changing, I was challenged to try new things. I'd never been on a mini track. Quail Canyon had 2 on the premises and after a few rips up and down the hill side getting used to the Husqvarna, I felt ready to try it. Turns out this track was the perfect area to practice my cornering. The track was wide, offered tons of visibility, and had a few opportunities to get a tiny bit of air. After 20+ times around the loop, I wanted to step it up. 

Ripping it up on the mini track! Cornering was something I needed work on. This track helped me improve my skills! With every loop, I learned so much on the Husqvarna. 

Ripping it up on the mini track! Cornering was something I needed work on. This track helped me improve my skills! With every loop, I learned so much on the Husqvarna. 

In the past I never would have hit the big track as most tracks have tons of fast as hell riders and for me to try and weasel my way in woud have caused carnage. Having the track groomed and all to ourselves only happens at Babes in the Dirt so I knew it was now or never. With a heightened confidence and a pep talk, I hit the big track on the 250.

You could not get me off that track. I stayed on it until my body couldn't take it anymore. There was another girl out there cheering me on the entire time (I don't know who she was but if she is reading this, it meant the world to me). The bike cut into the dirt like no other and soon I found myself going faster and faster. The thrill was like nothing I had ever felt before and the the time I spent out there seemed like a flash. To be on that bike, on that track, in that moment was pure bliss. 

Anya telling me I slayed it! 

Anya telling me I slayed it! 

That night I couldn't stop talking about my experience on the bike and hitting the track. I was so proud that I pushed my limits and hearing that others did the same while demoing the Husqvarna fleet made me smile until my face hurt. Thank you again to the entire Husqvarna team for providing these incredible machines for us during Babes in the Dirt 4. You made hundreds of ladies incredibly stoked and helped me personally push myself further than I thought possible. 

Roll Call | Get to Know Vanessa Watson of Husqvarna

Vanessa is one of those women whom we admire, look up to, and respect wholeheartedly. She is one of the kindest and most dedicated person you will ever meet on 2 wheels and it shows every single time she throws a leg over her moto. You may have met her at Babes in the Dirt (1-4) or were lucky enough to have gotten to ride with her in between but now we finally have an interview so you can get to know her in depth, find out how she got her taste for the dirt, what it's like to work at Husqvarna Motorcycles, and her advice to any ladies ready to hit the dirt for the first time. 

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Photo by WLF Enduro

What is your name?

Vanessa Watson       

What do you do for a living?

Marketing Specialist at Husqvarna Motorcycles

Where are you from?

Californian through and through. Born in the San Bernardino Mountains, but moved to Temecula just before going into middle school in 1990.

Where do you live?

Fallbrook, CA

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

I am very fortunate, some say spoiled…. My first dirt experience was shortly after being hired at Husqvarna on a brand new FC 250. We had rented out the track at Cahuilla Creek for a test run of the concept that has evolved into the current demo program we run at Babes in the Dirt. It was less than awesome, I didn’t even get out of the staging area before falling over multiple times in front of everyone... Dirt bikes are really tall! We have learned a lot since then and now we lower bikes for shorter riders. So, I guess you could say that working at Husqvarna and being part of an amazing team was my introduction to dirt, the same way it has been for a lot of other ladies that have come to Babes in the Dirt over the years.

How long have you been riding?

5 years

Why do you like riding dirt?

I love riding dirt for a lot of reasons. I grew up riding bikes and building dirt jumps with friends on the undeveloped land behind our housing tract. I’d get up in the morning, go out on my bike all day and come home in the last moments of dusk. I have always loved being on two wheels. Back then it was freedom and in a way, it still is. It’s a break from cell phones, the internet and responsibilities; it’s just me talking to myself inside my helmet. Lots of cussing.

I love riding dirt because of the skill it requires. When I ride I repeat the things I’ve learned in my head. I have little mantras and when I practice the techniques I see the improvement. Again, so fortunate, I ride with and learn from some pretty legendary people in our industry.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

  • 2015 Husqvarna FC 250
  • 2018 Husqvarna FE 250
  • 1994 Harley Davidson Sportster

What do you ride now?

  • 2018 Husqvarna FE 250
  • 1994 Harley Davidson Sportster

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

That’s really hard, do I only get to have two!? If we are talking dirt I would love to have a motocross bike again but probably a TC 125, I am also really in love with the TE 150; that is a super fun, light weight bike. Definitely a two-stroke!

If we’re talking street, a VITPILEN 701 and not just because I work for Husqvarna… The design of the 701 is the first modern street bike that I have ever looked at and thought, “Damn that bike is beautiful as is”.

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

Previous to my FE 250 I had a 250 motocross model and at time it was a little too much bike for me. I hadn’t been riding very long and didn’t have the control or skill for the power of that bike and it was intimidating. I hadn’t ridden many of other types of dirt bikes to know that I might like something else better. Since improving my riding abilities and knowing what kind of riding I enjoy the most I would say the FE is the perfect bike for me. This bike is also the bike that comprises the majority of the Husqvarna Demo Fleet that we bring to Babes in the Dirt. It’s great all around and being a dual-sport means that I can ride it off-road or on the street. It’s without limitation, and to me it means freedom and power and that makes me feel like a bad ass!

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Single track and whoops.

photo by WLF Enduro

photo by WLF Enduro

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

Rock sections and sandy whoops.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

Progression means to me that I’m challenging myself and riding with people more skilled than I am on increasingly technical terrain. I am really into riding off-road, single track stuff right now which is always a challenge but I also enjoy riding at a track and working on cornering.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

I just rode at McCain Valley for the first time and that was incredible, such a fun day! That place is a literal playground if you like riding off-road, single track trails. Company wasn’t bad either! That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of riding trails, you’re out there with your friends pushing each other, encouraging each other.

What is on you moto bucket list to ride?

Revelstoke, BC and Moab, Utah. Definitely.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders? Yes, pretty much always. A lot of the women here ride and I have made so many friends coming to Babes in the Dirt events. The guys on our team are also really supportive and often extend the invite to a track day or a trail ride.

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

Another hard one, I have been lucky enough to ride with Mike Brown quite a bit. That’s a pretty special opportunity and I try and absorb as much as I can from him. He’s such a cool, laid back guy, super helpful and eager to share tips for improvement. Also, Ashley Fiolek, she’s a personal hero of mine. Her story is so inspiring and she has such a fluid riding style, she really looks at home on a bike. A colleague/ friend and I attended her MX school, we learned a lot and was I completely impressed at her ability to instruct.  

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

I have always attended Babes in the Dirt for work, that being said, it’s the best work I could ask for. Come on, I get to ride dirt bikes with rad women in the California desert! Seeing the event grow over the years and evolve into what it’s is now has been awe inspiring and I couldn’t be more proud of our role or to be part of our team. The inclusive vibe and free flowing kindness and helpfulness is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Babes in the Dirt empowers women and creates friendships to last a lifetime all bonded by the sport of motorcycling. Now if we could just do something about the wind!

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

Well, if you already ride on the street, riding dirt will challenge you to become a better, more technical and reactive rider. I think everyone that rides a motorcycle should do it. Personally, I went through an MSF riding school and got my motorcycle endorsement never having ridden a motorcycle before. I didn’t feel confident enough in my skill set to just get out on the road even after the course; so I spent the first couple years of being licensed riding only on dirt. I established guidelines for myself, “once I can do this, this and this, then I will feel confident enough in my skills to be out on the road.” Take a fundamentals course, ride with people more skilled than you, follow them, watch the lines they take and ride within your limits. Lastly, come to Babes in the Dirt, make new friends to ride with and be empowered by. Learn to load your own bike so you never have to depend on someone else if you want to ride. That alone will build your confidence, you can do it!

How long have you worked at Husqvarna and what do you do there?

I was the first external hire for Husqvarna after the KTM Group acquired the brand in 2013. I started out here as the Office Administrator hoping to move up in a company about to have some major growth. At the time there wasn’t a marketing or media team so I was tasked with a lot of marketing related projects. My then boss gave me some solid advice, “do as much as you can, learn the processes and own the projects you complete. When the time comes to hire for the positions you want, you can say you already do that.” I did just that and I am now in the Marketing Department as a specialist and I love it!

Aside from my daily duties of tracking and recording print and digital press, accounting for departmental expenses, creating press releases and marketing bulletins, I coordinate efforts for demo events such as Babes in the Dirt and WLF Enduro’s Mission II. I also work closely with the events team to translate the intended marketing message and brand aesthetic. Most recently, I was in New York to assist in our North American VITPILEN and SVARTPILEN media launch announcing the arrival of the new street product to the U.S. marking Husqvarna’s exciting return to street motorcycling.

Tell us about what it’s like to work there?

I am around motorcycles and motorcyclists all day long and sometimes riding motorcycles is even part of my job. We have race teams of world class, championship winning athletes and everyone here holds themselves to the highest standard. It’s nothing short of amazing and consumes a huge part of my life. We get up every day, Monday through Friday, and call it a job; and on Saturday and Sunday we do it all over again for fun. 

One of Husqvarna’s primary initiatives is Women’s Motorcycling; it’s also my favorite part of the job. I am so proud to work for a manufacturer that sees the value in marketing to women and increasing the number of women on motorcycles by supporting events like Babes in the Dirt and learn-to-ride programs like Ashley Fiolek’s MX School; which ultimately help lower the barriers-to-entry. I work with a fantastic team and every single one of us looks forward to seeing the excitement, happiness and pride on someone’s face after learning to ride a motorcycle or getting back on a bike after a long time. It’s a great reminder to me that in the midst of all the hard work, motorcycles are fun and at the end of the day, that is what it’s all about!   

 

 

 

 

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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Babes in the Dirt 4 | Re-cap | THANK YOU!

BABES IN THE DIRT

Wow, just WOW! Never in a million years did we think this event would grow to what it is today. Because of ladies like you, who are growing the off-road community with your sheer enthusiasm and kindness, have helped to create one of the largest gathering of dirt bike loving ladies we've ever witnessed. Thanks to every single one of you who donated to make this event happen, I hope you got to see just how far your donations went. Because of you, this event was our best one yet and so many ladies got to experience dirt without any hesitations. 

This event wouldn't be possible without the support of the following:

BABES IN THE DIRT

Husqvarna Motorcycles for bringing out 30 demo bikes. Thank you for offering classes for first time riders and demos for beginners & experienced riders that were fun , challenging, and so rewarding! If you got a chance to try one of their machines, you probably fell in love. Husqvarna was with us since our very first year when there were only 60 of us ripping trails in between rain and hail storms. This journey would not be possible without the Husqvarna brand and the amazing humans that make up their team. We consider them family!

 

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Fox Womens for doing one hell of a gear demo and offering so much free stuff to the attendees that we were in awe! These ladies kicked major ass and were all smiles the entire time. We hope you all got to experience how modern gear (that fits) can give you so much more confidence on the trails (and can be life saving). 

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WLF Enduro for running trail patrol, helping pick up bikes, handing out high fives, assisting with a kick start here and there,  capturing epic jump shots, and for all the firewood. We truly believe in their motto "Further Together" as that is exactly what went down this weekend. We can't thank them enough for their support!

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Kurt Caselli Foundation for the medical support. With 700 ladies in attendance and 2 motocross tracks open, it was vital to have a full service ambulance with 2 trained paramedics on site for 3 days. We are so grateful to the Caselli foundation for investing in safety and education with every project they touch. It was truly an honor to have them involved and to have Nancy Caselli get to experience the event. 

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Thousand Oaks Powersports fixed 106 bikes so ladies could get back out there an ride. 106 is a new Babes in the Dirt record! Their team was there to show you what you can do to prevent maintenance issues and help fix any minor things that kept ladies from riding. Thank you to Mark and Gary for all their hard work!

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Sena for us connected. We saw so many riders with their Senas on, allowing them to keep their group together and warn each other of any on coming trail traffice or obstacles. Not to mention capturing each others wipe outs and triumphs! Thank you for bringing the laughs to the event with their obstacle course. Being able to stay connected on the trail was incredible and so much fun!

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See See Motorcycles for the fun and games. Never have we seen such perseverance with the mini bike games.  This brand truly embodies the spirit of good times, good friends, and two wheels. 

BABES IN THE DIRT

Garrahan Offroad Training taught over 100 ladies how to ride at #babesinthedirt4 whether you had never been on a bike in your life or were looking to advance your skills; Brian Garrahan and the crew had the training course ready to rip! Thank you for being there and thank you to all the ladies that tried something new last weekend !

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Debra, Chris, Ross, Gary, Justin, Maggie, Dawn and the entire staff of Hungry Valley SVRA. These people worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure the tracks were groomed, rangers were in position, emergency planning was dialed, permits were filed, bathrooms cleaned, trash sorted, and so much more! Our parks services are incredible and we hope you return to visit them and many more this year. 

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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!!!