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BABES IN THE DIRT 5 RE-CAP | Our Best Year Yet!

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What a truly incredible weekend!!! This was our 5th year hosting our ladies only off-road campout at Hungry Valley State Park and by far our best year yet. It has been so rewarding to see ladies who started on dirt with us years ago on borrowed or rented bikes with borrowed gear now coming back on their own bikes with their own gear and ripping it up out there. To all the women that learned to ride for the first time or bettered their skills, conquered an obstacle they didn’t think they could, to those who came out to spend quality time on two wheels with friends new and old, YOU are what this is all about and we thank you! This community is full of such amazing and inspiring people and we are lucky to have you growing the sport with us.

So what went down this year for Babes in the Dirt 5? It was back to Quail Canyon MX park, our favorite off-road riding area just 1 hour north of LA. This private space is now our home and with an MX Track, GP track, peewee track , 6+ miles of private trails and direct connection to the entire trail system it could not be a better place to host 700+ for a weekend of good times, good friends and two wheels!

The weekend was jam packed with awesome thanks to our partners!

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Husqvarna Motorcycles came out for the 5th year in a row. Yes, they were with us when we were 60 women in hail storm covered in mud! They brought out a brand new fleet of 30 demo bikes for Babes to enjoy and were able to get over 130 women out on the trails for one of their group rides. We hope everyone walked away as blown away as we are at how incredible these modern machines are and how much they can help to take your riding to the next level. By bringing out the crew of Coach 2 Ride, Husqvarna helped to give over 40 women an opportunity to try out a dirt bike for their very first time and learn the proper skills. We hope to see you all back out there next year, practice is everything. We cannot thank Husqvarna enough for what they are doing to grow the sport! Thank you to the Husqvarna team for believing in us and being such an integral part of growing this amazing community! If any ladies are interested in purchasing one of the demo bikes they rode please contact Jet World Powersports! They are hooking up Babes in the Dirt 5 attendees with KILLER deals! (Ashmore has already bought one of the FE250s from the Demo fleet!)

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Fox Womens made sure that Babes were kitted out in the right gear that fit by offering roost protectors, Moto Boots, and helmets to any riders that needed them all weekend. We can’t stress the importance of having the proper fitting, quality gear when you are out on the track and trails. Fox hosts a survey at their booth every year where they give you the opportunity to share feedback on product. How cool is it to have a major brand like Fox actually listen to you in a way that affects the products they make. Thank you FOX for all that you do for women that ride! Please note that Cinderella moment above as Joy from Fox Racing fits a rider with her MX “slipper” for a perfect fit.

Toyota SoCal helped to take Babes in the Dirt 5 to the next level by turning our humble little pavilion into an awesome hang out zone! They brought the party by hosting a DJ dance party on Friday night and Karaoke contest on Saturday night. I mean really…. what is more fun than a dance party after a day of trail riding? We saw a ton of awesome Toyota rigs rolling in to camp and each and every one of them went home with a Toyota SoCal swag bag. Trophies ranging from mini bike races, to karaoke and dance contests were handed out throughout the weekend thanks to Toyota SoCal. You make off-roading easy!

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FMF was there to support by hosting Mad Moose Media to shoot photos at the event. Each rider got a pro shot of them in action sent to their phone. We can’t wait to see everyone’s shots from the weekend. Post away ladies and make sure to tag FMF and Babes in the Dirt!

FMF has been around since 1973 with a goal of taking the most advanced machinery to its limit by building the world's best performing exhausts! One lucky winner was able to upgrade their ride by winning 1 free FMF exhaust this weekend at the raffle. Thank you for the support and for putting the !!!! in BRAAAAP!!!!!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation has been with us for 2 year now helping to promote safety and providing Ambulance support for our events (no that is not a Franco brother above) Thanks to them and their Riders First Responders Program, 30 attendees came out to Babes in the Dirt 5 as certified first responders fully trained in CPR. KC66 is such an amazing organization and we are honored to have Nancy Caselli participate in our riders meeting and inspire us and remind us that women that ride always have a place in this community and industry.

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WLF Enduro came out for the 3rd year to provide trail support throughout the park and ride sweep on the Husqvarna Demo rides. It’s hard to even find a place to start with this amazing crew of people. They do so much for the riding community and it is a true honor to have them as a part of the Babes in the Dirt family! They spend the weekend helping to pick up bikes, tow motos back to camp, and guide lost riders and just give high fives to the total rippers! You will not find a better crew of people and their motto of Further Together runs throughout our event thanks to them. HUGE shout out to Brooke, Trieste, Kate, and Jenna aka SHEwolves for all of their help this weekend working the event. These awesome ladies put their time and energy in to helping out and we are so grateful!

Thousand Oaks Powersports spent the weekend wrenching! This shop came out for the 4th year in a row with their trackside support rig to help problem solve any bike issues and help to get ladies back on the trails. Thanks to them many riders were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend even after unforeseen bike issues.! Mark and crew put the tools in the attendees hands and helped to guide them while they fixed the bike TOGETHER. If their crew helped you out over the weekend make sure and give them a shout to say THANK YOU

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The National Hare and Hound Association came to Babes in the Dirt 5 for the first time this year. They were on site to help answer any questions about getting in to racing. With decades of riding and racing under their belts these ladies provided so much info to so many riders! We hope to see more of you give racing a try! NHHA hosts a ton of ladies classes in their race series so check them out to see what’s happening in your area. The ladies of NHHA took our little mini bike races to the next level this year to say the least. With classes like 50 cc minis, 60-80cc’s, lemans start 125 cc, relay race, obstacle course race and the ever popular 2-Up Friendship race there was some fun for all. Quite the highlight of the weekend and endlessly entertaining to watch! Thank you for your support and to all the babes that participated in the races.

babes in the dirt
babes in the dirt

Brian Garrahan of Garrahan Off-Road Training taught over 100 women the proper skills of riding a dirtbike. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced him and his crew helped to get riders to the next level. Huge shout out to the champ herself Kacy Martinez for being there to coach and demo alongside Brian all weekend. This was such an incredible experience for so many riders. He offers ladies only classes once a month so make sure and check out his website if you want to take one of his classes! You will not regret it!

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Our good friends at VC London came from across the pond to enjoy the weekend with us. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful terrain of Hungry Valley State Park by hitting the trails and track but they also participated in the Garrahan Off-Road Training course! It was so cool to host them at one of our favorite events. VC London also brought us the first ever Babes in the Dirt Team Talks featuring Leah Tokelove (Pro Flat Track Racer from the UK), Nina Buitrago (PRO freestyle BMX rider) and Kacy Martinez (AMA Lifetime achievement award recipient and 2018 Endurocross Champion among a long list of other outdoor championships) It was so inspiring to hear their stories of how they got in to a life on two wheels. Thank you VC London for sharing this with us!

babes in the dirt
babes in the dirt

To the awesome staff and crew of Hungry Valley State Park. This is our 5th year there! They spend so much time prepping the track and trails for all the Babes and not to mention the clean up crew giving it their all. Thanks to them we have this amazing space to share with everyone on one of the best weekends of the year.

What we all have built together is truly awesome! We are all leaving this weekend with full hearts and sore muscles. If you enjoyed yourself this weekend will be surviving on throwback for the next few months like we will then please join us for the first ever Babes in the Dirt East!


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Photos by Heidi Zumbrun


Meet National Hare and Hound Association Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright

The National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5 to help encourage more women to get in to racing and answer any questions you might have about what it takes to line up at the starting line. Meet Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright . She picked up riding as an adult and with a naturally competitive spirit she went straight in to racing! Read on to hear more about her and make sure to stop by the NHHA booth, say hi and sign up for the mini bike races.

What is your name?

Meg Argubright

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

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

What is NHHA?

NHHA stands for the National Hare and Hound Association.

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

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

Where are you from?

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada

Where do you live?

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

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

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

How long have you been riding?

Since I was 23 (2010/2011).

Why do you like riding dirt?

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

Two stroke or four?

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

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

In order:

○      2008 KX 250F

○      2012 KX 250F

○      2015 HQV FE 350

○      2014 HQV FC 250

○      2017 HQV FX 350

○      2015 YAM FX 250 F

What do you ride now?

2015 YAM FX 250 F

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

Husqvarna Svartpilen

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

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

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

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

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

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

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

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

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

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

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Lucerne Valley, California and the Baja penninsula

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

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

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

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

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anything else you would like to add?

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

National Hare and Hound Association at Babes Ride Out 5

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

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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

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

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