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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!

Babes in the Dirt 5

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 Team member Rily Castloo

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 team member Rily Castloo. She has a racing career of her own as well as a passion for the sport. 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?

-Hi my name is Rily Castloo formerly known as Rily Ellinger in my racing days.

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

-First and foremost I'm a mom of two.. hardest yet most rewarding job in the world ; ) I am also a Operating Room Nurse and surgical technologist. And, I came on last fall as Social Media coordinator working along side all of the awesome staff involved with the National Hare and Hound Association  (NHHA) and most recently took on the Weekend social media position for the RockstarHusky team covering SX, MX and us-offroad. 

What is NHHA?

NHHA is a group of passionate Off Road enthusiasts that manage both the National Hare and Hound series and the West Hare Scramble series and are dedicated to making the best off-road races in the US.

Where are you from?

- Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Where do you live?

- I currently live in Lake Elsinore, Ca with my husband and babies. 

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

-I started riding and racing a dirtbike at the age of 5. My whole family has been around riding and racing dirtbikes so really I was introduced to riding from my family as a whole.

How long have you been riding?

-23 years now 

Why do you like riding dirt?

-To me, there is really nothing like throwing your leg over a bike and freeing your mind of all the hustle of daily life and just riding.  

Two stroke or four?

- Four stroke for sure, I haven't ridden a 2 stroke since the 4 stroke 250f came out in early 2000's and now when I ride one I feel like a fish out of water!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

-I started on a PW50, went to a KTM 50, then jumped up to an 80cc for years, then 125cc for years, then multiple 4 stroke 250's, then 350sxf KTM ( my favorite).

What do you ride now?

- I actually sold my bike a few months ago and am currently in the process of getting a new bike (have been borrowing Meg's bikes to ride or my husband or really anyone that's willing to let me ride their bike, haha). I would like to get a KTM 350 or Husqvarna 350.

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

-I would like to have a street bike actually, Husqvarna 701 Supermoto would be sick!

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

- I originally only rode 250's but when I started racing Hare and Hounds I needed something with more power but was also not too heavy. It really depends on what I'm riding. If its Endurocross I like the lighter 250sxf. Motocross or off- road definitely 350.  

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

- Ohh this is a good one. I love all kinds of terrain but Motocross is probably my number 1 favorite followed closely by Endurocross.

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

- Definitely Endurocross. It is so rewarding to accomplish an obstacle that I once did not have the confidence to do.  

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

- By far a National Hare and Hound. Hosted by the club 'DMC' in 2014 to be exact,( HAHA if you raced NHHA this year you would know exactly what I am talking about ). Select Endurocross rounds and WORCS would be a close second. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

- My absolute favorite place to ride is back home with my dad at a place we call the 'Sands' out in the New Mexico desert especially after a rain. Can't beat it.

 What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

- I would like to go ride some epic trail riding near Mammoth.

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

- Whew. Its tough. no denying that. But it is also very rewarding to have accomplished it when its all said and done.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

- I do. I have a huge number of other female riders that I have become friends with over the years!

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

-There are a lot of women I look up to actually, there is always something you can learn from another.