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.