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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.

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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!

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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!

THANK YOU!!!

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Photos by Heidi Zumbrun

 








WLF Enduro at Babes in the Dirt 5

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We are so excited to welcome back the crew at WLF Enduro to Babes in the Dirt 5! For their 3rd year in a row they will be providing trail support to anyone that needs it as well as bringing the heat for the bonfires after hours near the WLF den. With their motto of “Further Together”, this crew knows the true meaning of no rider left behind. (never forget the Smith brothers riding 2-up on a single track trail to rescue the bike of a rider who was injured) If you are out on the trails and see a member of the WLF Pack in their signature jerseys make sure to throw up a high five or if you need some support flag them down. So grateful to have them as part of the Babes in the Dirt Family! Read on to get to know more about them!

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

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WLF MISSION:

Unifying riders around the globe with the common passion of two wheels and a throttle.
Providing riders a credible resource for quality products tested by actual use and effectiveness in the field.

WHO WE ARE:

We are of humble beginnings from the hills and deserts of Southern California. Some of us have been riding and racing dirt bikes from birth, others of us picked up the sport later in life. What started as a handful of rag-tag teachers, salesmen and construction workers has turned into a team of riders connected around the globe. From DualSport/ADV bikes to technical Off-Road, Enduro riding, we love it all. We are brought together by moto-camaraderie and the passion of exploring on two wheels.

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

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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:

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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. 

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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. 

Thank you to all of our raffle contributors!

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WLF Enduro | Mission II

Last weekend we all gathered in Johnson Valley at for the WLF Enduro Mission II event! WLF is a community based platform that unites people thru two-wheels and a throttle. Operation 2 Wheel Freedom was a concept created to simply say THANK YOU to the service men & women for their service. Its a special project that the WLF Pack do to support the riding community and go FURTHER TOGETHER.

It was an amazing weekend of meeting new people, group rides, Husqvarna Motorcycle demos, campfire hangs and an epic raffle. This pack knows how to show people a good time while helping a great cause! A percentage of the proceeds from their latest gear release will be donated to the below organizations to benefit Veterans. 

War Fighter Made      @warfightermade

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Meet the WLF Pack

It's true, you meet the nicest people on a motorcycle! We first met WLF Enduro on a fun day of riding out in Johnson Valley. After a weekend of camping and riding some really amazing trails, they felt like family. We are so excited to welcome them back to Babes in the Dirt 4! Meet the crew and read on to hear about what they have in store for the event. 

*  We’re here to help!! Our moto is always been, "FUTHER TOGETHER”. We’re here to witness the radness of what all you ladies have built together, and a full focus on the community of women rippers! 

*  Trail Patrol; running around all over Gorman with white helmets and noticeable Stumble Bee jersey, just waive! We’re here to assist in any way with the bike issues, direct routes back to camp or you just need a high five after you did the epic hill climb you’ve been trying to concur! Also want to rip some of the fun trails that are available, look forward to getting after it with ya’ll! 

* Bringing the HEAT! Literally, we’ll be filling out trail support trailer coined “THE DEN” with a ton of free firewood. Please come up and help yourself to keep warm in the Gorman eve’s. 

* WLF / Cub Camp; We’ll be staging a camp for Dads, Husbands, Kiddos, Boyfriends or just bro friends (we dont judge) to get everyone together while you gals do your thing in the event space! You know what they say “it takes a village” especially without the help of our wonderful ladies! This is just a full homie and grom zone to hang out, nothing formal but, it is good to know that we’ll all be ok while you gals are having a raging good time!!! 

ALSO, check out WLF Enduros' event coming up in April  Operation 2 Wheel Freedom .

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Keith @culver

Name: Culver (my mom calls me Keith=))

Where are you from: Earth

Where do you live? Orange CA

How long have you been riding? 9 years

What kind of bike do you ride? Whatcha got??! Sometimes a 99’ XR400 or a 07 Husky TE450, New Demo Husky’s whenever they allow it!

Why do you ride? Endless possibility, makes me feel like I’m surfing on dirt and 2 wheels…love when the bikes pinned, looking over at one of your best friends riding side by side and you can’t see it but you know there’s a huge smile under their helmet!  

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Anywhere my pack is…Colorado or Oregon are close 2nd.

Bucket list place you want to ride? Africa would be crazy amazing, riding next to a lion or something rad like that…Indonesia with the Deus homies would be mental too!


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Jake @js_smitty

Name: Jake Smith

Where are you from: Orange County

Where do you live? Anaheim

How long have you been riding? I have been riding a motorcycle on and off for the last 30 or so years

What kind of bike do you ride? I currently ride a 2012 Husqvarna TE 310 and a 2001 Suzuki RM 125

Why do you ride? I ride off-road for the fun and adventure

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Johnson Valley because it just feels like home

Bucket list place you want to ride? Anywhere all my friends are


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Mike  @mfrank67

Name: Mike Smith

Where are you from: Orange County CA

Where do you live? Fontana CA

How long have you been riding? Riding for about 30 years

What kind of bike do you ride? I ride a Husqvarna 2015 FE 501s

Why do you ride? I ride for fun, the challenge and the freedom that you get out on the trails

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Johnson valley because I grew up riding there

Bucket list place you want to ride? Anywhere I can get on trial with all my family and friends


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Luke @tarakadak

Name: Luke Takahashi

Where are you from: Orange County CA

Where do you live? Brea

How long have you been riding? riding for 7 years

What kind of bike do you ride? Husqvarna FE 501s

Why do you ride? : I love the outdoors. Being on a bike anywhere in nature with some mates could be the best activity known to mankind. The combination of technical skills and energy needed to ride along with the amazing scenery drives me to ride as much as possible. Can't get enough.

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Moab Utah

Bucket list place you want to ride? Central America, Costa Rica or Guatemala


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Chaz  @chazr

Name: Chaz Reta

Where are you from: Somewhere west of the Mississippi

Where do you live? Fullerton CA

How long have you been riding? Been riding 9 years, if you call the first 2 riding.

What kind of bike do you ride? 2007 Honda CRF450

Why do you ride? I can thank my good friends and my wife for showing me the ropes..they all keep me hyped on riding too!

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Love riding in the Sierras and JV

Bucket list place you want to ride? Buck list location was Tillamook Forest, now is Indo, Colorado, and Idaho.


Photo by Drew Ruiz

Photo by Drew Ruiz

Greg @dusted_501

Name: Greg Schlentz

Where are you from: Orange County CA

Where do you live?

How long have you been riding? About 10 years

What kind of bike do you ride? 2017 Husky FE 350

Why do you ride? I ride for the Fun and Freedom and to hang with good friends it seems to take me places I would have never thought I would have been

Favorite place you have ever ridden? Tillamook, Oregon

Bucket list place you want to ride? Tillamook was my bucket list location... Ummm  Bucketlist riding location... TBD.