EVENT INFO

VC London Presents: Team Talks at Babes in the Dirt 5

Our friends VC London will hosting Team Talks on Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at Babes in the Dirt 5. Started in 2015 VC Team Talks are panel talks run by VC London where we bring together incredible women within motorsports, adventure and action sports to come share their their experiences, tell their stories and open up a conversation for everyone to get involved in with the aim to inspire more women to get out there and try out all forms of action sports and motorsports.   Read on to see who we will be hearing from!

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We're stoked to be bringing VC Team Talks to Babes In The Dirt all the way from the UK! We've got a stellar line up of ladies who will be coming along to share what they do and get you inspired to go rip some dirt on Saturday at the event!

Past speakers that have included  legendary motorcycle adventurer Elspeth Beard, Dakar Rally competitor and enduro expert Tamsin Jones and Cycling Olympic gold medalist and moto rider Victoria Pendleton, we gather together some of the awesome women for you to ask questions about their careers, lives and the road that got them there and to get advice on how to start out in their fields.

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Check out the line up for Babes in the Dirt 5!

We're so excited to have joining on our panel for our Babes In The Dirt special - UK based pro flat track racer Leah Tokelove, Enduro Champion and X-Games Gold medallist Kacy Martinez, Pro BMX freestyle rider Nina Buitrago and Babes in the Dirt co-founder and dirt rider Anya Violet ! So make sure you don't miss it Friday night!

See you there!

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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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What to Pack for Babes in the Dirt 5 | The Comprehensive List That Probably Leaves a Few Things Out

Dirt dirt dirt everywhere! Welcome to Babes in the Dirt 5! Lets make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the weekend! We have put together an awesome list of things we suggest to bring with you and what to expect. Take a scroll and get ready to load up!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Alright! Now to the "what the hell do I bring" portion. By no means is this list the all mighty everything under the sun kind of list but rather necessities we think are important. As always, if you have special needs, pack what YOU need to stay comfortable. 

There are no individual fire pits for grilling and coals are prohibited due to fire protocols. Small camp stoves and propane fire pits are ok (Jetboil makes a great mini camp stove if ya need one!).One of our favorite food trucks will be on site. Click HERE to view the menu!

Babes in the Dirt Camping Basics 

  • Tent (there are no trees for hammocks). Hot Tip: Pre-check your tent to ensure all parts are there. Nothing is worse than missing stakes, rods, or tent tops. IT GETS VERY VERY WINDY OUT THERE SO PLEASE BRING STAKES FOR YOUR TENT

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Sleeping Bag Hot Tip (check weather to see temps to see if you'll need additional blankets). The weather is very unpredictable up there.

  • Headlamp

  • Ear plugs and face mask. It gets really windy out there and a blowing tent can keep you up all night!

  • Water bottle and a gallon of water per person per day! There is NO drinkable water on site

  • Cooler full of snacks and adult beverages

  • Wet wipes / face wipes

  • Sunscreen! The weather is looking bright and cloudless!

  • Basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face lotion etc)

  • Portable phone charger

  • Hand sanitizer

  • EXTRA toilet paper. It's for your own good.

  • Your favorite pair of sweatpants to chill in

  • Camp chair

  • Trash bags. You are responsible for your garbage | leave no trace

  • Pillow (camp size)

  • Extra fuel for your moto

  • Clothes for warm days and cold nights (we will have Babes in the Dirt hoodies and windbreakers for sale!)

  • Your motocross gear if you have it

  • $$ always have cash on you no matter what. Where we are set up has 0 wifi so no credit cards can be used.

  • $$ cash for merch (just wait until you see the Babes in the Dirt exclusive merch!)

  • $$ cash for food truck for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Credit Cards (doing our best to get wifi)

  • Camera or GoPro

  • Positive mental attitude. Be nice, say hello to your neighbor, and remember, ladies are here because the love to ride dirt or are interested in it.

HOT TIP: Before you start packing up, have your dirt bike serviced and ensure it has a spark arrestor BEFORE you come to the event. Tickets can cost up to $800 in fines as the state park takes fire prevention in California very seriously. As always, it is no one's responsibility but yours to fix ya hooptie so take it in and be confident that your bike will be a runner.

Babes in the Dirt 4 Rules and Regs

  • Helmets ON anytime a bike is in motion

  • No drinking and riding

  • No burn outs or hot doggin’

  • Trash is properly disposed of. Please help us keep the site clean & leave no trace

  • Wristbands must be worn at all times

  • Parking decals must stay visible in rearviews

  • No Eazy Ups are allowed to be set up for safety reasons (far too windy!)

  • No burning of anything at your camping space

  • No charcoal grills are permitted

  • No one is allowed to hang banners or signage at their camp site. It's not fair to our sponsors who've put a lot of work into this event.

  • No one is permitted to sell or handout anything on site (no stickers, flyers, business cards etc). We spend countless hours cleaning these items up as people trash them 99% of the time and again, it's not fair to our sponsors.

A Few More Helpful Links: 

  • FOR ALL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE

  • JOIN THE BABES IN THE DIRT 5 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE BY CLICKING HERE

  • WANT TO WORK OR VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT? CLICK HERE TO SEE WHERE WE NEED HELP AND TO SIGN UP.

  • TO SIGN UP FOR GARRAHAN OFF-ROAD TRAINING CLASSES, CLICK HERE

  • TRAIL RECOMMENDATIONS CLICK HERE

  • FOOD TRUCK MENU CLICK HERE

  • CHECK OUT THE NEW FOX WOMENS x BABES IN THE DIRT MERCH CLICK HERE

  • TO SIGN UP FOR THE HUSQVARNA DEMO, CLICK HERE

Safe travels and see you at 10 am Friday morning.

 

Mini Bike Races Hosted by the crew of The National Hare and Hound Association

Get ready for everyones favorite part of the weekend! The Mini Bike Races at Babes in the Dirt 5 are getting a bit of an upgrade this year. We are moving it to the official Pee Wee track. The crew at The National Hare and Hound association will be hosting and we cannot wait for all the fun. Trophies and winner ceremony presented by Toyota So Cal! See below for all the info!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Sign Ups: Sign up at the National Hare and Hound Association booth on site. You must sign up before 2pm on Saturday in order to be included. Bikes are NOT included.

When: Saturday 4/27/19 4pm-6pm

Where: The PeeWee track located at the back left hand side of event space ( see map)

What: Go head to head with you friends in one or more of the below classes.

  • 50cc mini bikes

  • 60-80cc

  • le mans start 125 cc

  • relay race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

  • obstacle course race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

  • 2-up friendship race (sizes TBD on who signs up with what)

Rules:

  1. You must sign up ahead of time at the National Hare and Hound Association booth on site.

  2. No riding dirty. This is just for fun, please do not take mini bike races too seriously!

  3. Must be wearing your full gear including helmet and boots

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Hungry Valley Trail Recommendations | Babes in the Dirt 5

While all the trails in Hungry Valley are clearly marked as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced; they each have character all their own! I have put together some recommendations to help you navigate the park and make sure each rider has a great time! Check it out! if you need recommendation throughout the weekend feel free to ask a ranger or myself ! - Anya

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Heading out of camp:

Step 1: Grab a trail map. They will be available on site. These are super easy to follow and will help you navigate out and back.

Step 2: Grab a buddy. Buddy system only! We much prefer that no one venture out solo for safety purposes.

Step 3: fill up your camel pack or water bottle and make sure your gas tank is full. There are so many fun trails to explore and some can be quite a trek. Pack a snack, stay hydrated and have some fun!

The Hungry Valley Trail Map can be found HERE

Exiting Quail Canyon Event Space:

For Beginner riders there is only 1 way to leave Quail Canyon and that is on North Pronghorn Trail. Please do not take South Pronghorn as you will encounter a salt rock wall climb that is actually super fun but not meant for beginners by any means. I have included a video of North Pronghorn Trail so that you can see what it is like.

Salt Rock Wall on South Pronghorn

Salt Rock Wall on South Pronghorn

Intermediate and Advanced Riders can exit Quail Canyon and access trails via:

1. North Pronghorn: Easy.

2. South Pronghorn: Chill but has a salt rock wall climb that can hold people up a bit.

3. Quail Pass Trail: hill climb that takes you up and over the ridge.

3 trails that exit Quail Canyon event space

3 trails that exit Quail Canyon event space


BEGINNERS MAP TO QUAIL CANYON EVENT SPACE

BEGINNERS MAP TO QUAIL CANYON EVENT SPACE

New to moto:

I have been on a dirt bike less than 5 times. I am not fully comfortable operating a dirt bike yet or do not know how to at all.

I recommend spending your time on the beginner track and  trail loops within the Quail Canyon Event Area. You will get plenty of action and experience a variety of terrain. Plus you are close to camp! Both the North Loop and South Loop within Quail Canyon are 2-way trails so if you encounter anything that you feel uncomfortable with you can simply turn around and go back the other way. Easy!

Beginner:

I know how to operate a dirt bike. I am comfortable with shifting and braking. I am comfortable off-road but am still learning how to ride different terrain.

If you want to head out and see some of the trails around the park definitely stick to the clearly marked GREEN trails. If you leave camp make sure and take the North on Pronghorn trail. It is the easiest way in and out of camp. See video below to get a visual of what that trail is like.  From North Pronghorn Trail you will connect to Powerline Road which is the easiest trail in the park. It is essentially a fire road but highlights some really amazing views and will connect you to the rest of the trail systems in the park! The only thing to make sure and watch out for is on coming riders and sometimes jeeps or buggies. Any of the GREEN trails that shoot off Powerline are great loops! If you stay on Powerline and cross over the paved road there are some absolutely stunning views! My favorite green trail in the park is Old Cottonwood Trail to Meadows Trail. The views up there are rad and Cottonwood has some fun switch back turns! If you do head out onto the trails in the park just remember that Powerline will take you back to Pronghorn and back to camp.

Beginner transitioning in to Intermediate:

If you have been riding for a while and are super comfortable with shifting and breaking and operating your motorcycle in general than you might be getting bored with the GREEN trails. If so then I would recommend easing yourself into an BLUE (intermediate) trail. A lot of the trails that are marked BLUE in Hungry Valley SVRA are marked as such because of a semi rugged section such as sand wash or hill climb section OR it is a narrower trail with a drop off along the side. You may be surprised how chill the BLUE trails are. If you are comfortable in sand, switch backs, narrower trails and hill climb section then you will have a blast on the BLUE trails in the park.  Nearly all of the trails within Hungry Valley are 2 way trails unless otherwise marked. So… if you do try an intermediate trail and encounter something that you don’t like, you can easily turn around and go back the way you came!

Intermediate:

I am very comfortable operating a dirt bike. I am very comfortable in a wide variety of terrain.

My favorite intermediate trails in the park are:

Mesa Trail

Brome Trail

Lower Brome Trail

Upper Brome Trail

Tataviam Trail

These are not super technical but have a ton of fun switchbacks and up hills and down hills. The middle wall hill climb is super smooth and fun to climb. You just want to make sure and let off when you get to the top so you don’t send it over the other side. The Quail Canyon Moto X track is really fun with mostly table top jumps that you can easily roll if you want to or gas it and get a little boost.

Advanced:

Pretty self-explanatory

Well if you consider yourself and advanced rider than you can easily tackle any trail in the park. There is really nothing too savage in Hungry Valley SVRA in my opinion. Most of the black diamond trails are marked as such due to the fact that they go along a cliff or are single track. They are all fun and thrilling in their own way.

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Thanks and Have Fun! - Anya

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.