Babes Ride Out

From Street to Dirt | My First Rip on a Dirtbike

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

I live in Temecula and I worked in MX for 4 years (past life you don't even know about!)  I was always too shy to give it a shot because every time the opportunity came around, I was surrounded by colleagues who seemed to be almost pro. I loved going to supercross and seemed to be just fine spectating the sport until Babes in the Dirt was created in 2014. Back then, all I knew about dirt bikes was they were fast, can take one hell of a beating, and the rider often eats it hard. Deep down I was dying to try it.

When we decided to create Babes in the Dirt we wanted it to be an annual event where women can learn, try something new, and test themselves in a safe environment. If you have ever been to a Babes Ride Out event you know the ladies who attend are incredibly encouraging. With that sort of positive motivation in front of me, I  threw a leg over a brand new Husqvarna for the first time at Babes in the Dirt 2 years ago. 

Me about to rip for the first time ever on a Husky! Photo by @lohdy (under helmet I am petrified)

Me about to rip for the first time ever on a Husky! Photo by @lohdy (under helmet I am petrified)

As a street rider I can say my first hand experience was eye opening. I am taught sand is the devil and will get you in trouble so at first I was scared when I hit patches of it and the back tire got squirrely. It takes way more core strength and the mental ability to let the bike do what it needs to do to get through sand washes, over rocks, etc. I wouldn't say you give up control, you just have to trust the machine a bit more and let it do what it was designed to do. Once I got over that mental barrier (1 hr later BOOM!) I was hooked and by the end of the day I was riding intermediate trails with the Husky crew through Gorman. I had never been so proud of myself for completing that first trail and when I came out at the bottom, the girls cheered for me knowing that I had just accomplished something huge for myself (thank you ladies,  you know who you are!) It instilled a confidence that I had not felt in a long time as nothing is more rewarding than overcoming a fear and challenge with tons of ladies there to support you.  Babes in the Dirt will forever be a pivotal moment for me personally and I am so thankful to Husqvarna, Fox Racing, Stance, SeeSee Motorcycles and Thousand Oaks Powersports for supporting this event to ensure it gives all ladies a chance to get out of our comfort zone, challenge us, and help us become better riders. 

About to rip the intermediate trail ride with 20 other ladies cheering me on. Photo by @lohdy

About to rip the intermediate trail ride with 20 other ladies cheering me on. Photo by @lohdy

I am still a beginner on the dirt with a lot to learn but I can't wait to ride and test myself with the rest of you at Babes in the Dirt 3. I encourage you to sign up for this free event if you want to see what riding a dirt bike is like in a safe environment with a ton of support from a posse of ladies there to encourage you (including me). This event was created for you and you may surprise yourself with how fast you pick it up and how much fun it is, God knows I did.

- Ashmore co/founder Babes Ride Out 

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