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Babes in the Dirt 4 Registration is LIVE!

EventsAshmore Ellis

Ready to ride some dirt? We have rented the Honey Valley Group Camp Site at Hungry Valley SVRA April 27th-29th for a ladies only weekend of off road fun! You must be registered to attend this year and even though the event is still free, we strongly encourage a small donation when you register online to help us keep it going. Any amount is amazing but we do have some gifts to give those who give back based on donation.

  • Donate $10 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch
  • Donate $20 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch & Stance x Babes Ride Out Socks
  • Donate $35 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch, Stance x Babes Ride Out Socks, and Vans x BRO canvas tote.

Donations are non refundable and the gifts associated are not transferable & must be picked up in person at Babes in the Dirt 3 event. No exceptions <3. 

Art by @Desirae201&nbsp;

Art by @Desirae201 

Who it's for:

This is a ladies only dirt bike & ATV campout for those who want to explore dirt and learn riding fundamentals. We cater to ladies who: 

  • Have only ridden street bikes and want to see what dirt is about.

  • Have never sat on a motorcycle. We HIGHLY recommend that new riders start on a dirt bike (so bring those "bike curious" friends with you that always say "I wanna try").  This is a great learning event and we will have workshops, basics, etc. They do get full quick so stay tuned for sign ups! "How will I know when I can sign up?" - easy! Register for the event and you'll be the FIRST to know when that information is released. 

  • Have a lot of experience as a dirt rider. We have some pro ladies coming out that you can hit the hillclimbs and black diamonds with. 

The Basics

Rain or shine, gates to the group site will open at 12pm sharp on Friday.The group site is first come first serve but if the limited vehicle passes for the site run out before you get there, no problem, you will have to pay $10 per vehicle at the park's kiosk to cover your camping and may have to park in the adjacent site once we are full but you can still come hang out and enjoy the event. The park also offers $5 day passes per vehicle if you are not camping with us and just want to park and ride for the day.  There is max camping capacity in the group site is 250 people. This weekend is about off-roading, camping, and good times with friends. Babes Ride Out will be providing the group campground ONLY so BYOE (bring your own everything) and please make sure to scroll down to see what will be on site and what won't be.  

Don’t have a dirt bike but want to learn? No problem! You can rent a bike from Gorman Motorsport Rentals!  Ask for Glory 805-620-2620. They are ONLY open on weekends so please please be patient as they are family owned and you ladies always bring in a surge of calls <3 They have a wide variety of dirt bikes and gear to rent and they drop it all off right at our campsite. Glory can help you choose the right bike for your size and style of riding. Tell them you are attending Babes Ride Out and reserve your bike as soon as possible before they run out (and they ALWAYS run out). 

*We will have Husqvarna on site with a limited # of demo bikes (please stay tuned for more information on how to get on the list to give one a spin). These bikes will be on rotation so if you want to ride all day, please rent from Gorman Motorsports so you are guaranteed to have your own bike. 

Honey Valley Group Camp Site in Hungry Valley SVRA is nestled within the park. Please do not hesitate to ask the front kiosk, rangers, etc on how to locate the site, they are pros. They will have maps of this area that also show all of the riding trails and their levels so get one when you arrive. Enter at the "North Entrance" because it's close to where Gorman Motorsports is, there is a gas station for water/snacks, a McDonald's is there, AND it's a straight shot from there to the group site. 

FAQs

Please note, these are just a few FAQs that are dirt specific. To know all FAQ for all BRO events click HERE

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? All our events are 21+ and ladies only.  IDs will be checked before you enter the site so make sure it matches the name you register with. Everyone MUST be pre registered to attend this year.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Due to space, camping in the group site is for cars and trucks. If you have a RV or towing a trailer, you'll be asked to park in the Sterling Campground across from where the main activities are. 

What sticker does my bike need? Does my bike need a spark arrestor? Red or green! and YES you will get ticketed if you do not have a spark arrestor. Please read all the rules and regs for your offroad vehicle by clicking this link 

Can I bring my pet into the event? No animals can be in the group site unless they are service dogs. This is not a pet friendly environment. 

How will I know when the Husqvarna registration,  classes, etc are open for registration? If you are registered to attend, you will get an email announcing it. If you aren't paying attention, you may miss it! We do not have a date for when the email will go out so please do not ask. 

I donated, can I get a refund? We are going to pretend you didn't ask that :) But for real, all donations go back into the overwhelming cost to make this event happen. We will have much better amenities thanks to ALL who donate. 

I donated but now I can't attend can I get my free stuff mailed to me? 

Sorry, we do not have the bandwidth to accommodate this request. Please remember, this is a true donation so please only donate if you want to support the event <3 

How do I contact the park for additional information about the trails, weather, terrain, longitude and latitude, wind speed, composition report of the dirt substance?!

  • Public Information Inquiries: (916) 324-4442
  • Email: ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov 
  • Website: OHV Parks CA GOV
  • Link to view our campsite: Click HERE

Are there medics on site? Every ranger is trained as a first responder. An ambulance is within 15-20 min away and there is an air vac close by. Please contact the park with any questions or concerns. All riders will ride at their own risk (916) 324-4442. 

What should I bring into the event?

  • Protective boots, helmet, goggles, and any motocross gear you own! You can also rent gear at Gorman Powersports. Trust us, this is important because you will "eat it" at some point during the day. Fox will be on site with some extra boots and helmets but there won't be enough for everyone so plan accordingly. 
  • WATER! Make sure to bring plenty of water as the site does not have it
  • Camping gear if you plan on staying the night (sleeping bag, headlamp, tent etc)
  • Warm clothes! Remember when it hailed? (LOL! but seriously WTF was that about?)
  • Snacks! (always)
  • Drinks (the fun kind to enjoy when the bikes are shut down for the night).
  • Cash for the coffee drinks and for food trucks (cards are not accepted)
  • Firewood! Please everyone bring 1 bundle to ensure we stay warm :) 
  • Battery pack to charge phone. There is NO power at this site at all. Reception is terrible too. 
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Extra gas for your moto

What can't I bring into the event?

  • Kids. This event is 21+
  • Dogs :( 
  • Easy Ups (sorry, far far too windy)
  • Marketing materials (flyers, stickers, banners etc unless you are sponsoring)
  • Your boyfriend / husband (he will have to find his own trails to braaap this weekend)

What amenities will be on site? 

  • A food truck with food for purchase (CASH ONLY)
  • A coffee truck with drinks for purchase (CASH ONLY)
  • Non flushing toilets (kinda like an outhouse but nicer and cleaned twice a day)
  • Huge pavilion 
  • Fire pits for bonfires. We do recommend you use the food truck as the weather is crazy windy at night and I for one have burned my food 2 years in a row. 
  • Please remember there is no power at the site..like 0 
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Games 

A detailed schedule will be released via EMAIL to those who have registered to attend the event closer to the event date. Info for group rides, learning demos, Husky demos, rules regs, on site fun stuff, food truck, coffee menu etc will roll out between now and April so please stay tuned to the blog and your email after you register <3

Ok, so now that you know 90% of what to expect, let's get you registered! 

Sign Ups | Husqvarna Bike Demo | Babes in the Dirt 3

EventsAnya Violet

Husqvarna Motorcycles will be joining us at Babes in the Dirt 3 with the fleet of demo bikes. If you have not had the chance to try out one of these amazing machines this is your opportunity. Names will be added to the list in the order the e-mails are received. See below on how to sign up and make sure you read all info before signing up!

E-Mail the following info to: babesrideout@gmail.com

Title your e-mail: HUSKY DEMOS

Include the below info:

Full name:

Email Address:

Riding Ability: Beginner / Training Course Preferred / Intermediate / Advanced?

Arrival Time:

Demo rides start Friday at 2pm and end Sunday at 11am you will assigned a time slot so make sure you are available during those days and hours. Sorry, no time slot requests and no bike requests.

All info on bike demos, bikes and instructors can be found HERE. Read carefully before signing up.

In order to participate in the Husqvarna Motorcycles Demo Program you must be 21+ years or older and bring the following::

1.       Government issued photo ID

2.       Signed Waiver Release Form (this will be provided at the booth)

3.       Proper riding gear including but not limited to:

•        DOT approved helmet

•        Goggles

•        Motorcycle gloves

•        Motorcycle jersey or approved long sleeves

•        Motorcycle riding pants

•        Boots (Full length not work boots)

Head to Husqvarna booth to check in once you arrive.

If you have made the sign-up list you will receive and email confirmation by no later than Wednesday 4/26/17

If you have not made the sign-up list you will receive and email by no later than Wednesday 4/26/17. Definitely still stop by the Husqvarna booth and say hi and check out the bikes. They will have open demo rides on Sunday morning for those who missed out.

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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 

Sign up HERE

 

 

 

Roll Call | Lexi Pechout | Babes in the Dirt 3

Roll CallAnya Violet

Meet Lexi Pechout, 2014 AMA Endurocross Championship, Husqvarna rider and all around lover of dirt. We cannot wait to ride with her at Babes in the Dirt 3!

Where are you from? 

Calgary Alberta

Tell us about your childhood and how you got into riding.

I started riding at the age of two, as soon as I was strong enough to twist the throttle and stand on my own I was put on a motorcycle. I am extremely grateful for the way I was raised; my family was very involved in the motorcycle community, putting on races and setting up events. I always had fun and I think it has had a positive influence on who I am and my abilities as a rider. I had the opportunity to try new things and to constantly get out of my comfort zone. My parents always encouraged me to try but without any pressure to strive to be a champion or to race and ride forever, just at least try it once and if i didn’t like it, that was always okay. Growing up riding motorcycles was what we did every weekend as a family, it was something we all loved to do and we could do with our closest friends. I fell in love with the sport more and more.  As my skills improved, I became more competitive.  In 2012/2013 we started taking things to a whole new level traveling to the USA for my first AMA Endurocross.  This lead to qualifying and competing in the X-Games along with the 2013 ISDE in Italy to name a few of the events that were game changers that year.
 

Take us through the different bikes you had over the years.

I started on a Yamaha PW50 with a sidecar instead of training wheels, and quickly went up the ladder... CR50, CRF70, DR-Z 110, DR-Z 125, CRF 150R. When I turned 13 I was finally big enough to ride a full size bike! My first big wheel bike was a KTM 250 XC, I LOVED this bike and it was a super easy transition from my Honda 150. Getting on a big wheel bike was a game changer for me, I had so much more confidence and felt so comfortable. I stayed on the same bike from 2011-2013 then transitioned to GASGAS, then Sherco and now Husqvarna. 

What is your favorite bike now and why?

I am currently riding a Husqvarna FC 250 and I LOVE it! I ride many different disciplines, everything from motocross, cross country, ice racing, to endurocross and everything in between, I feel that this bike has great diversity and really fits my riding style. I, not only, love the bike but I also love the Husqvarna brand and what they stand for. Motorcycling is more than just racing to me; it truly is a lifestyle and I believe that Husqvarna has that same view.  While professional, they stand for more than just a first place, they are about the life style that surrounds the sport, the influence that they can have on people, the overall experience of riding a Husky. If you have ever thrown a leg over a motorcycle, you know what I am talking about.


Tell us about some of your favorite places to ride.

-Alberta/British Columbia anywhere and everywhere in the mountains! The terrain, and views are amazing and there is always so much variety!

-Moab! This place is so amazing to go explore, you are always able to push the limits and get out of your comfort zone.

-Sardina, Italy. Everything from flowing trails in the mountains to ripping up the white sand beaches. Definitely a must-do if you ever get the chance.

Is there a style of terrain that you love the most?

So many to choose from but I love off-road riding and can really appreciate a riding day after a good rain when the dirt is loamy.

What are areas or places on your bucket list?

I would love to ride in New Zealand, Erzberg, Colorado and definitely some motocross track in California.

Have you always rode dirt bikes with other women? Were there a lot of women riding when you were growing up? 

No, unfortunately there were not very many women riding when I was growing up, there were a handful that were out racing with the boys but they were much older than I was and I never got a chance to ride with them until they stopped racing. Recently there are more women getting into the sport and I think it is so cool! I have been coaching riding schools the last couple of years to teach women the fundamentals of racing and riding, and encouraging them to get into it (I know how intimidating it can be).
 

Tell us about your riding career as of now. What has been your most proud moment?

There are so many to choose from! My most proud moment would be winning the 2014 AMA Endurocross Championship. So much work was put in that year and to pull it all off was an incredible feeling.  Definitely a moment I will never forget.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

Through Husqvarna and Instagram

Do you promise to show us some skills and Babes in the Dirt 3 this year? 

Absolutely!!

-Lexi 

Husqvarna x Babes in the Dirt 3

SponsorsAnya Violet

Embracing the pioneering spirit means breaking down stereotypes, stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new, so when Babes in the Dirt started their all-ladies campout in the desert, the brand that has been “Pioneering Since 1903” Husqvarna Motorcycles didn’t hesitate to jump on board! 

The Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering spirit was born in Huskvarna Sweden in the year 1903.  The motorized bicycle of 1903 spurred a legendary journey that continues today and earns Husqvarna Motorcycles the bragging rights of being the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production.  The 1930’s were witness to several road racing victories imprinting Husqvarna Motorcycles in the street riding and racing worlds. 

1953 saw the dawn of off-road motorcycling, and by 1955 the first purpose-built off-road bike, the iconic Silverpilen (Silver Arrow in Swedish) was created.  The Silverpilen was the first purpose-built off-road Husqvarna motorcycle and set the standard as one of the most revolutionary bikes of its time. The inspiring journey of Husqvarna continued throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s leading up to one of its most pioneering endeavors to this day; Husqvarna Motorcycles brought the sport of motocross to North America. Several MX and Off road titles later, Pierer Industries AG purchased Husqvarna Motorcycles and embraced the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand values ensuring that it would always pay tribute to its Swedish Roots, be Premium in nature, and embrace the Pioneering spirit.  The brand promise of Husqvarna Motorcycles is “Pioneering Since 1903”.  It is through this promise that Husqvarna continues to encourage a pioneering culture that embraces the individuality and spirit of the motorcycle rider, and aims to put a new spin on motorcycling.

Husqvarna Motorcycles is excited to continue to support Babes Ride Out for the third year running at Babes In The Dirt 3.  Partnering with Babes Ride out for Babes in the Dirt fulfills one of Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering initiatives to be at the forefront of women’s motorcycling and establish a supportive community of motorcycle riders on and off the road.  Here’s to all of the #womenwhoride and to everyone who holds the motorcycling spirit within their hearts!

Malcolm Smith, &nbsp;Torsten Hallman, Edison Dye

Malcolm Smith,  Torsten Hallman, Edison Dye

Husqvarna Womens Ride Day | Cahuillo Creek

SponsorsAnya Violet

When your moto family invites you out for a womens ride day at Cahuillo Creek you say YES!!! We had the track to ourselves this past December for a day of grabbing all the ladies that work in the Husqvarna offices plus a few lucky souls such as myself and hitting the dirt. Some had never been on a dirt bike before and it was so rad watching them conquer the mini technical course that the team had set up. Throughout the day they built up their confidence before they were ready to try their hand on the vet track. 

The full fleet was out and available to demo that day. I spent a lot of time on the TE 250 myself, as I am a two-stroke girl at heart, but I also got to ride the FC 350 and the TE 150 with a Rekluse clutch. After riding my vintage bike so much these modern machines feel like a dream come true!

Ashley Fiolek is just about the sweetest person you could ever meet! I tagged along with her and a group of about 5 or 6 ladies as we left the table tops and sweeping turns of the vet track to take a rip on the single track off-road loop that is tucked away behind the track. I didn't really know what I was getting into but it didn't take long to fall into a rhythm of tight turns and hopping over mini boulders on some really fun and technical sections. This was my first time riding at Cahuillo Creek and I had heard a ton of great things about the vet track there but no one told me about this awesome secret single-track section in the back. It was the highlight of my day!

This was one of the first times that I have been able to play on a track like that with such few people on it. It was an absolute blast to hop on a track I have never seen and a bike I have never ridden and spend the day working on technique and trying out different lines to find the fastest lap I could. I am a sucker for taking the outside line on a turn so on this day I was forcing myself to practice the inside line where I thought it might be a faster route. There was one step up jump in the back of the track that was pretty peaked at the top and would kind of launch you whether you liked it or not. After rolling it a few times I thought I would gas it a bit more which landed me about mid way onto the landing and I could feel the suspension compress as I landed pretty hard. After watching a few of the fast girls completely clear it I realized that this is one of those mind over matter type of obstacles that is really much easier and smoother if you just go faster over it. The step up had a nice rounded landing and if I could just land more toward the flat part I would be in good shape. As the day went on I gave it a bit more each time but definitely did not quite clear it. I guess I will have to save if for another day.

This particular table top was one of my favorites! Perfect line up, perfect landing and sent you right into a tight turn right after. So much fun!

Looking forward to spending more time on this bikes at Babes in the Dirt 3 on April 28th-30th! See you there!