Babes Ride Out

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Introducing the 2019 Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt Event Series!

EventsAnya Violet

We are so excited to announce the 2019 event calendar for Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt. This year is going to be filled with good times, good friends and two wheeled adventure!

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First up is Babes in the Dirt 5! Yep we are in our 5th year which still blows our minds. This event will be held at Quail Canyon MX Park at Hungry Valley SVRA April 26-28th. Tickets and all info launch on Friday January 18th so keep your eyes open :)

Next on the Calendar is Babes Ride Out East Coast 4 June 7-9th in beautiful Narrowsburg, NY. Come rip world famous routes in the lower Catskill Mountains and camp along the Delaware river. Tickets and all info for this event launch late Feb.

Introducing Babes in the Dirt East taking place Sept 20-22nd 2019! We are so stoked to bring the good times to Greeneville, Tennessee at I-81 Motorsports Park and will include tons of open track and trail riding as well as sign ups for training courses in flat track, moto X and enduro cross. You will not want to miss this one. Tickets and all info launch April 29th.

Ready for a new adventure? So are we!!!! After 6 years in the desert, we decided to shake things up a bit! Babes Ride Out 7 will be hosted at Santa Margarita Ranch Oct 11-13th. With tons of new routes to ride and lots of new fun to be had on site, the Central Coast of California is blow your mind with pristine riding and access to CA most stunning views. Just wait until you see what we have in store. Tickets and all the info will release Wednesday June 19th so stay tuned and we will see you there!

Want to connect to like minded ladies now? We have the official event pages set up on our Facebook. Simply click below and check the “going” box.

Babes Ride Out 6 | The Official Re-Cap

EventsAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out 6 far exceeded our expectations! The beautiful high desert graced us with flawless weather and clear skies all weekend. Well over 1,000 women descended on Joshua Tree and spent the weekend riding some of the best roads Southern California has to offer.

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The festivities were jam packed and we want to thank every single person in attendance as well as all of the sponsors that helped to make this event possible!

As Riders began filling up the 40 acres of the Joshua Tree Lake Campground they were greeted in the event space with a Free Public welcome party. Kickstands down, Wine up! Enjoying some wine, meeting new friends and hearing about their journeys is what it’s all about.

We love to highlight the creative women in our community! There was so much talent in the Makers Market this year with chainstitch art by Rowdy Cowlick, DIY leather stamping by Pack Animal and custom stamped metal by Feral Silver. Attendees got to take home a custom hand-done piece or customize their own stuff thanks to these talented ladies. Jenn Hallett was hand painting flash on Biltwell helmets so that ladies can customize their lids.

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babes ride out
babes ride out

Kickstands were down and the 805 Beer was flowing. There is nothing quite like a cold beer after a long ride. Thank you to 805 beer for bringing the taste of the central coast to Joshua Tree for Babes Ride Out 6!

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The Moto F.A.M. raffle was poppin’ all weekend! Thanks to everyone that donated and participated we raised thousands of dollars to help riders who have sustained life changing injuries from motorcycle accidents.

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babes ride out

Nothing brings people together quite like karaoke. Thursday night on the main stage was filled with the sounds of the greatest hits and a few Disney songs! Hahah Babes love Karaoke!

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babes ride out

Friday morning after some delicious cold pressed juice, coffee and a breakfast bowl, riders grabbed a Biltwell route map from Mojave Desert Land Trust booth and hit the road. Rides ranging from 60-300 miles took you to Salvation Mountain, up to Big Bear, through the National Park, up to Idyllwild or in to Pioneertown. Every single rider came back with a story about their day.

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The Real Deal work shop was putting tools in the hands of everyone that signed up. With workshops in welding, pin striping, and blacksmithing attendees could go home with a new skill or hobby to pursue. The Real Deal bike show was our most popular yet with over 40 motorcycles entered. We love seeing how riders customize their bikes and make them their own!

We at Babes Ride Out feel that it is so important to never take ourselves too seriously. That is why we loved the Girl on a Moto camp games on Friday night. Babes were lining up to go head to head in the sumo suit wresting ring. Who ever said that a motorcycle event can’t be like adult summer camp?

Ashmore and Mich go head to head. Sumo was ALL time! Photo by Savannah Rose

Ashmore and Mich go head to head. Sumo was ALL time! Photo by Savannah Rose

The ladies of Atwyld had their full collection on display at BRO6. Their mission is to get more women to ride in protective gear by designing a line that looks good, feels good and wears well on and off the bike. So many riders got to see that riding gear does not have to be ill-fitting or bright pink. Thank you Atwyld for all that you are doing to promote safety for the motorcycle industry.   

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Westside Moto Academy handed out hundreds of bright neon safety vests to riders throughout the weekend. They offered their expertise as motorcycle instructors to give pointers to new riders and talk technique with more experienced riders. Not to mention they showed us how its done in the Triumph Moto games by getting 1st place in the technical course.

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Friday night we got to recognize some very important people up on stage. It all started with the Real Deal Bike show winners. These ladies had some very unique bikes and it was so fun to be able to recognize their efforts on stage with custom built trophies from the Real Deal workshop. Next, we invited all the ladies over the age of 60 years old to come up on stage. These are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends and many of them have been riding since before we were born. The oldest rider there was 68 years young and WOW did she have a story to tell. It is so inspiring to see the new generation find joy and love in the motorcycle world but it is forever important to respect our elders and the wisdom they have gathered through the years. The diversity at Babes Ride Out events is un-paralleled.

With clear skies and perfect weather Friday and Saturday night were ideal for the Star Party and Astronomy Show in the Astronomy Arts theatre! Deep space telescopes, sky maps, and virtual reality tour to Mars were all part of this amazing experience brought to you by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers. Joshua Tree is a dark sky community and, for many, they have never seen the night sky quite like that before.

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babes ride out

DJ Ry Toast and La Flaca Lee kept the dance party going and the energy high throughout the night as the dance floor was packed! Some stayed up until the music stopped while others headed back to camp for some fireside hangs with new friends.

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Red Wing Heritage Womens hosted a “Mamas who ride” meet up on Saturday morning. The idea that when you become a mother you must forfeit yourself and your passions for the sake of your family has become antiquated. Children and family rise to the top but should not replace a woman’s identity. This meet-up was about getting together these inspiring Mama’s who exemplify this modern woman.

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babes ride out

Saturday was another perfect day for riding. Aside from all of the great routes to ride, the town of Joshua Tree also has a farmers market as well as the HWY 62 art tours that many riders decided to experience on Saturday.

Thanks to Sena, Babes were able to demo Bluetooth devices throughout the weekend and see what it is like to ride connected. Their blind-folded obstacle course was harder than ever this year and required teams of two to complete the challenge bind-folded using only the guidance of their partner through their Bluetooth device. It was hilarious!

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Rolling back to camp we went straight in to the Triumph Moto Games. This was our biggest and best year yet! There were over 70 riders participating and several hundred more there to spectate. The competition was fierce and it was amazing to see so much talent on two wheels. The technical course, the slow race and the barrel race all take certain skills and patience to complete. There were so many types of riders and so many types of bikes involved! Choppers, dualsports, adventure bikes, café racers, baggers… you name it. Nothing like doing a slalom course on a chopper. Thanks to everyone for participating and to Triumph Motorcycles for bringing everyone together.

Had a friend that could not make it to BRO6? Triumph had their mobile post office on site where you could send a post card and let them know they blew it!

As of Saturday night, the talented tattoo team counted about 150 tattoos that they had done throughout the weekend. Over 100 ladies are headed home with a permanent Babes Ride Out souvenir! Thank you to the talented artist that come out every year! We love you!

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Saturday night everyone gathered near the main stage to see who would be taking home the amazing raffle prizes. Thank you to all the amazing artists and brands that contributed to the raffle this year! The raffle announcement were followed by one of our favorite awards of the weekend. The “Most Miles Ridden” Award! This goes to the Babe that took down the most miles to get to Babes Ride Out 6. The winner rode all the way from New Jersey and zig-zagged across the country totaling in over 5,000 miles! DAMN! Thank you for coming!

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babes ride out

Another important recognition goes out to the mother and daughter duos that ride out to our events. This year we had over 20 which is more than ever before. What an awesome bonding experience to be able to ride out with your mom.

We had a very special guest join us on Saturday! Her name is Grace McKean. She has been riding motorcycles since 1946. In her 84 years she has seen so many changes in the world of motorcycles and Babes Ride Out 6 was her first time attending a ladies only motorcycle event. She came with photos and articles about her life on two wheels and we all walked away inspired by her. Thank you for coming Grace! See you next year!

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Babes Ride Out

No Babes Ride Out event is complete without some live tunes. This year Yachty By Nature had the crowd so pumped up! The sea of captains hats said it all. Thank you for playing the hits and keeping the crowd dancing! Babes LOVE Yacht Rock!

Smooth Sailing! Yachty by Nature

Smooth Sailing! Yachty by Nature

Before everyone hit the road home, they were able to stop by the Lucky Wheels Garage booth and check tire pressure and tighten bolts. Thanks to Lucky Wheels for providing tools for all the Babes!

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Babes Ride Out 6 was such an amazing event! There were Babes from all walks of life and on all different types of motorcycles. Riders came from near and far to join together and connect over a love of two wheels. Thank you for coming to experience the beautiful high desert and all it has to offer. Thank you for being such an amazing community! See you next year!  

-Anya and Ashmore

 Photos by Heidi Zumbrun and Genevieve Davis

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Britt Germann

PeopleAnya Violet

Britt Germann has not missed a Babes Ride Out event yet! She is one of the original 50 women who rode out with us 5 years ago to Babes in Borrego! She’s been riding since she was a teenager and in her words “ female rider were few and far between back then”. The BRO community has carved out a special place in her heart over the years “I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.” Read on to learn more about Britt! See you next week at BRO6!

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babes ride out

On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Britt Germann


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· FULL NAME - Britt Germann

· INSTAGRAM HANDLE - @brittgermann

· LOCATION - Los Angeles, CA

· OCCUPATION - Art Dealer

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it? Well, @blondezillagirl said I’d be missing out if I didn’t come. I was pretty new to LA - from Canada -  I was excited to explore Socal + meet other women who ride. Plus, I love camping.

When you arrived at the meet up, what were your first thoughts? Happy - tons of women riders, and everybody was excited. The buzz was real, big smiles all around.

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing? I knew three people prior @blondezillagirl, @gringo_luva + @littlelindseymarie. Almost everybody, everywhere, in California were new to me at that time, and many of the 50 came from outside of LA - the experience was a new one in many ways! I have been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager in different parts of Canada, including the Pacific Coastal Mountain Range, where the season is short, wet and cold - women motorcyclists were few and far between.

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination? It was exciting, I got the feeling pretty much right away that the group + it's leads, knew what they were doing on the road so the camping part should be a no-brainer. It can be dangerous to ride with people you don't know. At times, other riders do not know what they are doing though this group was on their game, and it is a serious game. As @littlelindseymarie has said...'it isn't Bingo..it's Motorcycle Riding...!'

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. I  remember getting to the camp out, and as twilight grew, some of the women jumped back on their bikes and were ripping, and I mean fast, back and forth across the dry lake bed - leather bikini tops, hair flying. It made me nervous, and I tried to stop watching. Even so, it was great, I can still smell the freedom in the air. I hope to never forget that.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch? I have made a few good friends because of that night, for sure. I remember Sonora Jack - https://dirtyfree.blogspot.com/ - showing up in the wee hours that night - saw a single tiny headlight drive by and double back, then pick it's way on the dirt road toward the bonfire.  I could not believe my eyes....who is that? She must be thirsty ! - we grabbed cold ones and ran toward her, she'd just pulled in from AZ. I think she'd had a flat along the way, unreal that she found us! I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here) Lots of changes, loving LA - thank you, Angelenos. Working on a gallery project, it looks like we are opening in LA, next year.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who? Haven't missed a Babes Ride Out, and hope not to. I like to ride day trips in Malibu + Hwy 2, in Angeles Crest National Forest. Can recall this minute an epic trip to Palomar one wet summer day + Big Wheel/Little Wheel camp outs w The Cretins! Love those guys. 

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  It's been really interesting to see massive growth, in both Babes Ride Out + the Women's Moto Movement at the same time - Babes Ride Out has helped fuel growth in the Women’s Moto Movement. I sometimes see a woman on the sidewalk or in a car, looking wistfully as my bike rolls by, because motorcycle riding not only looks cool, it is a really exhilarating sport, it is just great. Sometimes, I think to myself that I don't know which I like more, the motorcycles or the motorcycle riders, and I'm just glad I don't have to choose.

I must also say, I try never to forget that Motorcycle riding is sometimes without warning, a very scary and deadly sport. I try to remember that when I get on a motorcycle I may never get off that motorcycle. Sometimes, I wonder if riding motorcycles comfortably requires a touch of stupidity, or something close, especially when I'm in a car watching riders hurdle down the highway. Which I love to do. I ask my friends and family to know that if I die, or get close, doing this, know that I loved it and knew the risks.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole? I try to encourage women to come to Babes Ride Out even if they are only thinking or wishing that they rode. Anya and Ashmore have created a really wonderful and welcoming community, in founding Babes Ride Out. It takes a long time to learn how to ride, and ride comfortably, for some people. It is ok. People need to take time with this sport. Babes Ride Out is a great place for women to ask questions and seek answers, to meet people, to make friends, to learn more about bikes and riding. I ski a lot, and motorcycling riding is a lot like skiing, if I see someone with their gear, or someone sees me, it's an instant hello. It's really nice.


  

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Sanna Boman

PeopleAnya Violet

Sanna has always been an inspiration to us! You can truly feel her passion for riding and we love to see her put down a ton of miles on her roadtrips. She is one of the nicest people you could meet and we are so stoked that she was with us at our first ever campout! read on to hear her story! “I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep! The Sand Diego crew have since become some of my best friends and we've attended every BRO since together”-Sanna

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babes ride out

On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Sanna Boman


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·       FULL NAME: Sanna Maria

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @cylinderella

·       LOCATION: San Diego, CA

·       OCCUPATION: Managing Editor at Roadtrippers

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I saw the flyer on Instagram. This was in 2013, back when it was super rare to see motorcycle events targeted at women only, other than the occasional “Ladies Night” at the local Harley dealership. I had been riding for a few years and already knew a small group of women who rode, so a few of us decided to go.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

Arriving at the meet up spot in Temecula was pretty exciting. No one knew how many people were going to show up, and more and more ladies just kept rolling in! We were all just mingling and introducing ourselves to new people. I don't think I realized then how many of those ladies I would actually become friends with later.

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

I went with two friends, Nina and Jess, so it wasn’t a solo adventure for me. Jess had only been riding for a couple of months at this point, and she was on a little 250 Virago, but she totally kicked ass through heavy winds on the freeway and twisty mountain roads taking us down into Borrego. My Sportster wasn't running at the time (which was not at all unusual for that particular bike), so I ended up renting a newer sporty just for this trip.  

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

I had so much fun on that ride. Everyone kind of naturally broke into three groups: faster riders in the front, slower riders in the back, and everyone else in the middle. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep, and then trying to keep up with the really fast, experienced ladies in the front. Arriving in Borrego was... interesting. To get to the camping spot, we had to ride through two miles of sand—and not the tightly packed kind. Girls around me were dropping left and right, but I somehow made it all the way through without incident. Good thing, since I was on a rental bike.

A few years later, when we returned to the same spot for the Babes in Borrego reunion, I was on a brand new Dyna that I had bought just a few weeks earlier and was still getting used to. That was even sketchier, but again, I somehow made it there and back without dropping my bike. Just the thought of riding that sandy stretch still gives me anxiety though.

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. I wrote a fairly sentimental blog post about it on Red Rag Garage (a women’s motorcycle blog I run with my friend Katie) a while back.   

My favorite thing about that night: A bunch of fearless women ripping up and down a dry lake bed as fast as their bikes would go, without helmets or a care in the world. That was one of my biggest YOLO-moments.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

Yes! I met so many amazing women that first day and night, and I keep in touch with many of them. Since I’m in San Diego and many of the other ladies are in the LA and Orange County areas, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. But the San Diego people I didn't already know (Stacey, Stayc, Tasha, Dannielle) have now become some of my best friends, and we've attended every BRO since together. And it’s always like a mini reunion when we run into the rest of the OGs at other events all over Southern California.

I've also added a few Borrego-girls to my list of travel buddies, like Genevieve. We attempted to ride to the Grand Canyon together a few years ago, but got snowed in in Flagstaff. We also rode down to San Felipe in Mexico earlier this year with a couple of other friends.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here).

Oh man, what hasn't changed? In the past five years I’ve managed to meet the love of my life, land two awesome jobs, travel to 10 countries, ride motorcycles in three continents, own a total of five different bikes, and meet some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I also just started my dream job, as managing editor at Roadtrippers. Even if the world is falling apart around us, the past five years have been kind to me personally.  

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

Oh yes, I go on motorcycle road trips as often as I possibly can. I have a really awesome group of about 10 friends here in San Diego who all ride, and we travel together both on and off the bikes. Most weekends we’ll rip out to the desert or down to Mexico. Four of us just got back from a two-week, 4300-mile motorcycle trip from San Diego to Banff National Park in Canada and back. It was an amazing, bucket-list experience, and I’m already itching to plan my next trip.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  

I’ve been to every west coast Babes Ride Out since the first one, and it’s been amazing to see it grow into what it is today. I just love how this one event has sparked a whole new generation of women motorcyclists. I know of so many ladies who started riding after seeing how much fun we were all having at Babes, and it’s such a cool thing to have been a part of. Representation matters!

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

I have a lot of thoughts on the moto industry, how much time do you have? No, but seriously, I feel like we’re in this moment in time where there’s a generational shift happening in this scene right in front of our eyes. There's still your stereotypical ultra-sexist macho biker dude who wants women to sit quietly on the back of the bike, but I think (and hope) they’re a dying breed. The people I know who put down the most miles on their bikes are all women.

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Girl on a Moto Presents: Camp Games at BRO6

EventsAnya Violet

What is better than grown ass women sending it on a velcro wall or wrestling in sumo suits? Nothing, nothing is better than that. That is why our good friends at Girl on A Moto will be hosting CAMP GAMES at Babes Ride Out 6. Join in the fun, let loose and never take yourself too seriously! Friday evening the games are ON in the main event space, we can’t wait to see everyone enjoy the best adult summer camp around!

Let the Games Begin!!!

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Battle it out with your favorite Babe or new friend in the Sumo suits!

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Lets see who can send it the most on the velco wall!


Meet the lovely ladies of Girl on A Moto: Beulah Mae and Connie Dibartola! They will be your hosts!

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Triumph Moto Games at Babes Ride Out 6

EventsAnya Violet

One of our favorite activities at our events are the Triumph Moto Games! This year at Babes Ride Out 6 they will be better than ever! Games start at 5pm sharp on Saturday 10/20/18 in the lower lot! Sign up at www.triumphmotogames.com

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

How slow can you go?

Racers line up a the starting line and when the flag goes up each racer has to go as slow as they can on their bike without putting a foot down. Whoever reaches the finish line last without putting a foot down wins!!!

Two-up Relay

each rider grabs a passenger. There are 2 cones on the course. The first cone has an egg on top of it and the 2nd cone does not. The riders have to weave between the cones while the passenger grabs the egg off the first cone and sets it on top of the 2nd cone without breaking it. First team to cross the finish line without cracking the egg wins.

photo by Maddy Talias

photo by Maddy Talias

Barrel Race

Riders start with a metal barrel at their front tire. When the flag goes up you hit the throttle and the first rider across the finish line with the barrel and without touching the ground with your feet wins. The goal is to keep the barrel running straight so you don’t swerve off the course.

photo by maddy talias

photo by maddy talias

photo by heidi zumbrun

photo by heidi zumbrun