NJORR Group Lessons at Over And Out!

North Jersey Off-Road Riding School will be on site providing group lessons. NJORR is owned and operated by off-road coach Mitch Schappert, who will be joined by daughters Erin & Mikayla to offer fun, supportive, and confidence-boosting instruction at OAO!

You must have a ticket to Over And Out 2019 in order to attend and take advantage of these group sessions. Check out the schedule, and descriptions below:

GROUP LESSON DESCRIPTIONS

INTRO (1.5 hrs)

If you are brand new to riding a motorcycle at all, or If you're brand new to riding an off-road motorcycle (dirt bike). All the basics will be covered: proper body position, starting the bike up, controls, braking, shifting gears. Classes will be conducted on flat, grass-covered terrain.

  • Gear required - Full-face helmet, gloves, goggles, boots that cover the ankle, long pants, long sleeves

  • Bikes - Bring Your Own OR there are a limited number of loaner bikes available for intro lessons only. Select that option if you need a loaner.

INTERMEDIATE (3 hrs)

"Intermediate" is a broad word, which is why these classes are longer. Most attendees will fall into this category. These groups will use different areas on the property to practice techniques in natural scenarios: going up and down hills, making tight turns, improving form and speed, crossing obstacles, crossing rocks, and more techniques you can put to use during the remainder of your time at OAO!

  • Gear required - Full-face helmet, gloves, goggles, off-road riding boots, gear set, knee, back, and/or elbow protection.

  • Bikes - BYO

ADVANCED (1.5 hrs)

This Advanced session will teach the techniques behind next-level moves like larger obstacle crossing, pivot-turns and everyone's favorite...wheelies! 

  • Gear required - Full-face helmet, gloves, goggles, off-road riding boots, gear set, knee, back, and/or elbow protection.

  • Bikes - BYO

What about the guided dual sport rides?

We’re finalizing those routes currently, sign up coming very soon! There will be a 4-5 hour ride out on Friday, and a 5-6 hour ride on Saturday through this historic town of Jim Thorpe that includes a lunch stop! Those are for dual sports that are street-legal. Consider these options when booking lessons.

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Who can register for lessons? All ticket holders. You must have a ticket to Over And Out 2019 in order to attend and take advantage of lessons.

What if I don’t have a bike? The only sessions we’re offering loaners for are in the Intro groups. There are a very limited number of loaner bikes so act fast, and select one of the options that says “w/ Loaner Bike”. Also, check out our post about rentals from GPMX.

What if I book but can’t make it or change my mind? If you reserve a spot and then decide you cannot attend please be sure to free up the ticket so someone else may. If you’re not sure how to do this, Contact Us.

Don't forget your gear and your Positive Mental Attitude! :)

Maintenance Support from RyanCo Beta!

We’re so grateful to have Ryan Betz of RyanCo Beta on site during Over And Out with his full race rig, offering maintenance support to attendees!

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Ryan started riding at age 6, and In all his years racing he was also his own mechanic and ran a part-time repair and performance shop in his fathers garage. Ryan has spent many weekends at the races offering track-side support to others. He knows how demanding the sport his, physically, mentally and financially.

Ryan is generously providing his time and labor for FREE to support ladies at Over And Out, and he’s bringing out a few Beta Motorcycle models for us to check out!

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While RyanCo Racing will be onsite with this support, please check over your bikes before attending, and bring cash or credit card to cover any parts you may end up needing. Check out this basic pre-ride maintenance checklist:

  1. Inspect and tighten bolts.

  2. Check and clean your air filter.

  3. Check your tire pressure. (12-14psi in dry conditions recommended)

  4. Check brakes - pads and fluid.

  5. Check your chain tension - it shouldn’t be taut, but have very little slack.

Last but not least, change your oil. Over And Out will also be featuring some female-led oil-change demos, where you’ll change your own oil under the guide of a female mechanic! More details and signup coming soon!

Pre-Order Exclusive Event Swag!

This year, we’re offering a special Tee and Tank design for pre-order! Snag this design in your choice of Tee or Tank (or both!) in your size! We’ve also made some rad decals available in OAO yellow, KTM orange, and a cool alternate color, Teal.

The best part: You can roll right into Over And Out and be handed your items! No shipping required.

Tees are Unisex, slim cut - If in doubt, order a size up. Tanks are unisex, fit true to size. Decals are 4” round.

Tees are Unisex, slim cut - If in doubt, order a size up. Tanks are unisex, fit true to size. Decals are 4” round.

We’ve partnered with Alexa Warshany, female-business owner, dirt bike rider and all-around go-getter, to produce this special batch of goodies. We’re supporting her, she’s supporting us… this is what community is all about!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

We first met Alexa at last year’s event. She came out to the event to get more confident on her dirt bike… and did she ever! Alexa came alone and nervous to ride her CRF150f, but after taking a lesson, making new friends, and winning a sick gear set in the raffle she came out standing and doing endless figure-8’s like nobody’s business.

Meet Alexa, and hit the pre-order!

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HOW DID YOU START RIDING?

Funny story: My boyfriend (now fiance, Tyler) gave me a choice between an engagement ring or a dirt bike. I chose dirt bike! But a year and a half later I now have both, so it was a win-win! Lately, we’ve been toying with the idea of skipping our wedding and just getting some Harleys because why not?  

I started riding in 2017 but I still consider myself a new rider. I started by riding around the yard and practicing the basics, but Over And Out was where I really became more comfortable.

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AND YOU OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS?!

Yep! In-House Prints is a full service branding agency in Frenchtown, NJ (shameless plug!). It started as a hobby for Tyler and me. I used to work for a pretty big marketing company and realized the desk job was not for me. So now we have our own shop and print for tons of local businesses!

My mom always told me to find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. Well, here I am! 

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Alexa and Tyler

Alexa and Tyler

Alexa and Tyler

WHAT’S IT LIKE RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I'll be honest, it's tough! We hustle every day of the week at all hours of the day, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I get to work with my best friend! I also get to meet a ton of awesome people (like Kelly from Over And Out! <3) and build their vision. It's so rewarding to me to watch someones dream come true right in front of them, and to get to be a part of it. 

WHAT IS FREE2RIDE?

Free2Ride is an action sports brand Tyler started 10 years ago. He had the vision of creating a brand that supports all action sports, whether it's surfing. snowboarding, bmx, dirtbikes etc. The best part about F2R is that we are able to support so many great events. We’re both passionate about creating cool gear that fits the standards of athletes and brands, and we offer our detailed insight on everything from products, materials, size, to print processes to give people the quality they’re looking for!

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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF OAO LAST YEAR?

I definitely can't pick one thing. It was literally the entire event. Everyone was so supportive and friendly. I'm a very new rider and the lessons were so helpful! The raffle is where I won my first official set of Fox gear! The entire vibe of the event was rad. If you are debating on going, you should 100% go.

I knew nobody when I went up. I had never even loaded/unloaded my bike by myself. I kid you not, before I could even push the truck door all the way open, there were girls already at my door asking if I needed help getting my bike down. Sometimes girls get a bad rap, but these girls at OAO are the best of the best! 

I can't wait to meet so many new ladies, and I’m especially excited to deliver these pre-event items to OAO this year and hand them off to ladies picking up their orders!

Click the button to visit the pre-order store. These items will be delivered on-site to Over And Out 2019, so you can roll in and grab your new swag as soon as you get there. This way, there’s no need for shipping and you can for sure get your size.

Saturday Night Fun Under the Red Bull Tent!

Whoo-weee, do we have some fun planned for Saturday night at Over And Out! After a day full of riding trails and playing moto games, we’ll keep the stoke-level raging under the Red Bull tent!

Photo courtesy Red Bull Media pool.

Photo courtesy Red Bull Media pool.

Red Bull presents some of the most exciting and difficult enduro events in the WORLD, and nothing gets me more amped than seeing those Red Bull arches mark the top of an insane climb or course (like they do at Red Bull Romaniacs or Erzbergrodeo); or, to see those Red Bull wigwam tents in a crowd, like they do at National Motocross races and other massive motorsports events.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be fantasizing about dirt bike greatness as we climb the rocky mountainside and see that tent down below marking the way back to base camp! And, we’ll have a blast under it together come Saturday night between 8-11pm. Check out the details…

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One of our own dirt-bike loving ladies, Tracy So, aka @tracysowhat, will be serving up some custom Red Bull drinks with Yellow-edition Tropical Red Bull (my personal favorite), and Purple-edition sugar free Acai Berry Red Bull. Be warned: If it’s yellow, it probably won’t make you mellow; if it’s purple, it might make you burple!

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We’ll also be graced with the presence of DJ Sara M, aka @thedivine_miss_m, who will be keeping the good vibes alive and spinning some rock, punk, new wave, and more of our favorite dance and singalong tunes. We can’t wait to party with yas!!!

At the time of posting this, we’re 75% full! Lesson and Guided Dual Sport signups will be coming in May, and (in case you missed it) there are rental bikes available through GPMX!

Meghan Frye Hits Babes In The Dirt 5!

We introduced Meghan Frye last year on the blog, in our #fastfriends series that celebrates women in our off-road riding community! In honor of International Female Ride Day, we could think of no better feature than to take a look at Meghan’s recent trip out to Babes In The Dirt in Lebec, CA.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Babes In The Dirt has been an amazing sponsor for OAO since the beginning, even before we were a public event. Now in their 5th year, they bring together hundreds of female riders from all over the country to ride the beautiful California trails.

Let’s catch up with Meghan, get some tips about making the trip, and celebrate this amazing community that supports female off-road riders!

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THE TRIP OUT TO BABES IN THE DIRT THIS YEAR?

What made my trip to Babes In The Dirt so special was how it all happened. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in July '18 and went through chemotherapy, radiation, and all the other hardships that come with cancer. I felt weak for months and wasn't able to ride off-road as much as I wanted.

This past Christmas, I was SURPRISED by my husband, family, and friends with a trip to Babes In the Dirt! This trip was the perfect opportunity to forget about cancer for a while and focus on what I love — riding dirt bikes.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR A RIDING TRIP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY?

I always thought this would be hard to plan for, but it wasn't that bad! Once you book your flight, rental car (if needed), and bike, the bulk of the planning is done. Since my trip was a surprise, I was lucky enough to have everything planned out for me, even a bike thanks to the best crew out there, WLF Enduro.

In my opinion, the hardest part is finding a bike, but there are bike rentals in the area, and they bring the bikes to the event for you.

When it came to packing for the trip, my Fox Racing gear bag SAVED MY LIFE. I was able to pack my gear (helmet, boots, chest protector, water pack, knee/shin guards, etc) throughout the bag and still had enough room for extra clothes and camping gear. My bag also allowed me to keep my dirty boots in a closed off section so everything I packed wouldn't have a lovely coating of dirt.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

TELL US ABOUT THE TRAILS YOU RODE!

I rode the black diamond/single track trails for the majority of the trip. Raven Ridge was an awesome trail that included sections where you were riding on a tight trail alongside a cliff — the views were breathtaking!

A lot of the trails out there were fast and flowy so it felt great to just open that throttle and cruise right through!

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW WHILE RIDING OUT THERE?

I definitely learned what it's like to ride in thick sand — woof. There were some sections on the black diamond trails where you would come to a turn filled with sand and that was tricky for me. The more I rode in the sand, however, the more I discovered that it was best to have my body position/weight further back on the bike.

I also rode the motocross track which was my first time on a track, ever. It was awesome to experience a completely different style of riding.

After my Husqvarna demo, I also learned that I may need to add an FE 250 to my garage! ;)

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES IN TERRAIN?

The trails out there vs. the trails I ride at home were COMPLETELY different!

The single track at Hungry Valley were sandy, hardback, and very open and flowy. I was able to ride a lot faster than I do back at home and had an extended line of sight amongst riding the trails.

In Pennsylvania, our trails are full of rocks, trees, roots, and ruts. There are a lot of sections where the woods are so tight, you can barely make it through with your handlebars.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

SO, YOU KNOW HOW PEOPLE LIKE EAST VS WEST COAST RAP? WHAT ABOUT EAST VS. WEST COAST BRAAAP?! HAHA WHERE DO YOU STAND?

That’s a tricky question because the riding is so different. I may be biased, but I love the hard enduro single track that we have out here on the East Coast. I would love to try riding some of the wooded trails in the Pacific Northwest too.

Compared to where I live, the West also has more legal riding areas which is a plus. And, who doesn't love to go FAST on some fun, flowy trails?! I definitely need to ride more out West for a more accurate comparison, but for now I'm gonna have to say East Coast!

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP?

The community! Anya and Ashmore (from Babes In The Dirt) have created an incredible event that brought in over 700 ladies who all share the love of riding dirt! It shows you how amazing the off-road community really is.

So many rad organizations (WLF Enduro, FMF, Husqvarna, The Kurt Caselli Foundation, Fox) come together here to help make this community what it is today — a family. Babes In The Dirt is an event that I hope all ladies who ride off-road get to experience.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Over And Out is proud to be a part of that community, with Babes In The Dirt as our amazing sponsor! We look forward to offering some special items in our raffle from Babes In The Dirt, and making our way down to their first dirt event further east, in Tennessee this fall!

Learn more about Babes In The Dirt here!

Rental Bikes from GPMX!

We’ve beyond stoked to announce that east coast motocross school, GPMX has decided to offer some of their bikes for ladies looking to rent. Read on about the types of bikes available and how to reserve a bike for OAO2019. Act fast, because supply is limited!

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THE BIKES

The bikes available for rent are purely off-road dirt bikes, kick-start. Models available:

  • Yamaha ttr-125

  • Suzuki drz-125

  • Kawasaki klx-125

  • Honda xr-100

THE DETAILS

  • Full Day Rental $200, damage deposit required.

  • Available to Rent for Friday 6/21, Saturday 6/22 or Sunday 6/23.

  • These bikes are not plated. They’re not to be taken out on any public roads, only ridden within designated event space according to rider skill level.

  • Rental bikes will be delivered by GPMX to the site of Over And Out.

  • Bikes will be in well-maintained running order with full tanks of gas upon delivery. Extra Gas included!

  • Any on-site maintenance required (flat tire, etc) will be the renter’s responsibility to utilize on-site support services the same as any other attendee.

  • Rider must adhere to all other Over And Out event rules and safety guidelines.

TO RESERVE

Contact Marika at Marika.gpmx@gmail.com or (410) 808-1541.

Marika will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to take your reservation!

IMPORTANT!: Please do not contact OAO with questions or support on rentals, as we won’t be able to help you beyond the information shared here, nor are we part of your rental agreement whatsoever. All rental agreements and arrangements are direct between renter and GPMX. Thank you!

Meet Liz Kiniery from the DVTR

The community of women who attend OAO are simply amazing. Liz Kiniery is one of them.

In the past year, Liz has propelled herself right into the sport, exploring the race scene and working with the Delaware Valley Trail Riders, becoming part of our partner and sponsor community in the process.

This has me stoked beyond words! We need our partners to have the same level of passion, commitment and pure love for the sport that we have, and the DVTR has proven to have all of the above in spades.

Read on to learn more about Liz, and how the DVTR is contributing to OAO attendees this year!

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Liz Kiniery - Philadelphia, PA - @lizismoto

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING, AND WHAT DO YOU RIDE?

I learned to ride just a few weeks before my wedding in June 2012. I started street-riding on a Kawasaki Ninja 650, then a Suzuki SV 650, and finally my Ducati Multistrada 620. I love a 600cc motor!

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I spent a few years on paved twisties before hopping into the dirt on a Kawasaki KLX 250. I loved that KLX. It would tractor over everything and was super resilient despite my frequent slamming it to the ground. Those early experiences off-road got me hooked!!

Just last year, I decided it was time for my nimble and capable KTM 250 EXC-F. I am 100% obsessed with being outside in the dirt, and I ride every moment that I can!

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HOW DID YOU START WORKING WITH THE DEL VAL TRAIL RIDERS?

I got involved with the DVTR when I volunteered to help them prep for their Dirty Santa Ride - a chill and inclusive trail ride up at the Famous Reading Outdoors property in Pottsville, PA. I’d been following the club’s Facebook page for awhile, so when a call for volunteers came out, I decided to get involved.

I also had a secret goal to race the entire ECEA Enduro Series, so when I discovered they were also a sanctioned ECEA club and I could race under their name, I was all in! Now I am their Director of Operations.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING PART OF THE DVTR?

I love the community. I’ve met a bunch of super nice people who all share the same passion. Some are seasoned riders, others are brand new - all just out to enjoy riding with friends. Everyone always has a kind word, a smile, some good advice, or a funny joke.

I also love being a part of supporting the dirt community. Anyone who has been in the off-road scene long enough has seen riding areas threatened by new legislation or beloved events end due to lack of support. This is a thriving group who cares about the sport - and that feels right.

And lastly, I get to rep a club at races. It’s cool to feel like a part of something bigger when you’re out on the track with 600 racers - I’m not just racing for myself.

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WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST ENDURO AND HARE SCRAMBLE EXPERIENCES LIKE?

They were awesome! Obviously I was scared out of my mind, but I got a lot of advice and support prior, and I had some friends to lead me through on race day! I’m still a newbie to racing, but I’m hooked, and can’t wait to see more of you all out there!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

YOU CAME TO OAO LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR EVENT?

I loved this event because women got to enjoy some spectacular riding in a low-stress and supportive environment. No matter where you are on your riding journey, there is a place for you without judgment or ego! Want to take your first class? Cool! Want to tool around all morning on the grass track? Great! Want to get out on challenging singletrack? Perfect!  

AS A MEMBER OF OUR PARTNER CLUB, YOU’VE GOTTEN A SNEAK PEAK AT OUR NEW EVENT SPACE FOR 2019. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

This property is absolutely gorgeous and there is so much riding to do! It feels extraordinarily private! We spent the morning on some fun two-track that wound its way through the property and then continued alongside this beautiful ridge. In the afternoon, we made it up to this power-line trail at the top, which then dropped down into flowing singletrack that carved through the woods and popped us out onto an amazing vista! I’m most excited about getting back out there - it really is spectacular!

SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT LIZ…

HOW IS THE DVTR CONTRIBUTING TO THE AWESOMENESS AT OAO2019?

We’re working with Over And Out to further their mission of expanding riding opportunities for female riders! OAO and the DVTR are aligned on some crucial values like building community and creating enjoyable and successful riding events.

First, DVTR is contributing two passes to the beloved Michaux Dual Sport to the OAO raffle (one of the best parts of whole weekend!) The Michaux is a ride that is near and dear to my heart. It’s the oldest running dual sport in the country, and was sadly at the brink of extinction until DVTR stepped up to work alongside MORE (the club that hosted the event for 30 years) to bring it back for year 31 on Sunday, August 18th!

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The Michaux Dual Sport will have a rider limit of 300 people, and will surely sell out quickly. Winning your two passes means guaranteed access to an another incredible weekend of riding in the beautiful Michaux State Forest.

In partnership with Over And Out, we’ll also be sharing guidance about Dual Sports, Hare scrambles & Enduros. Keep your eyes peeled for a friendly guide coming to the OAO Blog soon!

Last but not least, our Women’s ECEA Ambassadors will be attending Over And Out 2019. These ladies have experienced racing and riding in the East Coast Enduro Association series and are all set to connect with you and answer any questions you might have about getting involved and racing your heart out!

To learn more about the DVTR and the Michaux Dual Sport, check out their site, www.dvtrailriders.org.

Over And Out's New Location for 2019!

Over And Out is moving to a NEW location in Tamaqua, PA!  

Event dates remain the same: Starting on Friday, June 21st (the looongest day of the year) and ending on Sunday, June 23rd.  This year, Friday will be a riding day in addition to the weekend giving you more time to braaap with your buddies!

I am TOTALLY excited about our new event space and all of the plans in the works for OAO2019. More details are coming SOON (I promise), but for now check out these 3 reasons why our new location RULES:

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Image from Ground Pilot Aerials

1. IT’S BIGGER!

This year, we’re taking over a bigger piece of property at 2,000 acres.  This spot is a playground for riders of all levels, with tons of room for parking, camping and exploring. It has all kinds of cool natural features like ridges and climbs, tight woodsy sections as well as wide open dirt paths - fun for everyone.

Fun fact: Tamaqua was originally to be named Tuscarora, but there already was a community named Tuscarora about four miles to the west so they named it Tamaqua.

FUNNER fact: The Over And Out event space takes up the full expanse of land between the towns of Tamaqua and Tuscarora. So, if you’re getting confused by the names, just remember: we’re in between them.

It’s also easily accessible, about 2 hours from Philly, 2.5 hours from NYC and Baltimore, and just a 1 hour drive from Lehigh Valley Int’l Airport in Allentown, PA.

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2. IT’S PRIVATE!

We’re continuing one of our OAO traditions and opening up the gates to a private space just for tha ladies!  This main event space of 2,000 acres is private land, accessible by OAO ticket holders only! No need to worry about any pesky rando’s trying to crash our slumber party.

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3. WE HAVE COOL NEIGHBORS

The new event space is nestled right next to two state parks. We actually share a border with Tuscarora State Park to the north, right over the mountain.  We’ll be partnering with our awesome neighbors to offer some fun non-riding activities and to help share their message of conservation and environmental education. 

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Tamaqua is smack in the middle of some great PA sights like the historic town of Jim Thorpe, and America’s oldest brewery, located in Pottsville. So maybe you want to extend your weekend and check out more of the area!

For a map, directions and overview of the new event space check out the Directions page on our website. Details and tickets are LIVE!

OAO Featured on Toyota's #Makeup2Mud!

Yeah, I’m pretty psyched! When the producer of Toyota’s #Makeup2Mud reached out to me, I wasn’t sure what would come of it, but here we are!

Our #Makeup2Mud feature aired during last weekend’s Supercross race at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX - home to one of the largest Jumbotron screens in the world! (Insert joke about how big my butt must’ve looked on that screen lol jk)

In all seriousness, filming this was an awesome experience and I love the way the video also features some of the attendees. After all, the event isn’t about me, it’s about all of the women who love to ride and what we as women need in order to expand those experiences. Check it out below!

THANK YOU

Alexa Garpo, Jason Monroe and Stephen Erikson who filmed, edited and produced the video

Supercross Live, Feld Entertainment and Toyota USA

Dan Sternaimolo who helped while filming and taught me how to ride in the first place

Nolan Forlenza for the wood pile :)

Joy Napolitan, Fox Women and Fox Racing

Marc Grossman and Spy Optic

Over And Out sponsors and The Bear Creek Sportsmen club

Ashmore Ellis and Anya Violet for being amazing supporters of me, Over and Out, and for leading the way for a new wave of women in the sport and industry

ALL the ladies who attend and support Over And Out!

Dirt Bike Tips: Basic Body Position

Welcome to OAO’s Dirt Bike Tips! In each post, we’ll break down a basic riding technique. Our goal is to give you quick, simple points you can easily digest, remember, and put to work during your ride. With these posts, we also aim to give you snippets of insight you might not get anywhere else!

ALSO, we’ve collaborated with strength trainer Erika Hurst to include training exercises - a #MotoFitTip if you will - that can be easily added to your routine to help support related muscles and joints! Let’s braaap to it!

BASIC BODY POSITION

Whether sitting or standing, these are the basics of how to position your body:

  • Body should be over the pivot point of the bike

  • Chin over the handlebars

  • Elbows bent, aiming up and out

  • Knees gripping/squeezing the sides of the bike

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Phptp by Megan Maloy

CRUCIAL INSIGHTS

Getting Your Body Over The Pivot Point Of The Bike

Many riders who are new to dirt bikes tend to sit too far back on the bike, with their knees out in front of them. Maybe because they’ve ridden cruiser-style motorcycles, or just relate to how we sit in cars, go karts etc. On a dirt bike this is incorrect, it throws off the center of gravity and can increase arm pump (arm pain and fatigue due to exertion and swelling that affects blood flow).

I know that as an adult starting out on a smaller bike, it can feel strange and unnatural to feel like you have nowhere to fit your legs. Nonetheless, whether sitting or standing on a dirt bike, you need to get your body more forward, over the pivot point of the bike (where the seat dips, close to the tank) and tuck your legs underneath. It will feel weird, require extra balance and strength, but when you master it you’ll be a BOSS. So, next time you get on that bike, SCOOT ON UP.

Learn With Movement, Everything Is Adjustable

Movement and speed play a big role in how you put techniques to work, and how you adjust in different scenarios. For example, in the image below, you can see that my body and head are further back, and my back is slightly curved. This is because I am braking, not accelerating, because there’s a bottleneck of riders in front of me - something you can’t see in the photo. This is simply to illustrate that learning a technique doesn’t mean you’ll immediately meet some rigid idea of perfection. Form and technique are adjustable as you ride and move with the motorcycle.

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MOTO FIT TIP

Because your body needs to be central on the bike the core of your body needs to be strong and mobile to adjust as you ride. Two simple exercises that can help increase hip mobility as well as strengthen core and legs are Glute Bridges and Planks.

Glute Bridges:

These help us learn how to hinge at our hips and engage our glutes and hamstrings rather than our lower back.

  • Set up with your shoulder blades elevated on a bench

  • Drive through your heels and squeeze your butt to lift your hips

  • Avoid arching through your lower back at the top

  • Do these for 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge top position

Glute Bridge top position

Planks:

These train our core to be stable enough to resist any movement or jarring through our midsection to protect our spine.

  • Set up with your body in a straight line from head to heels, actively pushing your chest away from the floor

  • Tuck your ribs toward your hips to engage your core, squeeze your butt, armpits, fists and quads hard and hold this position (when done correctly, you shouldn’t be able to hold this for very long)

  • Avoid letting your head drop or hips sag and holding your breath

  • Do these for 3 sets of 3 five-10 second holds

Plank Position

Plank Position

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Meet Caitlin O'Dell

Happy New Year! I cannot WAIT to share the exciting NEW details about Over And Out 2019, but, you’ll have to hold out while I keep some of that stuff under wraps for juuuust a little while longer.

In the meantime, let’s revisit one of the most important things about OAO: community! I know that sounds like a snooze-fest of a topic (believe me, I hate buzzwords as much as you do) but community is a thing that can actually help propel your experience, confidence and skill as a rider.

Over And Out is all about getting out in the dirt and woods on two wheels - hell yes! - but it’s also about bringing together the community of women who ride or want to ride. This matters big time because they get to see different types of riding terrain and bikes, and ride with others who are similar to them, physically and mentally.

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

In short, community helps riders get more opportunities to do what they love: RIDE!!!

On that note, I’m stoked to keep the community growing and help you get to know more gals who ride in the Northeast with our #FastFriends rider spotlight. Meet one of our most friendly and enthusiastic #FastFriends, Caitlin O’Dell!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

CAITLIN O’DELL, KTM 350XCF-W @ceo_810

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO ATTEND OVER AND OUT?

An all girls DIRT BIKE event? What female rider would even hesitate in saying yes to this event?! 

My dirt-biking experiences had always been me and the guys, until this past year. I met an awesome group of girls from Ohio at the North East 24-hour challenge enduro. I rode in that race 2 years ago. The girls thought it was so awesome to see a girl out there, so two years later we all got together and formed our own team! 

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Dirt biking brought us together, and as soon as I heard of an event we could all do together I was excited to attend, and to meet even more rad dirt bike chicks! 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RIDING DIRT BIKES?

My husband taught me how to ride about 6 years ago.  He’s a woods rider, a fan of harescrambles and the Northeast 24-hour Challenge. And now I am too!

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One day, I told him that I wanted to learn how to ride dirt bikes. He jumped on that request so fast and found a TTR 230 on Craigslist. We got the bike during a snow storm in March, and my lessons started right away in a frozen cornfield! 

I outgrew the 230 and then upgraded to a 250.  Fast forward a few more bikes, and I’m currently on a KTM 350xcf-w. I am in love with this bike. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

I am so glad I met other girls who ride as well though. It has helped boost my confidence and has motivated me to sign up for more races! So, again, I was really excited to continue on to a ladies-only event.

DID YOU FACE ANY TOUGH CHALLENGES?

Yes, a little over a year ago I broke my arm while riding. I hit a tree, and the tree stopped actually me from going down a ravine, so that was actually not the worst it could have been.  It could have been much worse than a broken arm!

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But, as they say, success is determined by how you handle challenges, and I wasn’t about to mope around because I couldn’t ride.  I am an avid trail runner, and had a 1/2 marathon 3 days after I broke my arm.  I powered through and crossed that finish line with a smile on my face!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you confront fear. So this past year, with each ride I would try to improve any skill that I could to get back out riding with confidence.

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DID YOU HAVE TO FACE ANY CHALLENGES WHEN ATTENDING OVER AND OUT?

Well, immediately after signing up, I thought to myself, “How the heck am I supposed to get my bike there?” It is great having my husband to ride with all the time because he takes care of hauling the bikes, not to mention bike maintenance. But I wouldn’t have him to help me this time, and I had a group of 5 girls traveling together out there from several hours away.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

So, a week before the event, my husband gave me lessons on how to strap my bike down and how to haul our trailer with his dually truck.  I hauled ALL the bikes while my friend hauled her camper. Once we made it safely to the event, I had a sigh of relief but also this amazing feeling of: “I DID IT!!!!!!” I felt like jumping up and down I was so happy!

I now have a hitch and dirt bike rack for my SUV so that I can go out riding whenever I want. One thing this event taught me is that I can survive riding without my husband and have a really fun time with the girls! 

WHAT TYPE OF RIDING DID YOU DO AT OVER AND OUT?

I rode the grass track and the woods trails.  Both the beginner and intermediate woods loops were so fun, just challenging enough and beautiful!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SOCIAL ASPECT AND MEETING A BUNCH OF NEW FEMALE RIDERS?

I was so excited for this part! I follow as many female riders on social media that I can (I mean, don't we all?!)  But getting the chance to meet many of these women in person was awesome! There is something really cool about learning from other females compared to riding with males, even your own husband or boyfriend.  

I met so many rad chicks, and Im looking forward to seeing them all again at the next OAO!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE COMING BACK IN 2019 TOO! :D

Currently I am 8 months pregnant with a little girl.  I am super bummed that I haven't sat on a dirt bike since August (though I’m truly grateful for the little blessing that is growing inside of me of course!). 

I am beyond excited to raise our little girl to be the best, badass, most inspirational moto-chick out there.  And I hope she’ll get to attend some girls dirt bike events, just like I have. I’m super thankful for such an amazing event and opportunity. 

So yes, I will be ready to ride in the spring and cannot WAIT to meet even more rad girls that ride at Over and Out!

Meet Becca Sheets: GNCC Racer and Member of the 2018 ISDE Women's Trophy Team
Photo by Ken Hill

Photo by Ken Hill

Becca Sheets, 25, Ohio - @bsheets551

KTM 250sx

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED RIDING DIRT BIKES?

I’ve been around dirt bikes since I came out of the womb! My dad always raced for fun with his buddies, so I spent a lot of time at the track growing up. It wasn’t until I was 6, turning 7 that I asked my dad for a dirt bike for my birthday.

On my 7th birthday, my dad picked me up from school with a PW50 on the trailer and a new (used) pair of boots in the truck and we went riding! 

WHAT BIKES HAVE YOU RIDDEN AND HOW DID YOU MAKE PROGRESS?

I learned to ride on that PW50. I ran in to ditches and fences but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. I kept riding it until I was 9!!

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By that age, most kids had the oil injected KTM50s, or 50JR or SR bikes; they don’t stay on the PWs for very long, but I had ridden a KTM50SR that I didn’t care for, so then I went straight from the PW50 to a KX60. 

The ole KX60 was what I learned to shift and use the clutch on. It was a raw powered bike and It was pretty hard to ride from what I remember.  I rode that bike for a year then moved to an RM65. Once I learned to shift and use the clutch on the 60, riding the RM65 was a breeze!

By the time I was on 65’s, racing had become a lot more serious. We put a lot of time into learning proper cornering techniques, jumping, and just getting faster in general. I did another two years on the RM65, then two years on an RM-85 and a year on a KTM105.

My 85s and 105s were great bikes. I started to get a lot faster once I was on 80s. Being on a little bit bigger of a bike gave me more confidence to jump bigger jumps! 

Then I switched to a YZ125 (4 or 5 different bikes within 6 years) I rode 125’s for what seemed like forever. I also had the most injuries I had ever gotten in my entire childhood of racing once I was on big bikes. So, I would say the transition was a challenge for me. I eventually got the hang of it. I really liked the 125’s and I put a lot of time and effort into improving my riding skills in those years. 

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WHAT CAME NEXT?

Next came my YZ250FX which I rode for 2 years. This was my first 4 stroke bike! I waited a long time to switch to four strokes because I liked the light weight two stroke bikes in the woods.

Learning to ride a four stroke was so different. The bike was heavier, there was engine brake, and well it was just totally different. I would say it took me an entire year of racing before I really got the hang of it. This bike ultimately lead me to win my first national title so I’m quite partial to it. 

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Next, came my KTM250XC-F (1 year). Switching from a Yamaha to a KTM was definitely one of the hardest challenges I’ve faced so far in my racing career. I had ridden only Yamaha for the past seven years.  The KTM handled very differently, the suspension was different, just everything about the bike. My team and I put a lot of time and effort into getting myself comfortable on the bike last year and it paid off.   

My current bike is a KTM250SX-F. This is my second year riding KTM’s and I truly love these dirt bikes. I am very grateful to receive the support that I do from KTM. 

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR EARLIEST YEARS RACING?

My earliest years of racing started out with motocross. We raced locally for a few years. And when I say locally, I mean we traveled to Indiana, KY, and TN and all over the state of Ohio. My dad always encouraged me to go faster, jump bigger jumps, beat more people, and to just become a better rider always. You know, the things dads do. 

In 2004 at the age of 12, Dad told me we were going to try and qualify for Loretta Lynn’s motocross. I was able to qualify although my results weren’t the best. I was just a kid seeing motocross at an amateur national level for the first time. 

From that year forward it became my personal goal to win an amateur national title which I think instilled that drive inside me to become the best rider I could be. 

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My dad spent so much time and money to make sure I could practice at least once a week and race every weekend we were able to.  Our focus was to get to Loretta’s each year to fight for a better finish and eventually a title. 

2007 was my last year I was able to race the Girls 9-13 65cc-105cc class at Loretta Lynn’s. I was so confident I was going to win that year. Kiara Fontanesi (a now 5x World Champ in Europe) showed up that year for her first time and got the win. I came in second and never won an amateur national title.  

2008 was my first year on big bikes. I got a brand new YZ125 and I was ready to go race with the big girls. Unfortunately, I broke my back early in the qualifying season which resulted in a spinal fusion that took me out for the year.  

In 2009 I was back in action and ready to give it another go. I practiced a lot and tried pretty hard to improve my bike skills.  I made it to Loretta’s and finished in the top 10 in the Women’s 14+ class. 

2010 had no plans for me to race a dirt bike. I suffered two major injuries six months apart and I didn’t accomplish much. Motocross is a grueling sport and I had done it for my entire childhood. My dreams of becoming a professional motocross racer seemed hopeless. At that point I was pretty tired of getting hurt and I just wanted to ride for fun.

Until I discovered GNCC racing…..HAHA

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The first GNCC I raced was in 2011. I had spent the previous years on and off the bike with injuries from motocross. So the four GNCC’s I raced in 2011 were just supposed to be for fun but it quickly became something I took very seriously which lead me to race the full series in 2012.  

As a lower middle class family with my parents raising 3 kids in the house, things were hectic. I played other sports growing up too like soccer, softball, and basketball; as did my sisters. I literally owe it all to my dad and mom for all they have done for me.  Racing dirt bikes has made me the person I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

FOR RIDERS WHO HAVEN’T YET VENTURED INTO THE RACING, BUT ARE DYING TO GIVE IT A TRY, WHAT INSIGHT CAN YOU OFFER? 

I would recommend doing a riding clinic or take lessons from a better rider that can teach you basic techniques. This way you have a bit more confidence on the bike going into a race setting.

I have always benefitted from riding schools even if I am the one teaching! Practice makes “permanent”. If your form and techniques aren’t correct, it’s good to put yourself in check every once in a while, so you can continue to improve.  

There are so many awesome local harescramble series and motocross series that cater to all levels of riders. Ask around and find out which tracks are easier vs the ones that may be a little more technical and give it a try!  

Photo by Ken Hill

Photo by Ken Hill

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE RACES TO DO EACH YEAR? 

My favorite GNCC is the Ironman in Indiana. There is always such a huge turnout there and racing against 900 other bikes on an 11 mile loop makes it pretty wild. I love the energy from the crowds on the hill climbs, the smell of fall, and the cold creek crossings.

Everybody wears pink to show their support and help raise money for breast cancer. It’s just a good vibe there. This year will be my 8th year in a row racing that race.  

THIS YEAR YOU SUFFERED A BAD INJURY, CAN YOU CATCH OUR READERS UP ON WHAT HAPPENED? 

At the X-Factor GNCC in Indiana I crashed at a pretty high speed in a field section. I came out of it with a severe concussion and broken jaw on both sides. I had surgery so they could plate bones and wire my jaw shut. I spent the night in the hospital, went home, drank smoothies, and ate baby food for 6 weeks. 

At first I thought it was one of the easiest injuries I’ve ever had to deal with, because I was still able to walk around freely and do my day to day activities. I just couldn’t train as hard or ride. 

It actually ended up being a very mentally challenging injury to overcome. But as we all know; racing is dangerous and things happen. I just tried to keep it positive and know that I would come out of it as a stronger person and rider.   I consider myself lucky that it wasn’t worse! 

Photo by Art Pepin @offroadpaparazzi

Photo by Art Pepin @offroadpaparazzi

YOU WERE PART OF THE WOMEN’S ISDE TEAM IN 2017, WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE? 

It was a really cool experience. First of all, it was such an honor to be selected to represent the USA. It was very challenging, one of the hardest things I’ve ever accomplished. Getting to ride your dirt bike for 8 hours a day through farms, countryside, backyards, woods, and main roads was definitely the coolest part about it. If an average joe went to tour the country of France, they probably wouldn’t have seen it in the same way that we did. It was very surreal and something I will remember forever. 

Photo by Mark Kariya @kato.photo

Photo by Mark Kariya @kato.photo

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST POINTS OF FOCUS AS YOU APPROACH THIS YEAR’S ISDE?

SPEED! 

Endurance racing is my strong suit so the hardest thing about ISDE for me is flipping the switch from a steady speed on the technical transfers to a full sprint level speed at the special tests throughout the day.  

I’ve been training really hard this year and with the help of my awesome boyfriend Tyler; we’ve been putting a lot of work into my initial speed on the track, trying to push the limits. It’s made me a lot faster. Racing the Full Gas Sprint Enduros has helped me a lot also. It’s set up similar to ISDE but without the transfer trails. 

We are still working hard! My USA teammates, Brandy Richards and Tarah Geiger are both really strong riders as well. I can’t wait to see all of our hard work pay off in Chile.  

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO YOU DO (ON OR OFF THE BIKE) TO STAY IN TOP RACING SHAPE?

I focus a lot on my nutrition because I believe it’s the most important. You have to have good energy to do the things that make you stronger and keep you in shape.

Cycling, mountain biking, running and strength training are things I work into my days outside of riding. I almost enjoy training as much as I do riding my dirt bike! I kind of have to find joy in it and mix it up or it can become very humdrum. It’s basically always a competition with my own self.  

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HOW HAVE YOUR SUPPORTERS HELPED YOU? 

I’ve had so many great people and companies as sponsors over the years.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of those people. People have sacrificed time and money to help me improve as a racer on and off the bike.

My biggest supporters have always been my parents. My boyfriend Tyler is such a great sport. He helps me be a better person and understands my love for racing just the same as his. My best man friend Johnny has given and taught me so much over the past few years of my racing career.  

I can’t thank them enough. Racing a dirt bike may not be a team sport but you definitely can’t do it alone!

Raffle proceeds from Over And Out’s first event in 2018 were donated to help support the US Women’s Trophy Team in the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE).

Click here to read more about the team and the donation in an interview with team manager, Antti Kallonen of KTM North America.

We Support the US Women’s International Six Days Enduro Team!

Over And Out was created with the goal of supporting female riders at ALL levels of the sport - from teaching new riders at our event, to building a community that helps female riders get more opportunities to ride and learn, to supporting the girls representing the U.S. at the 2018 FIM International Six Days Enduro!  

I’m proud to announce Over And Out’s official support for the 2018 US Women’s ISDE team, with a donation generated by this year’s event attendees and raffle participants!

2017 US Women’s ISDE team (Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez)  Photo by Mark Kariya

2017 US Women’s ISDE team (Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez)

Photo by Mark Kariya

I recently chatted with ISDE off-road racing team manager, Antti Kallonen of KTM North America to talk about the upcoming Six Days and this year’s Women’s Trophy Team made up of Becca Sheets, Tarah Gieger and Brandy Richards.

Photo by Shan Moore

Photo by Shan Moore

I’M EXCITED TO SPEAK WITH YOU, THE ISDE IS SUCH AN EXCITING EVENT!

It is yes, it’s been considered the Olympics of Motorcycling.  I’ve managed the men’s teams (US World Trophy and Junior Trophy) since 2012, and now as of 2017 manage the Women’s Trophy Team as well. 

LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE US WOMEN’S TEAM IN BRIVE, FRANCE. AND THIS YEAR’S IS COMING UP THIS NOVEMBER IN VINA DEL MAR, CHILE…

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WOMEN’S TEAM FROM THEN TO NOW? 

Yes last year was the first year so all 3 girls on the team were rookies to the Six Days format, but they all worked hard and finished 2nd overall behind Australia, the champs for 5 years running. 

Obviously, no great success happens overnight. We have a 3-year plan to get the championship. [To put that in perspective] the Men’s team previously had a 3-year plan to get the championship and it took 5 years, so we’re building and progressing. 

This year, all 3 girls on the team have ridden Six Days before so they’re more knowledgeable and prepared and they now know what to expect.

Image by John Pearson Media

Image by John Pearson Media

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO ISDE RACERS IDEALLY NEED TO HAVE?

Many girls are fast but the Six Days format adds to the challenge…It’s a long Six Days and riders need to be fast but also consistent for all 6 days, which can include 8-hour days of riding, dealing with weather, plus long transfers which offer their own challenges.

Prior to a few years ago it was much harder to find female riders in long endurance racing.  A major benefit of racing off-road is that these riders have the endurance to do it. This format can be tough. 

At Six Days there are no techs, so the rider also works on their own bike. Riders can take instruction from us, but they have to do the work. 

Photo of Becca Sheets by Ken Hill

Photo of Becca Sheets by Ken Hill

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT MANAGING THE WOMEN’S TEAM VS. THE MEN?

I’d say about 70% of the training program could be the same for the men’s Junior or Trophy program and the women’s, but the other 30% or so has to be tailored for the women. 

They work differently, their bodies are different, they react differently. For example recovery time is quite different in the women compared to the men.  We take all of this into account, so even recovery routines are different. 

WHAT MISCONCEPTIONS DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT WOMEN TRAINING FOR THIS SPORT? 

Some people might think that things like the tire-changing would be more difficult for the women due to basic strength, but in reality that’s all about technique.  The real difference here for men vs. women could be fatigue due to different recovery times.

Mental struggle can set in and cause a rider to take a shortcut in the technique. But other than that, knowing and performing proper technique makes the task the same for men and women. 

It’s also surprising just how determined the women are, some more determined than men. 

(We saw this of course at Over And Out, where no single girl gave in when the technical Hancock terrain became slick and challenging in the rain!) 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Becca Sheets, for example, she pushed through some very tough bike issues. I saw her push through issues that might’ve made a man quit, but she pushed through. 

Going back to the traits that are valuable in a rider, that’s another one: Becca is not only fast, she has the determination and will power to push through. 

She also had to adapt to take verbal guidance and do the work on her own bike and she did it. It’s something she should be very proud of, and I’m very proud of her.”

Photo by Ken Hill

Photo by Ken Hill

WHAT IS THE TRAINING LIKE AS THE RACE NEARS AND BEGINS? 

I host a training camp closer to the event where we cover things like sprint training on the bike, tire-changing and basic maintenance.  Sprint enduros are excellent training for this type of event.

There will be 6 days of riding but also 8 days of preparation and walking the tests, not to the mention travel involved, so overall health and fitness is important. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

WE’RE SO PROUD TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING FROM OUR FIRST EVENT TO SUPPORT THE US WOMEN’S ISDE TEAM!

HOW WILL OUR DONATION HELP?  

There are a lot of costs involved with getting each racer to and around the races, including flights, hotels, fees, per diem… as you can imagine it adds up. It roughly costs about $15k per rider to be able to take part in the 6 days. 

It’s a pretty steep bill to pay for the opportunity, so we do our best to manage the budget, gather manufacturer and sponsor support, and racers even fundraise for themselves.  Of course, we do our best to get everything covered so that riders can focus on their training and the ride.

As of right now we’re in mostly good shape though we do have a few gaps in the budget so your donation will truly make an impact, and 100% of it will be going to support the women!


If you’d like to support the women of the 2018 US ISDE team, route for them this November 12-17 as they race the Six Days in Vina Del Mar, Chile!   

And, stay tuned as we follow up with an interview with US Women’s Trophy team member, Becca Sheets!

Special thanks again to all of our 2018 raffle contributors and participants!

Meet Megan Babineau

"Is a women's only event a mistake?" "I don't know any women who would go to something like this on their own."  These are just a few comments I heard as I was launching Over And Out, but 73 women showed up to our first event, and each girl's story about why they came was unique and inspiring in it's own way. 

We continue spotlighting some of the rad girls who came to the first Over And Out, to show exactly how they made their journey happen, and to show that heeelllll-no a women's-only event isn't a mistake; it's a life-changing experience and a damn good time!  

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

MEET MEGAN BABINEAU  @alluneedisluff

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT OVER AND OUT?

I am lucky enough to have a partner that works and is active in the motorcycle industry. He follows Kelly (the girl that runs the event) on social media, read about the event in one of her posts and mentioned it to me. He thought it would be a rad thing for me to attend, he was rather persistent as the weeks went on! He knew an all-female event would help me gain confidence in my riding. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

SO, YOU FINALLY CAME AROUND!  WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO ATTEND?

Many things! 

First, I did want to ride with other women. While I knew we wouldn’t all be the same level, the fact that we are all women would make a big difference alone.I felt that surrounding myself with gnarly women who are just as good, if not better, than men at riding would help me get over feeling sidelined in a male dominant sport.

I’m also always down for an outdoor adventure and wanted to push myself to attend a riding event without the men I usually ride with. It’s truly a personal accomplishment being able to say I traveled 4 hours away into the woods, on my own, not knowing anyone there.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

DID YOU ALREADY HAVE OFF-ROAD RIDING EXPERIENCE? 

I did. Besides taking the motorcycle course I actually only have off road experience. I ride in a handful of North-Central Pennsylvania locations. 

WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT ANYTHING PRIOR TO ATTENDING?

The “what if’s” were endless!  I own a Yamaha TTR-125 that I am very comfortable riding.. I wasn’t trying to be anything I wasn’t or ride a bike I couldn’t handle but I was nervous about showing up on what might be thought of as a beginner bike. Socially, I thought it might be cliquey and worried people would be judgmental.

Then there was the travel and transporting my bike! I am certainly not helpless, but I don’t usually load or unload my bike on my own. I always have the assistance of the guys I ride with.  For OAO, I loaded my TTR, had to FaceTime someone and Google to figure out how ratchet straps worked (because I wasn’t listening when I was told how)

Then there was unloading the bike once I arrived. Dreadful!  But, not anymore. I’m the one that loads the bikes now. ;)

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HOW WAS EVERYTHING ONCE YOU ARRIVED?

It was insanely easy. I’m foolish for psyching myself out prior to the event. People are friendly. It’s not high school. I drove right in and introduced myself to a few people. They introduced themselves like kind human beings do, and helped me unload my bike. 

After that, another woman pulled up and we helped her unload her bike too. All four of us were at completely different riding levels, but as the event went on, we rode together, rode with others, stopped and took breaks together, ate lunch together, roasted marshmallows and BAM! Two of us are planning a riding date together for September.

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WHAT TYPE OF RIDING DID YOU DO AT OVER AND OUT? 

I am most comfortable in the woods, so I started out on the beginner woods loop.  After a couple loops I hopped on over to the grass tracks with some ladies I met and we gave those a whirl. 

Once we got more comfortable, we went on to the intermediate woods loop. It was incredible terrain. The property was amazing and plenty was offered.

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DID YOU LEARN OR EXPERIENCE ANYTHING NEW?

It rained all weekend so that in itself taught me plenty about riding in the rain.... It’s cold and wet and slippery and WET. You can easily get inside your head after wiping out half a dozen times within the first hour, so it taught me a lot about keeping myself together mentally.  Mother Nature can be tough, but learning to move with what she gives you is pretty rad. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

I realized that I can go faster than I think, after following someone in the grass and watching her movements. She was gnarly in the grass and I had some speed on her in the woods so we bounced ideas off one another and laughed and joked while slipping in the mud. The sensation of doing something as fun as riding bikes with another female that loves it as much as I do was something completely new...and very cool!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL ANOTHER GIRL WHO MIGHT BE THINKING OF JOINING IN? 

GET OUT THERE! The motorcycle community is a very welcoming and warm one.

For 3 years I saw how much fun my hubby and his friends had when they all got together and rode bikes. 2 years ago he gifted me my Yamaha TTR-125 and now I know what the hype is all about. 

I drove home from Over And Out and the very next day I rode on the street for the first time on his Yamaha WR250R.

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

I have dreams of riding cross country, entering races (which she has since then!) and expanding my mechanical bike knowledge all because of the unexplainable experience I had at OAO. My interest in bikes didn’t come from OAO, but my understanding and love of the sport grew substantially. 

I can’t say attending this event by myself is something I never would have done, but events like this, exclusively for women, don’t happen very often. Rather than hear about the cool stuff other people do, be the person doing cool stuff! 

Meet AMA Pro Hillclimber Molly Carbon

It blew my mind to discover that this badass girl who flies through the air and launches up gnarly climbs was drawn to Over and Out so she could step outside of her comfort zone.

It just goes to show you that appearances aren't everything, and beginner riders aren't the only ones feeling outside of their element when they head off to an event like Over and Out.  

Read on to meet Pro Hillclimber and #fastfriend, Molly Carbon.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

MOLLY CARBON - Bellingham, MA  @mollyc_32

KTM 150xcw, and Hillclimb bikes: A CRF450 and 500cc Triumph T120 on 100% Nitromethane

SO, YOU'RE AN AMA PRO HILLCLIMBER!  CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR?

Of course!  AMA Pro hillclimbing is a professional hillclimb series where riders race to the top of nearly vertical inclines on bikes from modified 450cc motocross bikes to 1000cc+ fully custom motorcycles burning 100% nitromethane.

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The hills can consist of motocross-style jumps, vertical rock ledges or even chest-deep ruts. Traditionally hillclimbing was rider vs hill, and riders would make solo runs with winners determined by either footage (distance) or time.

Now the sport has evolved to include side by side racing called verticross, where as many as five riders attempt the hill at one time in a tournament format.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED RIDING, AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO HILLCLIMBING?

My earliest memories are of my father throwing my sister and I on whatever had a motor and taking us for a ride. Once we learned how to ride a bicycle my mom allowed him to teach us how to ride a dirt bike. After watching my dad hillclimb, my sister and I decided we wanted to try it. 20 years later I’m still enjoying every race!

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WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE BIKE YOU RIDE TO DO A HILLCLIMB?

The bike I race in the Pro Single class is a modified CRF450 with an extended swing arm and a paddle tire.  (The extended swing arm helps keep the bike from flipping over backward, and the paddle tire is for extra traction)

For the Xtreme class, I race a fully customized 500cc Triumph that runs on 100% nitromethane. Compared to most other motorcycles this has a much longer wheelbase and utilizes chains on the rear tire for traction.

A nitromethane-fueled bike, runs on an extra-explosive chemcial mix instead of gasoline.  This blog post puts it into perspective: "The end result is an engine that’s about as gentle as using a hand grenade as a night light." 

WHAT KIND OF GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR FUTURE RIDING AND RACING? 

As far as hillclimbing I have achieved most of my goals, turning professional, becoming the first female to hillclimb a motorcycle on 100% nitromethane, and competing in a West Coast NAHA event. I’d love to compete in an International hillclimb event. 



Beyond hillclimbing my goals are to become a more well-rounded rider by developing my skills in the woods and on the track. I'd also like to share my experience and knowledge with young riders. This year I hosted my first rider class and would like to continue to have more events. 

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YOU ALSO RIDE AN ENDURO. WHAT'S YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THAT TYPE OF RIDING? 

When I first started riding with my dad and sister we rode the trails around the house. While that’s where I got my start, I never actually developed greater skills for woods riding. 

I was asked to be on a team for the 24 Hour Enduro last year and I prayed to make it out alive! The sadistic side of me enjoyed the challenge and not long after that first time doing the 24-Hour I was already planning the next! 

I enjoy the physical challenge as well as the mental challenge that comes with longer duration and demanding riding that woods racing offers. Recently I did my first harescramble and plan to attend as many as I possibly can! 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT OVER AND OUT? 

My friend Crystal told me about the event and I knew right away I wanted to attend. I knew that going to an event without my dad or boyfriend would be a step outside of my comfort zone and I wanted to take on that challenge.

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel 

The experience I had there was beyond what I imagined.  It was so great to meet other female riders, to get to know them and hear their stories.  I met many female riders during the event and I'm still stay in contact with several of them. In fact, two of them joined me and Crystal to form an all-women’s team for the 24 Hour Enduro. (We raced against some other girls from OAO!)

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There was such a laid back atmosphere and I loved riding in the woods with other female riders. I also loved how comfortable and supported I felt when it came to challenging myself here.  

Going into Over and Out I wasn't that familiar with my new bike. But I took a lesson with Mitch (@ssschap) and Mikayla, learned some new balancing and clutch skills... I feel like I really bonded with my bike and that I rode the best that I ever have on the trails!  I can't wait until next year!

@mollyc_32  @amaprohillclimb  @ama_racing 

Meet Lisa Davison

"Is a women's only event a mistake?" "Aren't you cutting down your chances of attendance by half?" "I don't know any women who would go to something like this on their own."  These are just a few of many comments I heard as I was launching Over And Out.  

I wasn't sure how many women would find a way to get to the first event, but 73 women showed up hauling their own bikes in trucks, vans and trailers - some for the very first time! Each girl's story about why they came was unique and inspiring in it's own way. 

We'll be spotlighting some of the rad women who came to the first Over And Out, to show exactly how they made their journey happen, and to show the world that a women's-only event isn't a mistake; it's a life-changing experience and a damn good time!  -Kelly

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

MEET LISA DAVISON,  Framingham, MA

KLX250,  @agentmisskitty

HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT OVER AND OUT?  

Back in December of 2017, my friend in Queens, NY texted me about it!  She and her husband went to the International Motorcycle Show where they saw a female speaker talking about it!  She sent me a photo of the presenter, Kelly McCaughey, and the website URL.  I immediately subscribed to emails on the website so I wouldn't miss a thing!!!

DID YOU ALREADY HAVE OFF-ROAD RIDING EXPERIENCE? 

Yes and no.  At the time I learned of this event, I was on a 2013 Kawasaki Versys 650 and had a good 7 years riding experience previously on a Suzuki GS500, and a 1981 Yamaha XJS550. While I had ridden some dirt roads on my Versys, I wasn't really confident in my skills and I found it challenging to experience more and improve with a bike of that size. 

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

I knew if I scaled back in size I could improve my skills which could also translate to how I rode on my Versys.  Once I received more details from Over And Out about the terrain options and requirements, I had a better understanding of how I planned to improve my off-road riding experience.

SO WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN AS YOU LOOKED FORWARD TO OAO? 

I decided to get a lower-to-mid-range cc dual-sport, and my riding partner and boyfriend Seth helped me do that. Seth rides a KLX400, and together we found a 2006 Kawasaki KLX250 that seemed perfect for me.

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

The bike needed some maintenance of course, as well as some upgrades, including:  knobby tires, sprocket & chain, spark plug, carburetor modification, fluids changed, and replacement of some parts and painted plastics.   

Every day I'd get a package with new parts, and every free moment was spent working on the bike.  During winter we'd bring the bike inside to work on it, a common occurrence for our house that doesn't have a garage!

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We also decided to add a steering damper to help cut down on deflecting.  I then ordered a single hitch-hauler and ratchet straps and did a couple of trial runs loading my bike and driving around the block. 

Lastly, I ordered some new gear! ;) I bought a new jersey, pants, chest protector, elbow and knee guards... and Seth even surprised me with a new dirt bike helmet for my birthday! :-) 

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD IT ALL ON LOCK!  ANY LAST MINUTE SURPRISES? 

Only the good kind! About a week out from the event, Kelly (the event producer) contacted me. Someone in my area was looking for options to catch a ride to the event, and Kelly reached out to see if she could bridge any connections.

I offered to help, and to my surprise the girl that needed a ride was Erika Tango Bean, one of the REV'IT! women's team riders who'd come out all the way from Arizona to Boston. 

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Erika Tango Bean @bmwmotorcyclegirl and Lisa Davison @agentmisskitty 

I had an empty seat in my JEEP and room for her bags, so Erika's husband dropped her off with me, and we drove to the event in NY together!  It was great having the opportunity to meet someone new, to have great company on my way to the event and to start my journey this way.

Once we arrived it was time to briefly part ways, get our campsites set up, check in and start socializing with the other ladies!  As the day turned into night it was so cool to see so many other ladies arriving with their bikes, setting up camp and meeting one another!  

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

HOW WAS YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE AT OAO?

It was great! I took advantage of every opportunity I could, and in the morning at the riders meeting I was able to meet other ladies who were interested in riding the same things as me, so it was easy to grab a buddy or two! 

I started on the easiest, roughly 1-mile, woods loop.  It rained pretty good that morning and, whoa!, that made for some slick riding! Having never ridden in muddy single track before I was apprehensive at first, but the positivity of the other riders kept me pressing on!  

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

About halfway through I hit a muddy rut and fell. A sweep rider came up to make sure I was ok - and I was! Still laughing and smiling!  One of the girls helped me pick up my bike and the sweep showed me how to get it started after dropping and flooding it. And we were on our way again! 

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

WHAT ELSE DID YOU RIDE AT OAO?

I rode the grass tracks next. While the rain still made things a bit slippery, at least there were no ruts, rocks or roots to contend with for a little while. This allowed me to go a little faster and relax a little more! 

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Then I took a 1-hour lesson with the MSF-certified coach, Mitch. I learned more about throttle control, sitting and standing, counter-balancing and performing tight circles.  I was thrilled to have this opportunity to take this free lesson!

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

And, finally I joined a 3-hour guided Dual Sport ride on an AMAZING route planned by guide Victoria Z! The perfect blend of a little street, some dirt and lots of back roads, winding through stunning landscapes and small towns.  Thankfully the rain had ended and we enjoyed a great group ride with 7 riders and a sweep.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! 

I loved the experience of a Women's Only event.  It was inspiring to meet and see other ladies who have a love of adventure like I do. They were all so open-minded and easy to talk to.  I bonded with ladies by sharing a trail, sharing a bench at lunch time, roasting s'mores, and laughing together a LOT! I made so many new friends. I can't wait until the next Over And Out!

Until then...a big THANK YOU to everyone involved! xo

Northeast 24-hour Enduro Women's Team: Interview with Amelia Kamrad

One of my goals for Over And Out is that it help serve as a gateway for female riders of all levels to discover more opportunities for riding, be it through connection to new friends and a broader riding community or by building up the skills and confidence to join a race or try a longer or more difficult ride. 

For me, as a casual recreational rider, meeting Amelia Kamrad became my own gateway to trying my first race. I was stoked to experience it, but what I actually ended up getting out of it, I never expected.  That is: the addictive high of working hard at something I love, but as part of an incredible team.

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I played team sports all through high school and college, but this experience was different. Maybe because there were only six of us. Maybe because riding enduro is a sport I love more than anything I've ever done...I'm not sure, but I have to thank Millie for recruiting me to be on the team, and I've got to do it again!

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NORTHEAST 24-HOUR CHALLENGE, WOMEN'S TEAM: INTERVIEW WITH AMELIA KAMRAD

I asked Millie to tell us a bit about the race experience. Sure, we're not the first all-girl team, nor did we capture first place, but it's all too common to read interviews with people who are already killing it.  I wanted to share some information for those of you who might be trying new things in the world of riding two wheels, just like we are. 

I hope you enjoy and that it maybe encourages you or someone you know to give something new a try, be it a race, an event or simply riding for the first time.  

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TELL US ABOUT THE NORTHEAST 24 HOUR CHALLENGE! 

The Northeast 24 Hour Challenge is a true test of endurance! Riders tackle an 11-mile course, but aim to complete as many laps as possible within 24 hours. You can form a team of up to six people, or ride as an ironman or woman, aka just one rider for the full 24 hours.

The race starts with a Le Mans-style start - riders start with a run to their bikes, having to start them up before taking off and heading into the woods. Each team also has a transponder that gets handed rider-to-rider to track their laps.

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The race goes for a full 24 hours, meaning riders continue to ride throughout the night, and must make use of headlights and helmet-mounted lights to make their way through the densely wooded course in the dark.

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WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE RACE? 

Riding all through the night definitely adds an additional test of endurance.  The pits get quiet while riders who aren't currently riding try to get some sleep, and some teams aren't able to keep a rider on the course through the early hours of the morning. Managing sleep, hydration, and nutrition are key, so riders can continue to put in laps throughout the 24 hours. 

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Watch Part 1: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 Hour Challenge.


WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO ASSEMBLE AN ALL-GIRLS TEAM FOR THIS YEAR'S RACE?

Last year I joined a friend's team, and I had a ton of fun. I thought it would be a really interesting experience tackling this with five other women. This was in November 2017, and with Over And Out's first women's riding event on the horizon I realized I'd be meeting a number of female riders keen to take on new challenges.

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There weren't that many female riders at the 24-hour challenge, so I thought if I could gather five other women to join me in a team, I'd be significantly adding to the number of women riding at this event. Hopefully, our participation this year will inspire more women riders to take on this challenge next year!

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WHO ENDED UP ON YOUR TEAM AND WHY DID YOU SELECT THEM? 

We had a few changes to team lineup over the year. Because race entry opens in January but the race isn't until July, naturally some changes came about throughout the year that forced two girls to drop out by early June. 

BUT, Over And Out was set for the end of June so I knew I'd likely meet some more riders game to join.  I met so many positive, awesome female riders at OAO, I was able to fill the open spots! 

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The final lineup of "Team Theft Recovery": Tracy So, Megan Babineau, Ashley Lusky, Liz Kiniery, Kelly McCaughey and me, Amelia Kamrad. All of the girls that joined the team are great riders, but riding ability was only a small part of what makes a good team. 

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I was hoping to find teammates with positive attitudes, ready to take on an endurance challenge, and I couldn't picture any of these girls giving up easily.

I also knew right from the start that they would help to build each other up; it's super important to be team-focused. When we finally settled all six team members, it felt right. 

WHAT DID YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THE RACE? 

One thing we did was join Erika Hurst's Gnarly Babes Fitness program together!

Erika was one of the first east-coast female riders profiled on the Over And Out blog. She started a fitness program for women who ride, and took us on as clients. 

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The majority of our team committed to the fitness program to improve our strength, modify eating habits, and also stay in touch and motivate each other to stay fit and healthy as the race approached.

In 90+ degree weather, your physical fitness (or lack thereof) really comes into play.  It's a recipe for complete and utter exhaustion if you haven't prepared in advance. By around week 4 I could tell the program was making a difference in my strength and in my riding.

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We also needed to prep our bikes appropriately. While the race lap is only about 11 miles, if you have an issue with your bike it could take you two hours to get hauled back to the pits. That's two hours that you won't have someone completing laps for your team, and it will definitely make a difference in the race.

Solid Performance KTM (based just outside of Philadelphia) came through for us in so many ways: They let us borrow a KTM 250xcw that they professionally lowered 2 inches. 

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Funny story: the bike was actually stolen from their shop at one point. It was ridden in inner city Baltimore for a while before it got impounded and Solid Performance got it back. This is where our team took the name "Theft Recovery" from!  

They of course put a lot of work in to ensure this bike was in top shape to race. Solid Performance is the only WP suspension shop on the East Coast (they lowered my Husaberg for me last year - a MUST do if you've got short legs like me!). A lot of women don't realize the difference that lowering a bike can make in your riding. These bikes come stock built for the average size man, so lowering the bike by 2 inches made it much more accessible. 

Solid Performance even came through big time by lowering Tracy's bike for her the week before the race!  They gave us assurance, confidence and amazing support!

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I Imagine (and hope!) we might have some women who end up reading this who are curious about trying a race for the first time. During the actual race, WHAT WAS IT ACTUALLY LIKE FOR YOU GIRLS?

Well, like I described above, a 24-hour race is inherently a test of endurance. It was fairly exhausting! Basically, when you aren't expending energy actually riding, you're trying to chill in between rides, conserve energy, hydrate, eat, fix things on your bike that you may have broken on your last lap...and a million other things.

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It helped to be organized.  We had organized areas for food, gear, prep, stretching and recuperation. And we helped each other. While a rider got geared up in anticipation of their riding time, other riders helped them do whatever they needed: bring them food, help find a piece of gear or tape or some other solution they needed. 

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The weather also threw in a few challenges.  We had a few thunderstorms roll through, so overnight the course turned into a soupy, muddy mess! 

Not only is it extra challenging to ride in sticky, slippery rutted-out mud, it's a bummer come the morning when you're already getting sore, and you have to put cold, wet, muddy gear back on for your final laps...  


Watch Part 2: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 hour Challenge.  


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Oh yeah, by the time morning came around, putting the gear back on felt a bit like punishment. But before you know it it's time for the last lap to be ridden and seeing your teammate cross the finish line is an incredible feeling.  

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We may have been exhausted and ready to get home and into a shower, but as we packed up our pit, gear and bikes we were already thinking about doing it all over again next year!

@millieonthemove @kellymccaughey @lizismoto @tracysowhat @motogal315 @alluneedisluff @solid_performance @erikahurst_ @hurststrengthct
Images and video by Steve Kamrad @steve_kamrad
2018 Event Recap

Our first event was AMAZING! We had 75 female riders come out, which is beyond AWESOME!!!!  Read on for a brief recap of the best weekend of the summer!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

From June 22-24, 2018 Over And Out took over 1,000 acres of private property in beautiful Hancock, NY thanks to our partnership with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club. The excitement started right away as ladies started rolling in with trucks, trailers and all their rad motorcycles! 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

It was really cool watching the girls roll in - some with friends, others completely solo - and set up their spots for the weekend, making new friends in the process!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

The adventure began on Saturday morning with a rider's meeting in the pavilion, while about twenty minutes of rain passed through the area. When it came time to ride, nothing would hold these ladies back; They suited up and hit the trails, lessons and dual sport routes!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Girls who signed up for a lesson with coach Mitch Schappert got rolling in the rain using their own bikes, or riding a Yamaha TTR from the Hanover Powersports demo fleet!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Ladies who signed up for a guided dual sport ride gathered with guide Victoria Zandonella to head out for a three-hour exploration on two wheels! 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

We had a mid-day lunch break in the pavilion with healthy, organic and locally-sourced lunches sponsored by REV'IT! and it was an awesome scene to see all the bikes and ladies pulled up to take a lunch break together...

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

After lunch, the sun came out and it was time for more riding, fun and exploration!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

At the end of the day, all the girls who signed up to compete in the WEBIG Inc. Mini-mx games got ready to riiiiiip on the mini track on bikes less than 125cc, to compete in a poker-run style game all to win some killer prize packs from WEBIG Inc!  

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Followed by our raffle, which was filled with some amazing items from our sponsors and a variety of generous raffle contributors including Babes In The Dirt, WLF Enduro, Raven Customs, BH&BR, REV'IT!, WEBIG Inc, and many more!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Then we popped the tops on some Brooklyn Brewery beers, courtesy of Motorgrrrl and gathered 'round the hottest bonfire ever with some delicious s'mores thanks to BH&BR!

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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It's nearly impossible to capture all the fun, adventure and magic of this first event in one short recap! Stay tuned as we add photo galleries and continue to share exciting news and images via the blog, Instagram and Facebook!

A Raffle to be STOKED About!!

Dude, there is so much cool stuff in this raffle...I'm not sure where to begin.   We're giving everyone a free raffle ticket at sign-in, but please remember to also bring CASH! Trust me, you're going to want what's on this raffle table! 

THANK YOU to every brand and individual that contributed something to Over And Out raffle and swag!!

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I want to express to readers, especially attendees, just how excited and supportive the sponsors and raffle contributors have been about this event. Beyond sending us some of their best gear, apparel and other items, SO many of them extended heartfelt wishes for us to have an amazing time!!! We've been blessed with unlimited good vibes. Thank you again....

Want to see what's in the raffle? Visit our Instagram page and check out the "Raffle & Swag" Highlight to see all the raffle and swag pics we've posted so far!