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Off-Road Riding Options for Fall 2019!

Riding, riding and MORE riding… It’s what we’re all about!

Last year a lot of girls reached out to us after Over And Out asking where they could go ride next, and since public riding land in the Northeast is pretty scarce we didn’t have a whole lot of suggestions. Well, the tides are turning as our community grows, and this year we’ve got some rad recommendations!

Check out some of these off-road riding options for Fall 2019, and go have some more adventures!!!

Illustration by @blindthistle

Illustration by @blindthistle

BABES IN THE DIRT EAST SEPTEMBER 20-22

For the first time in their 5-year run producing super-fun women’s riding events, the Babes In The Dirt crew is heading east to Greenville, TN and it’s sure to be a RAD time!

This 3-day 2-night event will be at the I-81 Motorsports Park with MX Training from Ashley Fiolek, Flat Track School from Johnny Lewis and demos from Husqvarna Motorcycles!

We’ll see you there! Learn more at babesinthedirt.com.

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist

THE DEL VAL TRAIL RIDERS CLUB

The DVTR guided the dual sport rides that ran off-site from Over And Out this year, and they were nothing short of amazing! The DVTR is all about that pure love of riding and having fun with friends.

DVTR members gain club affiliation that allows them to race in ECEA hare scrambles and enduros; plus the DVTR hosts their own events. They are running America’s longest-running dual sport, the Michaux, (which has been sold out for months! sorry!) but they have more events to come, like their Dirty Santa Ride - a family-friendly ride that benefits Toys for Tots at holiday time. Learn more at dvtrailriders.org.

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

OVER AND OUT MOTO-X OCTOBER 4-6

Our newest event hits the Northeast just in time for beautiful Fall weather and changing leaves. We’re super excited to take over another beautiful private property for ladies only! Join us on a gorgeous farm to ride a fun, private motocross track, woods loops, the greater farmland, or take a map to go on a lovely 80/20 dual sport ride to explore the area and moto-tourist-friendly Delaware River towns nearby.

Read more about the riding options at OAOMX here, and stay tuned for all exciting event details posting over the next month by subscribing to our email list.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

FAMOUS READING OUTDOORS

We are so stoked to partner with Famous Reading Outdoors on our Summer event. I’ve been riding on this land for years and have had some of my biggest challenges (aka getting my ass handed to me) and triumphs riding this wild coal-mining terrain so it’s near to my heart.

It’s also great because you can ride there year round and experience some super challenging stuff. FRO has expanded their offerings, making it easy to try a one-day trial pass, or secure an annual membership and maps online! Learn more at: readingoutdoors.com

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

Phptp by Megan Maloy

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

Special thanks and (insert praise hands emoji and burrito emoji) to Erika Hurst for collaborating with OAO! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and join our email list to make sure you don’t miss dirt bike tips to come!

@overandoutmoto @erikahurst_ #overandoutmoto #dirtbiketips #motofittip #gnarlybabesfitness

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
New to Riding? Babes In The Dirt Explains The Best Way To Get Started.

Our sponsor Babes In The Dirt has been encouraging girls to ride for years, so we're happy to have a little advice from one of the co-founders, Anya Violet, about getting started and how riding dirt is a great way to begin!  

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

NEW TO RIDING? BABES IN THE DIRT EXPLAINS THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED.

By Anya Violet, Co-Founder Babes Ride Out, Babes In The Dirt

We have had a lot of ladies reach out to us recently asking for advice on how to get into riding motorcycles. I think everyone will answer this question a little differently, but I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.  Everyone's journey to two wheels starts differently. Everyone will tell you something different and really you just need to see what is going to work best for you!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

In my opinion, if you are thinking of learning to ride, I would recommend starting on a dirt bike (preferably one that is small enough to where you can lift it off of you if you need to). This will get you comfortable with the feeling of being on a bike and with the mechanics of shifting, breaking and braaaaaaping!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Make sure you always wear proper gear because you will fall several times. We all do, that’s part of the fun! You can probably rent or borrow a bike from someone if you don't have one,  but you'll want to spend a solid amount of time riding it. One weekend probably isn’t enough. Get to a point where you feel confident hopping on it and maneuvering it through a variety of terrain. 

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

You don’t need to be able to shred massive hill climbs and jump doubles, but finding the confidence in turns and being comfortable with shifting and breaking etc. is key. Ask yourself how you feel after learning to ride a dirt bike. Does it still scare the shit out of you? Is it fun, but more scary than fun? Or is it the most fun ever? It is important to check in with yourself and decide whether this is for you, or not, before taking the next step. Riding dirt bikes before hitting the road will make you a much better street rider! I promise!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Once you feel good on a dirt bike, take a motorcycle safety/training course!!! This is a super rad learning experience and they have great instructors. A lot of people that take these courses have never even sat on a motorcycle so don’t be intimidated.  

For more tips on riding dirt, check out babesinthedirt.com@babesinthedirt

And, follow along with us on Instagram @overandoutmoto as we head out to Babes In the Dirt in Lebec, CA this coming weekend, April 27-29, 2018. We're flying and rolling into the event from the East Coast and will be sharing a look at our BID riding adventure!

@babesinthedirt  @husqvarnamotorcyclesusa @genevieve_davis