A Girls' Event: A Recap of My Trip to Babes In the Dirt

This was my second year venturing out to Babes In The Dirt from the East Coast. Last year I was connected to some CA locals to help me make the trip out, so this year I knew exactly what to do. So I connected with some other East Coast ladies to make the trip together.  

Something that really stood out to me through all the planning and travel was how I'd met all the girls that I flew, drove and rode with through motorcycling - specifically through all-female events. And while we're still practically acquaintances, having kept in touch mostly through social media, everyone was a perfect pleasure to make the journey with!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not that outgoing. I'm an introvert, and when I attend an event it's not uncommon for me to retreat to my own tent or van for some alone time to recharge.  I've also never been particularly a girls-girl; my dude friends have always outnumbered the ladies.

SO...how did a girl like me end up traveling with a cluster of other women I hardly know?  The answer is: I love riding, I love an adventure, and I just so happen to meet the best people on two wheels! 

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Babes in the Dirt was a whole other animal this year! It grew in size to almost 700 women! And, it occupied a new event space in the Quail Canyon Motocross Park and Group Site, complete with multiple tracks and a pavilion. It was inspiring to see what event co-founders Anya Violet and Ashmore Ellis have grown this event to be. 

It was equally amazing to see all the sponsors (Husqvarna, Fox, SENA, Thousand Oaks Powersports, See See, WLF Enduro) that once again went above and beyond to make this event special for all the ladies riding! 

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

One of the best things about this years' event was the addition of more training classes with Garrahan Off-road.  The Garrahan team did an amazing job getting ladies rolling.

I ride pretty frequently, but every rider can benefit from training, so I signed up for a training class. At the last minute I offered it up to a new rider (and new acquaintance!) in my group, Catherine.  Somehow she'd missed the original signup, so she was beyond stoked to have the opportunity. Well, Catherine loved every bit of it, even the inevitable bumps and scrapes. She walked away with a nice little elbow "trophy"...and a big smile!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

It was a great experience to once again ride in a different type of terrain than I'm used to. I don't ride in sand much, and the landscape is just so different (to me at least) from the East Coast landscape. 

It's visually different as well, the height and exposure, the angles of things. I see a lot more in my range of vision than I do in tight woods - so it becomes a good learning experience to adjust to some of these changes.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

And, when the day of riding is done, it's so great to just hang out and do whatever you want to do. We grabbed camp chairs, kicked back and watched the mayhem and carnage of the the mini races run by the See See Motorcycles crew!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

And it's always awesome to grab some food, maybe a drink, and spend some time connecting or reconnecting with other girl's like you who are just happy to be there having fun!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Over And Out is proudly sponsored by Babes In The Dirt, and inspired and motivated by the fun and adventurous ladies in the motorcycling community. 

@babesinthedirt  All photos by Sarah Van Tassel @sarahvtp
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!

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The REV'IT! USA Women's Adventure Team is headed for Over And Out!

From day one, REV’IT! (@revit_official) has stepped up with incredible support for Over And Out!  We couldn’t think of a better time to introduce this sponsor than now, because they’ve just announced the newest additions to their 2018 USA Women’s Adventure Team, and a couple of these awesome ladies will be joining us this year to ride over the trails and out on the country roads at OAO!

@bmwmotorcyclegirl and @millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

@bmwmotorcyclegirl and @millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

First, we want to extend a massive congrats to the newest members of the REV’IT! USA Women’s Adventure Team: Anna Baklund and Jenna West. These adventure-loving ladies will be joining team members Amelia Kamrad, Erika Tango Bean and Loise Coleen Powers to represent REV'IT! at events, trainings and rides across the country!

@jensmotoadventures photographed by @tchon76

@jensmotoadventures photographed by @tchon76

@annabaklund photographed by @booskibrew

@annabaklund photographed by @booskibrew

REV’IT! makes some of the most functional and fashionable riding apparel for men and women who enjoy sport, urban and adventure riding.  Globally based in the Netherlands, their North-American headquarters are right nearby in Brooklyn, NY. They truly understand the type of weather and terrain challenges we face here in the Northeast, and their gear and apparel helps us take on everything nature throws our way. 

When we launched Over And Out, REV'IT! stepped in to offer great support, including a free lunch with your ticket! They're also sponsoring our street-legal dual sport routes and guided rides - more to come on that soon! ;)

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Women's team riders, Amelia Kamrad (@millieonthemove) and Erika Tango Bean (@bmwmotorcyclegirl) will be joining us for two days and two nights of braaaping and bonding at Over And Out this June 22-24 in Hancock, NY. We can’t wait to ride with them!

@bmwmotorcyclegirl photographed by @sgtoepfer

@bmwmotorcyclegirl photographed by @sgtoepfer

@millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

@millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

“We’re thrilled that REV’IT! is sponsoring Over and Out. The support that they’ve shown for women who ride off-road demonstrates that they are behind this community 100%.  We're stoked to attend this event, and even more so that REV’IT! is a part of it!”  - Millie & Erika

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Over And Out was created to include all types of female off-road riders, and to provide both exposure and education on a variety of off-road riding styles, terrain and bikes.  This includes woods, enduro and trail riding as well as dual sport and adventure riding. (Not sure what the difference is? We'll be posting about that next!)

@millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

@millieonthemove photographed by @sgtoepfer

While you may have seen these girls exploring long-distance adventure and rally routes, they will also be mixing it up and hopping on enduros to ride the on-site woods trails at Over And Out.  That’s what OAO is all about – seeing all that nature has to offer, learning the differences, and choosing your own adventure! 

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Learn more about the REV’IT! USA Women’s Adventure Team by clicking here, and follow Millie and Erika as they adventure to Over And Out in Hancock, NY this June 22-24th! 

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Photo by @sgtoepfer

Hanover Powersports bringing the Discounts, Support and Lessons!

Hanover Powersports has stepped up for the ladies of Over And Out in a MAJOR way! 

Hanover Powersports is located in NJ and is a KTM, Honda and Yamaha dealer actively involved in a lot of rider events here in the Northeast.  The crew from Hanover knows the Over And Out location well, because they also support over a thousand riders at the Quarry Run Dual Sport each year! 

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As soon as they heard about our first event for female riders in the Northeast, they jumped in to support with full guns blazing! Thanks to Hanover, we’ve got: 

  • Discounts on new off-road bikes, parts and apparel

  • Dirt bike lessons at OAO with a certified coach (while availability lasts)

  • On-Site Mechanical Support at Over And Out

Read on, my lady-rippers!


SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON NEW BIKES

Hanover Powersports carries the full line of KTM, Honda and Yamaha motorcycles, so if you’re looking to get a new bike (or your first bike!) prior to Over And Out, visit Hanover and take advantage of these special discounts:

Photo from Yamaha Motor Corp.

Photo from Yamaha Motor Corp.

Photo from KTM USA

Photo from KTM USA

$100 OFF any off-road bike 125cc and under, OR $125 OFF any off-road bike over 126cc

Offer good through 6/30/2018. Print or screengrab above details to present in-store.* 


SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON PARTS AND APPAREL

Hanover Powersports also carries apparel, gear and parts from all the top brands. So get yourself suited and booted with helmets, goggles, boots, protective pads and more. Or, grab some woods-riding bike accessories like hand guards, fresh knobbies and more! 

Photo of Heather MacEachern by Bob Steiner

Photo of Heather MacEachern by Bob Steiner

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15% off Parts and Apparel  

Offer good through 6/24/2018. Print or screengrab above details to present in-store.*


DIRT BIKE LESSONS WITH A CERTIFIED COACH

One of the biggest missions of Over And Out is to help educate both new and current riders about a variety of bikes and terrain as well as riding techniques. These things are all crucial to riding success, but also to your enjoyment and stoke-level!

Thanks to Hanover Powersports we’ll have an MSF-certified (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) coach on site giving 1-hour lessons to groups of roughly 6 ladies at a time on their dirt-training fleet of Yamaha TTR-110’s, 125’s and 230’s.

Photo by Yamaha Motor Corp.

Photo by Yamaha Motor Corp.

These bikes are ideal for learning. They’re manageable in size and weight, have electric start, and are four-stroke, able to handle slower speeds with smooth and predictable power delivery, which is essential as you develop proper riding habits and muscle memory.   

If 1-hours time slots don’t completely fill up, you’ll have an opportunity to join in for a second lesson, availability permitting. This opportunity is HUGE and something riders of any level can and should take advantage of. 

Full details and sign up information will be shared in a blog post completely dedicated to the lessons. If you're on our email list you'll be the first to know, so make sure you're signed up! 


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ON-SITE MECHANICAL SUPPORT AT OVER AND OUT

The Hanover team will be onsite offering general, minor repairs and adjustments to help keep y’all rolling!  They will accept credit cards on-site for services.

Please make sure your bike is in it’s best running order before coming, but should something happen rest assured you’ve got the support of Hanover Powersports! 

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*Discount offers are for Over And Out, expiration dates as cited above. These offers are good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other offers. Bring in a printout or screengrab of this post or the email we'll be sending to subscribers in order to redeem.

Meet Our Sponsor: Babes In The Dirt!

I was beyond excited when Babes In The Dirt came on board to sponsor Over And Out, because it's like having a stamp of quality!  Creating a great event takes dedication and detailed planning, for sure, but a dirt bike riding event also takes a lot of passion and experience. There's no shortage of any of these things at a Babes In The Dirt event!

Flyer are by @desirae201

Flyer are by @desirae201

This April is Babes In the Dirt's 4th annual event in Gorman, CA and I wouldn't miss it for the world! Read on to learn more about Babes In The Dirt 4...   -K

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

For over 4 years Babes In The Dirt has been providing ladies a place to experience a weekend of off-roading with their annual campout in Gorman, CA. For this year's event, April 27-29th, Babes In the Dirt has rented out the entire site at the Quail Canyon Special Event Area & Track

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

The Quail Canyon site has tons of space and incredible trails for beginners, intermediate riders, and even the pros! It even includes access to the motocross track in addition to the trail areas. 

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Husqvarna will be back, bringing out demo bikes; Fox Women’s will be hosting a gear demo, SeeSee Motorcycles will be putting on their annual mini bike races, Thousand Oak Powersports will be on site wrenching on bikes that need a little help getting back on track, and WLF Enduro will be providing firewood and trail patrol to help ensure ladies make it back to camp.

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Babes in the Dirt is a ladies only off-road campout for those who want to ride trails and practice their skills. The event is great for ladies who: 

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

  • Have never sat on a motorcycle. We HIGHLY recommend that new riders start on a dirt bike (so bring those "bike curious" friends with you that always say "I wanna try"). This is a great learning environment.

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

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Photo by Genevieve Davis Photography

Want to read more and stay connected?  Head over to babesinthedirt.com to register and give them a follow @babesinthedirt to stay connected with all the fun that is Babes in the Dirt. 

 

 

Meet Flyer Artist Lydia Roberts

I don't know about you, but I pretty much flipped out when I saw the final flyer artwork for Over And Out, drawn by artist Lydia Roberts aka @lydiarobotica. I've always loved the artistic vibe of punk and hardcore flyers, or skate art with an east-coast edge. I wanted to bring that vibe into Over And Out, and when I discovered Lydia's work I knew i had the right girl.

This post is a bit longer, but it's worth it!  Not only is Lydia an amazing artist (and a girl who rides motorcycles), she was able to explain her artistic process in such a fun, interesting way! Read on to learn more about Lydia and see photos of the flyer process from start to finish!

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Lydia Roberts - Brooklyn, NY - @lydiarobotica

Kawasaki KLX140L, 2003 Suzuki SV650S

LET'S DIVE RIGHT IN HERE....THE FLYER YOU DID FOR OAO IS JUST AMAZING! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST? 

Thanks so much! It was a ton of fun to work on this flyer. I love doing hand lettering and I love drawing bikes, so getting to combine the two was awesome. Plus it's for a sick event, so that's even better! 

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I am a freelance artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. I do illustration for the most part, but I love working in a ton of different mediums and techniques. I tend to get a little antsy when I do any one thing too long. If I do comics too much, I want to paint, and vice versa.

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Lately I've been finishing working on a sci-fi graphic novel with Jessica Abel called Trish Trash: RollerGirl of Mars, I do layouts and the background art for it, as well as a bunch of world design, vehicles included! But that's been going on a while now, so it will be nice to finish that up and start some new projects.

HOW DID YOU NURTURE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS?

At some point in middle school I realized art was probably what I was best at. I had always drawn and painted, but I really started focusing in on art to the slight neglect of the rest of my schoolwork haha. I kept sketchbooks over the years, worked on random paintings and drawings, did some flyers for local bands and events. 

I was living in Albuquerque at the time, and for school we went to an art show in Santa Fe called "Our Grotesque". It was a crazy range of art dealing with weirdness, sculptures, paintings, drawings, animations. and comic books. I had never seen "adult comics" before, things created solely for a weird twisted purpose instead of a squeaky clean superhero or newspaper comic. After that, I started reading comics and borrowing them from friends, trying to make a few of my own. This was what led me to go to school in New York City at The School of Visual Arts. They were and still are one of the few accredited colleges to offer a Cartooning degree, so I got my BFA in Cartooning and Illustration.

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Since then, I've worked on comic books, storyboards for commercials, freelance illustrations, T-shirt designs, painting commissions...all sorts of randomness. For a few years I did pin-striping and filigree decorative painting in a mini-mansion being restored on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, lots of murals, painting things gold, painting ceilings and moulding.

Over the last couple years I've been trying to make a drawing a day, partly as an exercise to myself that I don't obsess over a piece and partly to try to get my speed up. 

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WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE, CREATING THIS FLYER? 

First, I draw ideas in my sketchbook, trying to get some loose images worked out. With flyers like this, or really any illustration involving text, I write out all the information that is needed to see what space it takes up, arranging them by importance and size. Sometimes things I thought would work turn out to be too crammed or awkward. It's like playing with puzzle pieces at this step and figuring out how all the elements fit together. 

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Next, I start the pencils and do a first pass of super wispy sketchy pencils by massing in words and figures, making sure everything fits, tweaking sizes and placement as I go.  I usually keep it loose initially because there can be course adjustments that happen during the first pass. Once everything seems to be flowing and fitting correctly I begin fleshing things out and dedicating to the pencils. 

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This stage is interesting because there are tons of guides and a bunch of under drawing lines that help me execute the final inks, but don't actually show up in the final image. As one of my old art teachers put it, "Pencils are where you make all your mistakes and explore your choices, inks are the the final selection you lock down." With heavy technical drawings like this, I try to do really tight pencils. Lettering and machinery are usually what I try to do the crispest pencils on and this flyer has tons of both, so this stage took a bit of time! 

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For the riders that are all over the place I tried to use a bunch of reference photos- especially because there's no faking machinery. Some of the riders are from the overandoutmoto.com blog ;) while others are from enduro riders I follow on Instagram, so there are some secret cameos going on I guess! 

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At long last I begin the inks! It always seems exciting after slaving over the pencils, although once I begin I'm reminded of how scary inks can be because you start feeling the finality. It's funny how much your mind can mess with you when you have "the one chance to do it right". With something like hand lettering its sort of a masochistic, tedious process. However, despite these lurking thoughts inking is awesome because all that pencilling was worth it. Your pathway is laid out and you're not second-guessing yourself half as much as you would with loose pencils.

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Once I get all of the inks done with the nib, I get to do an extremely satisfying thing and erase all those smudgy pencils and under drawings! Generally I don't bother with much of the spot black and shadows or thicker linework that I do with a brush until after erasing. Also, something VERY important and easily forgotten: Wait for the ink to dry before you erase. Sounds simple, but there are so many times I jumped the gun out of impatience and smeared wet ink across the entire picture! So I do my best to be patient.

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I used watercolor paper for this so it could handle the ink-washes without warping or doing strange things. If you don't tape it down/stretch it, it doesn't matter too much, you'll just have to sepnd a long time flattening it with tons of heavy books. Since this is an event flyer, I had to make sure I kept the emphasis on the information.  I thought about doing a limited palette, but ended up deciding on wanting to keep that realistic summery vibe of riding in upstate- blue skies and green everywhere.  Like many of the other stages, I try to get a vague all-over pass of color values done before going back into final details and deeper shadows.  

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING DIRT BIKES? 

Its been about 3-4 years, but its a bit sporadic since my bike stays upstate for the most part and I live in the city. I first learned on my Kawasaki KLX140L. It belonged to my boyfriend's sister who is a fairly experienced rider on both the dirt and street. She wasn't using the dirtbike as much as she used to and was willing to sell it to me.

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I also just got a Suzuki SV650S last fall, so I only got a couple times in before winter really kicked in. It has definitely been interesting learning to ride a street bike here in Brooklyn. There's a lot of people, no space, and some craziness. But it's a ton of fun!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DIRT BIKE RIDING EXPERIENCE LIKE? 

Hahaha, I thought I was going a lot faster than I was, that's for sure. I laughed when I saw the video my boyfriend had taken. I didn't fall, but I did manage to hit a tree that first time. I gassed it a little too hard and zoomed off to the side instead of down a hill. I managed to hit one of the few trees dead-on with my front tire. I kind of jolted forwards out of my seat and lightly tapped the tree trunk with my helmet. I wasn't hurt though, it was more of a reminder of why gear is important, hahaha.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT RIDING IN THE NORTHEAST?

The terrain is pretty awesome. There are a lot of woods, and weird rocks and boulders dispersed throughout since its the top end of the Appalachias, and a lot is weathered and rounded. Crossing rivers and streams is fun, and well, you have the potential for all sorts of mud and crazy slippery riding conditions. I do like the woods not only for the riding style, but because you get some relief from the sun and the wildlife you see can be really beautiful.

HAVE YOU EVER RIDDEN WITH OTHER FEMALE FRIENDS?  

Sadly I haven't really. Probably the closest was letting female friends take some turns on my bike, haha. Although I've only ridden with a handful of people anyways, so it's not really a comment on gender. Also, I don't know too many girls who ride bikes in general, and even fewer with dirt-bikes. One day soon though! 

About Bear Creek Sportsmen

Over And Out was created for a bunch of important reasons, but one BIG one is that we wanted to open the doors to some amazing riding land, and create a special riding opportunity just for the ladies. 

Over And Out has partnered with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club of Hancock, NY to do just that.  Together, we're bringing you exclusive access to this amazing property with routes and guidance for every level of rider!

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

ABOUT BEAR CREEK SPORTSMEN

Bear Creek Sportsmen is an AMA sanctioned riding club that formed back in 2002 with the express purpose of preserving recreational riding land here in the Northeastern US.  Facing the dilemma of a shrinking availability of riding land, the club members banded together to preserve their own private woods and dual sport riding heaven.

Not only are they passionate about preserving this land, they’re passionate about riding. The club is made up of people who have decades of experience both in racing, competing, and running events from Enduros, to Hare Scrambles, Dual Sports and Vintage events. 

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This year will mark the 20th year of their infamously challenging Quarry Run Dual Sport.  It is also the very FIRST year that they will be hosting a ladies-only ride: Over And Out!

The Bear Creek property occupies over 1,000 acres of extensive and ever-expanding trails that are nothing short of amazing. While Over And Out will cater to ALL levels of riders, the property does boast some of the most challenging terrain around.

Graham Jarvis at Bear Creek Sportsmen. Photo by Steve Hatch Racing.

Graham Jarvis at Bear Creek Sportsmen. Photo by Steve Hatch Racing.

The Club has hosted ISDE Qualifiers, the first US World Enduro in 2006 and another in 2007. Their Quarry Run Dual Sport is one of the most challenging events around, bringing riders from around the country.  This past fall Graham Jarvis came to teach a private enduro clinic.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

I myself have ridden through forest trails reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, have ridden down trickling stone waterfalls, and have stopped in the middle of rocky passes to gape at bald eagles flying overhead.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

TERRAIN OPTIONS FOR OVER AND OUT

For Over And Out, the site will be prepared with miles of grass tracks and fields for newer riders and for the beginner to intermediate on-site lesson groups we'll be running  - more to come on that! ;)  

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We’ll also mark some loops in the woods for different levels of riders. They're meant to be a challenge but nothing's better than working your way through a tough trail with your friends. Our sweeps will be riding these trails to help you out and ensure safety. 

Photo courtesy Bear Creek Sportsmen

Photo courtesy Bear Creek Sportsmen

We'll also have a fully guided advanced ride on Saturday that riders can sign up for onsite. Just a heads up: "advanced" here is like really, really advanced. So if you're that kind of gnarly babe, we've got the trails for you too!

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The local area offers amazing riding for partially-street equipped and heavier dual sports and adventure bikes.  We will be offering mapped routes for these bikes to ride off-site on a variety of rural terrain. 

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ABOUT HANCOCK, NY

The town of Hancock is known as the "Gateway to the Upper Delaware" and it sits right where the Delaware river splits into an east and west branch at the base of Point Mountain. The club has a great relationship with the town of Hancock, and serves as an asset to the community by drawing in visitors to these few public events each year.

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Photo: Wikimedia commons

There are convenient stores, diners, restaurants and hotels within 2 miles of the club property. For those of you riding OUT on the street-legal routes, stop into the local establishments in this quaint town! Explore more at destinationhancock.com.

Bear Creek Sportsmen donates to local organizations each year, and members are always seeking ways to give back through their events. Proceeds from Over And Out tickets and raffle will also be supporting these efforts, something you can feel pretty GREAT about! 

Stay tuned, and sign up for our emails, because full event information and registration will be going live March 14th!

 

Meet Lauren Leal

Lauren's a pint-size powerhouse who can handle a Harley Dyna Street Bob (103 cubic inches - 1688cc), but discovered (the hard way) that the best bike for her in the woods is a 140cc trail bike.  Meet our newest #fastfriend, Lauren Leal.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Lauren Leal, Kawasaki KLX 140L - @electricleal

Interview by Ashley Lusky.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED RIDING DIRT BIKES?

I’ve been riding dirt bikes for three years now. I actually started riding in the woods to improve my street riding skills. Five years ago I took the state’s motorcycle course to get my motorcycle license but I didn’t do much riding after that because I was really afraid to get on the road with other vehicles. My boyfriend convinced me to get into the woods so that I could improve my riding skills overall, and it did help me get more comfortable riding on the street. 

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

WHAT WAS ONE OF THE INITIAL CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

It can be really hard for people to get into the woods in the northeast, especially in states like New Jersey where there aren’t many places to legally ride off-road. Getting seat time is the only way to improve your riding, but it’s not like you can just rip through local hiking trails! So finding new places to ride is definitely a challenge, but the more people I meet who ride the more chances I get!

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WHAT BIKE DID YOU BEGIN RIDING IN THE WOODS WITH?

I had a Honda CRF 250L at first, and it was a tough start for sure because I was definitely on the wrong bike for my size and for the type of riding I was doing. It was too tall. Even after lowering it, I still had trouble touching the ground; and, it was also extremely heavy – heavier than my boyfriend’s WR 450!

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I actually broke my leg on this bike, and when that happened I couldn't even lift it off myself. Needless to say starting out this way didn't do much for my confidence.

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

AFTER YOU BROKE YOUR LEG, HOW DID YOU GET BACK "ON THE HORSE"? 

It was scary at first because I was constantly thinking about protecting that leg. I just had to get out there and do it. My body healed pretty quickly, so it was just a matter of getting my mind to recover too. Getting a bike more well suited for me also helped.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

WHAT DO YOU RIDE NOW?

I bought a KLX 140L this past fall and am already in love! It’s not quite a full-size bike, which is perfect for me at 5’4”. I am able to do so much more with this bike because I can actually touch my feet down and I can pick it up if I fall. It has the perfect amount of power for the trail riding that I am doing and I am actually able to pick up more speed because I’m working with less weight and I don’t have that lingering fear of “what do I do if I fall”. It's made a huge difference to how I feel about riding, I am so pumped about it.

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WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A NEW RIDER WHO'S THINKING OF BUYING A BIKE?

Buying a bike is a significant purchase, so you want to make sure you get it right. I highly recommend trying out as many different bikes as possible. Since most shops won’t let you test ride dirt bikes the way they do with street bikes, you really have to take advantage of opportunities within your personal network. I’ve found that most people are willing to let you try out their bikes – I mean, they’re dirt bikes, they’re meant to get dirty!

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

I went to Over And Out’s kickoff event this past fall and it was one of the best examples of just how open the dirt bike community can be. All of the ladies there were willing to share whatever they had – pads, gloves, goggles, and of course bikes! I brought a Honda XR 200 all the way from New Jersey and it wasn’t kicking over. That could’ve been a huge waste of a weekend for me but it wasn’t because others were willing to share their bikes. It ended up being an awesome experience – probably better than if my bike was working – because I got into the woods on three different bikes.

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WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT OAO'S FIRST PUBLIC EVENT?

Besides making smores? Just kidding. I am super excited to meet more women who are enthusiastic about getting in the woods. I’ve met a handful of great female street riders, but not as many woods riders. I don’t ride in the woods by myself – if you do, you shouldn’t… That’s just crazy! I'm excited about Over And Out because I'd love to meet more girls who ride, but also just to have another chance to ride with the few I DO know. ...and to check out these awesome trails up in Hancock!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WOMAN WHO IS INTERESTED IN RIDING DIRT BIKES BUT HASN'T TAKEN THE LEAP?

Get up and go! If you know someone who rides dirt bikes, ask them if they will bring you along. There is already a ladies riding community and it’s growing so I think it’s just going to open more doors for women who are excited about woods riding.

Meet Kelly McCaughey

It's weird as hell publishing an interview of yourself, but I had the pleasure of being interviewed by fellow rider Amelia Kamrad about Over And Out so you could learn a little more about me and the Over And Out event! 

Yes, I'm the girl behind the keyboard most of the time, but Over And Out isn't just me, and it isn't about me. There are many people, men and women, working behind the scenes to make this event a reality. And it's really about you, the girl rider, and giving you another opportunity to get out there and ride!  -K

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Kelly McCaughey @kellymccaughey

WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH OVER AND OUT?

Well, I created Over And Out! :)  I wanted to create a way for more girls to experience riding off-road but also get to see and learn the difference between a variety of terrain and riding styles.

Here in the Northeast, public recreational riding area is nearly non-existent. At the same time woods riding and enduro races are huge in this part of the country. There’s a gap between people who would like to learn or experience more off-road riding and those who have access to land or feel skilled enough to join in a race. 

Community is key to bridging this gap.  While I’m the main driving force behind Over And Out, there are many others involved, all working together to make this a unique and fun opportunity for female riders in the Northeast.

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

WHY MAKE THE EVENT JUST FOR WOMEN?

That part happened kind of organically. I’ve always ridden with men, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But over the past few years more girls have become interested in riding dirt, and some girls I knew started asking me where they could try riding. So, I had a small group of girls who’d never ridden dirt bikes come over to my house to give it a try.

Well, as much as I love riding, I found just as much joy in watching them ride dirt for the first time: Teaching them a few basics, watching them bobble off to a start, watching some of them take to it like complete naturals! One girl said “I can’t stop smiling inside my helmet!” and I’ll never forget that!

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Shortly after that, I rode an event upstate and another girl found me on Instagram through the hashtag! She had some trails and wanted to ride with other girls too. So I started putting the feelers out through Instagram to coordinate a women’s riding weekend - which Is how I met you!  (talking to interviewer Millie Kamrad ;) 

SO THAT WAS PART OF PLANNING FOR THIS EVENT?

Pretty much! I already had some plans in the works for a public event, but this was a great way to further connect with other female riders, and meeting these women was an awesome experience. 

I could go on and on about that weekend, but what I loved most about it is that those girls were there because of one fact: they wanted to ride, and they made it happen. Some of them heard about it through the grapevine and contacted me. Some borrowed bikes and trucks; some carpooled with others they barely knew. They were presented with the opportunity and they made it happen.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

To see it all come together was very cool. Everyone was easy going, positive and friendly. And in the morning we got suited, booted and started up our engines together.  And since then, girls from that group have connected individually to go riding together, so by meeting each other it created even more opportunities for some of them to ride.  

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OK, SO TELL US ABOUT OVER AND OUT!

To make a public event possible, Over And Out has partnered with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club of Hancock, NY.  The club owns private property in the town of Hancock and holds just a couple of public riding events each year. Over And Out will be their first ladies-only riding event!

Over And Out is a two-pronged event: It’s for dirt, woods and trail bikes that can ride over the mountain on marked trails, as well as street-legal dual sport and adventure bikes that can ride out on mapped dirt routes that we will provide.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

There are many different styles of off-road riding and bikes: dirt, woods and trail bikes, dual sport and adventure bikes. This event seeks to include almost all of them, and all levels of rider. The only type of riding we’re not catering to this year is motocross.

This event is not a race or a hare scramble, it's a casual friendly riding event with options for everyone, from nervous beginners to long-distance adventurers to serious woods rippers!

Photo by Amy Batog

Photo by Amy Batog

WHAT CAN RIDERS EXPECT AS FAR AS TERRAIN GOES?

There’s going to be something for everyone. There are miles of grass tracks and fields to ride.  There will also be a variety of marked woods loops ranging from beginner to intermediate to super gnarly! We will also be doing a guided ride on Saturday for advanced riders.

For riders who have dual sports (on-road/off-road) and adventure bikes, we’ll be providing mapped routes that explore a variety of dirt roads and terrain throughout the area.

I’ll be sharing more specifics about the property, the terrain options and bike details through the blog and website in the coming months.

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE EVENT, WHAT CAN ATTENDEES EXPECT?

The event will be focused on riding and having fun, plain and simple. I think the atmosphere is going to be great. It’ll be laid back, very low pressure, but also offer challenges and new experiences. 

I've met some of the greatest people through riding, and I expect that I'll meet many more at Over And Out. My partners at Bear Creek Sportsmen are also fantastic, so we'll all have a really good time. 

There is SO much for me to share in the coming months I can’t even begin to tap into it all here. Stay tuned for details in the coming months!

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU, THE RIDER.

I always tell this story because I think it says it all, but the first time I ever rode was when my husband (then boyfriend) took me to his friend’s house to learn. They all grew up riding and racing, and he had an XR100 - perfect for me to learn on. 

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

As far as basic riding goes I took to it naturally. I got right on and cruised around.  They got bored watching me go around a field in circles and decided to take me on a woods trail.  That part was just amazing. It's like my brain lit up in all these new ways. I struggled, sure, but I loved it. I literally thought to myself “This is what I want to get good at.”

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Fast forward 5-6 years and I still love riding. I've gotten to experience some really hard terrain, and I immediately fell in love with the feeling of exploring out in nature, and the feeling of making progress as a rider. Riding isn't easy. Some days are freezing, some are sweltering hot. I've hurt myself or had bad days, but not once I have even thought about quitting. I just love riding. So let's riiiiide!

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

Photo by Dan Sternaimolo

@overandoutmoto   @kellymccaughey  

Interview by Amelia Kamrad @millieonthemove

Meet Crystal Levesque

If you haven't been following Crystal Levesque, you're missing out! Her Instagram photos and videos show that no obstacle is too tough and no trail is too gnarly if you commit to continuous improvement and approach it with the right attitude. 

She shows that being the best isn't about being a perfect rider. It's about hard work and dedication, accomplishments as well as the crashes and falls that get you there! You gotta pay to play, and Crystal always plays with a hilarious and vibrant personality and a super positive attitude.  

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Crystal Levesque - Vancouver, BC Canada

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING, AND HOW'D YOU GET STARTED?

I’ve been at it for 11 years now.  Riding dirt bikes had never really crossed my mind until a former boyfriend surprised me with my first bike – a DRZ125.