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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!

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

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

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

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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...

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!  

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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 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!

@babesinthedirt  @husqvarnamotorcyclesusa @genevieve_davis
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.