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GPMX Obstacle Course and BetaUSA Enduro Games

Over And Out can be as chill of an experience as you want it to be, but this event was created to open the doors to more technical and challenging enduro riding. Our area is known for having some of the toughest terrain in the country, so for those of you ready to shred: you are in the right place!

For those of you looking to test your skills, practice technique, or try something technical for the very first time: you'll also be in the right place! That’s how OAO rolls. ;)

Check out our on-site obstacle training course, hosted by Greg Pamart of GPMX, and compete in our enduro games to win prizes from our sponsor Beta USA!

Photo of Morgan Tanke by Dihann Tanke, courtesty BetaUSA gallery

Photo of Morgan Tanke by Dihann Tanke, courtesty BetaUSA gallery

GPMX Obstacle Course

GPMX will be creating and hosting a course created with both man-made obstacles like a see-saw, balance beam, as well as natural features of the terrain like rock gardens, water crossings and logs.

Photo courtesy GPMX

Photo courtesy GPMX

The course will have open sessions throughout Friday and Saturday of the event. There is no need to sign up in advance! You can also stop by to watch, and jump in if and when you’re ready!

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

BetaUSA Enduro Games

Saturday 6/22 starting at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a variety of onsite games, including a timed Enduro Game that will use the same features on the obstacle course! Once you’ve been able to practice, return to the scene of the grind to compete to win prize packs from our sponsor Beta USA!

Winner is determined by timing though a series of obstacle challenges, with potential points deductions for a foot down. Winners will walk away with a sweet prize pack from Beta USA!!!

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Meet Beta USA Pro Racer, Rachel Gutish!

With Over And Out less than a month away, we’re ALL getting super excited! This year we have Beta USA pro racer Rachel Gutish joining us! Rachel races GNCC and competes in some of the more technical enduro events in the country. It’ll be really awesome to watch her rip (and maybe even get a few casual pointers from her on how to tackle some of the gnarliest stuff!)

Get to know Rachel, learn more about why Betas are great bikes for technical riding and for women, and read to the end to get a little heads up on some more fun going down at OAO.

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Rachel Gutish - Beta 390RR Enduro

HOW DID YOU START RIDING?

I started riding when I was five years old, and started racing when I was seven. My dad was a good local A rider and even competed on a club team in the ISDE (International Six Days Enduro). I was six years old when he went overseas to compete, and I remember wanting more than anything to go with him.

I thought getting to do that was the coolest thing ever, and I decided right then that someday I was going to do the Six Days too. The year I turned sixteen, I qualified on the Women’s Trophy Team; The hard work paid off and the dream actually came true! 

Photo by @EGutishPhotography

Photo by @EGutishPhotography

YOU’VE DONE ALL KINDS OF GNARLY RIDING! TELL US MORE!

I already talked a bit about the ISDE, which I competed in from 2012 through 2016. I have two silver medals, two mechanical failures and one fairly stupid crash which lead to an unfortunate DNF. :/

Primarily I’ve raced the GNCC series (the Grand National Cross Country), even though it isn’t necessarily the type of racing I feel like I’m the best at. No matter what else I was doing, I always raced the GNCC’s, even if it was only for part of the season. I have raced the NEPG series off and on, and I raced EnduroCross for several seasons. I also have a Bronze Medal from the X Games for EnduroCross.

I now compete in Extreme Enduros like Tough Like RORR (which takes place right across the street from the new Over And Out property!), and the TKO (Kenda’s Tennessee Knock Out). These events sort of help fill that technical-racing void now that I’m not pursuing EnduroCross. I tied with Chantelle Bykerk as the first female rider to finish Knock Out One on Pro day, and tied with my teammate Morgan Tanke as the first female finisher of at King of the Motos.

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

TELL US ABOUT RIDING FOR BETA!!!

I started out riding for Beta last year as a support rider after suffering an injury and losing my place on another team. Words really can’t express how grateful I am to Tim and Rodney at Beta for taking a chance on me. Especially given that they already had a female rider, my buddy Morgan Tanke, on the West Coast. They were satisfied enough with my performance last year to promote me up to the factory team this year, which is really amazing.

Photo by @EGutishPhotography

Photo by @EGutishPhotography

Not all teams can commit the resources to put more than one woman on their team - even when the two riders have their own speciality (Morgan and I both rode EnduroCross for several seasons, but she does the west coast desert-racing series like Hare and Hound, while I stick to the GNCCs and other east coast off road races).

So, aside from my deep personal gratitude to Beta for taking a chance on an injured rider when nobody else would, I think it’s awesome that they see women’s racing as legitimate enough to have even one female rider on their factory team, let alone two! It also doesn’t hurt that their bikes are hands-down my favorite to ride. I love the stability of the chassis and the smooth power.

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

WHICH BETA MODEL DO YOU RIDE, AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

Right now I ride a 390 RR, and before anyone asks, yes it is a little heavy and a lot of bike for somebody my size. But I’ve mostly ridden four-strokes through my career, and the Beta is incredibly tractable and controllable. And I love the massive amounts of power you have there at your fingertips.

With a bike like that, just a little twist of the throttle is enough to pop a massive power wheelie strong enough to carry you right over the nearest ditch/log/downed rider (mostly kidding about that last one) with ease.

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

And I never have to worry about getting outmotored in the open fields and grasstracks. With that being said though, since I am coming back from an injury, Beta and I have been discussing the possibility of me trying a lighter small-bore two-stroke, just to see how I like it. Can’t say much more than that about it now though, you guys will just have to wait and see what I unload out of my van on Friday morning at OAO!

SPEAKING OF OAO, WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO JOIN US THIS YEAR?!

The first time I heard about Over And Out was when Beta sent me an email asking me if I would attend the event (since Beta was sponsoring it). So I checked out the website and watched the MakeUp To Mud feature, and I realized this wasn’t just going to be the standard “I’m going to this event because my team asked me to” situation. I’m REALLY excited about this!

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

Photo by Ken Hill courtesy Beta USA Gallery

I mostly ride with guys. Usually for me, getting to go and just ride with another female in a non-competitive situation is a huge treat, so getting to ride with a massive group of women who love the sport as much as I do is going to be awesome!

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?

I heard something about an obstacle course*, which sounds right up my alley. Technical riding is still my favorite kind of riding! I’m also looking forward to doing some trail riding and hanging out - most of the time when I’m on the bike it’s super-focused training, so I’m really looking forward to kicking back and having some FUN!

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*So, cats out of the bag - aside from all the natural obstacles on the property we will have a small obstacle course, and an obstacle portion of our games - provided and run by GPMX and with prize packs courtesy of Beta USA! Stay tuned for a full post about all the games at OAO! ;)

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. Check out the Motorgrrl X Motul oil-change workshops being held onsite at OAO!! Get all the details and Sign UP!