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Guided Dual Sport Rides

We’re super proud to have the Del Val Trail Riders as our partners, helping us create amazing dual sport routes for this year’s Over And Out! The DVTR team knows the area well, and has not only helped us create banging routes, but key members will be supporting us as guides and sweeps!

For riders with plated dirt bikes, enduros or dual sport bikes, these rides will go out from the OAO event space and explore some awesome off-road routes in the local area. Reminder: you must have an event ticket to sign up for the dual sport rides! Get one here.

Learn all about this year’s rides and sign up below!

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THE GUIDES

Our amazing guide this year is Marika Pamart, a passionate rider and coordinator of all-women’s track days. Marika will be leading the pack, flanked by experienced dual sport sweeps from the DVTR. You’ll be in excellent hands on this ride, 1000%!

Marika is super passionate about female riding experiences, and just as Over And Out was created to provide cross-exposure for women who ride enduro vs. dual sport, Marika also created a program called Ruts To Racelines that has the same philosophy - exposing asphalt track riders to dirt and vice-versa!

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THE RIDES

FRIDAY 1 - 5pm | THE GHOST TOWN

Friday’s route will go out from OAO to the town of Centralia, PA, once a populated coal mining town until an uncontrollable underground fire broke out in the mining tunnels back in 1962, still burning to this day!

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The town went into decline, and in the 90’s the town’s buildings were condemned and the zip code officially eliminated. Since then the ground has continued to fissure and shift making it an eerie sight. The town was the inspiration for the design of the psychological horror game, Silent Hill.

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What was once PA Route 61 has over time come to be known as The Graffiti Highway. Here’s a nice article about The Graffiti Highway on Forbes. And, here’s a hilarious one from Buzzfeed.

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SATURDAY 9am - 4pm | MOUNTAIN OF THE SLEEPING BEAR

The town of Jim Thorpe was originally named Mauch Chunk, meaning “Mountain of the Sleeping Bear”. Nestled between beautiful ridges full of foliage, it has been referred to as “The Switzerland of America” and consistently named one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America!

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Saturday’s dual sport ride will depart from the OAO event and cover a wide range of terrain: farm roads with sweeping views, dirt trails through the woods, rocky haul roads and more. You’ll stop along some beautiful overlooks for fun photo ops before making your way into the town of Jim Thorpe.

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This ride will stop in town by about 12pm to grab lunch at Molly Maguires (lunch is not included). The restaurant is named for the Molly Maguires - a 19th century Irish secret society known for activism, but whose members were accused of crimes and executed right in the town of Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe. This history remains a big piece of local Pennsylvania lore.

And on the way back you’ll stop for ice cream! haha.

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GUIDELINES

  • These routes are for plated, registered and insured bikes, low to mid-range cc.

  • We recommend a max of 650cc, flexible to what you are comfortable on.

  • You must have a license and wear a DOT helmet, familiarize yourself with hand signals.

  • We strongly encourage full protective riding gear - armored jackets, boots, gloves.

  • Please read ALL the guidelines, requirements and recommendations on the Eventbrite registration page.

  • Please be prepared at your time of departure with a full tank and an empty bladder :)

And, of course, have a frickin’ BLAST!!!

Meet Liz Kiniery from the DVTR

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

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

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

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

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Liz Kiniery - Philadelphia, PA - @lizismoto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING PART OF THE DVTR?

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

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

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

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WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST ENDURO AND HARE SCRAMBLE EXPERIENCES LIKE?

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

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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

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

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

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

SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT LIZ…

HOW IS THE DVTR CONTRIBUTING TO THE AWESOMENESS AT OAO2019?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet Lisa Davison

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

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

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

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

MEET LISA DAVISON,  Framingham, MA

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HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT OVER AND OUT?  

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

DID YOU ALREADY HAVE OFF-ROAD RIDING EXPERIENCE? 

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

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Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

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

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

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

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Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

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

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

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

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

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Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

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

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

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

Erika Tango Bean @bmwmotorcyclegirl and Lisa Davison @agentmisskitty 

Erika Tango Bean @bmwmotorcyclegirl and Lisa Davison @agentmisskitty 

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

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

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

HOW WAS YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE AT OAO?

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

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

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

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

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

WHAT ELSE DID YOU RIDE AT OAO?

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

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

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

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

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

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! 

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

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

Guided Dual Sport Rides with Victoria Zandonella
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Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders

Yamaha XT250, BMW F650gs, Zongshen RX3, Suzuki Gladius. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING? 

40+ years! I started riding dirt when I was 10 years old and off-road riding always remained my foremost passion. I dabbled in enduro racing in my youth, and got my first road bike at age 16.

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE...

From a street-riding perspective my two-wheeled travels include all of the Northeast and Canadian maritimes and Mid-Atlantic as well as much of the mountainous western states.  

From the dirt side I’ve ridden all of New England extensively. PA & NY is my regular Dual Sport playground!

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN GUIDING OFF-ROAD RIDES, AND WHAT OTHER EVENTS HAVE YOU GUIDED?   

I’ve organized and led many road tours over the years, both on-road and off-road.  I started Northeast Dualsport Riders in 2013. I have led over 100 rides with NDR. Currently I am hosting the Mid-Atlantic Back Country Discovery Route (MABDR) as I write this! 

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WHAT MADE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH OVER AND OUT? 

Upon hearing of the Over and Out event I was thrilled for the opportunity to join the event and assist in any way I can to promote female dirt riders in the Northeast. A female-focused event like Over And Out is something we have yet to see offered in the Northeast until now. 

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WHAT WILL THE DUAL SPORT ROUTES BE LIKE AT OVER AND OUT? 

There are a couple of options:  Riders can head out on their own using maps that will be provided on-site, or they can sign up for one of the guided rides! Here are details about each:

Self-guided Mapped Route (Easy as it gets):

This route in its entirety will cover roughly 85 miles of scenic dirt roads and blacktop, roughly 2.5 hours of riding. Ladies can grab a REV'IT! route map on-site and head out to explore on their own for however long they like. This route is friendly for big bike riders, newer riders or anyone looking for a less intense ride experience. 

Guided D/S Rides (Intermediate):

I will be leading two different guided D/S rides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

This route will consist of 80 miles of intermediate level terrain, meaning it will be mostly dirt and class IV (unmaintained) dirt roads. Each of these rides will take roughly 3 hours.  

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ANY FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE FOR LADIES SIGNING UP FOR A GUIDED RIDE? 

Definitely be ready to roll at ride time with a full tank of gas, and an empty bladder! We'll put everyone in an order that makes sense and will ride to the pace of the least experienced rider, making a few routine stops to do rider checks and make sure everyone is feeling good. 

This article is from 2018.

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!

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@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! ;)

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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