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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.