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Meet Caitlin O'Dell

Happy New Year! I cannot WAIT to share the exciting NEW details about Over And Out 2019, but, you’ll have to hold out while I keep some of that stuff under wraps for juuuust a little while longer.

In the meantime, let’s revisit one of the most important things about OAO: community! I know that sounds like a snooze-fest of a topic (believe me, I hate buzzwords as much as you do) but community is a thing that can actually help propel your experience, confidence and skill as a rider.

Over And Out is all about getting out in the dirt and woods on two wheels - hell yes! - but it’s also about bringing together the community of women who ride or want to ride. This matters big time because they get to see different types of riding terrain and bikes, and ride with others who are similar to them, physically and mentally.

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

In short, community helps riders get more opportunities to do what they love: RIDE!!!

On that note, I’m stoked to keep the community growing and help you get to know more gals who ride in the Northeast with our #FastFriends rider spotlight. Meet one of our most friendly and enthusiastic #FastFriends, Caitlin O’Dell!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

CAITLIN O’DELL, KTM 350XCF-W @ceo_810

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO ATTEND OVER AND OUT?

An all girls DIRT BIKE event? What female rider would even hesitate in saying yes to this event?! 

My dirt-biking experiences had always been me and the guys, until this past year. I met an awesome group of girls from Ohio at the North East 24-hour challenge enduro. I rode in that race 2 years ago. The girls thought it was so awesome to see a girl out there, so two years later we all got together and formed our own team! 

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Dirt biking brought us together, and as soon as I heard of an event we could all do together I was excited to attend, and to meet even more rad dirt bike chicks! 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RIDING DIRT BIKES?

My husband taught me how to ride about 6 years ago.  He’s a woods rider, a fan of harescrambles and the Northeast 24-hour Challenge. And now I am too!

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One day, I told him that I wanted to learn how to ride dirt bikes. He jumped on that request so fast and found a TTR 230 on Craigslist. We got the bike during a snow storm in March, and my lessons started right away in a frozen cornfield! 

I outgrew the 230 and then upgraded to a 250.  Fast forward a few more bikes, and I’m currently on a KTM 350xcf-w. I am in love with this bike. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

I am so glad I met other girls who ride as well though. It has helped boost my confidence and has motivated me to sign up for more races! So, again, I was really excited to continue on to a ladies-only event.

DID YOU FACE ANY TOUGH CHALLENGES?

Yes, a little over a year ago I broke my arm while riding. I hit a tree, and the tree stopped actually me from going down a ravine, so that was actually not the worst it could have been.  It could have been much worse than a broken arm!

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But, as they say, success is determined by how you handle challenges, and I wasn’t about to mope around because I couldn’t ride.  I am an avid trail runner, and had a 1/2 marathon 3 days after I broke my arm.  I powered through and crossed that finish line with a smile on my face!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you confront fear. So this past year, with each ride I would try to improve any skill that I could to get back out riding with confidence.

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DID YOU HAVE TO FACE ANY CHALLENGES WHEN ATTENDING OVER AND OUT?

Well, immediately after signing up, I thought to myself, “How the heck am I supposed to get my bike there?” It is great having my husband to ride with all the time because he takes care of hauling the bikes, not to mention bike maintenance. But I wouldn’t have him to help me this time, and I had a group of 5 girls traveling together out there from several hours away.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

So, a week before the event, my husband gave me lessons on how to strap my bike down and how to haul our trailer with his dually truck.  I hauled ALL the bikes while my friend hauled her camper. Once we made it safely to the event, I had a sigh of relief but also this amazing feeling of: “I DID IT!!!!!!” I felt like jumping up and down I was so happy!

I now have a hitch and dirt bike rack for my SUV so that I can go out riding whenever I want. One thing this event taught me is that I can survive riding without my husband and have a really fun time with the girls! 

WHAT TYPE OF RIDING DID YOU DO AT OVER AND OUT?

I rode the grass track and the woods trails.  Both the beginner and intermediate woods loops were so fun, just challenging enough and beautiful!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SOCIAL ASPECT AND MEETING A BUNCH OF NEW FEMALE RIDERS?

I was so excited for this part! I follow as many female riders on social media that I can (I mean, don't we all?!)  But getting the chance to meet many of these women in person was awesome! There is something really cool about learning from other females compared to riding with males, even your own husband or boyfriend.  

I met so many rad chicks, and Im looking forward to seeing them all again at the next OAO!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE COMING BACK IN 2019 TOO! :D

Currently I am 8 months pregnant with a little girl.  I am super bummed that I haven't sat on a dirt bike since August (though I’m truly grateful for the little blessing that is growing inside of me of course!). 

I am beyond excited to raise our little girl to be the best, badass, most inspirational moto-chick out there.  And I hope she’ll get to attend some girls dirt bike events, just like I have. I’m super thankful for such an amazing event and opportunity. 

So yes, I will be ready to ride in the spring and cannot WAIT to meet even more rad girls that ride at Over and Out!

We Support the US Women’s International Six Days Enduro Team!

Over And Out was created with the goal of supporting female riders at ALL levels of the sport - from teaching new riders at our event, to building a community that helps female riders get more opportunities to ride and learn, to supporting the girls representing the U.S. at the 2018 FIM International Six Days Enduro!  

I’m proud to announce Over And Out’s official support for the 2018 US Women’s ISDE team, with a donation generated by this year’s event attendees and raffle participants!

2017 US Women’s ISDE team (Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez)  Photo by Mark Kariya

2017 US Women’s ISDE team (Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez)

Photo by Mark Kariya

I recently chatted with ISDE off-road racing team manager, Antti Kallonen of KTM North America to talk about the upcoming Six Days and this year’s Women’s Trophy Team made up of Becca Sheets, Tarah Gieger and Brandy Richards.

Photo by Shan Moore

Photo by Shan Moore

I’M EXCITED TO SPEAK WITH YOU, THE ISDE IS SUCH AN EXCITING EVENT!

It is yes, it’s been considered the Olympics of Motorcycling.  I’ve managed the men’s teams (US World Trophy and Junior Trophy) since 2012, and now as of 2017 manage the Women’s Trophy Team as well. 

LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE US WOMEN’S TEAM IN BRIVE, FRANCE. AND THIS YEAR’S IS COMING UP THIS NOVEMBER IN VINA DEL MAR, CHILE…

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WOMEN’S TEAM FROM THEN TO NOW? 

Yes last year was the first year so all 3 girls on the team were rookies to the Six Days format, but they all worked hard and finished 2nd overall behind Australia, the champs for 5 years running. 

Obviously, no great success happens overnight. We have a 3-year plan to get the championship. [To put that in perspective] the Men’s team previously had a 3-year plan to get the championship and it took 5 years, so we’re building and progressing. 

This year, all 3 girls on the team have ridden Six Days before so they’re more knowledgeable and prepared and they now know what to expect.

Image by John Pearson Media

Image by John Pearson Media

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO ISDE RACERS IDEALLY NEED TO HAVE?

Many girls are fast but the Six Days format adds to the challenge…It’s a long Six Days and riders need to be fast but also consistent for all 6 days, which can include 8-hour days of riding, dealing with weather, plus long transfers which offer their own challenges.

Prior to a few years ago it was much harder to find female riders in long endurance racing.  A major benefit of racing off-road is that these riders have the endurance to do it. This format can be tough. 

At Six Days there are no techs, so the rider also works on their own bike. Riders can take instruction from us, but they have to do the work. 

Photo of Becca Sheets by Ken Hill

Photo of Becca Sheets by Ken Hill

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT MANAGING THE WOMEN’S TEAM VS. THE MEN?

I’d say about 70% of the training program could be the same for the men’s Junior or Trophy program and the women’s, but the other 30% or so has to be tailored for the women. 

They work differently, their bodies are different, they react differently. For example recovery time is quite different in the women compared to the men.  We take all of this into account, so even recovery routines are different. 

WHAT MISCONCEPTIONS DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT WOMEN TRAINING FOR THIS SPORT? 

Some people might think that things like the tire-changing would be more difficult for the women due to basic strength, but in reality that’s all about technique.  The real difference here for men vs. women could be fatigue due to different recovery times.

Mental struggle can set in and cause a rider to take a shortcut in the technique. But other than that, knowing and performing proper technique makes the task the same for men and women. 

It’s also surprising just how determined the women are, some more determined than men. 

(We saw this of course at Over And Out, where no single girl gave in when the technical Hancock terrain became slick and challenging in the rain!) 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Becca Sheets, for example, she pushed through some very tough bike issues. I saw her push through issues that might’ve made a man quit, but she pushed through. 

Going back to the traits that are valuable in a rider, that’s another one: Becca is not only fast, she has the determination and will power to push through. 

She also had to adapt to take verbal guidance and do the work on her own bike and she did it. It’s something she should be very proud of, and I’m very proud of her.”

Photo by Ken Hill

Photo by Ken Hill

WHAT IS THE TRAINING LIKE AS THE RACE NEARS AND BEGINS? 

I host a training camp closer to the event where we cover things like sprint training on the bike, tire-changing and basic maintenance.  Sprint enduros are excellent training for this type of event.

There will be 6 days of riding but also 8 days of preparation and walking the tests, not to the mention travel involved, so overall health and fitness is important. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

WE’RE SO PROUD TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING FROM OUR FIRST EVENT TO SUPPORT THE US WOMEN’S ISDE TEAM!

HOW WILL OUR DONATION HELP?  

There are a lot of costs involved with getting each racer to and around the races, including flights, hotels, fees, per diem… as you can imagine it adds up. It roughly costs about $15k per rider to be able to take part in the 6 days. 

It’s a pretty steep bill to pay for the opportunity, so we do our best to manage the budget, gather manufacturer and sponsor support, and racers even fundraise for themselves.  Of course, we do our best to get everything covered so that riders can focus on their training and the ride.

As of right now we’re in mostly good shape though we do have a few gaps in the budget so your donation will truly make an impact, and 100% of it will be going to support the women!


If you’d like to support the women of the 2018 US ISDE team, route for them this November 12-17 as they race the Six Days in Vina Del Mar, Chile!   

And, stay tuned as we follow up with an interview with US Women’s Trophy team member, Becca Sheets!

Special thanks again to all of our 2018 raffle contributors and participants!

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:

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Photo from Yamaha Motor Corp.

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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.