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Over And Out's New Location for 2019!

Over And Out is moving to a NEW location in Tamaqua, PA!  

Event dates remain the same: Starting on Friday, June 21st (the looongest day of the year) and ending on Sunday, June 23rd.  This year, Friday will be a riding day in addition to the weekend giving you more time to braaap with your buddies!

I am TOTALLY excited about our new event space and all of the plans in the works for OAO2019. More details are coming SOON (I promise), but for now check out these 3 reasons why our new location RULES:

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Image from Ground Pilot Aerials

1. IT’S BIGGER!

This year, we’re taking over a bigger piece of property at 2,000 acres.  This spot is a playground for riders of all levels, with tons of room for parking, camping and exploring. It has all kinds of cool natural features like ridges and climbs, tight woodsy sections as well as wide open dirt paths - fun for everyone.

Fun fact: Tamaqua was originally to be named Tuscarora, but there already was a community named Tuscarora about four miles to the west so they named it Tamaqua.

FUNNER fact: The Over And Out event space takes up the full expanse of land between the towns of Tamaqua and Tuscarora. So, if you’re getting confused by the names, just remember: we’re in between them.

It’s also easily accessible, about 2 hours from Philly, 2.5 hours from NYC and Baltimore, and just a 1 hour drive from Lehigh Valley Int’l Airport in Allentown, PA.

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2. IT’S PRIVATE!

We’re continuing one of our OAO traditions and opening up the gates to a private space just for tha ladies!  This main event space of 2,000 acres is private land, accessible by OAO ticket holders only! No need to worry about any pesky rando’s trying to crash our slumber party.

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3. WE HAVE COOL NEIGHBORS

The new event space is nestled right next to two state parks. We actually share a border with Tuscarora State Park to the north, right over the mountain.  We’ll be partnering with our awesome neighbors to offer some fun non-riding activities and to help share their message of conservation and environmental education. 

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Tamaqua is smack in the middle of some great PA sights like the historic town of Jim Thorpe, and America’s oldest brewery, located in Pottsville. So maybe you want to extend your weekend and check out more of the area!

For a map, directions and overview of the new event space check out the Directions page on our website. And stay tuned, because details and tickets will be going live in less than two weeks!

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!

Meet Megan Babineau

"Is a women's only event a mistake?" "I don't know any women who would go to something like this on their own."  These are just a few comments I heard as I was launching Over And Out, but 73 women showed up to our first event, and each girl's story about why they came was unique and inspiring in it's own way. 

We continue spotlighting some of the rad girls who came to the first Over And Out, to show exactly how they made their journey happen, and to show that heeelllll-no a women's-only event isn't a mistake; it's a life-changing experience and a damn good time!  

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

MEET MEGAN BABINEAU  @alluneedisluff

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT OVER AND OUT?

I am lucky enough to have a partner that works and is active in the motorcycle industry. He follows Kelly (the girl that runs the event) on social media, read about the event in one of her posts and mentioned it to me. He thought it would be a rad thing for me to attend, he was rather persistent as the weeks went on! He knew an all-female event would help me gain confidence in my riding. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

SO, YOU FINALLY CAME AROUND!  WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO ATTEND?

Many things! 

First, I did want to ride with other women. While I knew we wouldn’t all be the same level, the fact that we are all women would make a big difference alone.I felt that surrounding myself with gnarly women who are just as good, if not better, than men at riding would help me get over feeling sidelined in a male dominant sport.

I’m also always down for an outdoor adventure and wanted to push myself to attend a riding event without the men I usually ride with. It’s truly a personal accomplishment being able to say I traveled 4 hours away into the woods, on my own, not knowing anyone there.

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

DID YOU ALREADY HAVE OFF-ROAD RIDING EXPERIENCE? 

I did. Besides taking the motorcycle course I actually only have off road experience. I ride in a handful of North-Central Pennsylvania locations. 

WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT ANYTHING PRIOR TO ATTENDING?

The “what if’s” were endless!  I own a Yamaha TTR-125 that I am very comfortable riding.. I wasn’t trying to be anything I wasn’t or ride a bike I couldn’t handle but I was nervous about showing up on what might be thought of as a beginner bike. Socially, I thought it might be cliquey and worried people would be judgmental.

Then there was the travel and transporting my bike! I am certainly not helpless, but I don’t usually load or unload my bike on my own. I always have the assistance of the guys I ride with.  For OAO, I loaded my TTR, had to FaceTime someone and Google to figure out how ratchet straps worked (because I wasn’t listening when I was told how)

Then there was unloading the bike once I arrived. Dreadful!  But, not anymore. I’m the one that loads the bikes now. ;)

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HOW WAS EVERYTHING ONCE YOU ARRIVED?

It was insanely easy. I’m foolish for psyching myself out prior to the event. People are friendly. It’s not high school. I drove right in and introduced myself to a few people. They introduced themselves like kind human beings do, and helped me unload my bike. 

After that, another woman pulled up and we helped her unload her bike too. All four of us were at completely different riding levels, but as the event went on, we rode together, rode with others, stopped and took breaks together, ate lunch together, roasted marshmallows and BAM! Two of us are planning a riding date together for September.

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

I am most comfortable in the woods, so I started out on the beginner woods loop.  After a couple loops I hopped on over to the grass tracks with some ladies I met and we gave those a whirl. 

Once we got more comfortable, we went on to the intermediate woods loop. It was incredible terrain. The property was amazing and plenty was offered.

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DID YOU LEARN OR EXPERIENCE ANYTHING NEW?

It rained all weekend so that in itself taught me plenty about riding in the rain.... It’s cold and wet and slippery and WET. You can easily get inside your head after wiping out half a dozen times within the first hour, so it taught me a lot about keeping myself together mentally.  Mother Nature can be tough, but learning to move with what she gives you is pretty rad. 

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Photo by Megan Maloy

I realized that I can go faster than I think, after following someone in the grass and watching her movements. She was gnarly in the grass and I had some speed on her in the woods so we bounced ideas off one another and laughed and joked while slipping in the mud. The sensation of doing something as fun as riding bikes with another female that loves it as much as I do was something completely new...and very cool!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL ANOTHER GIRL WHO MIGHT BE THINKING OF JOINING IN? 

GET OUT THERE! The motorcycle community is a very welcoming and warm one.

For 3 years I saw how much fun my hubby and his friends had when they all got together and rode bikes. 2 years ago he gifted me my Yamaha TTR-125 and now I know what the hype is all about. 

I drove home from Over And Out and the very next day I rode on the street for the first time on his Yamaha WR250R.

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Photo by Megan Maloy

I have dreams of riding cross country, entering races (which she has since then!) and expanding my mechanical bike knowledge all because of the unexplainable experience I had at OAO. My interest in bikes didn’t come from OAO, but my understanding and love of the sport grew substantially. 

I can’t say attending this event by myself is something I never would have done, but events like this, exclusively for women, don’t happen very often. Rather than hear about the cool stuff other people do, be the person doing cool stuff! 

Northeast 24-hour Enduro Women's Team: Interview with Amelia Kamrad

One of my goals for Over And Out is that it help serve as a gateway for female riders of all levels to discover more opportunities for riding, be it through connection to new friends and a broader riding community or by building up the skills and confidence to join a race or try a longer or more difficult ride. 

For me, as a casual recreational rider, meeting Amelia Kamrad became my own gateway to trying my first race. I was stoked to experience it, but what I actually ended up getting out of it, I never expected.  That is: the addictive high of working hard at something I love, but as part of an incredible team.

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I played team sports all through high school and college, but this experience was different. Maybe because there were only six of us. Maybe because riding enduro is a sport I love more than anything I've ever done...I'm not sure, but I have to thank Millie for recruiting me to be on the team, and I've got to do it again!

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NORTHEAST 24-HOUR CHALLENGE, WOMEN'S TEAM: INTERVIEW WITH AMELIA KAMRAD

I asked Millie to tell us a bit about the race experience. Sure, we're not the first all-girl team, nor did we capture first place, but it's all too common to read interviews with people who are already killing it.  I wanted to share some information for those of you who might be trying new things in the world of riding two wheels, just like we are. 

I hope you enjoy and that it maybe encourages you or someone you know to give something new a try, be it a race, an event or simply riding for the first time.  

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TELL US ABOUT THE NORTHEAST 24 HOUR CHALLENGE! 

The Northeast 24 Hour Challenge is a true test of endurance! Riders tackle an 11-mile course, but aim to complete as many laps as possible within 24 hours. You can form a team of up to six people, or ride as an ironman or woman, aka just one rider for the full 24 hours.

The race starts with a Le Mans-style start - riders start with a run to their bikes, having to start them up before taking off and heading into the woods. Each team also has a transponder that gets handed rider-to-rider to track their laps.

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The race goes for a full 24 hours, meaning riders continue to ride throughout the night, and must make use of headlights and helmet-mounted lights to make their way through the densely wooded course in the dark.

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WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE RACE? 

Riding all through the night definitely adds an additional test of endurance.  The pits get quiet while riders who aren't currently riding try to get some sleep, and some teams aren't able to keep a rider on the course through the early hours of the morning. Managing sleep, hydration, and nutrition are key, so riders can continue to put in laps throughout the 24 hours. 

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Watch Part 1: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 Hour Challenge.


WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO ASSEMBLE AN ALL-GIRLS TEAM FOR THIS YEAR'S RACE?

Last year I joined a friend's team, and I had a ton of fun. I thought it would be a really interesting experience tackling this with five other women. This was in November 2017, and with Over And Out's first women's riding event on the horizon I realized I'd be meeting a number of female riders keen to take on new challenges.

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There weren't that many female riders at the 24-hour challenge, so I thought if I could gather five other women to join me in a team, I'd be significantly adding to the number of women riding at this event. Hopefully, our participation this year will inspire more women riders to take on this challenge next year!

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WHO ENDED UP ON YOUR TEAM AND WHY DID YOU SELECT THEM? 

We had a few changes to team lineup over the year. Because race entry opens in January but the race isn't until July, naturally some changes came about throughout the year that forced two girls to drop out by early June. 

BUT, Over And Out was set for the end of June so I knew I'd likely meet some more riders game to join.  I met so many positive, awesome female riders at OAO, I was able to fill the open spots! 

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The final lineup of "Team Theft Recovery": Tracy So, Megan Babineau, Ashley Lusky, Liz Kiniery, Kelly McCaughey and me, Amelia Kamrad. All of the girls that joined the team are great riders, but riding ability was only a small part of what makes a good team. 

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I was hoping to find teammates with positive attitudes, ready to take on an endurance challenge, and I couldn't picture any of these girls giving up easily.

I also knew right from the start that they would help to build each other up; it's super important to be team-focused. When we finally settled all six team members, it felt right. 

WHAT DID YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THE RACE? 

One thing we did was join Erika Hurst's Gnarly Babes Fitness program together!

Erika was one of the first east-coast female riders profiled on the Over And Out blog. She started a fitness program for women who ride, and took us on as clients. 

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The majority of our team committed to the fitness program to improve our strength, modify eating habits, and also stay in touch and motivate each other to stay fit and healthy as the race approached.

In 90+ degree weather, your physical fitness (or lack thereof) really comes into play.  It's a recipe for complete and utter exhaustion if you haven't prepared in advance. By around week 4 I could tell the program was making a difference in my strength and in my riding.

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We also needed to prep our bikes appropriately. While the race lap is only about 11 miles, if you have an issue with your bike it could take you two hours to get hauled back to the pits. That's two hours that you won't have someone completing laps for your team, and it will definitely make a difference in the race.

Solid Performance KTM (based just outside of Philadelphia) came through for us in so many ways: They let us borrow a KTM 250xcw that they professionally lowered 2 inches. 

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Funny story: the bike was actually stolen from their shop at one point. It was ridden in inner city Baltimore for a while before it got impounded and Solid Performance got it back. This is where our team took the name "Theft Recovery" from!  

They of course put a lot of work in to ensure this bike was in top shape to race. Solid Performance is the only WP suspension shop on the East Coast (they lowered my Husaberg for me last year - a MUST do if you've got short legs like me!). A lot of women don't realize the difference that lowering a bike can make in your riding. These bikes come stock built for the average size man, so lowering the bike by 2 inches made it much more accessible. 

Solid Performance even came through big time by lowering Tracy's bike for her the week before the race!  They gave us assurance, confidence and amazing support!

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I Imagine (and hope!) we might have some women who end up reading this who are curious about trying a race for the first time. During the actual race, WHAT WAS IT ACTUALLY LIKE FOR YOU GIRLS?

Well, like I described above, a 24-hour race is inherently a test of endurance. It was fairly exhausting! Basically, when you aren't expending energy actually riding, you're trying to chill in between rides, conserve energy, hydrate, eat, fix things on your bike that you may have broken on your last lap...and a million other things.

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It helped to be organized.  We had organized areas for food, gear, prep, stretching and recuperation. And we helped each other. While a rider got geared up in anticipation of their riding time, other riders helped them do whatever they needed: bring them food, help find a piece of gear or tape or some other solution they needed. 

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The weather also threw in a few challenges.  We had a few thunderstorms roll through, so overnight the course turned into a soupy, muddy mess! 

Not only is it extra challenging to ride in sticky, slippery rutted-out mud, it's a bummer come the morning when you're already getting sore, and you have to put cold, wet, muddy gear back on for your final laps...  


Watch Part 2: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 hour Challenge.  


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Oh yeah, by the time morning came around, putting the gear back on felt a bit like punishment. But before you know it it's time for the last lap to be ridden and seeing your teammate cross the finish line is an incredible feeling.  

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We may have been exhausted and ready to get home and into a shower, but as we packed up our pit, gear and bikes we were already thinking about doing it all over again next year!

@millieonthemove @kellymccaughey @lizismoto @tracysowhat @motogal315 @alluneedisluff @solid_performance @erikahurst_ @hurststrengthct
Images and video by Steve Kamrad @steve_kamrad
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!

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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! 

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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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!

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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!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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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!

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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! 

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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...

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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

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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!  

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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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!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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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!

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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 Raffle to be STOKED About!!

Dude, there is so much cool stuff in this raffle...I'm not sure where to begin.   We're giving everyone a free raffle ticket at sign-in, but please remember to also bring CASH! Trust me, you're going to want what's on this raffle table! 

THANK YOU to every brand and individual that contributed something to Over And Out raffle and swag!!

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I want to express to readers, especially attendees, just how excited and supportive the sponsors and raffle contributors have been about this event. Beyond sending us some of their best gear, apparel and other items, SO many of them extended heartfelt wishes for us to have an amazing time!!! We've been blessed with unlimited good vibes. Thank you again....

Want to see what's in the raffle? Visit our Instagram page and check out the "Raffle & Swag" Highlight to see all the raffle and swag pics we've posted so far! 

BH&BR and MotorGrrrl are Bringing the Party!

If you think the fun stops after a day full of riding, think again because the ladies of NYC are bringing the party treats!  Come Saturday night the bonfire will be blazing and the ladies of Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber will be busting out essential campout party treats while MotorGrrl of Brooklyn breaks out the brews!

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What's a campout with out some S'mores? BH&BR gals Leslie and Emilie will be bringing out the tasty treats with a twist — providing some funky options to jazz up the classic snack!  

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We're proud to have these ladies, female owners of NYC area motorcycle brands and businesses, come out in support of the ladies attending Over And Out! 

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Leslie, the owner of BH&BR, has created a brand that first started out with her beautiful, made-to-order boots, like some of our favorites in the ready-to-wear collection: the Nevada, Montana and the Vermont!  

And, AHEM, one lucky raffle winner will win a pair of boots from this collection!

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Since then BH&BR has launched leather jackets, gloves, bags and more, changing the game in women's riding gear by producing products that adventurous women have been waiting for.  BH&BR recently collaborated with Vibram to create their own unique sole for their boots, soles that stand up to motorcycle riding and a life of action and adventure.

Meanwhile, Val from MotorGrrl will be rolling in with some brews to keep the party bubbling after a long day of riding is done.

Photo by John Saponara c/o AtticusAnonymous.com

Photo by John Saponara c/o AtticusAnonymous.com

MotorGrrl is a community motorcycle garage in Brooklyn owned by Val Figarella. Since opening in 2004 she's offered motorcycle garage memberships, motorcycle repairs and inspections, and puts on multiple events, rides and workshops throughout the year to help build a strong motorcycle community in NYC.  

@bh.and.br   @motorgrrl

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.  

Ticket holders can sign up for a guided ride here, please be sure to read all the details! 

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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. 

Read ALL of the details and requirements on the Dual Sport Sign-Up page and get ready for an adventure!

WEBIG INC. Mini-MX Games
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Get ready to haul ass, have some fun and win some rad prizes from WEBIG INC. in the mini-mx games at Over And Out! 

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Signup for the games will be on-site at Over And Out throughout the day of Saturday the 23rd. We'll go over the games and signup details at the riders meeting that morning, and you'll have until 4pm to sign up, while availability lasts. 

Riders will tie on a Camel Smokercross bib, guaranteed to make you go faster, and run through the game format for a chance to win one of multiple kickass prize packs from WEBIG INC.

SIGNUP REQUIREMENTS:

  • A bike 125cc or smaller
  • Long sleeves and gloves
  • Helmet and goggles
  • Long pants and boots

And a smile, because this is all about having fun and winning cool shit. B)

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Event Schedule and Terrain Options at Over And Out

This post is to help you get acquainted with the variety of riding options at Over And Out!

Thanks to a long winter (and zero Spring!) we'll be prepping trails and routes for Over And Out into the coming months to ensure we have the perfect variety of terrain and that everything is safely rideable.  Read on below for descriptions of each option!

Schedule last updated on 5/22/2018

Schedule last updated on 5/22/2018

First, don't think you need to adhere to any schedule!  Aside from the mandatory riders meeting, it's completely up to you which riding activities you take part in.  Also note that the above graphic is primarily for Saturday the 23rd.  Read on below so you can plan your best day ever at Over And Out! 

Mandatory Riders Meeting: ALL riders must be present at the mandatory rider meeting Saturday morning at 8:30am in the pavilion.

1-hour Group Lessons (All levels):  Thanks to Hanover Powersports, we'll have an MSF-certified (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) coach on site with a fleet of Yamaha TTR trail bikes! These bikes are perfect for learning on, and lessons will be done on grass. We'll slate you according to level (never ridden before, novice rider, intermediate, or advanced) and assign you a TTR-110, 125 or 230 based on your height, while availability lasts. You're welcome to ride your own bike as well. *Full Sign up details & instructions posted to the events page.

Grass Tracks / Woods Loops (All Levels - on site): The grass tracks are perfect for beginners, and fun for anyone that just wants to cruise. The Woods loops range from shorter novice loops to lengthy intermediate & advanced loops.  

2-hour Advanced Guided Ride (We'll say it again: Advanced!): Advanced riders can sign up for a 2-hour guided follow-the-leader style ride. *Sign up for this is on-site only, and you'll have time in the morning to ride the other loops first.

3-hour Guided Dual Sport Rides (Intermediate): Sign up for a guided group dual-sport ride that goes off-site on local routes. Ride your own plated dual sport or adventure bike. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, each accommodating roughly 10 ladies. *Full Sign up details & instructions posted to the events page.

Mapped REV'IT! Routes (Beginner-friendly, off site): We'll be creating a mapped route that explores some of the area's most beautiful country roads and local sights.  Grab a REV'IT! route map, and head out on your own. This route has finalized at a total of roughly 85 miles, taking approximately 2.5 hours in total ride time.  

WEBIG Inc. Mini-MX Games (All Levels):  Bust out those little bikes and HAUL ASS! Have some fun and win prizes in our mini-mx games. 

After all that riding, it's time to win some awesome goodies in the raffle and chill while the BH&BR bonfire heats things up!

Also, there will be food service on site for breakfast, mid-day snacks and dinner. 

FAQs

Q: What if I have a dual sport and want to do the 3-hour guided ride, but also want to take a dirt bike lesson?  

When it comes time to sign up we'll allow you to select a preference: morning or afternoon.  If you select morning for one activity, make sure to select afternoon for the other. 

Q: I'm bringing a street-legal dual-sport bike, but also a small dirt bike. I'm pretty comfortable riding them both. What type of riding can I do?

The world is your oyster! You can sign up for a 3-hr guided dual-sport ride. You can ride your trail bike on the grass or in the woods (if you have full gear). You can take a route map and head out on your Dual Sport bike for part or all of the day. You can even take the map with you and ride it on your way out after the event! If the dirt bike is under 125cc you can also ride it in the WEBIG mini-MX games! ;)

Q: What if I don't have a bike?  

Any ticket holder can sign up for a 1-hour lesson on a Yamaha 110, 125 or 230, thanks to Hanover Powersports! (while availability lasts). This is a great way for new riders to get started, as lessons are on grass, led by an MSF-certified coach.  

Q: How advanced is the advanced ride? I'm nervous about it, wondering what it will be like. 

Some of the terrain at Hancock is known for being very challenging. Super gnarly. For example, they have one spot called "Hamburger Hill", as in it chews men up and spits 'em out haha! We will likely not be using this hill, but 'advanced' will still actually, truly mean ADVANCED!  

Sign up for this will be on-site only, and we've left time in the morning so that riders can check out other trails first and see how they're feeling! 

To register NOW click HERE!

Schedule as of 5-22-18 may be subject to minor change as route and trail prep continues..
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.

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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. 

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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!

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@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

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@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!

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@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

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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! 

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Photo by @sgtoepfer

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! 

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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. 
Meet Flyer Artist Lydia Roberts

I don't know about you, but I pretty much flipped out when I saw the final flyer artwork for Over And Out, drawn by artist Lydia Roberts aka @lydiarobotica. I've always loved the artistic vibe of punk and hardcore flyers, or skate art with an east-coast edge. I wanted to bring that vibe into Over And Out, and when I discovered Lydia's work I knew i had the right girl.

This post is a bit longer, but it's worth it!  Not only is Lydia an amazing artist (and a girl who rides motorcycles), she was able to explain her artistic process in such a fun, interesting way! Read on to learn more about Lydia and see photos of the flyer process from start to finish!

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Lydia Roberts - Brooklyn, NY - @lydiarobotica

Kawasaki KLX140L, 2003 Suzuki SV650S

LET'S DIVE RIGHT IN HERE....THE FLYER YOU DID FOR OAO IS JUST AMAZING! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST? 

Thanks so much! It was a ton of fun to work on this flyer. I love doing hand lettering and I love drawing bikes, so getting to combine the two was awesome. Plus it's for a sick event, so that's even better! 

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I am a freelance artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. I do illustration for the most part, but I love working in a ton of different mediums and techniques. I tend to get a little antsy when I do any one thing too long. If I do comics too much, I want to paint, and vice versa.

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Lately I've been finishing working on a sci-fi graphic novel with Jessica Abel called Trish Trash: RollerGirl of Mars, I do layouts and the background art for it, as well as a bunch of world design, vehicles included! But that's been going on a while now, so it will be nice to finish that up and start some new projects.

HOW DID YOU NURTURE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS?

At some point in middle school I realized art was probably what I was best at. I had always drawn and painted, but I really started focusing in on art to the slight neglect of the rest of my schoolwork haha. I kept sketchbooks over the years, worked on random paintings and drawings, did some flyers for local bands and events. 

I was living in Albuquerque at the time, and for school we went to an art show in Santa Fe called "Our Grotesque". It was a crazy range of art dealing with weirdness, sculptures, paintings, drawings, animations. and comic books. I had never seen "adult comics" before, things created solely for a weird twisted purpose instead of a squeaky clean superhero or newspaper comic. After that, I started reading comics and borrowing them from friends, trying to make a few of my own. This was what led me to go to school in New York City at The School of Visual Arts. They were and still are one of the few accredited colleges to offer a Cartooning degree, so I got my BFA in Cartooning and Illustration.

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Artwork by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Since then, I've worked on comic books, storyboards for commercials, freelance illustrations, T-shirt designs, painting commissions...all sorts of randomness. For a few years I did pin-striping and filigree decorative painting in a mini-mansion being restored on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, lots of murals, painting things gold, painting ceilings and moulding.

Over the last couple years I've been trying to make a drawing a day, partly as an exercise to myself that I don't obsess over a piece and partly to try to get my speed up. 

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WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE, CREATING THIS FLYER? 

First, I draw ideas in my sketchbook, trying to get some loose images worked out. With flyers like this, or really any illustration involving text, I write out all the information that is needed to see what space it takes up, arranging them by importance and size. Sometimes things I thought would work turn out to be too crammed or awkward. It's like playing with puzzle pieces at this step and figuring out how all the elements fit together. 

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Next, I start the pencils and do a first pass of super wispy sketchy pencils by massing in words and figures, making sure everything fits, tweaking sizes and placement as I go.  I usually keep it loose initially because there can be course adjustments that happen during the first pass. Once everything seems to be flowing and fitting correctly I begin fleshing things out and dedicating to the pencils. 

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This stage is interesting because there are tons of guides and a bunch of under drawing lines that help me execute the final inks, but don't actually show up in the final image. As one of my old art teachers put it, "Pencils are where you make all your mistakes and explore your choices, inks are the the final selection you lock down." With heavy technical drawings like this, I try to do really tight pencils. Lettering and machinery are usually what I try to do the crispest pencils on and this flyer has tons of both, so this stage took a bit of time! 

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For the riders that are all over the place I tried to use a bunch of reference photos- especially because there's no faking machinery. Some of the riders are from the overandoutmoto.com blog ;) while others are from enduro riders I follow on Instagram, so there are some secret cameos going on I guess! 

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At long last I begin the inks! It always seems exciting after slaving over the pencils, although once I begin I'm reminded of how scary inks can be because you start feeling the finality. It's funny how much your mind can mess with you when you have "the one chance to do it right". With something like hand lettering its sort of a masochistic, tedious process. However, despite these lurking thoughts inking is awesome because all that pencilling was worth it. Your pathway is laid out and you're not second-guessing yourself half as much as you would with loose pencils.

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Once I get all of the inks done with the nib, I get to do an extremely satisfying thing and erase all those smudgy pencils and under drawings! Generally I don't bother with much of the spot black and shadows or thicker linework that I do with a brush until after erasing. Also, something VERY important and easily forgotten: Wait for the ink to dry before you erase. Sounds simple, but there are so many times I jumped the gun out of impatience and smeared wet ink across the entire picture! So I do my best to be patient.

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I used watercolor paper for this so it could handle the ink-washes without warping or doing strange things. If you don't tape it down/stretch it, it doesn't matter too much, you'll just have to sepnd a long time flattening it with tons of heavy books. Since this is an event flyer, I had to make sure I kept the emphasis on the information.  I thought about doing a limited palette, but ended up deciding on wanting to keep that realistic summery vibe of riding in upstate- blue skies and green everywhere.  Like many of the other stages, I try to get a vague all-over pass of color values done before going back into final details and deeper shadows.  

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING DIRT BIKES? 

Its been about 3-4 years, but its a bit sporadic since my bike stays upstate for the most part and I live in the city. I first learned on my Kawasaki KLX140L. It belonged to my boyfriend's sister who is a fairly experienced rider on both the dirt and street. She wasn't using the dirtbike as much as she used to and was willing to sell it to me.

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I also just got a Suzuki SV650S last fall, so I only got a couple times in before winter really kicked in. It has definitely been interesting learning to ride a street bike here in Brooklyn. There's a lot of people, no space, and some craziness. But it's a ton of fun!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DIRT BIKE RIDING EXPERIENCE LIKE? 

Hahaha, I thought I was going a lot faster than I was, that's for sure. I laughed when I saw the video my boyfriend had taken. I didn't fall, but I did manage to hit a tree that first time. I gassed it a little too hard and zoomed off to the side instead of down a hill. I managed to hit one of the few trees dead-on with my front tire. I kind of jolted forwards out of my seat and lightly tapped the tree trunk with my helmet. I wasn't hurt though, it was more of a reminder of why gear is important, hahaha.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT RIDING IN THE NORTHEAST?

The terrain is pretty awesome. There are a lot of woods, and weird rocks and boulders dispersed throughout since its the top end of the Appalachias, and a lot is weathered and rounded. Crossing rivers and streams is fun, and well, you have the potential for all sorts of mud and crazy slippery riding conditions. I do like the woods not only for the riding style, but because you get some relief from the sun and the wildlife you see can be really beautiful.

HAVE YOU EVER RIDDEN WITH OTHER FEMALE FRIENDS?  

Sadly I haven't really. Probably the closest was letting female friends take some turns on my bike, haha. Although I've only ridden with a handful of people anyways, so it's not really a comment on gender. Also, I don't know too many girls who ride bikes in general, and even fewer with dirt-bikes. One day soon though! 

About Bear Creek Sportsmen

Over And Out was created for a bunch of important reasons, but one BIG one is that we wanted to open the doors to some amazing riding land, and create a special riding opportunity just for the ladies. 

Over And Out has partnered with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club of Hancock, NY to do just that.  Together, we're bringing you exclusive access to this amazing property with routes and guidance for every level of rider!

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

ABOUT BEAR CREEK SPORTSMEN

Bear Creek Sportsmen is an AMA sanctioned riding club that formed back in 2002 with the express purpose of preserving recreational riding land here in the Northeastern US.  Facing the dilemma of a shrinking availability of riding land, the club members banded together to preserve their own private woods and dual sport riding heaven.

Not only are they passionate about preserving this land, they’re passionate about riding. The club is made up of people who have decades of experience both in racing, competing, and running events from Enduros, to Hare Scrambles, Dual Sports and Vintage events. 

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This year will mark the 20th year of their infamously challenging Quarry Run Dual Sport.  It is also the very FIRST year that they will be hosting a ladies-only ride: Over And Out!

The Bear Creek property occupies over 1,000 acres of extensive and ever-expanding trails that are nothing short of amazing. While Over And Out will cater to ALL levels of riders, the property does boast some of the most challenging terrain around.

Graham Jarvis at Bear Creek Sportsmen. Photo by Steve Hatch Racing.

Graham Jarvis at Bear Creek Sportsmen. Photo by Steve Hatch Racing.

The Club has hosted ISDE Qualifiers, the first US World Enduro in 2006 and another in 2007. Their Quarry Run Dual Sport is one of the most challenging events around, bringing riders from around the country.  This past fall Graham Jarvis came to teach a private enduro clinic.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

I myself have ridden through forest trails reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, have ridden down trickling stone waterfalls, and have stopped in the middle of rocky passes to gape at bald eagles flying overhead.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

TERRAIN OPTIONS FOR OVER AND OUT

For Over And Out, the site will be prepared with miles of grass tracks and fields for newer riders and for the beginner to intermediate on-site lesson groups we'll be running  - more to come on that! ;)  

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We’ll also mark some loops in the woods for different levels of riders. They're meant to be a challenge but nothing's better than working your way through a tough trail with your friends. Our sweeps will be riding these trails to help you out and ensure safety. 

Photo courtesy Bear Creek Sportsmen

Photo courtesy Bear Creek Sportsmen

We'll also have a fully guided advanced ride on Saturday that riders can sign up for onsite. Just a heads up: "advanced" here is like really, really advanced. So if you're that kind of gnarly babe, we've got the trails for you too!

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The local area offers amazing riding for partially-street equipped and heavier dual sports and adventure bikes.  We will be offering mapped routes for these bikes to ride off-site on a variety of rural terrain. 

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ABOUT HANCOCK, NY

The town of Hancock is known as the "Gateway to the Upper Delaware" and it sits right where the Delaware river splits into an east and west branch at the base of Point Mountain. The club has a great relationship with the town of Hancock, and serves as an asset to the community by drawing in visitors to these few public events each year.

Photo: Wikimedia commons

Photo: Wikimedia commons

There are convenient stores, diners, restaurants and hotels within 2 miles of the club property. For those of you riding OUT on the street-legal routes, stop into the local establishments in this quaint town! Explore more at destinationhancock.com.

Bear Creek Sportsmen donates to local organizations each year, and members are always seeking ways to give back through their events. Proceeds from Over And Out tickets and raffle will also be supporting these efforts, something you can feel pretty GREAT about! 

Stay tuned, and sign up for our emails, because full event information and registration will be going live March 14th!

 

Meet Lauren Leal

Lauren's a pint-size powerhouse who can handle a Harley Dyna Street Bob (103 cubic inches - 1688cc), but discovered (the hard way) that the best bike for her in the woods is a 140cc trail bike.  Meet our newest #fastfriend, Lauren Leal.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Lauren Leal, Kawasaki KLX 140L - @electricleal

Interview by Ashley Lusky.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED RIDING DIRT BIKES?

I’ve been riding dirt bikes for three years now. I actually started riding in the woods to improve my street riding skills. Five years ago I took the state’s motorcycle course to get my motorcycle license but I didn’t do much riding after that because I was really afraid to get on the road with other vehicles. My boyfriend convinced me to get into the woods so that I could improve my riding skills overall, and it did help me get more comfortable riding on the street. 

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

WHAT WAS ONE OF THE INITIAL CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

It can be really hard for people to get into the woods in the northeast, especially in states like New Jersey where there aren’t many places to legally ride off-road. Getting seat time is the only way to improve your riding, but it’s not like you can just rip through local hiking trails! So finding new places to ride is definitely a challenge, but the more people I meet who ride the more chances I get!

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WHAT BIKE DID YOU BEGIN RIDING IN THE WOODS WITH?

I had a Honda CRF 250L at first, and it was a tough start for sure because I was definitely on the wrong bike for my size and for the type of riding I was doing. It was too tall. Even after lowering it, I still had trouble touching the ground; and, it was also extremely heavy – heavier than my boyfriend’s WR 450!

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I actually broke my leg on this bike, and when that happened I couldn't even lift it off myself. Needless to say starting out this way didn't do much for my confidence.

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

Photo by Lauren Leal

AFTER YOU BROKE YOUR LEG, HOW DID YOU GET BACK "ON THE HORSE"? 

It was scary at first because I was constantly thinking about protecting that leg. I just had to get out there and do it. My body healed pretty quickly, so it was just a matter of getting my mind to recover too. Getting a bike more well suited for me also helped.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

WHAT DO YOU RIDE NOW?

I bought a KLX 140L this past fall and am already in love! It’s not quite a full-size bike, which is perfect for me at 5’4”. I am able to do so much more with this bike because I can actually touch my feet down and I can pick it up if I fall. It has the perfect amount of power for the trail riding that I am doing and I am actually able to pick up more speed because I’m working with less weight and I don’t have that lingering fear of “what do I do if I fall”. It's made a huge difference to how I feel about riding, I am so pumped about it.

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WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A NEW RIDER WHO'S THINKING OF BUYING A BIKE?

Buying a bike is a significant purchase, so you want to make sure you get it right. I highly recommend trying out as many different bikes as possible. Since most shops won’t let you test ride dirt bikes the way they do with street bikes, you really have to take advantage of opportunities within your personal network. I’ve found that most people are willing to let you try out their bikes – I mean, they’re dirt bikes, they’re meant to get dirty!

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

I went to Over And Out’s kickoff event this past fall and it was one of the best examples of just how open the dirt bike community can be. All of the ladies there were willing to share whatever they had – pads, gloves, goggles, and of course bikes! I brought a Honda XR 200 all the way from New Jersey and it wasn’t kicking over. That could’ve been a huge waste of a weekend for me but it wasn’t because others were willing to share their bikes. It ended up being an awesome experience – probably better than if my bike was working – because I got into the woods on three different bikes.

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WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT OAO'S FIRST PUBLIC EVENT?

Besides making smores? Just kidding. I am super excited to meet more women who are enthusiastic about getting in the woods. I’ve met a handful of great female street riders, but not as many woods riders. I don’t ride in the woods by myself – if you do, you shouldn’t… That’s just crazy! I'm excited about Over And Out because I'd love to meet more girls who ride, but also just to have another chance to ride with the few I DO know. ...and to check out these awesome trails up in Hancock!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WOMAN WHO IS INTERESTED IN RIDING DIRT BIKES BUT HASN'T TAKEN THE LEAP?