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Photojournalist Mary Rinell is coming to OAOMX!

Get ready to meet extreme motorsports photojournalist Mary Rinell (@mjsmotophotos) at Over And Out Moto-X this October! Mary specializes in hard enduro, endurocross and extreme motorsports photography, and I’m sorta fan-girling at the idea of having her at OAOMX with us!

She’ll be photographing at OAOMX, and will be making the photos available for download and sharing by attendees while the event is still going on!

We’re also offering a handful of 20-minute time slots so you can book your own mini-shoot - guaranteeing some badass photos of your very own! (cough-HolidayCard-cough)

First, get to know Mary by reading this interview. You’ll see why we’re so excited to have her!

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE PHOTOGRAPHY, SPECIFICALLY A FOCUS ON HARD ENDURO AND EXTREME MOTORSPORTS?

I received some excellent advice very early on in my career, to pick a particular passion within the field of photography, and work only on perfecting that one style. This was difficult to do at first, as I find beauty in all types of photography, but one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to practically live at the races. I’m a rider myself and it’s my happiest of places, always has been!

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

I followed that advice, and spent the next 3 years doing nothing but races. Literally ANY race I had even the slightest way to get to, I would show up and shoot. Job or not, assignment or not, paycheck or not!

I found my home with the off-road and enduro community. I have somehow become that chick who knows, shoots, and talks to (not to mention cheers on) literally everyone!

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EVENT YOU’VE SHOT?

One race that stands out to me was a West Hare Scramble at Hannegan Speedway in Washington, June of 2015. The race itself was nothing special, but this was my first race working as a student under my now long-term mentor, Mark Kariya (@kato_photo).

I gained more experience in that one race than I had in 2 years of trying to do it on my own. More importantly, I earned the support of a mentor who would become a substantial part of all of my future successes.

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO DO OR SEE AT OVER AND OUT MOTO-X?

Meet the moto family! No really, it sounds cheesy, but I truly love to connect with new humans who are equally as passionate about the sport as I am! I am super pumped, and absolutely cannot wait to be in the presence of so many badass women.

The moto scene is full of dudes, shout out to them and all, but y’all know how rad it is when you find another chick who rides?! It’s like instant bff’s, you’re making riding plans before you have names figured out and numbers in your phones! LOL

With an event like this, that connection is something I don’t need to ‘find’ or even come up with.. it’s already there! Which is a huge part of what makes one-on-one sessions so amazing; it’s truly easy to connect, and there is nothing I love more then showcasing strong empowered women doing what we love!

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

I FOLLOWED YOUR TRIP TO CHILE FOR LAST YEAR’S ISDE. IT LOOKED BRUTAL! WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE WHEN SHOOTING AN EVENT?

Oh the ISDE in Chile... that event was brutal for many of us, riders and media alike!

There were some last minute format changes by the FIM, which included elimination of an entire test section. This ended up causing mass confusion and extremely long transfers for riders, crew and media - getting lost, running out of gas, and missing check points. Things we're also very far apart and getting around was very challenging. It was also incredibly hot and dusty.

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

To prevent theft, we were instructed to carry all of our supplies on us at all times. This was probably my biggest challenge, as hauling my 26 lb backpack full of equipment for 14 hour days (for 6 days in a row) was extremely hard on me physically. By the time I finished the 6 days, I felt like it was ME who had raced. I was holding my pants on with zip-ties! HA!

Yet, by that final day, nothing could stop me from completing my mission; I'm telling y'all a damn bear could have appeared in front of me, and ida just kept on shooting! I had a shutter go out on me mid-final-race, but was able to swap lenses and keep shooting without missing so much as a quarter of a lap. There are unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic challenges to every single race, without fail. You can choose to let the problem stop you, or you can choose to look at it as an opportunity and keep on going!

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

Photo by Mary Rinnell @mjsmotophotos

ON YOUR WEBSITE YOU SAY YOU’RE “ALWAYS A STUDENT”. I LOVE THE IDEA OF ALWAYS LEARNING AND PROGRESSING - SOMETHING WE’RE ALL DOING WITH OUR RIDING SKILLS! WHAT’S BEEN MOST HELPFUL TO YOU IN FACILITATING YOUR GROWTH?

Realizing right away that I had a butt-load to learn, limited resources, and a long hard road ahead was a substantial part of my success. Early on, I needed help to accomplish literally anything, and 2 things helped me the most: gaining support from the race community, and having a mentor to turn to.

Maintaining the approach of ‘forever being a student’ has helped me stay open to criticism and to embrace situations that I may otherwise walk away from.

The only other trait that has been crucial to my success has been “resourcefulness”. I see a LOT of hesitation in this world due to lack of resources. Trust me when I say that I’ve been there, and my advice is this: Don’t get hung up on resources, simply become resourceful. That is far more powerful!

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

WHAT NEW ADVENTURES ARE COMING UP FOR YOU AFTER OAOMX?

After OAOMX, I hit it hard right off the bat the following week, with back-to-back rounds of EnduroCross in Denver CO, and the following weekend in Nampa, ID. From there, I’ll be home 3 short days before heading out on a 20 day trip to Europe!!!

First, Im headed to the final round of the World Enduro Super Series (WESS), the Getzen Rodeo Extreme Enduro in Drebach, Germany. From there I take a short visit to the KTM Factory in Austria, and then head over to Portimao Portugal to attend the International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) for my second year.

The ISDE takes around 10 days to prep, attend and shoot, and then complete the post process, so it is quite the time and energy-consuming experience. After that I have a week or so to re-group before a potential hard enduro race in Texas. Before I know it, it’ll be time to celebrate the New Year!

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

Photo courtesy @mjsmotophotos

WILL THE MINI-SHOOT PACKAGES AT OAOMX HELP FUND YOUR JOURNEY?

YES!!!! Every penny I make, race or otherwise moto related goes right back in to my business. I work as a freelance photojournalist, so what that really means is that I may work for virtually anyone, at any race that I attend. Every bit of income I earn while I am working goes right back in to the next race, and my ISDE push is the current biggest by far.

This is such an epic opportunity y’all! I feel quite proud of the accomplishment, and cannot wait to show the whole world who mjsmotophotos is: a skinny, loud mouthed, crazy-colorful American, who simply refused to sit in the bleachers. LOL. That said, I am in desperate need of some supplies (remember the backpack story, not doing that again!), as well as having my expenses covered this year, so the push to raise and save has already begun!

I truly appreciate everyone who has supported me over the years, both financially and with encouraging words following along on my journey. I do this for the love, I do this for the smell of race gas, but mostly I do this for the moto family. (That's you!)

CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO BOOK A SHOOT WITH MJSMOTOPHOTOS!!!

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P.S. I have a handful of people I'd like to thank, as they've all played valuable roles over the years in all of my accomplishments. I truly feel everything that I have done and can continue to do, would absolutely not be possible without the support of my people! So a huge mention first and foremost to my mentor Mark Kariya, Mike and Sharie Hurlbert and the entire RPM Racing Team, Dawn McClintock at FXR Moto, the entire Shelby Turner family, Erek Kudla and everyone else at the AMA, the local AMRA riders and other riders who support me, and most importantly my best friend and biggest fan Mr. Schettler, who believes in me often times more than I believe in myself. Without my moto fam, I would be half the human.

NEW EVENT: OVER AND OUT MOTO-X!

This October 4-6, 2019 we’re hosting our first women’s motocross technique and training event called Over And Out Moto-X! We’re taking over a beautiful private farm in Stockton, NJ to camp, take lessons, ride dirt bikes and have a blast! HERE’S why you should come to this event…

Flyer Illustration by Lydia Roberts, @lydiarobotica

Flyer Illustration by Lydia Roberts, @lydiarobotica

THIS EVENT IS GREAT FOR EVERYONE!

  • Newer off-road riders, or Intermediate riders looking to up their skills and gain confidence.

  • Experienced dirt bike, enduro or woods riders who’ve never ridden a track or can benefit from technique training and the repetition of a track environment, and

  • Motocross riders who want to ride this amazing, professionally-built motocross track and have a fun time with other rad, like-minded ladies!

  • Street-focused dual-sport riders who want to camp on site and ride out to explore the local sights.

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THE EVENT SPACE IS AMAZING!!!

We’re taking over a pristine private farm in beautiful Stockton, NJ that is equipped with a professionally-built motocross track, trails though fields and woods, a moto clubhouse, a moto garage and more.

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THE TRACK IS SUPERB

Ride a private, fun and professionally-built motocross track - built by DirtWurx! DirtWurx is thee expert crew that builds the tracks in stadiums nationwide for Supercross! Track-building is a science and and art, and these guys do it better than anyone.

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A motocross track can be super intimidating, but this one is built right and can be approached and enjoyed by riders of all levels - whether you’re looking to take your first roll over a tabletop jump or knock out a Bubba scrub. Riding a track is a great exercise for ALL riders, because it offers you repetition and the opportunity to repeatedly test and perfect proper riding techniques.

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OTHER RIDING OPTIONS

The farm property is beautifully maintained. The fields used for camping are not used for animals, and there is a fun perimeter route and short woods trails that are ideal for newer riders or for anyone who wants to cruise around. Mini bikes are especially fun here!

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The local area offers some of the most beautiful sights and motorcycle friendly exploration. Ride along the Delaware River stopping in Frenchtown, New Hope, Lambertville or Washington’s Crossing or exploring local sights at the peak of fall riding season!

Photo of Goat’s Hill Overlook by Kevin Giannini

Photo of Goat’s Hill Overlook by Kevin Giannini

LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES

This event’s format will include scheduled lesson groups for all levels of riders, PLUS open riding time on the track, field and farm perimeter trails for all riders.

LAMPI MX TRAINING Class - Book a 3-hour on-track training session Saturday 10/5 with professional motocross racer Aaron Lampi of Lampi MX Training to elevate crucial skills and techniques on the track. Full Details HERE.

GPMX Dirty Girls Class - Book a full-day class Saturday 10/5 with GPMX’s Dirty Girls class - available with or without a bike! Full Details HERE.

These training classes each have their own cost aside from the base event ticket. If you’re confused as to which class is for you, email us at info@overandoutmoto.com. More activities will be announced as the event nears, so make sure you are signed up for emails and following us on social!

WEBIG Inc Mini-MX Games

The WEBIG Inc Mini-mx games make a glorious return, so roll out those mini bikes and get ready to riiiiip!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Sign up ON SITE to race against your buds Saturday evening at OAO. You’ll tie on a WEBIG race bib - an exact replica of the old Camel bibs worn by the MX gods in the golden days of motocross - guaranteed to make you faster!

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This year we’ll have three different classes, so you can braaaap against your peers:

  • Ass-haulin’ A-class - max 125cc

  • Badass B-class - max 100cc

  • Nervous Novice - no shame in the newb game. Let’s DO this! ;)

Winners of each class will be awarded an epic prize-pack full of radical WEBIG Inc gear! (Again, sign-up will be on site).

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

WEBIG is also coming in hot at the raffle table! You could win the sickest raffle bundle that’ll make your mom and dad say “holy shit that’s a sick-ass raffle bundle!” So get stoked and ready to rip!

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PSSST - at the time of posting this, WEBIG Inc has a flash sale going on, 25% Off your entire order online with the code 2STROKE! Git It!

Rental Bikes from GPMX!

We’ve beyond stoked to announce that east coast motocross school, GPMX has decided to offer some of their bikes for ladies looking to rent. Read on about the types of bikes available and how to reserve a bike for OAO2019. Act fast, because supply is limited!

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THE BIKES

The bikes available for rent are purely off-road dirt bikes, kick-start. Models available:

  • Yamaha ttr-125

  • Suzuki drz-125

  • Kawasaki klx-125

  • Honda xr-100

THE DETAILS

  • Full Day Rental $200, damage deposit required.

  • Available to Rent for Friday 6/21, Saturday 6/22 or Sunday 6/23.

  • These bikes are not plated. They’re not to be taken out on any public roads, only ridden within designated event space according to rider skill level.

  • Rental bikes will be delivered by GPMX to the site of Over And Out.

  • Bikes will be in well-maintained running order with full tanks of gas upon delivery. Extra Gas included!

  • Any on-site maintenance required (flat tire, etc) will be the renter’s responsibility to utilize on-site support services the same as any other attendee.

  • Rider must adhere to all other Over And Out event rules and safety guidelines.

IMPORTANT!: Please do not contact OAO with questions or support on rentals, as we won’t be able to help you beyond the information shared here, nor are we part of your rental agreement whatsoever. All rental agreements and arrangements are direct between renter and GPMX. Thank you!