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Meet Motocross Racer Samantha Fritz

Our first Moto-X event is less than a month away, with a private motocross track, grass and woods tracks less than an hour from NYC and Philadelphia. We’re getting super excited to watch our female attendees rip that motocross track, try the mx track for the first time, harness new skills and make some #fastfriends!

Speaking of ALL of the above, meet Samantha Fritz! Sam will be joining us at OAOMX, and if there’s anyone you’ll want to talk to about getting into mx racing, it’s her! Her family owns local track Hurricane Hills (incidentally the first track I ever rode as a new rider), she races and is involved with District 34.

Get to know Sam right here, and then get to know her even better (and ride with her!) at OAOMX!

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Samantha Fritz - Pompton Plains, NJ

2018 CRF 250 and 2005 CR 125

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? 

I started riding when I was about 6 years old when my dad bought my older brother and I a pw80.  I grew up going to the motocross tracks with my family, because my dad rode nearly his entire life. My two biggest inspirations to race were my dad & Travis Pastrana!  I wanted to be just like them!

My dad said if I wanted to race that I needed to practice a lot and be self-sufficient: to start my bike by myself, to pick up my bike by myself, get around the track and not be a hazard to other racers by knowing how to hold my line and that sort of thing. 

I wanted to do it, so any chance could, I went to train and practice with my dad and brother in the woods and at the tracks. I started racing at age 13 on a KX100.

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU STARTED RACING?  

At my very first race they were awarding trophies to the top 8 racers. There were 8 big bikes and 4 small bikes including myself. I REALLY wanted a trophy, so I knew I had to beat the other small bikes and 1 of the big bikes. The first moto I beat all the small bikes. The second moto I beat all the small bikes and 1 of the big bikes to get 8th overall and my first trophy! After that I was hooked!

I worked my way up from racing my first ever race in 2002 to qualifying for Loretta's in 2007. I didn't have the best of luck down there but it's still awesome to say that I went there and gave it my all. I've diced it out in the “boys” classes over the years as well, and currently I race the 25+B, 30+B, and women’s' classes in the 2019 District 34 season. I've earned lots of championships and I'm proud of where I am now.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT MOTOCROSS? 

I love the jumps!  There is nothing that beats the feeling of flying.  I also love the moto community!  All of my best friends are at the tracks and I don't think any other sport has so many people willing to help out when you need a hand. 

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YOUR FAMILY ACTUALLY OWNS A MOTOCROSS TRACK! TELL US ABOUT IT!

My family purchased Hurricane Hills in Clifford, PA in 2006. It was like a dream come true for a young racer like me! Over the years I’ve learned what hard work it really is to maintain a racetrack.

I've worked pretty much every job at our track from working the front gate, to signing riders up for racing, flipping burgers, picking rocks, weed whacking, picking up garbage, watering the track, ripping the track with the tractor…. you name it!

It’s given me a lot of insight being both a rider and promoter, being out there on the track as a racer/rider but also working to try to give everyone the best value for their time at the track. Seeing both sides has helped me contribute to the facility and community. At Hurricane Hlils, we have mx races and harescrambles for both bikes and quads.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP ADVICE FOR A GIRL WHO HAS NEVER BEEN TO A MOTOCROSS TRACK AND WANTS TO CHECK IT OUT?  

Come on out!  Even if you just come to a race and hang out.  Everyone in the MX community is awesome.  If you come to a District 34 event, I'd be more than happy to show you around and help you out if you want to get involved with racing.  

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WHAT’S YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DISTRICT 34?

I've been the points-keeper for District 34 since about 2011.  At the motocross races, you need a District or Series card to show your skill level, as required by the AMA. 

During a typical day at the races, I help sign up riders for our district card with applications, I track their points, make them a membership card, and help host the banquet at the end of the season. 

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I also reach out to companies for sponsorships for our riders and the bike manufacturers for contingency as well. Like I said, I know what it's like to be on both sides of the fence - as a promoter and a rider - so I work hard to help racers save money with sponsorship deals. If I can help people get to an extra race or two with that money saved and help out sponsors reach more customers, that's a win-win in my book! 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR AT OAOMX? 

It's going to be so fun to hang out, ride with all ladies and meet some new people!  Can't wait to see you all there! :D

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!