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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:

Image from Ground Pilot Aerials

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. Details and tickets are LIVE!

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. 

Photo by Megan Maloy

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.

Photo by Megan Maloy

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! 

Meet Lisa Davison

"Is a women's only event a mistake?" "Aren't you cutting down your chances of attendance by half?" "I don't know any women who would go to something like this on their own."  These are just a few of many comments I heard as I was launching Over And Out.  

I wasn't sure how many women would find a way to get to the first event, but 73 women showed up hauling their own bikes in trucks, vans and trailers - some for the very first time! Each girl's story about why they came was unique and inspiring in it's own way. 

We'll be spotlighting some of the rad women who came to the first Over And Out, to show exactly how they made their journey happen, and to show the world that a women's-only event isn't a mistake; it's a life-changing experience and a damn good time!  -Kelly

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

MEET LISA DAVISON,  Framingham, MA

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HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT OVER AND OUT?  

Back in December of 2017, my friend in Queens, NY texted me about it!  She and her husband went to the International Motorcycle Show where they saw a female speaker talking about it!  She sent me a photo of the presenter, Kelly McCaughey, and the website URL.  I immediately subscribed to emails on the website so I wouldn't miss a thing!!!

DID YOU ALREADY HAVE OFF-ROAD RIDING EXPERIENCE? 

Yes and no.  At the time I learned of this event, I was on a 2013 Kawasaki Versys 650 and had a good 7 years riding experience previously on a Suzuki GS500, and a 1981 Yamaha XJS550. While I had ridden some dirt roads on my Versys, I wasn't really confident in my skills and I found it challenging to experience more and improve with a bike of that size. 

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

I knew if I scaled back in size I could improve my skills which could also translate to how I rode on my Versys.  Once I received more details from Over And Out about the terrain options and requirements, I had a better understanding of how I planned to improve my off-road riding experience.

SO WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN AS YOU LOOKED FORWARD TO OAO? 

I decided to get a lower-to-mid-range cc dual-sport, and my riding partner and boyfriend Seth helped me do that. Seth rides a KLX400, and together we found a 2006 Kawasaki KLX250 that seemed perfect for me.

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

The bike needed some maintenance of course, as well as some upgrades, including:  knobby tires, sprocket & chain, spark plug, carburetor modification, fluids changed, and replacement of some parts and painted plastics.   

Every day I'd get a package with new parts, and every free moment was spent working on the bike.  During winter we'd bring the bike inside to work on it, a common occurrence for our house that doesn't have a garage!

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We also decided to add a steering damper to help cut down on deflecting.  I then ordered a single hitch-hauler and ratchet straps and did a couple of trial runs loading my bike and driving around the block. 

Lastly, I ordered some new gear! ;) I bought a new jersey, pants, chest protector, elbow and knee guards... and Seth even surprised me with a new dirt bike helmet for my birthday! :-) 

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

Photo courtesy Lisa Davison

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD IT ALL ON LOCK!  ANY LAST MINUTE SURPRISES? 

Only the good kind! About a week out from the event, Kelly (the event producer) contacted me. Someone in my area was looking for options to catch a ride to the event, and Kelly reached out to see if she could bridge any connections.

I offered to help, and to my surprise the girl that needed a ride was Erika Tango Bean, one of the REV'IT! women's team riders who'd come out all the way from Arizona to Boston. 

Erika Tango Bean @bmwmotorcyclegirl and Lisa Davison @agentmisskitty 

Erika Tango Bean @bmwmotorcyclegirl and Lisa Davison @agentmisskitty 

I had an empty seat in my JEEP and room for her bags, so Erika's husband dropped her off with me, and we drove to the event in NY together!  It was great having the opportunity to meet someone new, to have great company on my way to the event and to start my journey this way.

Once we arrived it was time to briefly part ways, get our campsites set up, check in and start socializing with the other ladies!  As the day turned into night it was so cool to see so many other ladies arriving with their bikes, setting up camp and meeting one another!  

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

HOW WAS YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE AT OAO?

It was great! I took advantage of every opportunity I could, and in the morning at the riders meeting I was able to meet other ladies who were interested in riding the same things as me, so it was easy to grab a buddy or two! 

I started on the easiest, roughly 1-mile, woods loop.  It rained pretty good that morning and, whoa!, that made for some slick riding! Having never ridden in muddy single track before I was apprehensive at first, but the positivity of the other riders kept me pressing on!  

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

About halfway through I hit a muddy rut and fell. A sweep rider came up to make sure I was ok - and I was! Still laughing and smiling!  One of the girls helped me pick up my bike and the sweep showed me how to get it started after dropping and flooding it. And we were on our way again! 

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

WHAT ELSE DID YOU RIDE AT OAO?

I rode the grass tracks next. While the rain still made things a bit slippery, at least there were no ruts, rocks or roots to contend with for a little while. This allowed me to go a little faster and relax a little more! 

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy @megan_maloy

Then I took a 1-hour lesson with the MSF-certified coach, Mitch. I learned more about throttle control, sitting and standing, counter-balancing and performing tight circles.  I was thrilled to have this opportunity to take this free lesson!

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

Photo courtesy Victoria Zandonella, Northeast Dualsport Riders.

And, finally I joined a 3-hour guided Dual Sport ride on an AMAZING route planned by guide Victoria Z! The perfect blend of a little street, some dirt and lots of back roads, winding through stunning landscapes and small towns.  Thankfully the rain had ended and we enjoyed a great group ride with 7 riders and a sweep.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! 

I loved the experience of a Women's Only event.  It was inspiring to meet and see other ladies who have a love of adventure like I do. They were all so open-minded and easy to talk to.  I bonded with ladies by sharing a trail, sharing a bench at lunch time, roasting s'mores, and laughing together a LOT! I made so many new friends. I can't wait until the next Over And Out!

Until then...a big THANK YOU to everyone involved! xo

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

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! 

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

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! 

Photo by Megan Maloy

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...

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!  

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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!

Meet Meghan Milligan, Coordinator for Over And Out
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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Meghan Milligan - Pittsburgh, PA - @meggymilly

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO OFF-ROAD RIDING?

My fiancé Adam was the one who got me into riding off-road. When I first started riding in 2014, I only wanted to ride street and never have thought that I would get into riding dirt. Now if I ever had to choose between the two, street or dirt, I would choose to ride off-road, hands down! I would always watch videos of Adam ripping through trails and was completely mesmerized — I wanted to experience that same adrenaline feeling. 

I first learned how to ride dirt on my 1992 Suzuki DR350. It was a great bike to start out on, but once I got a taste of a 2-stroke dirt bike that was it — I needed something more compatible for the riding style I craved.

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

Adam then surprised me for Christmas one year with a 1996 Kawasaki KX125. That's the bike that made me completely fall in love with riding 2-strokes. The power completely changed my outlook on riding off-road and I couldn't stop smiling underneath my helmet.

However, my KX was at times challenging to ride due to some minor imperfections. I wanted to desperately advance in my skill set so instead of putting tons of money to fix up an old bike I decided to sell it to RIDE ORANGE!  I am now the proud owner of a 2009 KTM 200 XC-W and couldn't be more pumped! It's an incredible bike to ride trails and help me grow as a rider. 

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

WHAT KIND OF TERRAIN DO YOU LIKE RIDING THE MOST? 

There is nothing more thrilling than riding through the woods trying to get through each obstacle that comes your way. You get to ride through nature's very own playground — log crossings, rocky terrain, ruts — the list goes on. What really keeps it exciting that you can ride a route one weekend and by the next one it can change completely! Riding trails really improves your technical skill set — especially when riding tight single-track. And let's be real, it doesn't hurt that you're surrounded by the amazing scenery of the woods. 

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RIDING? 

I love that you are constantly challenging yourself off-road. There is always something new to learn and you’re continuously working on improving your skills.  It's an incredible feeling when you are able to get through an obstacle that you once struggled with.

WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH OVER AND OUT? 

The first I heard about Over And Out was when Kelly mentioned to me that she wanted to create a ladies-only off-road event here on the East Coast. There was no event like that on our side of the country and Kelly was determined to make it happen! While she worked on plans for a public event, she organized a smaller trial event with a handful of women (of all levels) and women loved it. After that I was ECSTATIC to hear the official plans for Over And Out were a GO, and that we were finally getting a women's off-road event here on the East Coast!!  

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

As far as my involvement with Over And Out, I'm helping to bring in great items for the raffle, am assisting with event set-up and...pretty much whatever else is needed to produce an event like this! It's really fun to coordinate all of the exciting things to come! 

WHY IS THIS EVENT IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I feel honored to help assist Kelly in the planning of OAO — it's great to have an incredible woman in the off-roading community be the brains behind this event, but even better to help a friend that I have connected with through the love of riding dirt bikes! We met at the first Babes Ride Out East Coast and I was pumped to meet a woman who loves riding trails like me! 

When Kelly first told me that she was planning Over And Out I immediately volunteered to help in any way I could! I always wished there was a dirt bike/off-road event out here for women and I couldn't be happier that it is now a reality.

Riding dirt bikes has become such a huge part of my life so being able to help with Over And Out is very important to me. I can't wait to meet more great people, and I can't wait to RIDE!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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..