2016 NE 24

2016 – 24 Hour Team

Last years team of ladies were simply awesome! It was a great experience to unite with theses ladies and put some laps in. Amanda ~ Heather ~ Kelli ~ Susan and Megan, you made 2015 memorable and super fun! Thank you so much for being a part of the team and doing all you did! It was unfortunate that no other teams entered the race in the Womens Class – during the race there was discussion of us growing the class for the following year and I am so happy to report that Susan Lawrence is currently organizing her own team to compete this year!!!

Organizing a 24 hour team isn’t easy and last year was my first time ever attempting something like this – however sometimes when you want something you just need to twist the throttle and hope for the best…As it currently stands there are a total of 4 (including DBGA) Women’s Teams – so its going to be a fun battle!

I seriously can’t wait – as we get closer to race day the anticipation is growing and so does this team.

Unfortunately this year Amanda Knapp will not be able to race – the ACL that kept her out of turning laps in 2015 looks to keep her out again this year with a new surgery scheduled for the summer :-( Please keep her in your thoughts for a speedy recovery – I truly hope she will be able to race with the team in 2017!

Please feel free to check out the 2015 Race Report for all the goods – pics and happenings from 2015

 

*MEET THE 2016 Dirt Bike Girl Adventures Team*

On the weekend of July 16 – 17th  Dirt Bike Girl Adventures will have a team of  up to six Women competing in the Women’s Class at Arcadia Bark Busters, 24hr North East Challenge Race at Tall Pines located in Andover, N.Y.

This diverse team of women – some of whom have never met before, are a testament to the fact that the off-road community is an extended family of sorts. This small sampling of women have been connected through social media networking and on this journey of forming this team we have found encouragement and support from the DBGA Community.

Since the beginning, Dirt Bike Girl Adventures  has been about good times…having fun on your dirt bike no matter your skill level, promoting female ridership, safety and advocacy as well as highlighting the many unique stories and backgrounds we female riders have.  I strive to promote the women and girls in our off-road community in a tasteful manner for all ages to partake in the many conversations we share – to learn from one-another to become improved riders and contributors to the moto-community.

Many women find the stories of other female riders inspirational and it has contributed to many swinging their own leg over a dirt bike and then creating a new inspirational story for them to share. That is just one of the many ways to get women out there – growing the ranks!

In a 24 hour race we will be required to pound out as many laps as we possibly can – as fast as we are able to safely. We will be a team of individuals before the race however we will learn to work together as Teammates – helping and encouraging each other and becoming a true team. This team is a team of women with various speed and skill – that is sure to make it interesting as the hours pass. All day – All night – All conditions…

It will be an experience that none of us will forget and it will surly provide us with plenty of cool stories to share…

* TEAM CAPTAIN *

 Nancy Sabater!

Charlotte Hall, MD

  •  How Old Are You and when did you start riding?
I am only 46 and I rode for the first time when I was around 20 at a riding area in Florida called Croom.
 
  •  Who introduced you to motorcycling?
I was introduced to motorcycling by a friend – Thank Goodness! It has been the best and led me to where I am today!
  •  What bike do you ride today?
    Nancy at Full Gas Sprint Enduro 2016
    Nancy at Full Gas Sprint Enduro 2016

     

I currently ride a 2016 KTM 200 XC
 
  •  What made you decide to start racing?
I heard about a local race called the “Hangover Hare Scramble” and thought it would be a neat opportunity to try to race – I was curious on how I would do and wanted to start the year off with a fun adventure!
  •  What is your favorite riding memory? 
I have so many! One in particular comes to mind though… My man, Billy and I were riding with another couple at Hatfield – McCoys – It was our last ride of the weekend and I really wanted to end on a good note… Billy and I had those helmet radios and He was leading the ride. He was talking to me letting me know nobody was on the trail (the trails have two way traffic there) and just talking in my ear in a really calm voice telling me to relax -just ride saying reassuring things that were making me really focused. I remember going pretty fast for me – feeling like I was in the zone – doing everything super smooth without hesitation – hitting all the right lines – cornering the cliffs and never over thinking. I will never forget that ride – it was a great way to end an awesome weekend of riding! 
 
  •  What are your future goals?
I would love to continue to improve and become a more confident rider. I hope to keep racing and riding for years to come. I also hope that Dirt Bike Girl Adventures continues to grow and blossom to become a brand/company that inspires girls and women to ride and get involved in being an active part in the motorcyclist lifestyle. I have many plans for the future of DBGA! 
 
  •  What would you like to see most improve for women riders?
There is so much that needs to improve – but we shouldn’t wait for someone to do it – you need to get involved and make it happen. Women need to get support not just on the racing and professional side – they need to feel they are a part of the sport and the conversation – meaning our local dealerships need to carry product for them – and our local clubs need to recognize the need many women have to meet other women to ride with. We are a huge force and the industry needs to get behind women riders and better yet – support young girls that are the future on the sport. In regards to Professional Women Racers – they should be treated no different then the guys – they are top level racers in their class and field and are deserving of nothing less. That said – I would like series such as the GNCC Series to start paying Pro Women Riders! And I would love to see there be an ELITE Womens Class in the three hour afternoon race in the GNCC Series… I know there are Women out there that are capable to rip for three hours! 
 
  •  Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider?
Absolutely! I love the opportunities that have come my way in doing just that – and hope for more in the future! 
 
  •  What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding?
“Keep your feet on the pegs… Keep your momentum and When in doubt – Throttle Out!”
  •  Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank? 
My man – Billy Schlag, he has always been supportive of all the many roads I have taken. He encourages me and is always trying to help me make my dreams reality. He’s the greatest and I am blessed to have him in my corner!
My Awesome Sponsors – Trail Pros, Scott Goggles, Fly Racing, WPS, Ride On Moto and Limited Decal……..Thanks for all you do and your continued support!
  •  Are you an AMA Member?
Absolutely! I have been a proud and active member of the American Motorcyclist Association for 11 years! 

Neat Fact: In 2011 the American Motorcyclist Association named Nancy “Motorcyclist of the Year” for her grassroots efforts in fighting the 2008 CPSIA Lead Law! She didn’t have any idea until she received her copy of the AMA Magazine and saw her picture on the cover! 

2011 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year
2011 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year

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Heidi Hawkins!

  • Where do you call home?

Elkins WV

  •  How old are you?

43

  •  When did you start riding?

I used to ride/race ATVs.. However, I started riding dirt bikes about five years ago…

  • Who introduced you to motorcycling?

My husband Kenny got me into riding….

  • What bike do you ride today?

2014 250 KTM XC. 

  •  When did you start racing?

My very first dirt bike race was GNCC Ohio race. I want to say in 2013… I made one lap and was wiped out by another rider.  I went left and he did too….

  •  What is your favorite riding memory?

I don’t have one particular favorite memory….Anytime I get on my bike and challenge myself it is my favorite. However, I love my annual family trip to Hatfield and McCoys and when I get to ride with Kenny, Nancy, and Billy.

  •  What would you like to see most improve for women riders?

More recognition … There are a lot of kick ass girl riders..

  •  Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider?

For sure and for women who think they are too old to try to ride a dirt bike…

  •  What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding?

Keep your feet on the pegs….

  •  Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank?

Elkins Motorsports, Outlaw, Limited Decal, Ride on Moto and my mechanic/support team/transporter, Kenny Hawkins :) and my son Ty and daughter Kendall.

  • What interested you in being part of the Dirt Bike Girl Adventures 2016 24hr Team?

I love sharing riding adventures with other riders and talking about what “just happened”… And you guys had a blast last year!

  •  Are you an AMA Member?

Was until I blew out my knee, but I need to renew it…

  •  Neat Fact about you:

I am a Probation Officer…I worked at a coal mines for six years. my dirt bike is dedicated to my father who worked 47 years in a coal mines and my uncle who passed away at Sago Mine Disaster. 

Heidis bike
Honoring those who lost their lives in the Sago Mine Disaster

 

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JJ Kamholtz!  Update 7-13 unfortunately JJ will not be able to make the trip from Alabama for this years NE24 – Hopefully she will be able to join the Team in 2017! :-(

  • Where do you call home?

Birmingham, AL

  • How old are you?

43 

  • When did you start riding and who introduced you to motorcycling?

My parents owned a motorcycle mechanic’s school and a Honda dealership when I was growing up, so motorcycles were our lives. JJ & Her Moto-MomMy mom took me for a ride on my first birthday and I rode into my early teens. They sold the dealership and I didn’t ride much after that. My boyfriend, David, took me out on a ride with some friends about 2 years ago and I felt like I was 8 years old on my beloved Z50 again! I’ve been hooked ever since!

  • What bike do you ride today?

2015 KTM 200 xc-w

  • When did you start racing?

Last year. My first race was a SECCA race at Cornerstone.  I had a goal of just finishing one lap. I did three (even though the last one didn’t count) and somehow managed to make it on the podium.

  • What is your favorite riding memory?

As a child, riding with my parents in the Mojave desert. As an adult, it was on a ride in the fall of last year. Things finally started to click and I realized I was focusing on the trail instead of all the hazards along the trail. I was going faster but more relaxed and not bouncing off everything. That’s when it really started to get fun!!

  • What would you like to see most improve for women riders?

 

So many things. Accessibility and inclusion. More girls need to be encouraged to try it when they are young and more ladies need to be encouraged to try it when they are older. Yes, it can be dangerous and intimidating, but that’s true regardless of gender. I’d like to see more rides and clinics aimed at getting women interested and helping to grow their skills to keep them interested. I’m working on getting these going in our area. Our 24 Hr race (Perry Mountain 24hr Challenge) no longer has a ladies class and that’s a sad thing. I want it to come back and grow!

Better gear options – “Pink it and shrink it” is not the answer. We need gear that is designed for us, not just guy stuff made smaller with a pink butterfly on it. We need gear that really works for and with us and isn’t just “cute”.

 

  • Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider?

Absolutely! For any rider, young or old. I’d love to help get more girls and women out on the trails.

  • What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding?

“Momentum is your friend!”
“Stop thinking so much!”

  • Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank?

My boyfriend, David Passmore. He is not a patient man, but somehow finds an abundance of it when we are out on the trail together. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and encourages me to have more faith in my abilities.

My co-workers. I’m sure they think I’m nuts for riding but they are ALWAYS supportive and encouraging.

My sweet daughter, Megan. She draws the coolest pictures of me riding my bike and doesn’t laugh too hard when I tell her how I ended up upside down in a mud hole.

  • What interested you in being part of the Dirt Bike Girl Adventures 2016 24hr Team?

The opportunity to ride in a new area and to meet and ride with some pretty amazing dirt bike girls!

  • Are you an AMA Member?

This will be my first year as a member.

  • Neat Fact about you:

I have touched a killer whale, jumped off a cliff and tinkled in the same bathroom as Nicole Kidman… Not all in the same day though, :-)

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Samantha Kilgore!

  • Where do you call home?

I was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, but my husband and I recently built our dream home and now live in Southern Anne Arundel County in a small town called Churchton.

  • How old are you?

Just turned 30 on Cinco de Mayo!

  • When did you start riding? Who introduced you to motorcycling?

I had always been interested in bikes and anything with motors, but I first learned how to ride a dirt bike when I was in my freshman year of high school. My boyfriend at the time sat me on the bike, told me what to do, and I TOOK OFF! From there I dabbled in it riding around,”field riding” if you will, but it wasn’t until I met my husband in 2008 that I actually started to learn technique.

  • What bike do you ride today?

I am SO excited to finally move up to a full sized bike aka my “big girl bike”! I just picked up a 2015 Husky 125TE. Prior to, I had a 2013 Honda CRF150R for about 1.5 years.

  • When did you start racing?

I started racing competitively last season with the VXCS hare scramble series. Fun fact: I decided only days before my first race that I was going to enter, so it was basically on a whim.

  • What is your favorite riding memory?

My absolute favorite riding memory doubles as one of my most scary riding experiences. For my husband’s 40th birthday I surprised him with a trip to Costa Rica, where I bought us a ride and stay package. We rode dirt bikes through the jungles of Costa Rica for a few days and stayed in the same house that the Yamaha reps stay at when they visit. Now, back then I wasn’t conditioned and would have considered my riding level at a “field rider” still. When they explained to me that they could take me on the service roads and that it would be an easy ride, I thought “cool!” Well, CR service roads can prove to be quite technical. They put me on an older CRF230F, big heavy thing, and off I went for a 70 mile, 7ish hour adventure. Overall, the experience is one that I will NEVER forget in a million years, despite some of the personal obstacles I had to overcome when being thrust into back country jungle to hope for the best! I would LOVE to go back and tackle the adventure again, now that I have some experience in endurance riding, so it’s on our list of places we would like to go to again.

  • What would you like to see most improve for women riders?

Protective gear! These companies make a ton of different styles of protective gear, yet the women’s section is kind of a joke.

  • Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider?

Absolutely!

  • What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding?

Stay loose.

  • Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank?

Vee Rubber has been an awesome sponsor with some really great products!

  • What interested you in being part of the Dirt Bike Girl Adventures 2016 24hr Team?

    Samantha at Boyer Farm Full Gas Sprint Enduro 2016
    Samantha at Boyer Farm Full Gas Sprint Enduro 2016

The challenge and the camaraderie. I am always looking for new and exciting things to try, and being an endurance athlete a 24hr event is right up my alley. I’ll admit, I’m kinda nervous, but I am really looking forward to this experience with some badass women!

  • Are you an AMA Member?

Sure am!

  • Neat Fact about you:

I work at NASA and have been here for going on 10 years now! I also have 2 side jobs that are pretty interesting and keep me busy when I am not racing. I am a professional photographer. I am also a Zumba instructor. I’m basically into everything I can make time for :)


Kristina Zmuda!

  • Where do you call home? Fall Creek, WI
    Photo Credit Dave Hollub
    Photo Credit Dave Hollub

     

  • How old are you? 29 years young
  • When did you start riding? Who introduced you to motorcycling? Started racing at 24 yrs old and was introduced to racing/riding off road through pure curiosity because it looked like so much fun!  I was putting myself through college when I started so it was just a small hobby that I became addicted too!
  • What bike do you ride today? My first new bike I worked SO HARD to get!  An amazing shiny new 2016 KTM 250XCF-W!!
  • When did you start racing? At 24yrs old
  • What is your favorite riding memory? All of them!!  I would say my adventure into ice racing are some of my best memories. Kristina 1
  • What would you like to see most improve for women riders? I would actually like to see a pathway created for women that after they win the “Women’s Beginner Class” and “Women’s Expert Class” they are bumped up to the next level of competition/class.  Women’s classes are awesome for introducing women to the sport similar to “Sportsman” or “Trail Rider” classes.  But after you win the class a bump up to C class and into the next level of competition would get rid of maxing out in Women’s specific classes and encourage movement forward to help progress the rider. 

 

  • Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider? (Maybe time is very limited)
  • What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding?  ALWAYS do your best no matter what and find a way to have fun,  stay positive- no matter the weather conditions, trail conditions, how awful you may feel, etc.  Because if you are not having fun what are you doing then?
  • Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank? My best friend Tim Nienow, family, and all the awesome people we meet along the way in our adventures who encourage us.
  • What interested you in being part of the Dirt Bike Girl Adventures 2016 24hr Team? Ummm….are dirtbikes involved?…Sold!
  • Are you an AMA Member? Yes
  • Neat Fact about you: I have “Ironmanned” (2) 3HR Ice Races, ran a Marathon, finished a 56km XC Ski Race, and a couple Triathlons. 

 

Marina Grubb! selfi 1

  • Where do you call home? Originally I’m from Odessa, Ukraine 4 years ago I moved to USA and now I call the small town of Huntingdon, PA my home!
  • How old are you? I’m 23 years old.
  • When did you start riding? Since i was a young, I always been thrilled by motorcycles. In Ukraine, the sport is not as big as in the USA.  I didn’t have an opportunity to learn to ride motorcycles. I was 19 years old when I rode my first motorcycle. I remember that day, as if that was yesterday.  And I will never forget, that amazing feeling of a motorcycle throttle, all that power in your hands… That day, an adrenaline junkie was born in me.
  • Who introduced you to motorcycling? My beloved husband introduced me to dirt bike riding, which I’m very thankful for that.
  • What bike do you ride today? What is your favorite memory of riding? 2012 Honda 450Xwedding 170(1)
  • What is your favorite riding memory? My wedding day is my favorite riding memory. My husband and I definitely are not an ordinary couple. And we decided to do  a non-ordinary wedding. We arranged a priest and park ranger escort. Invited some close friends. Found the best riding place(Hatfield McCoy Mountains). We picked the best spot with  an unbelievable view of multi colored fall leaves on top of Pinnacle Creek Mountain.  After the ceremony we rode our bikes and had a party in the evening. What can I say, that was the best wedding ever!  My husband promises me a white dress someday….but that still hasn’t happened…
  • What would you like to see most improve for women riders? Women have been battling a problem of recognition for a long time in any matter. Motorcycle sports unfortunately is not an exception.

I’m extremely proud for sisters Adeline and Augusta Van Buren. They had enough courage, to prove to men, that women can ride motorcycles too.They rode 5500 miles in 60 days Coast to Coast. Back in 1916, there was not to many paved road. And even after such a long journey, did they got their desired job as a military motorcyclist… nope…

It’s been a 100 years since their Journey, a lot has changed. But question is still remaining… How long will it take, till women will get recognized as a motorcycle riders? How long will it take for Motorcycle Association, to recognize us and let us compete in the highest events in the sport? How long will it take manufacturers to recognize us, and give us the variety and protection? Not just cuteness…

  • Would you consider being a riding mentor for a young girl rider? Absolutely! Not just for young girls, but for women of any age.I would always help. And will give back, the same favor, what was once given to me.
  • What was the best piece of advice or tip were you given regarding riding? When I began to ride, everybody said the faster you go, the easier it would be. I didn’t believe them, and in the end that was the best advice.  “If in doubt, Throttle out!”2014-04-28 09.51.06
  •  Do you have any sponsors or any supporters that you would like to thank? My biggest thanks to my husband Derek Grubb. Without him, I wouldn’t ever dreamed of riding motorcycles. I’m very thankful for his support and patience.  My mom thinks we’re both nuts.
  • What interested you in being part of the Dirt Bike Girl Adventures 2016 24hr Team? GIRL POWER!  I always like to challenge myself, and the support of 5 other fellow sisters. This is  a GREAT opportunity to be part of a team!  Plus I need practice, before my own really long journey of 5200 miles Coast to Coast.
  • Are you an AMA Member? Yes, I am an AMA member since this year.
  • Neat Fact about you: I also enjoy snowmobiling, stand up jet skis, mountain biking and street biking. Next month I depart on the Trans America Trail on a dual sport.As surprising as it sounds I also have a female side of me. I am a fashionista, You should see my shoe collection!20120830_120224_edit1_edit0_edit0