CAMP VC BY THE COSTA SISTERS

The amazing Costa Sisters have absolutely smashed it again with this video from CAMP VC 2017..... This is exactly what the weekend was about.. Rad ladies riding, dirt burning, shredding, old friends & new ones , and one hell of a party! Argh! We can't wait to show you what ever got lined up for next year at CAMP VC!

A huge thanks to Costa Sisters & The incredible Pearl Harts for the tune

 

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LIVIA LANCELOT - THE FIRST EVER WOMENS WORLD CHAMPION IN THE HISTORY OF MOTOX - INTERVIEW BY PAULA VIIDU FOR GIRLS ARE AWESOME

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In 2008, French motocross rider Livia Lancelot won the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championshipand became the first ever women’s world champion in the history of motocross. This victory came right in the middle of a shifting conversation within the world of action sports: rather than talking about the best champions, people were increasingly talking about why more women weren’t becoming the best champions. Gender imbalance and action sports have traditionally gone hand in hand, and motocross is no exception. However, things are tangibly improving on that front: since the Powder Puff National in 1974 – the first big female motocross race in the U.S. – we’ve seen an influx of competitions pop up specifically giving props to female athletes. There’s the WMX championship series, the X Games, the Endurocross series, just to name a few; and in the 2000s, women’s motocross became an official part of the AMA Pro National series, one of the world’s most prestigious motocross championships. And it’s not just about organisations moving to include women, too. Traditional motocross audiences want to see more women excelling in the sport, as exemplified by Vicki Golden: despite being the first woman in the Freestyle Motocross competition at LA’s X Games 2013 and despite competing against prominent male riders, she earned a bronze medal based off of real-time voting from people tuning into the competition on Twitter.

IMAGE: KAWASAKI.SK

IMAGE: KAWASAKI.SK

The impact of including women in motocross culture has been so tangible that women are increasingly participating in the sport even in countries like Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public. On the wave of this momentum, Girls are Awesome caught up with Livia about what it’s like being the only girl at the start line and what the women’s scene in motocross is like today. 

IMAGE: LIVIALANCELOT.COM

IMAGE: LIVIALANCELOT.COM

To read the full interview over at Girls Are Awesome Click HERE

Article by Paula Viidu

VC LONDON X THE SAN MIGUEL RICH LIST 2017

A massive thanks to San Miguel  for asking us to be a part of their 2017 San Miguel Rich List this year alongside some incredible people who value experience over possessions & pursue a different kind of wealth in life 🙌 .

Also a massive thanks to Jody Daunton for the amazing London memory. Pure magic to ride over London Bridge at sunrise with no one else around 🙌

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CAMP VC BLOG POST BY PAULA VIIDU

In love with this post from CAMP VC 2017 by Paula Viidu for her blog.

As part of the all girl skate crew Nefarious Paula is a yoga instructing, skateboard pushing, surf loving, snowboarding (and now she can add moto riding to her repetoir after CAMP VC) badass & can be found teaching her new Yoga class - Ride Yoga Ride Yoga - a new take on Dynamic Yoga classes, specifically tailored for people active in board sports, such as snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. Check it out! x


'A weekend of motorcycles & skateboarding with 250 radical women? You’ve arrived at Camp VC.....'

The first weekend of August, all things good collided and Camp VC took place. VC girls, Nefarious crew and around 200 other radical ladies of the highest caliber headed to Brecon Beacon-Wales for a jolly good time. 

If you’re unfamiliar with VC London then, VC is a group of women passionate about riding bikes and everything around it. They’re coolest of the cool (ice cold!) and for the second year running, they organised a camp to meet likeminded ladies and share their love for bikes. This year, they invited Nefarious crew to come along to add skateboarding to the mix. For the latter, Vans Europe and Lonely Pony Studio built the most perfect mini a gal can ask for and voila, there you’ve a recipe for the best weekend evaaa.

CAMP VC BY THE COSTA SISTERS

Missing CAMP VC  as much as we are ??? ..... Well maybe this'll help to get you through till next year. The amazing Costa Sisters have come through with some incredible shots ahead of their official CAMP VC video coming soon. 

Ahhh take us back to that sunny hillside with beers, bikes & birds ;) .... Oh well you'll just have wait to see what we've got planned for next year :)

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GREENFIELD LADIES DIRT CAMP WITH THE DTRA & VCC BY TOM BING

Last July VCC &  VC LONDON were honoured to team up with the DTRA & Greenfield Dirt track in Lincolnshire to host the third ladies Dirt Camp weekender.

The aim of this amazing event is to introduce & encourage more women into different motorsports & in particular dirt track racing & man is it one good weekend. With flat track & motocross lessons open to all ages & levels of rider from total beginners to experienced riders , these guys give up their free time to help further the womens motorsports community, give people more confidence to get burning on the track........  & they also have some pretty inventive ways to light a bonfire (!)

After we all made some new friends, shared some new skills & came away with huge smiles on our faces, dirt in our hair, a few bruises (and one bust lip) the amazing Tom Bing has come though with this rad video of the weekend to show everyone what Dirt Camp is all about & to spread the word.

A big thanks to Anthony, Anna (& all the DTRA crew) , George Pickering, Leah Tokelove & all the Greenfield family for putting on these incredible opportunities to grow the womens motorsport community in the UK. And a massive thank you to Tom Bing & Sally for the amazing video..... When can we do it all over again please???  

 

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' The People here respect you, respect where you're coming from & respect the reasons you have for actually wanting to be here ' 

@vickycee

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GREENFIELD DIRT TRACK 

GREENFIELD DIRT TRACK 

ALL VIDEO & STILLS BY TOM BING  ( @tombingphoto )

CAMP VC BY RACHEL BILLINGS

 

Dreamy hill tops, evening sunsets with dirtbikes buzzing in the background, new bikes, vintage bikes, custom bikes, skateboards, moshpits, crowdsurfing, friends old & new and smiles.... lots of smiles. That was Camp VC 2017 & luckily Rachel Billings was there to perfectly capture it.

See you all next year! Watch out for details coming soon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CAMP VC 2017 - THE AFTERMATH

So we're back in blighty now and woah what a weekend!!!!We were absolutely blown away by how much everyone loved the event!!!! And yes...... It will be coming back next year ladies :)   

We just wanted to say a massive thanks to all who came, partied, learned to ride or taught someone else, went on ride out, skated the mini ramp, moshed in the pit or joined the impromptu conga line at Blondies disco bingo & were generally rad all weekend long . Good vibes all round.... Just the way its meant to be. 

Also a huge thank you to our amazing sponsors & supporters who helped to make the weekend so incredible! HONDA , VANS , MONSTER ENERGY , DMD HELMETSSAILOR JERRY , PISTONHEAD LAGER , RED WING SHOES , NEFARIOUS , THE DTRA , THE GRAND HOWL  & BLONDIES BAR

CAMP VC X THE PEARL HARTS

We're absolutely stoked to be welcoming The  amazing Pearl Harts to CAMP VC this year to play on Saturday night. Described as 'Queens of the Stoneage meets The Runanways' with a mix of old school riffs with some modern looping and samples a recent review called them: 

“Tiny tiny girls that look like giants on stage… all you can think to do is ask them out for ice cream
and all they want to do is wreck your house and firebomb your car”

Think they might fit right in dont you? Get to know them & their music before you head to CAMP VC & get your moshing feet at the ready :)


- So how long have you guys been together as The Pearl Harts? 

Kirsty: We started The Pearl Harts in 2014 in a shitty rehearsal room off Mare Street

- Describe Pearl Harts in 3 words:

Bad Ass Bitches

- What are your musical influences?

anything Rock and Roll! 

 

- Best gig you've ever played?

We recently supported Skunk Anansie on their European tour and we got to play Brixton Academy which has been a childhood dream of ours... we had our family and friends there - it felt really good! 

- Worst gig you've ever played?

We played at show last year where all the equipment was falling apart - the drums were falling over and the PA was some old amps as speakers and I was getting an electric shock every time I sang into the mic! Despite that we actually ended up playing a wicked set! 

- If you could replace each other with any other musician who would it be ? 

Can we just add Dave Grohl to the line up? 

 

- What have you got lined up for us at Camp VC? 

Strickly bangers

- So what made you wanna get involved with Camp VC ? 

I met Gemma at a Pub in Deptford and we started talking bikes & we've been fan girls ever since!!

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Go follow The Pearl Harts on Instagram HERE & check out more of their music on spotify now!  

CAMP VC X GRACE HAZEL YOGA

We're so excited to have House of vans yoga boss lady Grace Hazel onsite at this years CAMP VC teaching free yoga classes on Saturday morning & afternoon for all you yoga bunnies. She's an absolute ray of sunshine & were stoke to have her involved. Get to know Grace below & find out what she'll be bringing with her to CAMP VC this year. 

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Name: Grace    

Age: 28

Profession: Yoga Teacher – Energy Body Balancer & Thai Yoga Masseuse – Design Studio Co-coordinator

 

When did you start to teach yoga? 

I started to teach yoga back in January 2014, so 3 years ago. Yoga literally changed my life. I discovered it 9 years ago and it’s transitioned and guided me through the highs, and most importantly stuff that’s been tough. I began teaching because it felt, and still does feel necessary to introduce others to the continuous healing it can offer to your life.

 

You leaned to ride this year with Mai! How did you find it? 

YES! Maite was an awesome teacher. I’d ridden on the back of my dad’s motorbike when I was little, so it was a lot of fun to be in the drivers seat. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

What have you got lined up for us onsite! (sessions, whats involved, what style of yoga etc) 

I'll be teaching two 60 minute yoga classes in the morning. The style I teach varies, but it can predominantly be described as vinyasa flow. We'll start off soft with a meditation, then we'll slowly begin to move our bodies. Vinyasa flow is basically linking up various yoga poses with breath and transition so that the postures become a flowing sequence. It'll be totally accessible to all levels, so come along if you're completely new - if you're a well accustomed yogi!

 

What made you want to support the CAMP VC event? 

I met the lovely Mai through the design studio we both work at. I liked her straight away. When she invited me to ride with her, I met Gemma who I also really vibed with. I love what VC does and how it promotes bringing a strong community of women together. Woman have got to choose to uplift each other. It's an honour to be teaching for CAMP VC.

CAMP VC X VCC TEAM TALKS

Big news for CAMP VC with VCC 's live team talks project !! We're super excited to announce that we'll be welcoming to the CAMP VC site the legendary Elspeth Beard .


As the first English woman to circumnavigate the world solo on a motorcycle in the early 1980s Elspeth is a true pioneer in every sense of the word. We had the pleasure of riding & hanging out with Elspeth recently ahead of the launch of her book "Lone Rider" & talked to her about her amazing journey. .

To listen to VCCs newly launched team talk with Elspeth ahead of the event click the video before

To watch more VCC team talks go to www.vcclondon.com/vcc-team-talks/

CAMP VC - RIDE OUT ROUTES

So here we have it... Our CAMP VC Saturday ride out routes around the surrounding Brecon Beacons! For two of the the three ride below we have some of our friends leading rides for all bike sizes which you can sign up to join onsite when you reach the event but also feel free to print off a map and freestyle your days ride  :) 

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THE RESERVOIR RIDE

Dipping right down into the valley you will reach this absolutely stunning reservoir location by a ride through the most amazing twisty narrow countryside pine covered forest roads we've ever ridden.  a perfect place to stop off for lunch, with a traditional village (complete with traditional country pub for a quick pint) & beautiful waterfalls less than 10 minutes away theres alot to see when you reach Talybont on ask, but the ride there more than equals your destination. This is one of our favourite rides & even better is its perfect for big or small bikes. The lovely Lousie Deason  will be leading a ride out around this route  on Saturday so sign up when you arrive onsite to join her!

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THE CASTLE RIDE

With a wild swimming spot along the way the Castle route is packed with lots to see & do both on & off the bike. Passing by a reservoir or two, waterfalls & with a traditional country pub along the way for lunch this ride is a great one to do if you want a varied day. The lovely Joli Riley will be leading a ride from camp on Saturday around this route so if you want join her sign up onsite when you arrive.


THE BLACK MOUNTAIN PASS ROUTE

The longest of our 3 ride routes the black mountains are tapped as one of the worlds best driving roads & we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep. The Black Mountain pass is 27 miles of long picturesque scenery, switch back twists with a total of 81 corners & takes you right thought the west side of the Brecon Beacons countryside. Whether you're looking for a roller coaster ride out or an idyllic poot through the national park this view is pretty much unmissable! 

CAMP VC X HOUSE OF VANS RIDE OUT

The wonderful people at VANS are hosting a meet up to ride out to CAMP VC on Friday the 4th of August at 9am at HOUSE OF VANS! With a FREE brekkie for everyone to fuel you up before you head out & tons of giveaways , ALL bike sizes & riders are welcome to come meet up & ride out to CAMP VC together. 

Its very important you let us know if you're interested in joining the meet up so we have enough breakfast for you all! If you're interested in joining the meet up please email Louise at louise.deason@gmail.com so she can count you in :)

Once you're signed up lovely Louise will send you the details of where to park etc at House Of Vans. You'll be grouped into bike sizes/ licences etc for your rides at the meet if you wanna ride together so you can all follow a safe route there.  

Ride safe ladies!

 

DIRT QUAKE BY PHOTOGRAPHER RACHEL BILLINGS

We had another amazing year at Dirt quake this year. Love this event every year. It never disappoints

It was Namin's turn to race in the 125cc class this year on Gemma's trusty old SR125. If you ever wanted to try dirt track racing its the perfect place to start out. We've also got our ladies Dirt camp event coming u this weekend in collaboration with Greenfield dirt track & the DTRA who are also coming to give beginners dirt track mini bike sessions at CAMP VC ! Go get that dirt ladies!!!

Thanks to the lovely Rachel Billings for the dreamy images. They've got us all excited for CAMP VC now!!!!!!

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CAMP VC x HONDA - RUBY LE GALLE - 1997 HONDA REBEL

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Next up for our Honda rider features for CAMP VC we've got the lovely Ruby LeGalle & her  1997 Honda rebel! Ruby will be at Camp VC this summer so make sure you say hi when she gets to site :) 

 

 

 - Ruby Le Galle -

24 , from Jersey - Channel Islands

 

So how long have you been riding? 

On and off since I was about 17. As soon as I could get a licence I got a cheap bike and just rode around Jersey, stalling a lot if I remember rightly. It's a pretty quiet place with smalls roads and a VERY low speed limit over most of the island so ideal to learn.

 

What first made you want to learn to ride? 

My dad was a wheeler dealer so there were always different cars and bikes around the place when I was growing up, he would usually let me 'test drive' whatever was there which got me interested. He also used to take me out on the back of his bikes - the earliest one I remember was a really funny custom Honda chopper and he moved onto sports bikes after that. I guess it made me want to have one myself!

     

    How long have you owned your Honda?      

    My bike is a 97 Honda Rebel 125 & Ive owned it for about a year and a half. It had been sat in a garage for quite a while when i bought it and has done almost no miles from new - so it was great to actually get her out on the road where she belongs! 

     

    Have you done any custom work to your bike?  

       I took the mirrors of so I could cut around London traffic better - haha. 

     

    What made you choose your bike?    

     I'd just decided to get another bike and my dad gave me a bunch of old 90's Honda brochures he'd found in his garage. I saw the CA 125's and thought they looked like fun and I hadn't seen many of them about on the road, so set about finding one. 

     

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    Whats the best moto trip you've ever been on on your Honda?

          I camped in Snowdonia last summer and it was amazing - beautiful roads and scenery. I love being out with just my bike and a tent and spending all day outdoors -when you don't have a route so just take whichever roads look interesting. Some local bikers were pretty impressed that my 125 Honda had come all the way up from London- it loved the trip too! 

     

    Any advice to anyone wanting to start riding?        

    Just do it - don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do it (especially because you're a girl) or that it's dangerous.Get a small bike and head out on some quiets roads for as long as it takes till you feel confident - I've loved having a 125 so I think they're a good place to start. Having a bike gives you a lot of independence and freedom to travel around. If you like solo travelling like me I think its the perfect way to do it, and its cool to ride with friends and meet new people as well.

     

    What are you looking forward to most at CAMP VC?     

    Waterfalll swimming, and beer! 

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    DIRT CAMP WEEKENDER

    Can't wait till CAMP VC for a dirt fix? The lovely people over at the DTRA & GREENFIELD DIRT TRACK are running another LADIES DIRT CAMP weekender at @greenfielddirttrack on the 22nd/ 23rd July! .


    Dirtcamp is a ladies Dirt Track Experience weekend run by the DTRA  in conjunction with GREENFIELD DIRT TRACK, VC LONDON  & VCC! They supply the bikes, instructors and track for a weekend of dirt track lessons & camping you just bring the good times & your tent ⛺️ 


    Last years event was awesome so you won't wanna miss this one. We have options for a full weekend or single day training. These events have very limited spots & sell out fast so if you think you're interested get over to the webshop and book in over at http://dtra.bigcartel.com