Triple B Rally 2017

I had never heard about Triple B until just a couple weeks before the event but I knew instantly that I wanted to make the trip to Revelstoke, BC. Having just been hooked up with my Husqvarna FE250 from Husqvarna Canada and Cycle Works Edmonton and a dirt bike hitch from Princess Auto, I felt ready to go! I packed up my Pathfinder and hit the road. Partway through my drive I got a call from the event organizer, Eve Northmore informing me that the BC government had just closed all of the trails to off-road vehicles due to wildfires, but they were trying their best to secure some track space on private land— so I continued on. The August Long Weekend traffic was insanity, especially heading into Golden (the last 10km took an hour!). Luckily when I got to Golden I ran into my new friend Pepper Wren from Cycle Works Edmonton and we convoyed the rest of the way. We drove through a couple roadside forest fires which always strikes a chord with me as someone who grew up in the Okanagan with lots of fires every summer. Visibility was minimal at times and the full moon was blood red as we pulled in to our final destination just past midnight.

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The event was based out of Glacier House Hotel & Resort. It’s a few minute drive up the mountains just outside of Revelstoke and is a dirt bike and sled paradise (when the trails are open). Since I found out about Triple B a little later than most, camp spots and hotel rooms were all booked up. Lucky for me, I often sleep in the back of my Pathfinder on small air mattress; so I can sleep wherever I park. I traveled across Arizona and Utah camping like that this past spring! So after logging 700km it was time to turn in. I crawled into the back and contorted myself into my multiple sleeping bags and blankets next to my cooler and gear bag.

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Before I knew it the sun was rising over the mountain tops and Pepper was opening up the Cycle Works trailer to unload some Husqvarna motorcycles. With check in/registration and breakfast set to start at 7am it was time to crawl back out of my Pathfinder serape nest and get the day started!! The Triple B event pass got you a wicked Tank Top, free breakfast and tickets for the concert later that night.  Women started to surface from their campsites and congregating in the parking lot. The majority of participants came from British Columbia and Alberta— excited to be some of the only people riding in BC that weekend!

Since all Crown Land was closed to off road vehicles, the riding for the day was replaced with skills clinics at the Glacier House Skills Track; but not before a brief Riders Meeting meant to go over the days agenda and thanking everyone for coming out as well as the event sponsors. Women were then split into two groups for the clinics— Motocross coached by Pro Rider Lexi Pechout, who is a Husqvarna brand ambassador and Enduro was coached by Nick Caldwell, who is directly from Husqvarna Motorcycles Canada. I was so excited to participate as well as take photos which ended up being a tricky balance, but managed a bit of both and was able to learn a lot of technical skills. It was also awesome to see other women learning, reaching goals and accomplishing new feats for the first time. Even with the 35 degree heat and blaring sun everyone had a good attitude day. I feel that having the event on a smaller track than anticipated offered a more intimate environment which allowed everyone to connect more.

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Not that the skills clinics weren't fun— cause they were a blast, but it was time for the real fun part to start, The Triple B Braap-ath-alon!! It consisted of multiple teams of 3 women who had to finish a trail lap, baton pass, hill climb, cuke run, wheelbarrow, repeat and end with a bit of beer and a flip cup! Two teams tied for first place which resulted in a champagne spray celebration and more beer for everyone!  

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After all that heat and dust everyone made their way to the Revy Riders Docks and jumped in the glacier fed lake. There were the chillest vibes, a miniature bull terrier pup and a sea doo— which i ripped around on! I was able to catch up with my old friend from 20+ years ago and unwind. Such a perfect way to beat the heat from the day and freshen up for the evenings events.

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Back at Glacier House cocktail hour was commencing. They had a caesar bar, wine, mountain views and great company. We started with a few people at the end of a long table and slowly filled up, then started adding more chairs and stealing chairs from inside the restaurant. Everyone was welcome! The chefs had prepared us a delicious salmon dinner accompanied by chicken skewers and salads. Shortly after our meal Eve proceeded with the awards for the day. I love what the Triple B Rally Champion trophy stands for— “The queen of the trails, the titan of the Triple B, The goddess of the gas, matriarch of the motor” and it’s all based on determination and spirit! You don’t have to be a pro to win, you just have to go out, have fun and give it your all with a good attitude. This year it was awarded to Emma Fetterer who will have her name engraved on the trophy and a wicked prize pack from Husqvarna. Prizes continued for the Braap-ath-alon winners and then raffles continued on for everyone else. I won a Husqvarna shirt that I wear all the time now!

The night continued and the patio vibes were hard to beat. As people took the shuttle down to the ball diamonds for the BC/DC concert, a bunch of us stayed behind at our long table and continued to chill and chat under the full moon. We talked about the event, riding, the Women of Moto project, our dream trips, goals and everything in between. It’s always so inspiring to meet other women riders and hear about where they come from, what got them started and how riding pushes them to do things they never thought possible. Just as inspiring is meeting the men who support these women and have no ego issues with women riding just as hard (or harder) than them. We stayed there until the restaurant staff wanted to close up and go home. I then wandered around the campsite a bit to take some night photos, before getting in the good ol’ Pathfinder for another night. I laid there listening to the crickets and my new bud Siggi at the next campsite over until I fell asleep. Then it was another 700km home the next morning and all I could think about was how excited I was for Triple B 2018 and to get on my FE250 again.