The countdown is on to the 2020 Rebelle Rally. Watch founder Emily Miller walk through vehicle prep, designations, and best tips to get your vehicle rally ready.
Beyond thrilled to start the New Year off right with some incredible news for brand new Rebelle competitors. A scholarship fund has been created specifically to help new teams on their journey to the 2020 Rebelle Rally!
For new teams who lack a competition record or experience, fundraising and sponsorship may feel like an especially daunting task. And two anonymous Rebelles recognize that. These women came to Rebelle staff with a goal – they want to see more women compete in the Rebelle who otherwise may not get there – hence the first scholarship created just for new competitors.
So what is needed to qualify? Amongst other items, teams must show they are actively pursuing fundraising from other sources. This scholarship fund is NOT intended to kick off a team’s fundraising – it should already be in place when a team applies. Teams applying must consist of two new competitors who have not competed in the Rebelle Rally. And teams must go through the entire application process including a phone interview. Eligible teams may be awarded up to $3,000 towards their 2020 registration cost.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. The anonymous Rebelles are adamant about other women experiencing the Rebelle Rally, and are generously paying it forward.
If you are a new team interested in applying for the scholarship fund, the first step is visiting the application page to view the criteria the Scholarship Board is looking for. Remember – only apply when you feel you have fully met the criteria! Applying too soon without fundraising in place may hinder your eligibility. Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of April 1st.
You can email us with any questions and please note – the Rebelle Rally is not responsible for scholarship team selection and awarding.
Here’s to a great year ahead, and see you in the dirt!
Team 207 Record The Journey
Rachael Ridenour and Team Record The Journey are back for their fourth year at the Rebelle Rally, but don’t be fooled into thinking you have this team all figured out. Last year’s Team Spirit Award co-winner and all around badass is back, but with a new teammate and a new vehicle. Rachael’s teammate this year is Karah Behrend, an Air Force veteran and adaptive athlete. The two met when Rachael saw a video of Karah on social media where she was stuck in the mud in a UTV. “I asked if she was interested in doing more off-roading and it went from there.”
Karah was raised in Badenton, Florida and Guilford, Connecticut and currently resides in Houston. “I want to show anyone, no matter what, can compete in the Rebelle if they are willing to train hard and put their mind towards it,” Karah shared. The retired Senior Airman and Air Force Wounded Warriors Program member spends her free time playing wheelchair rugby, so she isn’t afraid of getting dirty at the Rebelle Rally. Karah is most looking forward to those dark desert skies. “I saw the stars while we were training in Arizona and they were amazing without all the normal light pollution!”
Rachael confesses that she is nervous about her fulltime role as navigator at the Rebelle Rally, a first for her. The secret weapon? Coffee! “If you know me even a little bit you know that I use the military planning system known as “PACE” for my coffee.
P: Primary Coffee will be Cafe Moto made with a Bialetti Moka Espresso pot
A: Alternate Coffee will be a camping French press
C: Contingency Coffee will be coffee in a can (double shots)
E: Emergency Coffee will be instant coffee I mix with hot water”
It is also Team Record The Journey’s first time in the Crossover Class. The two third generation veterans will be competing in the Crossover Class in a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that has been outfitted with hand controls for Karah. The first Mitsubishi to compete in the Rebelle Rally, the Eclipse Cross generates power from an innovative 1.5L direct injected turbocharged engine and combines all-wheel-drive performance with active stability control and active yaw control, offering stable and responsive handling in all conditions they expect to encounter at the Rebelle Rally.
October 2, 2019 (Reno, NV) – As the Rebelle Rally quickly approaches, Jeep® returns to support the women’s off-road navigation endurance competition. The iconic four-wheel drive brand is the 2019 media and awards partner for the 10-day event that is scheduled October 10-19, 2019.
Jeep, synonymous with adventure and capability, is a favorite vehicle among Rebelles and successful as well. Two Jeep Wrangler Rubicons were co-champions in the 4×4 Class in the 2018 rally, and Jeep has held the top of the podium since the rally began in 2016. 12 Jeep vehicles are registered in this year’s edition in the sold out field of 40 teams.
“Jeep is such an iconic brand, and an excellent vehicle choice for the Rebelle Rally. We have been impressed with how many women have bought Jeep vehicles specifically with the intention of competing in the Rebelle,” noted rally founder Emily Miller. “We appreciate Jeep recognizing our committed community and efforts to build a true proving ground for stock OEM vehicles.”
The rally starts next week, on Thursday, October 10th with Tech Inspection at Olympic Valley, California, adjacent to Lake Tahoe. The event will cover 8 days of competition that traverses the western portion of Nevada and crosses into southern California to finish in the Imperial Sand Dunes. Ceremonial finish events take place at the water’s edge in San Diego on Saturday, October 19th. Jeep will host the open to the public podium awards ceremony at Broadway Pier from 12 pm – 2 pm.
To follow the rally live, log on to www.rebellerally with coverage beginning on the 10th. Live tracking, scoring, daily press updates and webcast will be available.
Does off-roading, exploring, and causing a little chaos spark joy in your life? Then you’ll relate to today’s Team Tuesday. Rori Lewis and Tiffany Walker are entering third year Rebelle territory this October, along with Tiffany’s TOTAL CHAOS equipped FJ. This team loves adventure, stretching past comfort zones into new territory, and learning new skills whenever, wherever.
Another cool aspect? Like many others, Rori and Tiffany came together just for the Rebelle Rally. They met only twice before competing together as a team in 2017. And have been coming together every year since for the Rebelle Rally. Hailing from Hesperia, CA and Colorado Springs, CO, please welcome Team #154 Roads Less Traveled!
Rori is from Hesperia where she currently resides. As the Administrative Assistant at TOTAL CHAOS Fab, Rori gets up close and personal with all things off-road on a daily basis – and loves it.
Going into year three, Rori is feeling prepared. She’s working out, eating, training, navigating as much as possible, and hitting the trails when she can – a little different approach for them this year when it comes to training.
She’s also going in stoked to be back with Tiffany. “It’s pretty amazing that someone would be willing to go back with me a third year. I know I can be a difficult person no matter how much my navigational skills improve each year. It’s hard to imagine doing it with anyone else!”
And she’s coming back to simply experience the Rebelle all over again.”The Rebelle is an amazing experience that I think all women should experience because you can learn a lot about yourself in eight days driving through Mother Nature shut off from the world. Not to mention it’s our third year competing, and we are hoping to be better than ever!”
Although she’s a bit nervous about “epically failing,” it’s because Rori has specific goals to reach in mind for this year. Something to combat her nerves? A picture of her dogs she’s not leaving home without! Along with peppered beef jerky for protein pick-me-up.
Tiffany is originally from Topeka, Kansas and calls Colorado Springs home for 13 years. Tiffany occupation is in Child Advocacy and Employee Engagement..and she also just happend to hit the half-time mark – 50! So when she’s not working, she’s stretching herself in ways that might not be so comfortable. She also loves off-roading with her husband Tom, and is eager to apply her learnings from the past two years to this year’s rally.
How does she feel entering her third Rebelle? “Surprisingly calm. And more mentally prepared. I think the last-minute decision to participate this year didn’t allow for me to get in my head about things early on and approach this years’ competition much more methodically.”
Being a Kansas-to-Tennessee-to-Oregon-to-Colorado girl, Tiffany told us the dunes always make her nervous because she has little experience driving them. “Maybe I should say, it’s a healthy respect!”
Tiffany is looking forward to making up for last year’s difficulties this year, and leaning in to what she learned about herself, her teammate, and her rig.
Speaking of her rig, she’s bringing her very capable 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser. She’s been off-roading in the FJ for so many years, so it’s really become an extension of her. She knows her quirks…and the FJ knows Tiffany’s! Plus, she’s equipped with a Total Chaos 2″ Expedition series long travel kit and suspension. How can it get any better?!
Tiffany is not leaving home without her memory foam pillow and her XPed sleeping mat. We can confirm Tiffany is 100% correct when she states, “Sleep is the magic sauce!”
September 18, 2019 (Reno, NV) The Rebelle Rally is pleased to announce KÜHL as Official Clothing Sponsor of the 2019 Rebelle Rally.
KÜHL has proven themselves to be an extremely committed partner, not only in making the most premium gear, but in their belief in Rebelles. With comfort, high quality, and function woven in to every versatile piece, KÜHL’s performance is Rebelle-tested and approved. And thanks to KÜHL, every 2019 Rebelle competitor will receive a gift card to purchase their own killer KÜHL pants just in time for the rally.
To learn more about KÜHL, log on to kuhl.com
Today’s Team Tuesday has been friends for 20 years, are travel buddies, share a love for adventure, and can soon add Rebelle teammates to their resumé.
Piloting a bright yellow 2015 Subaru Crosstrek, Team #201 Noelle Sanders and Lisa “Lola” Wolford are ready to tackle the mental and physical challenge of the Rebelle. As first time competitors they are, in their own words, “ready to rally!” With that said, let’s meet Noelle and Lola!
Noelle is from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in Chandler where she is an Environmental Consultant. She’s competing in the Rebelle because Lola made her do it! Given Noelle loves wildlife, campfires, new friendships, and adventure, we’re pretty sure she’ll be right in her element.
What is Noelle most nervous about? “Tremors, like in the movie with Kevin Bacon. Those creatures are scary” (you are not alone in that sentiment, Noelle.) And she’s not leaving home without her Chapstick which, speaking of scary, is very scary to leave at home when you’re entering ten days of desert life.
Lola is from Kent City, Michigan and resides in Tempe Arizona where she is a flight attendant.
And she’s (happily) going through a midlife crisis as we speak. “I’m having the best midlife crisis ever! I need a challenge that is both mental, physical and where I learn new skills. Going into the Rebelle, I’m the most fabulously scared I’ve ever been, and loving it.”
Lola has a love for motorsports which came from her mother, who was Nascar while Lola’s a NHRA gal. She’s also a big fan and supporter of live, local music, which “soothes her soul.” And, if she’s not busy enough, she and her husband have also hosted 50 international students from 10 different countries over the past 14 years.
Lola’s looking forward to applying her new skills, meeting all of the competitors, and exploring new territory on the ground for a change during the Rebelle.
And speaking of the rally…don’t ask Lola about those early morning wake-up calls! As a natural night owl who loves working the red eye flights, she’s definitely nervous about that 5am cowbell.
What is Lola not leaving home without? Her vintage 1973 Big Boy piggybank. He literally has been all over the world with Lola. Coins from her travels are places inside.
We’re looking forward to having these two join us in the dirt in just a few short weeks!
Better together? Passion and perseverance. Today’s Team Tuesday shares both qualities, and those grit factors led them to their Rebelle Rally return this year.
Anna Lewis (and her sweet FJ) is competing in her second Rebelle, and Andrea Shaffer is coming back for year three. The two met in 2017 during the rally while on separate teams, and came together naturally in 2019 to tackle unfinished business, and utilize their skills jointly as driver and navigator. With an appreciation for the outdoors and each other, we can’t wait to have this duo back in the dirt with us. So let’s welcome them back – but don’t call it a comeback!
Anna’s hometown is Elkins, Arkansas, and she currently resides in Turlock, California where she’s Technical Services Food Director for a food manufacturing company.
Anna loves to off-road in her spare time, along with gardening and doing crafts. And she’s competing this year with a sense of unfinished business. In 2017, she was learning to compete and “learn the ropes.” Now with one rally under her belt and knowing how to compete, this year is more about working hard together as a team.
Aside from the off-road and adventure part of the rally, Anna’s favorite thing about the Rebelle is the women and staff that are brought together for the event. “It is amazing to have that caliber of individuals all focused on one event. I also really loved seeing so many cool areas throughout the west.”
And she can’t wait to compete with Andrea.
“We met during the 2017 Rebelle Rally. My initial memory of Andrea was her hiking to a checkpoint in Dumont Dunes while her teammate was working on their vehicle. Her grit and determination to get as many points as possible even with adversity showed me what an awesome lady she is.”
Anna forsees her biggest challenge as time management, mentioning they’ll have to have a game plan for all situations. And she’s not leaving home without her FJ Cruiser, Hot Hands, and a great sleeping pad!
Andrea was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV where she currently lives with her family. She multi-tasks with two jobs – stay-at-home mom, and vinyl business owner. Andrea also loves to camp, explore the outdoors with her husband and kids, and go bowling. She’s super excited to head back to the rally after a “year off,” calling it one of her best adventures to date.
“Anna and I met during the 2017 Rebelle Rally. We started talking again while stalking the 2018 Rebelle. We just clicked! And I’m excited to get back to the community that is the Rebelle. I love the family we become during the week, and even after.”
Andrea knows there may be a challenge in the fact that they’re a new to each other team, but is focusing on working together to do the best they can. An she’s not leaving home without her plotter, snacks, and map wheel!
HACK THE HOOD.
2019 Rebelle Premier Partner AIRAID has had a pivotal role for 20+ years in the automotive aftermarket industry. Key factors? High quality products, a performance minded line-up, breathing new life into adventure, and a commitment to all of the above – thanks to the people behind the brand.
We recently sat down with Steven duBois, AIRAID Brand Manager, to discuss the new look fueled by passion, quality, style, and stoke. And if you’re curious about the benefits of having top quality intake systems and filters, this one’s for you. Steven let us in to why it’s in an automotive enthusiast’s best interest, and also gave us some great insight into how they’re taking that black and yellow next level this year. And perhaps this October as well..stay tuned.
Tell us about Airaid’s pivotal role of 20+ years in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Airaid has always strived to bring the highest quality products to the outdoor, off-road, and late model American muscle car enthusiasts. All Airaid products are made in the USA and designed with functionality, performance and quality in mind. Airaid is well known for their closed intake boxes which helps prolong the life of the filter, brings more aesthetic appeal, while also increasing the time between cleanings. Recently, Airaid has taken lead on advocating passion back into the Automotive Aftermarket Industry. People modify their cars because they see something more than just a vehicle that gets them from “A to B” and we want to highlight and build off of that notion with the support of partners and teams that are aligned with the passion that surrounds the automotive enthusiast.
The benefits of having top quality intake systems and filters are countless for a vehicle. Why?
It all starts with the filter. When you turn your key and crank the starter the engine is sucking filtered air in like a pump to mix with fuel for ignition. Making sure the air that goes in is clean is a no brainer, but how about the performance side? Let me paint a picture for you; You’re running a marathon, but all you get to breathe through is a small hose the size of a pencil. Will you suffocate? No, but you will definitely be strained and tired after the race. Now imaging midway through the race taking the hose and running normally with your nose and mouth for air. Much better right? That’s kind of what Airaid does, without affecting filtration by use of our Cotton and SynthamaxⓇ filter media.
And new products or innovations you’d like to let us in on?
Yellow Filters! Airaid is taking the “black and yellow” style to the next level!
We love the new look. Tell us about the message behind it.
In short, Passion, Quality and Style. We want our consumers to sense the passion behind the brand when they open and Airaid box and install it on their vehicle, and to be stoked on the quality of the product.
What’s the best part about working for a company like Airaid?
Again passion. While we are a business and sales is our focus, we never lose sight of the purpose of the message we bring to our consumers.
There are a ton of events to consider. Why the Rebelle?
We’re fans of Rebelle’s focus on female offroad and outdoor enthusiasts and love the idea of the Rally. Stay tuned for more on this subject.
As an automotive parts “connoisseur,” name three parts you believe every Rebelle should have in their competition vehicle?
Intake of course! Seriously though, such an easy affordable way to snag some more horsepower out of your vehicle. And exhaust. Also an easy way to gain performance and improve the sound of your vehicle. Third, a winch. Probably one of the first purchases of any off roader out there!
Lastly, any words of wisdom?
Never forget your roots and the passions in life that you grew up with.