Team Tuesday 2019: Karah & Rachael

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.

Team Tuesday 2019: Karah & Rachael2019-10-08T12:18:52-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Noelle & Lola

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!

Team Tuesday 2019: Noelle & Lola2019-09-18T12:33:56-08:00

Strong Vehicle Manufacturer Participation for October’s Rebelle Rally

Vehicle Manufacturers Continue to Build Strong Participation in the 2019 Rebelle Rally

September 10, 2019 (Reno, NV) – The 4th annual Rebelle Rally kicks off October 10th in Olympic Valley, California with a strong lineup of vehicle manufacturer participation. The 10-day navigation rally is a unique test of woman and machine as teams of two drive and navigate across Nevada and California to the U.S.—Mexico border. Final events will take place along the water’s edge in San Diego.

The competition is not a race for speed, but a true test of traditional navigation skills in street legal, unmodified or minimally modified SUVs, trucks and CUVs.  The event has focused on providing a strong platform for manufacturer vehicles to shine. This year, programs and support have been fielded from Jeep, Honda, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Mitsubishi, with more expected before the October date.

OEM involvement has taken multiple forms – from fielding teams and providing vehicles, to in-depth engineering programs from companies such as Honda. “We have been laser focused in our commitment to build a multi-pronged platform for companies,” noted rally founder and promoter Emily Miller. “While some mistakenly assume it is limited to a women’s marketing program, we have created the longest competitive rally in the lower 48, with an in-house developed real-time vehicle data visualization platform for manufacturers with our partner Mapbox, strong company leadership and teamwork development, to tremendous experiential and content opportunities.”

The Details

Jeep returns as a committed partner with sponsorship and presentation of the Awards Ceremony at San Diego’s Broadway Pier. Honda returns with four female engineers as they use the experience for product development purposes in the Honda Ridgeline and Honda Passport. Nissan will field three-time Rebelle Sedona Blinson with teammate and automotive journalist Lyn Woodward in the Nissan Armada. Porsche returns with 2018 CUV class winners. Rolls-Royce stunned many by entering the new Cullinan with 2018 Co-Champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe.  Mitsubishi has entered an impressive team of military women – three-time Rebelle and Team Spirit Award winner Rachael Ridenour and teammate Karah Behrend, a retired young woman who served in the Air Force, and is an inspirational adaptive athlete who competes in multiple sports in a wheelchair. Behrend will drive the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with hand controls in the CUV Class.

While the course is confidential until the rally, friends and fans can follow the event via social, daily updates, live narrative mapping, live tracking, and webcast.  Log on to www.rebellerally.com and mark the calendars for October 10-19th.

Media contact:
Kirsten Tiegen
media@rebellerally.com
775.345.3450

Strong Vehicle Manufacturer Participation for October’s Rebelle Rally2019-09-11T12:12:21-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Anna & Andrea

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! 

Team Tuesday 2019: Anna & Andrea2019-09-18T12:34:08-08:00

Meet Steven duBois, Brand Manager of AIRAID – 2019 Rebelle Rally Premier Partner

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.

 

 

Meet Steven duBois, Brand Manager of AIRAID – 2019 Rebelle Rally Premier Partner2019-08-29T18:43:02-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Eliza & Kendra

The Rebelle not only brings strangers together, it brings strangers together to compete…together. Today’s Team Tuesday showcases a team who has never competed with each other, and also never met in person! Two like-minded women sharing a love for adventure and serious determination chops teaming up for the rally makes our day. Because, in the spirit of the Rebelle, why not just go for it?! On that note, let’s welcome the team – Eliza Coleman and Kendra Miller!

Eliza is originally from Berlin, New York, and splits her time between Park City, Utah, and Santa Rosa Valley, California. Eliza is also a stuntwoman/stunt coordinator, and happens to race stage rally in her 2WD 2010 Scion xD.

A self-described habitual experience collector, Eliza loves adventure, and loves driving on dirt roads. She’s excited to add the Rebelle to her collection as she’s new to navigation and dune driving.

“In the Rebelle, I’ll get to see remote areas that are otherwise out of sight. The whole experience of traveling with analog navigation, exploring with a teammate and being in a community of like minded women is pretty awesome. I can’t wait to be ‘away from it all’. I hope the food is good!”

Eliza is piloting her Jeep Wrangler that she purchased from her son last year with the idea she’d like the option to off-road whenever, wherever. Voilà! Unbeknownst to her in 2018, that option is happening this October. And with someone who she has an easy communication with, and has a great attitude. “I feel very fortunate to have a teammate that has experience doing the Rebelle, and I can’t wait to meet Kendra in person!”

Kendra is from Hemet, CA and lives in Snoqualmie, Washington where she works in marketing. Kendra is also a 100% Rebelle, meaning she has competed every year since the inaugural competition in 2016. Why is she coming back for year four?

“Because I love it. I love getting rid of my electronics, sleeping in the desert, getting to see amazing places that most people don’t even know about, the strategy, using analog tools to navigate the earth. It feels kind of wild but also completely natural to be coming back. Every year I think ‘Oh, I’ve done that. I’m good.’ and then registration opens. My mind immediately goes to planning who my teammate will be, what vehicle I can take, which class should I enter!”

Kendra is looking forward to seeing what new challenges Emily and the Rebelle staff have in store, and also self camp night – a night teams spend away from basecamp comforts for an evening together full of conversation, good food, and a little more rest than usual.

Kendra is also stoked to be competing with Eliza as she has a great sense of humor, is really easy going, and very dedicated to having a good rally. And she’s not leaving home without a positive attitude!

We love your attitude already, Team #184. See you in the dirt!

Team Tuesday 2019: Eliza & Kendra2019-09-18T12:34:38-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Chelsea & Kristian

A 1992 Mercedes Benz G Wagon running on chocolate-based biodiesel. A dynamic pair of sisters whose desert adventures date back to college. One epic adventure this October bringing all three together to test their skills this October. Please welcome in today’s Team Tuesday, Team #124 Chelsea Vachon and Kristian Yehl Moley!

Chelsea currently resides in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia. She moved quite a bit during her life, and considers Boulder, Colorado home. A Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland, Chelsea completed her PhD last year. She studied winegrapes and climate! “Everyone always laughs when I say I have a PhD in wine,” mentioned Chelsea. We personally think it’s nothing short of amazing, Chelsea!

When Kristian called Chelsea to tell her about the Rebelle, her first words were, “This is the coolest thing ever!” and stated she wouldn’t miss it for the world. Every year Kristian and Chelsea would adventure to Moab during college, so teaming up for another one just made sense.

Chelsea is a little nervous about running out of chocolate fuel given its usual inaccessibility. She is excited to take on the digital detox, which won’t be a challenge. “I am more than happy to have a digital detox. It makes me sad to think that, today, we spend so much time online in a digital world. There is a whole natural world out there just waiting to be enjoyed in real life.”

Also competing is Bertha the G Wagon that Kristian lovingly restored. Bertha (named after Bertha Benz) will be the icing on the cake for Chelsea. Previously, Chelsea off-roaded in Jeeps, and is looking forward to the experience in a new type of vehicle.

And Chelsea won’t be leaving home without her stuffed bear, Como.  She travels a lot for both work and pleasure, and learned having a little piece of home with you when you wake up in a place far from home is key.

Kristian currently resides in Boulder, Colorado. She’s a mom and left her previous job to stay at home with her kids – but found she was sad not creating anything for herself personally in her daily life. So she started teaching herself photography, videography, design, and marketing, seeking a creative outlet. She is now a content creator and manager for her family’s chocolate company as well as a creative consultant for women run start-ups.

It’s natural for Kristian to compete alongside Chelsea as she not only introduced her to off-roading more than 20 years ago, but also to adventure.

“It was like Lara Croft walked into my life when I met Chelsea. She had taken a chance at life and not just left for college but abandoned a life to which she couldn’t belong. We soon spent most evenings, every weekend, every holiday, and now 20 years with each other. My family adopted her and gave her a new place to belong. I would be a shadow of myself if she had not brought such light and adventure into my life. She is my sister in every way that matters and the best person to ride the Rebelle with.”

She’s also excited to take on this dream adventure with like-minded women. “Every current Rebelle and future Rebelle that I meet seems to link arms with my spirit. I see the smiling face or the determined eyes of a Rebelle, and I see myself reflected back. I think this is a place to belong, and I’ve been looking for it my whole life.”

And that chocolate biodiesel? Kristian’s husband has 25 years in chocolate industry. From restoring abandoned chocolate equipment to buying used and making it better, he knows chocolate. After years of composting or giving away “waste” chocolate (chocolate that can’t be sold), he took his engineering mind and made a chocolate based biofuel.

“Not all 4x4s are available as diesel, so they’re not all capable of running on biodiesel, but the Mercedes G Wagon started out as a diesel and is nearly unchanged in design since it’s inception in 1979,” stated Kristian. “We’re excited to take a car that undoubtedly represents brilliant engineering and upgrade it with a 21st century, environmentally friendly fuel.”

There you have it – the first biodiesel in the Rebelle will be running off of chocolate. And not just any chocolate – Chocolove.

Team Tuesday 2019: Chelsea & Kristian2019-09-18T12:35:09-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Debbie & Maria

The mother-daughter bond is like no other, and today’s Team Tuesday is taking it next level by competing in the Rebelle – together. With 2018 Rebelle Maria Guitar participating alongside her mother Debbie Bruen as Team #114 Sand Cats Rally Team, they’re not afraid of a little digital detox. And their chosen third teammate? Maria’s 98’ Toyota 4Runner. Please welcome Debbie and Maria!

Debbie is originally from the Bronx and now resides in Raleigh, NC. where she owns Home Organization by Debbie and is a design consultant. Debbie has not competed in the Rebelle, but that doesn’t mean she’s not familiar with it. In true mom fashion, Debbie was glued to her computer last year watching Maria’s every move on the rally tracker. And now she will be the one out in the middle of nowhere finding her way – alongside the only person she’d do it with.

It all began when Debbie flew out to join Maria at Rebellation last year. Caught up in the competitors’ excitement, when Maria asked Debbie to be her 2019 teammate Debbie quickly responded, “Sure!” after a few gin and tonics. The next morning, she realized what she had done (relatable). So here she is now, learning how to read maps, and there is no one else she’d would trust to be her partner than Maria.

She’s also excited to explore parts of the west that are brand new to her, and get back to her desert roots.

“I lived in the desert region of the Turkana District in Northwest Kenya for over 12 years, where I learned to love the desert. My driving gear was just a loose dress (the culture) and flip-flops. And we avoided driving on the sand dunes if possible. We had a Toyota Hilux and always kept a machete under the front seat. I once buried the truck up to the axles in mud, which is when we pulled out the machete, hacked away at palm fronds, and positioned them below the tires to get out of the mud. We never heard of MAXTRAX – how they would’ve made life so much easier!”

Although she’s a little nervous to test her skills in the rally, Debbie has complete confidence in her multi-talented daughter.  And she’s not leaving home without her bible and and LOTS of Ziploc bags!

Maria is originally from Kenya and now calls Ostrander, Ohio home. She’s an Engine Test Engineer at Honda and cannot wait to get back in the Rebelle after competing in 2018. 

“The Rebelle embodies many things that I love in life – adventure, maps, and problem solving that challenges you to become better than you were yesterday. I love being off grid, knowing where I am, not just because a GPS tells me but because of the ability to utilize a compass and map.”

This is the first time Maria is competing in her 4Runner. She’s a little nervous with it being 21 years old, but is putting it through the paces now and making certain appropriate modifications are complete prior to the rally. She has confidence her “super awesome” 4Runner will be good to go!

Maria is also looking forward reuniting with the community of Rebelles.

“Having the wonderful comradery of strong, brave women who come together for this event is amazing, the feeling is like nothing else! And coming back for round two is exciting. I had the time of my life last year; it is such a wonderful and empowering experience, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with my mom!”

She’s also looking forward to having some serious vehicle time with her mom as they always have a blast together. And Maria’s must have item? A photo of her husband and cat!

Maria welcome back to the Rebelle and Debbie – buckle up for an adventure like nothing else! 

 

Team Tuesday 2019: Debbie & Maria2019-09-18T12:35:43-08:00

REBELLE U NEWS – 2019 Sand Dune Training Now Open for Registration

Meet the women of our dunes trainings:

From Canadians to Coloradans to regional Californians, they all spent three intense days in the Southern California desert with founder Emily Sturges Miller and other top-notch instructors learning and increasing dunes driving skills at Rebelle U. The good news for you? Another one is just around the corner.

Join us September 13-15 in the Imperial Dunes of California for a curriculum like no other to prepare for the Rebelle Rally…and other adventures you may have up your sleeve.
Register now to secure your spot: bit.ly/2019dunes

REBELLE U NEWS – 2019 Sand Dune Training Now Open for Registration2019-07-08T12:14:15-08:00

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Enters the New Cullinan SUV in the 2019 Rebelle Rally

NEWS RELEASE

July 1, 2019 (Reno, NV) – Today, Rolls-Royce announced their participation in the 2019 Rebelle Rally. The company will showcase the new Cullinan SUV with experienced competitors and 2018 Rebelle Rally co-champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe at the helm.

This exciting entry will compete in the CUV Class – comprised of street legal vehicles with unibody construction and two-wheel or all-wheel drive with no transfer case. The Rebelle Rally is open to stock manufacturer vehicles, not tube chassis race cars. Past entries include stock Subarus, Honda Ridgelines,  the Honda Pilot, Jaguar F-PACE, and Porsche Cayennes. Once again the class will not disappoint this year, with a wide range of capable vehicles.

“We applaud Rolls-Royce for believing in the Rebelle Rally as a place to showcase the new Cullinan. We are truly excited about the wide variety of vehicles and teams that participate and prove their competence,” noted rally founder and director Emily Miller.

Original Rebelle and automotive journalist Jaclyn Trop wrote about the Rolls-Royce Cullinan in this month’s issue of Fortune Magazine. One well-said quote from the brand’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, “It’s the first Rolls-Royce that looks better dirty.”

For the full announcement from Rolls-Royce, click here.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Enters the New Cullinan SUV in the 2019 Rebelle Rally2019-07-01T14:28:11-08:00