Founded in 2018, DC Dirt Camp aims to help students not only learn to ride, but also to gain confidence and practice resiliance; character traits that will prepare students to face life on life’s terms.
The Woman. The Rider. The Coach.
Owner and lead instructor is BJ Hessler. She is currently based out of Fairfax, VA but has lived all over the US including Rochester NY, Boston MA, and Denver CO. She has been riding road bikes for over 20 years and dirt bikes/ADV bikes for about 3 years. Her 2015 motorcycle tour through Patagonia helped spark the desire to lead tours and teach off-road skills. She has been a snowboard instructor, yoga teacher as well as a student of myriad disciplines both academic and athletic. BJ got started teaching the MSF Basic Dirt Bike Curriculum as an assistant coach with Xplor-Int in Nottingham, PA in 2017. She received her Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike Coach certification in Mendocino, CA early Spring 2018. She has also had numerous off-road coaches along the way. From the outstanding staff at BMW Academy’s off road school on big bikes, to Danny Walker’s American Super Camp on small dirt bikes, to her extensive training with Pat Jaques of ADV Woman on dual all sorts of bikes.
Prior to founding Dirt Camp, BJ honed her own big bike and little bike riding skills under the guidance of famous pioneering woman in motocross racing, Pat Jacques owner and operator of ADVWoman.com. Summer 2018 BJ was an assistant coach for Pat at the 3rd annual ADVWoman Rendezvous in Granby Colorado. She will also be an assistant guide on an all-women’s tour over the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR) with Pat.
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