Build. Train. Race

PRESENTED BY ROYAL ENFIELD

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About The Program

The Build, Train, Race program is aimed at highlighting women and the motorcycle culture in North America through 3 stages- Building a custom Flat Track with the INT 650 Twin as the base platform, Training on the motorcycle with expert Flat Track riders from within the Flat Track Community and racing the 4 builds at the Flat Out Friday event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Mama Tried weekend.

Four women from across North America have been chosen to partake in this inaugural event. The four women come from various backgrounds within the motorcycle industry, from professional road racing and endurance racer Melissa Paris in San Diego, to Lana McNaughton founder of the Women’s Moto Exhibit in Portland Oregon, Motorcycle enthusiast Jillian Deschenes in Minnesota and DIY shop Owner Andrea Lothorp.

All of these women have received their Mark III INT 650’s and are preparing designs to be submitted.

While most of the work during the build process is expected to be done by the women, they are able to reach out to sponsors in support of their build for components that will ensure these motorcycles are ready to train on and race.

The Build, Train, Race program aims to show all women out there that anything is possible when it comes to motorcycling. None of the women chosen for the event have participated in something of this caliber before and such we will follow along with the women as they navigate through the struggles, triumphant and close competition.

About The Program

The Build, Train, Race program is aimed at highlighting women and the motorcycle culture in North America through 3 stages- Building a custom Flat Track with the INT 650 Twin as the base platform, Training on the motorcycle with expert Flat Track riders from within the Flat Track Community and racing the 4 builds at the Flat Out Friday event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Mama Tried weekend.

Four women from across North America have been chosen to partake in this inaugural event. The four women come from various backgrounds within the motorcycle industry, from professional road racing and endurance racer Melissa Paris in San Diego, to Lana McNaughton founder of the Women’s Moto Exhibit in Portland Oregon, Motorcycle enthusiast Jillian Deschenes in Minnesota and DIY shop Owner Andrea Lothrop.

All of these women have received their Mark III INT 650’s and are preparing designs to be submitted.

While most of the work during the build process is expected to be done by the women, they are able to reach out to sponsors in support of their build for components that will ensure these motorcycles are ready to train on and race.

The Build, Train, Race program aims to show all women out there that anything is possible when it comes to motorcycling. None of the women chosen for the event have participated in something of this caliber before and such we will follow along with the women as they navigate through the struggles, triumphant and close competition.

BUILD

They Riders have from November 15th, 2019- February 15th, 2019 to modify their Mark III INT 650 Twins. Once their transformation designs are approved, tear down begins along side the sourcing of sponsors and partners.

TRAIN

Aside from two days of brand provided training time, all 4 women are highly encouraged to get comfortable with necessary racing technique on their builds in their own time prior to the first event.

RACE

During Mama Tried Weekend in Milwaukee Wisconsin, the team and their builds will debut their customized trackers during the race of the first ever 749cc class at Flat Out Friday.

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Vote

Participation encouraged from viewers – Fans will have a chance to vote for their favorite builds after the races during Flat Out Friday. The lucky winner will win a free trip to next years Rider Mania.

The Mark Three INT 650

ABOUT THE MOTORCYCLE 

An air/oil cooled parallel twin configuration chosen for its authentic uncluttered lines, the 648cc engine is built for real world riding. With a twin throttle-body paired to a highly precise Bosch fuel injection system and EMS tune results in excellent throttle response throughout the rev range. The frame, developed in conjunction with legendary Harris Performance, thoroughly tested for durability, offers superior balance and handling. 

The INT 650 provides an optimum blend of dynamics through a mix of comfort & feel, with reliable, responsive & easily to adjustable foundation. 

FOUR WOMEN

THE RIDERS

Four women from 4 different background in the motorcycle industry. 

Andrea Lothrop

Andrea Lothrop

THE MECHANIC

Jillian Deschenes

Jillian Deschenes

THE ENTHUSIAST

Melissa Paris

Melissa Paris

THE PRO

Lanika Macnaughton

Lanika Macnaughton

THE ARTIST

Meet The Riders

Four Women from four different backgrounds in the motorcycle community. Click the buttons below to learn more about The Pro, The Enthusiast, The Mechanic, and The Artist. 

THE MECHANIC

ANDREA LOTHROP

Andrea knows a little something about the mechanics of motorcycles. Andrea and her partner run and operate a DIY motorcycle club in Toronto, Canada. Every day of the week you can find Andrea at her shop working on motorcycles. When she isn’t wrenching she spends times teaching people about their motorcycles and how to get back to the roots of self empowerment through the Moto culture. Opening Moto Revere has been a culmination of many things for Andrea: a BFA in Sculpture, a life-long interest in business, social communities, environmentalism and urban life.

For the last 4 years Andrea has built a community focused on enabling people to be more self empowered and helping move the new generation of motorcycling forward. In Toronto the riding season and wrenching season are about 50/50 which allows Andrea and her partner to dedicate time to work on projects and dream about adventures when the riding season starts back up in the spring.

Andrea’s sponsors include Biltwell, Black Widow Custom Paint, Haversack Leather, and Icon. For a peak into Andrea’s building, training, and racing process, visit her personal Instagram, her shop instagram, and her shop website.

THE MECHANIC

ANDREA LOTHROP

Andrea knows a little something about the mechanics of motorcycles. Andrea and her partner run and operate a DIY motorcycle club in Toronto, Canada. Every day of the week you can find Andrea at her shop working on motorcycles. When she isn’t wrenching she spends times teaching people about their motorcycles and how to get back to the roots of self empowerment through the Moto culture. Opening Moto Revere has been a culmination of many things for Andrea: a BFA in Sculpture, a life-long interest in business, social communities, environmentalism and urban life.

For the last 4 years Andrea has built a community focused on enabling people to be more self empowered and helping move the new generation of motorcycling forward. In Toronto the riding season and wrenching season are about 50/50 which allows Andrea and her partner to dedicate time to work on projects and dream about adventures when the riding season starts back up in the spring. 

Andrea’s sponsors include Biltwell, Black Widow Custom Paint, Haversack Leather, and Icon. For a peak into Andrea’s building, training, and racing process, visit her personal Instagram, her shop instagram, and her shop website.

THE TWO WHEEL
ENTHUSIAST

JILLIAN DESCHENES

Jillian was born and raised in a suburb north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has 4 siblings all of whom she is very close with. 8 years ago she was blessed with a daughter who keeps her on her toes. Recently engaged Jillian spends her free time planning her wedding, riding MTB single track and participating in District 23 events including hare scrambles, enduros and amateur flat track racing. After this season Jillian ended up winning the District 23 AMA flat Track Women’s championship after her second year of racing. Jillians profession is  as a hospice nurse which is spent working with a wide variety of patients and families in their final journeys. 

Just last month Jillian was one of 5 selected riders to participate in a joint project between S&S Cycles and Royal Enfield, riding the S&S Flat Tracker Himalayan at the Speed Ranch in Viola, WI. When asked why Jillian was keen on being part of the BTR program she responded

“ I am really intrigued with Royal Enfield’s affordability factor. I think the cost of riding can be pretty daunting to a lot of individuals and Royal Enfield is making major strides in the industry making them accessible to a generation of individuals who are financially “Woke” if you will. I also appreciate and respect the enthusiasm Royal Enfield North America shows for women in motorcycling, and the opportunities they offer to everyday women riders such as myself.’

Jillians sponsors include Dunlop, S&S Cycle, Saddlemen, Gopher Glass, Vortex, PDR Performance, Race Tech Inc., Superior Tool Grinding, Jacks of Spade, Retrodyne, Warp 9, and Amanda Wilson Design. To follow her building, training, and racing process, follow her instagram.

THE TWO WHEEL
ENTHUSIAST

JILLIAN DESCHENES

Jillian was born and raised in a suburb north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has 4 siblings all of whom she is very close with. 8 years ago she was blessed with a daughter who keeps her on her toes. Recently engaged Jillian spends her free time planning her wedding, riding MTB single track and participating in District 23 events including hare scrambles, enduros and amateur flat track racing. After this season Jillian ended up winning the District 23 AMA flat Track Women’s championship after her second year of racing. Jillians profession is  as a hospice nurse which is spent working with a wide variety of patients and families in their final journeys. 

Just last month Jillian was one of 5 selected riders to participate in a joint project between S&S Cycles and Royal Enfield, riding the S&S Flat Tracker Himalayan at the Speed Ranch in Viola, WI. When asked why Jillian was keen on being part of the BTR program she responded

“ I am really intrigued with Royal Enfield’s affordability factor. I think the cost of riding can be pretty daunting to a lot of individuals and Royal Enfield is making major strides in the industry making them accessible to a generation of individuals who are financially “Woke” if you will. I also appreciate and respect the enthusiasm Royal Enfield North America shows for women in motorcycling, and the opportunities they offer to everyday women riders such as myself.’

Jillians sponsors include Dunlop, S&S Cycle, Saddlemen, Gopher Glass, Vortex, PDR Performance, Race Tech Inc., Superior Tool Grinding, Jacks of Spade, Retrodyne, Warp 9, and Amanda Wilson Design. To follow her building, training, and racing process, follow her instagram.

THE PRO

MELISSA PARIS

Melissa Got into riding motorcycles much later than most. She learned to ride at age 20 and a year or so later she began gridding up for local club races. After a few years club racing primarily on 125 and 250cc machinery she made her professional debut in 2009 Daytona aboard a Yamaha R6. That same year she became the first woman to qualify for a World Supersport event. 

Since then she’s had the opportunity to race in MotoAmerica, in the Spanish CEV championship, and most recently several 24 World Endurance events. In her spare time Melissa likes to train by riding motorcross and flat track. 

When asked why Melissa was keen on being part of the BTR program she responded

“ I’ve had the opportunity to ride a few Royal Enfields in the last couple years and it’s always been such a fun change of pace for me. From the moment I rode the new INT 650 I’ve been dreaming of building one into a flat tracker. I’m so excited that I’m actually getting the opportunity to make it happen!”

Melissa’s sponsors include Dubya Wheels, Ohlins, and Evol Technology. Melissa has a two year old son Hawk that seems to be following in his moms footsteps, you can following Hawks and Melissa’s adventures on her instagram.

THE PRO

MELISSA PARIS

Melissa Got into riding motorcycles much later than most. She learned to ride at age 20 and a year or so later she began gridding up for local club races. After a few years club racing primarily on 125 and 250cc machinery she made her professional debut in 2009 Daytona aboard a Yamaha R6. That same year she became the first woman to qualify for a World Supersport event. 

Since then she’s had the opportunity to race in MotoAmerica, in the Spanish CEV championship, and most recently several 24 World Endurance events. In her spare time Melissa likes to train by riding motorcross and flat track.

When asked why Melissa was keen on being part of the BTR program she responded

“ I’ve had the opportunity to ride a few Royal Enfields in the last couple years and it’s always been such a fun change of pace for me. From the moment I rode the new INT 650 I’ve been dreaming of building one into a flat tracker. I’m so excited that I’m actually getting the opportunity to make it happen!”

Melissa’s sponsors include Dubya Wheels, Ohlins, and Evol Technology . To follow her building, training, and racing process, follow her instagram.

THE ARTIST

LANAKILA MACNAUGHTON

Lanakila MacNaughton is a Portland based photographer and motorcyclist. Involved in many outdoor sports from a young age, Lana began documenting her experiences through photography. After developing a passion for motorcycles in her early twenties, she started documenting many facets of motorcycle culture through her lens and started The Women’s Moto Exhibit.

Lana shoots in medium format on a Hasselblad CM. Lana has also co-founded several grassroots motorcycle events including The Dream Roll and Paradise Road Show. Additionally Lana is one of Royal Enfield’s Brand Ambassadors and uses her Himalayan to get around town. You can follow Lana’s building, training, and racing process through her instagram.

THE ARTIST

LANIKA MACNAUGHTON

Lanakila MacNaughton is a Portland based photographer and motorcyclist. Involved in many outdoor sports from a young age, Lana began documenting her experiences through photography. After developing a passion for motorcycles in her early twenties, she started documenting many facets of motorcycle culture through her lens and started The Women’s Moto Exhibit.

Lana shoots in medium format on a Hasselblad CM. Lana has also co-founded several grassroots motorcycle events including The Dream Roll and Paradise Road Show. Additionally Lana is one of Royal Enfield’s Brand Ambassadors and uses her Himalayan to get around town. You can follow Lana’s building, training, and racing process through her instagram.