Now, you must understand that the Rebelle Rally is not a casual event to which one simply shows up. Those who are competing in the rally must prepare and work diligently to do so. Realizing this, Liz and I decided to sign up for Rebelle U, The Rebelle Rally’s very own training wing and take part in a four-day course that would prepare us for the rally.
Near the end of April, I flew up to Sacramento from Canada to meet Liz in person for the first time! From there we road-tripped together to southern California.
Our four days at Rebelle U were the most grueling and rewarding days I have ever experienced. I quickly learned to check my ego at the door; I was about to be schooled in humility.
“If these four days are a taste of what’s in store for us at the rally,” I thought, “we’re in for a rude awakening come October!”
The internal Rebelle Rally team is nothing short of inspirational. Including some of the most experienced professional wheelers in the world, those building out the rally and training events were seasoned teachers. I was quite impressed.
The visionary and founder of Rebelle Rally, Emily Miller, is an incredible woman with a beautiful energy that commands respect wherever she goes. Emily’s mentor was Rod Hall, a legend in his own right, who won the Baja 1000 twenty-four times as is the most competing driver in the 1000 which will likely never be surpassed.
Talking to Emily was akin to tethering yourself right to the source of knowledge. It was a powerful experience.
Emily’s passion and love for the rally was infectious. She was patient, kind, and professional throughout the entire training, putting everyone at ease. We didn’t feel like we were there to “win” the training; we were there to make mistakes so that we wouldn’t make them come October.
Amongst the trainers and other competitors, were all different women preparing to compete. We were from all different walks of life, all-powerful and beautiful inside and out, with our eyes set on the same prize…
Liz and I walked away from training at Rebelle U feeling perhaps a touch more nervous for October. However, we were also extremely excited to be a part of such an incredible event.