First I want to take a moment to thank some folks that helped make this all possible from me personally…
Thank You to my man Billy Schlag, for supporting me through all my endless talking about this race and helping me in anyway he possibly could. He makes it possible for me to do what I do and I am truly blessed to share a love for this sport with him – it certainly makes life fun!
Thank You to my friend Amanda Knapp for staying committed to the DBGA Team even after her injury took her out of the race lineup. Not only is she top-shelf and so enthusiastic – she went above and beyond -She took a million beautiful pictures of all of us and helped her hubby out – who was racing on a team himself! Amanda was also responsible for finding Kelli Silvers which then led to Megan Page and our team continued taking shape! Thank You also to Amanda’s husband Ryan for getting her to the event and doing so much legwork to make everything she did possible – Ryan was a huge help!
Thank You to Ride On Moto’s, John Ross for giving me a great deal on my new bike and doing the modifications needed to make it perfect for me!
Thank You to Limited Decal’s, Tyler Hayes for working with me on my special graphics detail – taking my dream into a reality! You really out did yourself! I truly appreciate the hard work!
Thank You to Task Lighting for helping the team out with some bright lights! Even more than the lights – its a pleasure to have met Tom and Mark Slover.
Thank You to KNC Marketing for helping me design a special Team Shirt! They were fun to work with and incredibly helpful in finding the particular shirt I wanted and working with me on a small order – all the while keeping in mind my cute budget. 🙂
Thank You to Heather and Brian McCall for their lights as well – Heather Cosner really loved the bar mount light that you loaned our team – it was the perfect set up for her – we really appreciate your offering and friendship!
Thank You to Kelli Silvers for getting Chances General Store to donate water for the team! Kelli – being a nurse, actually had our pit well prepared should there had been a need for minor medical care – thankfully our team did not sustain any major injuries however our wonderful Kelli did twist her knee on her first lap – which was a real bummer. So much time, planning and investment went into getting here and I know she was incredibly upset over this. Kelli stood strong and stayed for the duration also supporting her team throughout the 24hrs. I really appreciate her husband Steve also – his efforts and his mechanical support in the pits – they are a great moto-couple!
Thank You Brian and Cathy Page (Brian Page Masonry) for always being around with mechanical help and help in general in the pits! So happy to have met this family and their wonderful daughter Megan!
Now on to the race action!…
Well I’m pretty sure we won – as no other women teams signed up…oh yes and we did get the plaque that backs that up! It was a fa-nominal day!…or days…it’s a little bit of a blur a couple days later…
Getting there – the endless packing, double and triple checking my lists – packing for two teams – mine as well as my guys – I didn’t want to forget anything… It worked out beautifully because both teams also brought their endless supplies so we were golden!
It was amazing to finally meet Kelli Silvers and Megan Page – we had chatted and sent endless emails yet we had never met – so getting to meet them and their families was a real treat! Once we said our hellos and set up camp we got to getting our pits set up. A couple hours later Amanda Knapp and her hubby showed up with the cutest little teardrop travel trailer… I loved that Amanda was there – but wished for her that she was 100% better – I hated to see her having to crutch around – we were quite a walk from the track and pit. As darkness arrived Amanda strapped on her lights to her crutches and didn’t let anything stop her for the entire weekend! Next to arrive was the Cosner family – Heather on our team and Brooke on my guys team – hanging out with them and discussing the racing and course was awesome. Later that night Susan Lawrence arrived with her guy and son which was nice meeting them as well…Not long after we all slowly went to our camps and turned in… We needed our rest for the upcoming 24hrs!
I swear no matter how much prep I did – I never felt ready for this day… but ultimately everything got done and set up beautifully because we had a great team to work together with! Amanda even set out polka-dot table toppers and endless bowls of fruit, nuts, snacks galore… I think some people may have thought we were a vendor because we were so well displayed… I brought my dirt bike wreaths and Christmas lights – I’m gonna say we were one of the snazziest pits on pit road. We had all the necessities – from tools, lights and generators – we were ready to race!
In the middle of race day the team surprised me with an epic gift – I can’t explain how crazy creative this was… It was a Dirt Bike Girl Adventures Umbrella with multiple pictures of the girls and my dirt bike adventures on ribbons that once the umbrella was opened they cascaded all around! I was over the moon with happiness – that was so sweet!
I made the decision to have race order from youngest to oldest – which set the stage for Megan to start the race on her KTM 200!
She had previously volunteered to start so I knew this was the right decision – her enthusiasm during was quite obvious and I absolutely love that! Megan lined up on the Womens line by herself since there were no other Women Teams entered. Her Dad held her bike as her mom stood track side snapping pictures of this moment. Megan had to stand 50′ in front of her bike and once the green flag waived off she went – the race was on and she jumped on her bike – pressed the power button and got to it!
Our team plan was everyone would ride for two laps – the first was our site lap and the second we could rip… Megan held to that plan and rode great! She ran into some challenges but ultimately she overcame them and powered through. The team had to pass a lanyard to their teammate when we switched riders – this was interesting at first but as we went we got the hang of it…
The lanyard was passed to Heather and she took off on her Yamaha for her first couple laps – she made quick work of the course and returned with one of the quickest laps from our team a 36:59!
Next up was Susan – she hopped on her KTM 200 and set out for her lap and then me on my KTM 200 for a couple and then
Kelli for her try at the course. Unfortunately Kelli twisted her knee – such a bummer because she was really flowing and feeling great! After giving it some time and it not feeling better she decided it would be best to stay off the bike. Megan headed back out and the rotations continued…
Darkness falls across the land… I will speak for myself here – “That was the hardest most challenging thing I have ever done on a dirt bike…” Racing at night on a course that had deteriorated tremendously as well as being out there with some heavy hitters was quite stressful. After I got stuck around mile 10 on the face of one of the slickest hills – well I decided I should spare everyone out there my presence on the track… I remember actually being out there at the mile marker 2 and thinking “What Have I Done…” So back to this hill… I had issues with it on my first lap and a Marshall was there to lend a hand…thank goodness – it is one of those gradual uphills – looks totally harmless yet it was like a sheet of ice in the middle which was the line I took not realizing. Racers were flying by because you needed that momentum – it was scary in the day but now take it to hours later in pitch darkness and no Marshall around.. I had taken the good line and almost made it when I slowly veered to the middle and lost traction – my bike stalled – my light went out and all I had on to indicate to on coming racers was a tiny red blinking red light on my back! I could see racers approaching – I started my bike and proceeded to walk it up feathering the clutch as I was passed on the left and right – finally I made it to the top – took a sip of water and continued on to the finish/pits – I shared my story with my fellow teammates and off went Heather and off
went Susan – They Loved It!… Good on them – I wish I did more laps at night – I wanted to but didn’t have it in me.
Susan did 2 night laps – on her second she overheated and needed help – we all decided enough for the night. I stayed up with my guys team as they kept rocking.
At 6:30 am Megan heads out on the course – she finishes our teams efforts with three laps and takes it home for the win! Crossing the checkered flag I am smiling wide because I love how this girl started the race and finished the race for us!
Day Two not only brought us the race finish – it also brought us – Amanda’s Birthday!
We all sung her Happy Birthday and presented her with a custom Dirt Bike Girl Cake…! Yum and Fun! She was super surprised!
We all had such a great time – even with the blisters – bumps and bruises! It was supposed to be about having fun on our dirt bike and I believe we accomplished that! We also became friends and created memories!
We were all-over the board in our times and that’s okay by me. I just wanted the experience and now I know to be better prepared for next year as I’m sure we will have some welcomed competition!
Dirt Bike + Girl = Adventures…yes – definitely yes!