Dirt Bike Girl
Scroll down to read & watch interviews with some inspiring ladies that RIDE!
Dirt Bike + Girl = Adventures!
For Video-Photo Interview Click ——->Meet Adilyn Malcolm…
I had the pleasure of meeting the Malcolms’ during the American Motorcyclists Association “Capital Hill Climb” – The Malcolm kids Erin, Adi and Carter won the “Kids Just Want To Ride” video contest and were in D.C. to meet their legislators – to encourage them to support the “Kids Just Want To Ride Act” .
They are a very active and fun Moto-Family not to mention busy! (I’m not sure how Mama-Malcolm does it!)
This summer, Peggy had shared some of Adi’s struggles and accolades during the Loretta Lynn Amateur National in Tennessee – I contacted her about doing an interview with Adi to share her Moto-Story and also showcase her being a Motorcycle Advocate – I believe this is something to be celebrated and highlighted because not enough people do it and its important.
In the process of getting things together Adi was making videos on YouTube…her channel is Audacious Adi and well – let’s just say – she is pretty talented on and off the dirt bike!
It was a pleasure to get a little insight on what this young racer thinks about her racing – activism – the future and yupp – dancing…
Australian Off-Road Racer Tayla Jones was tearing it up at the first ever “Full Gas Sprint Enduro” in Union, South Carolina! Tayla was matching some of the A Class racers overall times on the grass and woods tracks over the weekend. It was a pleasure meeting Tayla – I only wish I was able to prepare for this interview – she is quite accomplished and I really feel like this was a perfect opportunity to ask better questions to such an inspirational woman. Nonetheless – here is the link to my interview posted on YouTube. Off camera I asked her if she did the “Creek Jump” and she said with a huge smile “YES” – she mentioned that in the bush they don’t have many jumps so she was quite excited to do it.
SHARON HUNT (Newbie Motorcyclist at 61 yrs old!)
DBGA: Hi Sharon! Please tell the ladies a little bit about yourself…
I AM 61, BEEN DIVORCED FOR MANY YEARS, I HAVE NO CHILDREN, I RESIDE IN BOWLEYS QUARTERS, MD. PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN HOSPITAL AND INDUSTRY RELATED NURSING, CURRENTLY RETIRED. I LOVE THE OUTDOORS AND GOD! I’M ADDICTED TO GROWTH AND ATTRACTED TO “WOMEN DON’T USUALLY DO THIS” ACTIVITIES.
DBGA: What made you become interested in motorcycling?… and When did you actually get started?
I ALWAYS THOUGHT MOTORCYCLING LOOKED FUN! I HAD A BRIEF ENCOUNTER WITH DIRT BIKES IN MY EARLY TWENTIES ON MY BROTHER-IN-LAW’S FARM. MANY YEARS LATER A CO-WORKER RECOMMENDED IT AS A STRESS REDUCER BUT MY FAMILY QUICKLY QUENCHED THE NOTION AS A SAFETY HAZARD, I RETIRED FROM THE RAT RACE IN OCTOBER, 2012. REALIZING I HAD THE SUMMER OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YRS, I ASKED MYSELF WHAT WOULD I DO NOW THAT I WAS OUT OF THE BOX… I GAVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO ENTERTAIN GETTING MY MOTORCYCLE LICENSE AND I DID. ONCE I GOT ON A BIKE, I FELL IN LOVE AND THAT’S WHERE MY STORY BEGINS!
DBGA: Once you learned to ride and committed to purchasing a motorcycle what sort of riding did you do? Any memorable destinations?…
I STARTED WITH A 250 HONDA. DURING LOW TRAFFIC TIMES, I RODE MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHICH IS FULL OF STOPS, TURNS AND CURVES UNTIL I GOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO DRIVE IN TRAFFIC. I RODE WHENEVER WEATHER PERMITTED. IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE I PURCHASED A BIGGER BIKE AND STARTED CROSSING NEIGHBORING STATES! MY MOST MEMORABLE DESTINATION TO DATE WAS AN ALL WOMEN’ S 1400 MILE MOTO QUEST TOUR OF ALASKA!
DBGA: We met because you were interested in experiencing off-road riding, What was it that interested you to try off-road and what did you think about it?…Was there anything that surprised you – something you did not expect?
I UTILIZED A CHECKLIST FROM LIZ JANSEN’S “PREPARING FOR LONG DISTANCE SOLO TRAVEL” TO GET READY FOR THE ALASKAN TOUR. SHE HAD RECOMMENDED AN OFF ROAD COURSE TO SHARPEN SKILLS. UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN’T DO THIS BEFORE THE TRIP AND ENCOUNTERED MULTIPLE ROADS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. UPON MY RETURN, I MADE IT A PRIORITY. I THOUGHT THE RISK TO BENEFIT RATIO TO BE OF CONCERN…THE OLDER YOU GET THE MORE PROTECTIVE YOU ARE OF PRESERVING YOUR BONES. I PUT MY CONCERNS ON THE SHELF AND SUITED UP FOR A SURPRISINGLY FUN AFTERNOON! I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. I WAS SURPRISED BY WHAT I COULD DO ON A BIKE THAT I WOULD NEVER OBVIOUSLY ATTEMPT ON A ROAD BIKE. THE TRACTION AND TURNING CAPABILITIES WERE EXCITING AND EVERY LAP OF THE TRACK WAS UNIQUELY DIFFERENT! I DIDN’T EXPECT TO ENJOY IT TO THE POINT OF WANTING MORE BUT I LOVED IT!
DBGA: Is off-road riding something you would like to do more of or is your main focus on the road?
MY MAIN FOCUS IS CRUISING / TOURING BUT NOW MY HORIZON IS NOT LIMITED!
DBGA: For many even today in society Motorcycling for Women is still taboo… What do you feel are some misconceptions about women riders and how do people react to you being a motorcyclist now?
I BELIEVE THERE ARE SOME UNDESIRABLE STEREOTYPES OF WOMEN RIDERS, I.E. ROUGH, LOOSE, ILLEGAL PARTIERS. AT BEST SOME WOULD CONSIDER US IRRESPONSIBLE RISK TAKERS, MY FAMILY INCLUDED. NOW, HOWEVER, THEY CAN’T DENY MY HAPPINESS, MY FREEDOM! PEOPLE COME OUT OF EVERYWHERE TO ENGAGE ME IN CONVERSATION. MEN MOSTLY ASK ME ABOUT MY BIKE, LIKE A FRIENDLY QUIZ, WHERE WOMEN SEEM MORE INTERESTED IN THE HOW… HOW TO TAKE WANTING TO DO INTO DOING IT! OVERALL, I THINK PEOPLE SEE ME AS THE ADVENTURER IN THEMSELVES!
DBGA: Do you have any words of encouragement for the ladies out there that have an interest in learning to ride but just haven’t given it a try yet? TASTE AND SEE…IF YOU ONLY KNEW WHAT YOU WERE MISSING!
DBGA: If there is one word that could describe the feeling you get when your riding – what would that be?BLESSED!!!!!
DBGA: Last Question: Which best describes how often you think about riding your motorcycle?
(A) Once A Month (B) Once A Week (C) Once per Day (D) …ummm Constantly!
MY CHOICE IS CLOSEST TO D…MOST OF THE TIME!!!’
Rattlesnake National Enduro July 27, 2014
I caught up with Brooke at the Rattlesnake National Enduro in Cross Fork, PA. While this was only the second National Enduro Brooke has raced – I don’t believe it is her last.
If you aren’t familiar with Brooke Cosner – you soon will get to know a little bit about this young talented off-road racer. The tougher the course the better Brooke does – as she showed when she finished in a strong second place at the epic “Toughest GNCC Race… SNOWSHOE” this year. – Brooke was gaining on the leader and she is hungry for the win! With a taste of a second fresh in her mind she said that “anything less than a second place finish – and she will be bummed” – so I’m sure she may have been bummed after the Rattlesnake when the rain didn’t come and she finished in third… I know that that third place only fanned the flames for her thirst to work even harder to reach her goals.
Brooke is one of the tough ones herself with great stamina and balance – she is very confident on her bike and is dedicated to the work it takes to continue to her goals.
With the family, team and friends that will continue to support her – you will get to know and respect this young woman racer Brooke Cosner!
…I apologize for the sound issues…ie: barking dogs and dirt bikes – but that life in the pits of MotO!
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Dirt Bike Girl Adventures
SNOWSHOE GNCC 2014
Snowshoe Mountain Resort June 2014 in the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia — I find myself thankful that the GNCC crew has somehow talked this beautiful — perfect mountain top village into hosting this event. The drive to this place is brutal as well as the course — but the magical village on top with all its wonders makes it all worth it…
If you have ever been to a GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) event you surely have seen Jen Kenyon. Jen is the young lady with the microphone — always smiling — always engaged in what is happening around her. Jen is not just another pretty face — she is now after four years a fixture of GNCC.
I wondered if she had a background in motorcycling and thought if she did – it would be great to know her story and share it with other dirt bike girls.
Here is her story…
A note to Jen: Thanks Again for sharing your Dirt Bike Girl story with me!