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Olivia Judy – One To Watch!

Some girls just have that fire and grit… In 2015 at the Full Gas Sprint Enduro CJ Raceway round in West Virginia I was enjoying a day of racing in that crisp mountain air… Sometime during the day I heard this young girl with raised voice from beneath her helmet obviously upset about something… She was so fiery and seemed huge in character, packed in a petite package.  I wondered who she was – so eager to get back out on the course after some kind of issue… I wanted to watch her ride because I knew she was after it!

When thinking about who I should reach out to for a DBGA interview – Olivia came to mind so I contacted her and asked her if she remembered that day… !

Olivia replied –  “I was so excited to race that race, then I had my first mechanical issue ever and I was about to loose my mind lol.”

I hope you enjoy this interview with this colorful and fun off-road racer… Olivia Judy. I sense her passion for the sport will propel her to the top in the near future! Best wishes to her for a safe and exciting upcoming race season and congrats to her on a well earned 4th in the 2017 Grand National Cross Country Series Womens B class!

 

How old are you and where is your hometown? I’m 16 years old and I live in Reedsville West Virginia

How did you become interested in riding dirt bikes and how old were you when you started riding?My interest with dirt bikes really came from my uncle Vincent who used to race and he’s actually where I got the number 241 from. I started riding when I was about 13 on a Yamaha TTR 110. 
What made you decide to start racing and when was that? A little group of boys that lived near me all raced and when I would go riding with them we would always talk about me racing and finally after lots of nagging we got my dad to give in and let me race my first race.
Do you remember what that first race was like? Any stand out moments? I remember my first race like it was yesterday, I felt like a million bucks on my Honda 150f with my mix and match gear. I actually led my first race for a little bit but then I had a big crash and lost the lead. I was so pumped because I wanted to race more than anything.
What class do you usually race and what bike are you currently riding… what do you like about it (bike)? In 2016 I raced the Girls 8-15 glass in the GNCC series then after wrapping it up early I moved up to Women amateur. In 2017 GNCC split women’s amateur up into womens B and womens C so I decided to race womens B. I currently ride a KTM 150 and I love how light and fun it is to ride.

 Ironman GNCC 2017
Ironman GNCC 2017

Tell me a little about how this racing season has been for you… What series do you follow and do any of the races stand out to you? This racing season has certainly been one to remember. From mechanical issues to turning my bike into a submarine at the Florida GNCC it certainly hasn’t been an easy year, but no matter what I’ve tried to keep a positive outlook and move forward. I race the GNCC series mainly and then will run some local races around home. Tough and techincal races are what I like the most but a race that stands out to me the most would have to be the Mountaineer run GNCC because I LOVE the rocks!
What are your future goals? Anything more than anything you really want to achieve? My future goal is definitely to be a top 3 runner in the womens pro class. I know that won’t come easy but I have wanted that from day one and I will do whatever it takes to get there!

Tomahawk GNCC 2017
Tomahawk GNCC 2017

2018 racing plans? For 2018 I plan on running the GNCC series and some other races here and there like Full Gas Sprint Enduros but as far as classes go I haven’t exactly decided yet. It all really depends on what I get done over the off season and how I feel heading into 2018.
What grade are you in and is it hard to balance school and riding? I’m a Junior in high-school and school and dirt bikes definitely do get in the way of each other. I miss a decent amount of school when it comes to traveling to races but I also tend to take some “sick” days to get in a little extra riding haha. I just have to stay on top of my game so I keep up with school and racing.
Do you have any women racers that you look up to or admire? There’s several women racers that I think are really awesome, but Tayla Jones stands out to me the most because she kills it!
How do you think we could grow the ranks of female riders? I think that Female riders need a little more recognition and girls need to know that racing is as much a girls sport as it is a boys sport.
What is your favorite terrain to ride?…Mud – Sand – Rocks – Clay? My favorite terrain is hands down rocks. I would pick a rocky rough track over a fast track any day.
What was it like lining up and racing in the WXC line at the Ironman GNCC? Lining up in the WXC class at Ironman was a really cool experience for me. I knew going into it that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the top women, but having a clear first lap and being up there running at a fast pace with other fast riders really made me pick up the pace. I know i’m far from ready to truly compete in that class but i’m hoping with some time and hard work I’ll get there!

Anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?

As always I have to give a huge thank you to everyone that makes all this possible for me. Todd Ely for taking me in and continuing to support me no matter what happens and of course the entire Tely Energy Racing team and crew for having my back and being my big family. I also couldn’t forget my Dad, Mom and brother for helping me behind the scenes and everyone who has cheered me on and supported me so far in my racing career! ~Olivia Judy 

Snowshoe GNCC 2017
Snowshoe GNCC 2017

Photos provided by Olivia Judy

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King – Moto Girl Shredding Off-Road

Ladies… you are in good company…GR8 company actually… Take notice of the amazing women out there shredding tracks and trails and get to know them and their stories of grit and ambition – they will surly make you smile – laugh and just plain…WoW YA!

Last weekend at round 8 of the 9 round Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series Womens Amateur Racer, Christy King made her Honda 250 sing! Christy was really enjoying her race weekend as the course was suited to her moto-background and wide-open moto-style. Coming in after 12 special tests with a time of 1:37:47.063 this is close racing to the finest degree… you have to be perfect and Christy was perfect… toping the class in all twelve tests!

Christy is always smiling…she is a happy soul and I love to see her as she strives to tame that moto-throttle through the woods throughout the weekend.

It was super cool that the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series founder Jason Hooper decided to recognize Christy

Becca Sheets Tayla Jones Christy King FGSE Rockcrusher
Becca Sheets
Tayla Jones
Christy King
FGSE Rockcrusher

with third place money from series sponsor PRI Insurance from the premiere womens class – inviting her to the premiere womens podium for a sweet trophy and interview… Never before has it been done – podiums are usually reserved for the premiere class – but not this weekend…this weekend one of our own was up there saying her thank you’s…you can’t help but imagine that the near future we will see King on the box with the fastest off-road women in the sport on more of a regular as she continues to develop her skills and work to move up in class.

So I caught up with Christy to learn a little more about this powerhouse in the womens amateur class,  she sits in the lead currently a mere 14 points ahead of Heather Cosner who is an absolute ripper on the technical courses! The final round of the series is at Big Buck, November 11th and 12th and should be exciting! It’s a great mix… but the cross test is usually fast – real fast and that may be just what King needs to put it all together!

MEET CHRISTY KING!…

Age and Hometown?

I’m 23 years old from Canal Winchester, Ohio.

How long have you been riding and how did you become interested?

I’ve been riding a dirt bike since I was 6 years old, so going on 18 years! I have 2 older brothers that used to race, so I’ll say I got it from them. My brothers had friends that rode too and they would always come with us to the races. Mostly local motocross races but we always went to Mini O’s and a few other big nationals. It was always a good time. In 2005, my brother Jimmy had a bad crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After that, my other brother Jason didn’t ride much and it’s just been me ever since.

When did you decide to try racing and what was your first race experience like?

My brothers raced and I always had to do what they did. My first race was in 2000 at our local fair. I was just this tiny little 6 year old girl on a pw50 lined up with a bunch of boys. It was a full gate and I ended up 9th I think.

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What is your current race bike?

I have a 2010 crf250r as my motocross bike and a 2012 crf250r as my woods bike.

Do you prefer 2 stroke or 4 stroke?

Probably the 4 stroke. I’ve ridden the 65’s and the 85’s and decided to have a 125 as my first big bike. I switched to the 4 stroke in 2012 and haven’t really looked back since. I feel my speed improved a lot when I switched to the 250f and I like not having to shift all the time haha. Although lately I’ve been pretty curious how I’d ride a 2 stroke now.

Best add-on to your bike…

My graphics! Since his crash, my brother Jimmy has been building his own graphic business called Fast Am Productions. His stuff is high quality and I like the option of having complete customization on my bike and jersey kits. Other than that, probably my fork seal savers! All the parts on my bike are usually OEM.

IMG_2201You come from a motocross background – now you race off-road as well… What made you try off-road and do you prefer one more than the other?

My boyfriend actually got me into off-road. When I was on 85’s I used to race a few of the GP’s at a track close to me called Fast Traxx. Once I got on big bikes I was nervous to try racing woods because I was so short on my bike and it’s always a struggle to pick my bike up after I fall, and to be honest I just wasn’t a very good technical rider.  Basically, this whole year I have been only off-road, and it has been a crazy adjustment, but I’m really enjoying myself. Ohio motocross is pretty stale, and I’m tired of paying a bunch of money to sit around waiting all day to only race 8 or so laps. Off-road is so much more challenging and I actually feel proud of myself when I finish a race so I prefer off-road right now.

I’ve seen you race the GNCC Series as well as the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series… For your friends that think off-road is off-road can you explain the difference between these two off-road series that you race and which one suits you best and why?

To me, GNCC is like the top dog when it comes to American motorcycle racing. You show up to the place and you can barely get a parking spot it’s so packed with people. It’s actually pretty intimidating. The whole time I’m on the line waiting for my row to go, I’m just running scenarios through my head about how wild the next 2 hours are going to be. I really like the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series because you only have to endure the craziness for about 10 minutes at a time, opposed to 2 hours. The whole format of FGSE is perfect. They definitely suit me better. The tracks are usually nowhere near as rough as the GNCC’s get, but a few rounds have been pretty crazy this year! I love that it’s a single file start and you’re basically out there racing with yourself. You don’t have to worry about coming together with any other riders. It’s also awesome that youIMG_5171 get to ride on 2 separate tracks over the whole weekend! I’m still struggling in the woods so the field tracks can give me a chance to make up the time I lost on the woods portion. It helps that a few of the rounds actually had motocross tracks as the cross test. The jumps definitely give me an advantage. And the vibe at FGSE is so laid back! It doesn’t even feel like you’re at a race. I love all the people I’ve met doing this series, you have no choice but to make small talk with the riders in your row as you’re waiting for your turn. The only downfall of the series is that you pretty much have to be perfect all 12 tests over both of the days if you want to get good placing.

What was it like sharing the podium with two of the fastest off-road women this past weekend at Rockcrusher FGSE?

It was awesome!! That was the first big check I’ve received in all my years racing dirt bikes and to get it in my first year in off-road was so rad!! Becca and I grew up racing motocross together, so it was just super cool to see how things come around full circle and I was able to be up there with her making Ohio proud.

Is there a female racer past or present that you truly admire?

When I was younger I always looked up to Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Geiger. Those are some pretty cool chicks.

What are your goals for 2018?

I’m not really sure. I want to do more Full Sprints, probably not the whole series again but definitely the ones that are closest to me. My boyfriend is doing the full GNCC series in the XC3 class so I will be at all of those, but I will probably only race a few of them. Maybe try for Loretta Lynns. Who knows! I’m just going with the flow and seeing where it takes me.

 Best riding advice given to you that you still refer to today?

 Grip with your legs!

 If there is anything you would like to see changed or improved for women in the sport…what would that be?

I’d just like to see more girls getting out there and racing in general. This sport could really benefit from girls. In motocross, I feel the women don’t really get taken seriously. The WMX is nothing compared to what it used to be and I believe it’s because not many women are racing every weekend. But it’s hard to when there’s no money in it. I think the off-road series takes good care of their women riders, way more than motocross. Things could only get better if we had just as many women out there riding as boys.

 Feel free to list your supporters and peeps you’d like to thank.

I’d like to thank my mom, dad, brother, and boyfriend. They are the only ones helping me get to the races each weekend!

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5th Year Win at ISDE for Aussie Women! Chat with Tayla Jones on the Victory…

Australia has brought us… “The Black Box Flight Data Recorder” – ” The Electric Drill” and most notably… “Off-Road Motorcycle Phenom – Tayla Jones”

My first Tayla sighting was at the Full Gas Sprint Enduro in 2014 at Big Buck in South Carolina… With a super smooth and fast riding style I knew if she decided to become a regular here in the States, women’s off-road would benefit and continue to excite.

American women do not run from competition – they see it – admire it and then they work on learning from it in hopes of eventually rising to it…  Currently it is the Australian Tayla Jones that is dominating the scene in many areas of off-road. While putting this interview together after the Australian Womens Trophy Team victory during the International Six Days of Enduro in France a mere eight days later Tayla would find herself on the podium spraying sweet champagne at the Grand National Cross Country Series Round 10 in Unadilla N.Y. in celebration of a well earned National Series Championship Title…three rounds early in the Womens Premiere WXC Class! Every round she entered in this years GNCC series she has won…that Championship Victory is Well Deserved In-Deed!

Tayla is also the points leader in the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series with near perfect results as well as the National Enduro Series with wins in every round she has entered!

Just last month Tayla raced Round One of the Endurocross Series in Las Vegas and earned a sweet 3rd place… This 21 year old from New South Wales Australia is in the zone to say the least and setting a feverish pace for the competition to rise to.

Tayla isn’t just a fast female racer – she in competitive in the overall against the men as well – you’ll find her placing in the top 15 among fast Pros and A riders in the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series where mere seconds make all the difference!

Tayla ready race ready for the start of the 2017 ISDE
Tayla ready race ready for the start of the 2017 ISDE

If it sounds as though I’m excited about the Aussie dominating the American scene – I say well – yes… She is brilliant on a dirt bike and is working with an American team, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 and her mechanic is American Stu Baylor… She is living on the American East Coast riding and racing some of the best Americans in the business and while she is making her mark in women’s off-road she is also elevating women’s off-road for all women and inspiring them to put in the work and rise to the top level in racing! 

I had a chance to chat with Tayla about her and her teammates fifth victory in the International Six Days of Enduro – the team of three women in the Womens Trophy Class who raced a challenging off-road course for 6 days – without assistance to work on their motorcycle and required to get to check points on time. I’m no expert on the ISDE but you can learn about it HERE. I kept track of our awesome American Team – Becca Sheets, Kacy Martinez-Coy and Brandy Richards – for our American Ladies – this would be their first time racing in the ISDE, a brand new team eager and ready to rip the fresh course in France! It was very exciting to watch the live scoring as the race progressed through the week and our American ladies continued to improve. In the end Sheets, Coy and Richards finished respectably in second followed by France…YAY! I believe if this team sticks together and returns to ISDE in 2018 they will battle hard for that win and prestige that come with it.

Now onto Tayla on that prestigious team victory in France…

Wow…5 years in a row Team Australian Women have dominated ISDE! Congratulations to you, your team and Country! What’s your secret?… No secret really. Racing in Australia is a lot like Europe, we follow all the same rules and our tracks are laid out similar so that really helps when it comes time for ISDE.
How long have you been teammates with Jemma Wilson and Jessica Gardiner? Jess, Jemma and I have been team mates for the last 5 years. 
When you were living in Australia did you race or ride together much? I raced Jess as a kid at mx but I only started racing Jemma when I went to off-road in 2012. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to ride with Jess a fair bit as we only lived a couple hours a part but Jemma lived 15 hours north so the 3 of us never really trained together. Australia has one main off-road series that we all did so we got to race against each other a bit.
Did you feel a lot of pressure to hold onto the ISDE title going in to this year’s race? Yes and no. Obviously we went into the race with a target on our backs after winning the 4 years previous but that doesn’t change our way of racing. We know how to ride and all we can do is our best no matter what so as long as we did that we were going to be happy.
Is it all serious or do you ladies find time for fun and laughs? Not at all haha. We like to have a lot of fun and it never gets very serious at all. 
Is it difficult to work on your own bike as required during the ISDE…does that come up much? I do get a little nervous about something going majorly wrong and not knowing what to do but it never seems to happen. Even if I do have a drama I either know enough to get by or if I’m at a control I can have verbal help from someone who does know what to do so that helps.
One of your teammates Jemma Wilson announced her retirement from ISDE on social media… What are your thoughts on her announcement and for the future of your team? It is really sad to hear after such a great 5 years as a team but it’s also exciting to see what comes next. Jemma was a strong part of the team so replacing her is going to be hard and I hope the next in line will fit in just as well.
Any chance that your Australian friend who you have been competing regularly against in the United States, Mackenzie Tricker would be a good fit for the team? I have chatted with Mackenzie and she is definitely keen to give the ISDE a try, so who knows maybe she will be our new team mate. Kenz is definitely fast and would definitely contribute a lot to our team fir sure.
You have had such amazing racing success in the States everything seems to really be clicking for you… do you feel racing here in the U.S. has played a part in your success in the ISDE? Racing in the US is a whole different ball game compared to Australia and Europe. I feel like I have gotten faster being over here so that helped for sure in France but I still believe the Aussie style is better suited getting ready for Europe.
The Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series that you follow and are leading in the Pro Women division is supposed to be similar to the ISDE do you feel that form of racing has helped you in any way? Yeah for sure. The sprints is the closet the USA have to the ISDE and it such a great series. It is my favorite racing here and I love the European style tracks Hooper lays out. Anyone wanting to do a six day should really consider doing the sprints to get themselves ready for it!
Please feel free to Give a shout out to anyone that is in your corner…I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for my awesome team and the great bunch of supporters I have in my corner. The whole Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 Performance Husqvarna team have provided me with everything I need to succeed and I cant thank them enough. Also a huge shout out to my mechanic Stu Baylor for all he does for me, a lot goes on behind the scenes and he makes sure my bike and everything is ready for me to win races no matter what.

Tayla hammering at the ISDE
Tayla hammering at the ISDE

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Note: Pictures compiled from Tayla Jones Social Media Pages.

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Ashley Shaffer Answers The Call

I continue to be inspired by the many interesting women in off-road. I guess its like this in most sports – people come from all over from all types of backgrounds…but I tend to think ours is a pretty special group. Women that are comfortable pushing the envelope and testing the boundaries and then some that just like to dabble along the jagged edge.

There is no doubt that we are a unique bunch yet as unique as we are, we share that common love for a sport that requires us to gear up like modern day gladiators regardless of our speed.

I believe in my core that riding and racing a dirt bike teaches a plethora of life lessons… even when you think your just having fun roosting and rippin around a dirt circle – you are honing your skill, your mind is wide open – adrenaline is flowing your senses reeling.

What do we take from all this fun in the dirt? Where can it lead us? Educators, Business Leaders, Adventure Seekers… Having the strength and willingness to serve our Country and protect its citizen’s by joining the armed forces…

You are fierce… there truly isn’t anything you cannot do – You’ve been here before… Choosing the best line – studying the surface, preparing yourself and equipment for this “battle.

In the words of Mr. T “I pity the fool” – “I pity the fool that underestimates any woman that grips that throttle and hammers those sharp-edged rocks” And I celebrate you and encourage you to keep that momentum on that sketchy uphill we call life… Keep Striving because we – us – your “moto-sisters” we’ve got your back and we will cheer for you as you take all you have learned and sprinkle the world with it.

Nancy S.

 Meet this young lady – a racer – a seeker of adventure and thank her for her service… as she starts this special journey… leaving her home in West Virginia The Blue & Gold for a new adventure and career in the Navy…ironically also Blue & Gold at a time in her life where lots of other people her age are getting ready for summer vacations… A big salute to her for taking this step… I am sure she will be a wonderful asset to our military forces and join me in sending her positive vibes as she starts Boot-Camp this week…

I hope you enjoy this interview and its inspiring message to –  Be That Change…

Talent: Ashley Shaffer

Age: 21

Hometown: Bunker Hill, West Virginia

  • How did you get involved in riding dirt bikes and then racing them?

My dad grew up racing them so eventually he got my brother into racing as well. We originally started off racing BMX then upgraded to bikes with motors.

  • What racing series do you follow and what classes do you race?

I race VCHSS (Virginia Championship Hare Scramble Series) I race 200C. I will race GNCC here and there in the women’s C class.

  • What bike are you currently riding?

I am currently riding/racing a KTM 200 exc.

  • Do you prefer…Two Stroke or Four Stroke? Cats or Dogs?…

I prefer two strokes since I race in the woods, I usually lean more towards a four stroke if I’m doing motocross. I like dogs more, who can resist a moto dog?

  • Do you do your own mechanical work on your bike?

My dad is a mechanic for dirt bikes, I usually go to him for any mechanical issues but if it’s a easy fix, I’ll usually fix it myself. I do my own bike prep though. 

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Ashley 4L
  • Most memorable race battle…

I would have to say last year, was battling for first place on a fun hill climb. Bar banging for the lead, it’s a awesome feeling.

  • Best piece of advice you were given when you first started riding?

My best advice I was givenslower is faster. Slowing down and learning other techniques and watching faster people go through sections. Just sit back and watch, see what you’re doing differently. That has definitely helped me get to where I am today.

  • Is there something you think needs to be improved in the industry to bring more girls into the sport?

I think it needs to be known more that just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do what a guy can do. I’ve seen girls way faster than a guy on a bike. You don’t always have to run a females class either, if you wanna race with the guys, DO IT!! There is nothing stopping you, but you.

  • A new chapter is starting in your life – You have joined the Navy! Congrats on that and Thank You in advance for your service and willingness to serve our amazing Country… Can you share a little on what prompted you to decide to make this inspiring decision?

I have always wanted to enlist into the military. I got tired of seeing all my class mates go down the wrong path and so I want to be that change. I want to show people from where I come from, you don’t have to go down everyone else’s foot path but you can make your own. Do better for yourself. Also, my whole family is military and it has always had a huge impact on my life. I figured why not sail the seven seas!

  • Do you feel your motorcycling background and experiences in the sport will be a benefit as you take on this new chapter?

To never quit, to keep pushing. During a race we can’t really quit and we must keep pushing through to get points or a trophy. I feel like that would help me during basic, I’ve endured a lot of rough courses I can handle boot camp. It’s all mind over matter.

  • Everyone has someone that encourages them and supports them in the sport… Who would you like to give a shout out to?

A shout out to everyone in the VCHSS family, everyone encourages and helps everyone out. I’ve raced with them for 17 years and not once have I felt out of place or discouraged. They only helped and pushed me on the course and even off the course.

  • Fun fact about you? 

    Ashley and her Mom at the starting line.
    Ashley and her Mom at the starting line.

Fun fact? I think that’s the hardest question on here My mom and I always had to take a selfie before all of my races, it was a tradition really. If we didn’t it felt weird and seemed like I always had bad luck during that race.

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2017 Moto-Mom

It seems appropriate that we celebrate the “Moto-Mom” on Mother’s Day… That special woman that always has your back… is always cheering you on – and always there with open arms whether it was a good day or a bad day on the bike.

She has been with you since the very beginning of your beginning.

She has that natural instinct to protect you and defend you without fail.

Even when you think she isn’t watching… she somehow seems to know whats up.

A “Moto-Mom” embodies strength and courage. She has to fight back any anxiety she may have pushing back those nerves and allowing you to grow. If you fall she is there with concern yet she is also there with that drive to see you pursue your dreams – she’ll dust you off and watch with bated breath till you taste that victory you have been striving for… all along she only hopes for your safety and love.

She is fierce –and you must never underestimate her…

Celebrate her and all that she has done and continues to do for you… because life as a Moto-Mom isn’t always rainbows and unicorns.

This year I would like to introduce you to a special “Moto-Mom” If you’re a regular on the off-road scene on the East Coast you may have seen her around a time or two. She may be at a registration table one minute  signing up anxious racers or You may have seen her helping to organize the chaos in the staging area… heck, you may have even seen her 7 miles into an off road race course pointing racers lines up to her knees in sloppy mud.

There is no doubt that there are many amazing “Moto-Moms” out there in the pits, on the fence lines or even patiently waiting at home… much of what they do in support of their kids unfortunately may go un-noticed… However this year I was inspired by this particular woman after seeing her in pictures from the Wild Boar GNCC…Knee deep in mud and being constantly roosted by racers… It struck a chord with me because it occurred to me how involved this women gets on any given day. She isn’t Only at races that her son competes in…she can regularly be seen at other races still giving her all to our race “family”. Many may search for a dry line someplace else…but not this woman – which kinda sums it up…  She lives the life basically 52 weekends a year and wouldn’t change a thing… and she is always willing to lend a hand – the moto-community is stronger with her no doubt! I wanted to take a moment and recognize this lady…

Say hello to: Tina Marie Wicker… “2017 Moto-Mom”

Moto-Kids:  Kaliub Russell & Makayla Marie

 

Tina and Kailub
Kailub with Mom, Tina
Tina and Makayla
Makayla with Mom, Tina

2016-06-30 06.15.20How did you get involved in the sport?

Tina Marie WickerI got started into the sport in about 1981, friends that I went to school with raced local events in Ohio and of course I tagged along to be part of the pit crew. I started riding motorcycles when I was 5. My brother and I had a Sears and Roebuck manual 3 speed 50cc bike … my dad and mom both had Honda 125 dual sport bikes. Dad would ride the 125 up to the side deck where I would be waiting, he would hop off the bike … I would grab the clutch jump on the bike and take off. At only 5 years old I could not touch the ground so when I was finished I would ride back over to the deck and jump off… lol good ole days… I won’t tell you I didn’t own a helmet had no boot or gloves and usually had a dress on as my mother was trying to make me into a refined young lady. Whoops sorry it didn’t work.

2016-06-30 06.15.20Do you currently ride? What would be your bike of choice?

Tina Marie WickerI only ride when I have the chance to hop on a bike, usually a pit bike. One day I will surprise everyone and show up at a Full Gas Sprint Enduro and sign up to race…but I am too rusty right now to try that!

2016-06-30 06.15.20Youre a mom of a couple of amazing kids who happen to both be involved in the sport did you ever imagine your lives would be so entrenched in the sport that nearly every weekend would be spent at a race track?

Tina Marie WickerYes both of my kids are very involved in the sport and I have been at some type of motorcycle event during race season nearly every weekend since I was 14 years old… So I cannot imagine my life any differently. I wouldn’t change anything for that matter. It has been a great ride.

Makayla, Kaliub, Chandler,Tina and Krue!
Makayla, Kaliub, Chandler,Tina and Krue!

2016-06-30 06.15.20Have you ever spent Mothers Day at the track?… If so, was that okay?

Tina Marie WickerLOL… I have spent Mother’s Day at the track … of course all the time and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

2016-06-30 06.15.20You dont seem to mind getting dirty Ive seen you nearly knee deep in mud pointing lines to racers sometimes deep in the woods on the race course and not just your own sonHave you always been so involved you seem to really enjoy it!

Tina Marie WickerYes, I have always been deeply involved with the riders and helping where ever I am needed. Years ago long before we had race teams for the 100 miler series/GNCC, Nation Hare Scrambles, National Enduro Series and Hare and Hound Series there would be a group of us on all colors of bikes riding together across the country to race coast to coast and many times I would be the pit crew for several of the pro riders. I helped work on the bikes (2 strokes) did pit stops alone, helped change tires etc. whatever it took to live the dream and lived on peanut butter and snickers bars to stay awake.. no more snickers for me though…

WIld Boar GNCC 2017 Tina Wicker getting splashed during the race as she pointed lines to racers.... Truly Dedicated!
Wild Boar GNCC 2017
Tina Wicker getting splashed by racer Wild Wally Palmer during the race as she pointed lines to racers… She is Dedicated…no doubt! Photo By: Stacy Mundy Photography

2016-06-30 06.15.20Congratulations on being a new grandmother! Do you think the little guy will get into racing like his dad? Are there any similarities this early on between the two of them? Do you see yourself 10 years from now pointing lines for Krue?

Tina Marie WickerThank you I love being Krue’s Nan … He is amazingly awesome! I wish I could say he will play golf but it doesn’t look like it. As you know he has been around the races since before birth… and yes he and Kailub both have and had a favorite go-to toy… MOTORCYCLE toys! They both made dirt bike noises even before they uttered their first words. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. As a matter of fact poor Makayla made motorcycle noises and played with toy dirt bikes from the get go and of course Kailub was that instigator…

2016-06-30 06.15.20Whats it like being a Moto-Mom?

Tina Marie WickerThis is a hard question as I don’t know what it would be like not being a Moto-Mom. One thing is for certain I have lots of moto kids… most of them are grown up but they will always be my moto kids… anyone in the industry knows… it takes a whole race family to raise successful, respectable racers. Sometimes it was another parent looking out for my kids at the races… The kids that grew up with my kids use to all get together on Saturday night and play kick the can in the dark. Or play hide and seek. All of us parents would watch out for each other.

2016-06-30 06.15.20How do you think the sport of off-road has shaped your kids?

Tina Marie WickerWow how has it shaped my kids. They learned accountability, respect, honor, dignity how to get along with others and help the underdog. How to be disciplined, what the meaning of delayed gratification is. What hard work is. Honesty and integrity and above all of this they learned Love… love of self and love of others and that all glory is given and received from God who allows us to be a part of this journey. Keep in mind that for the past 20 plus years I have known pretty much where and what my kids are doing on the weekend and we have done it with our entire race families.  They did not have time to get into things that could have taken them down a destructive path.

2016-06-30 06.15.20Any advice you could share with Moms that are new to the sport and thinking of getting their child into racing?

Tina Marie WickerAdvise to moms… If your child has a passion for our great sport, encourage them, support them, be their biggest fan. Drag the rest of your kids to the event and make it a family thing. Yes I said drag. Because 20 years will pass by quickly and you will be able to look back and say WE did that together. It doesn’t matter if you have to tent camp or sleep in your van, eat peanut butter or sponge bath for two days. You are making memories together as a family and not apart in two separate locations. Never-NEVER be that parent that stands on the side line screaming and yelling at your child because you feel they didn’t go fast enough. It isn’t about winning or losing as the parent it is about being there and loving them for where they are and helping them to grow and make decisions and life choices while giving them guidance and stability. They will decide when the time is right to move to the next level and will look back and say… My mom was there to support me and encourage me through the good races and the bad and she always loved me at the end of the race… no matter what the outcome!

2016-06-30 06.15.20Where is your happy place?

Tina Marie WickerMy happy place… Buried deep in the mud with the other teams standing toe to toe with me making decision’s together… deep in thought as to where next to move a line to get all the racers through all while knowing… Makayla is in the pits holding pits boards for Mike and Chandler is assisting Kailub’s mechanic and my precious Krue is standing nearby watching his daddy race and the rest of my race families are all nearby doing the same and at the end of the day we are all together as one family…

2016-06-30 06.15.20Fun Fact About You!

Tina Marie WickerWhen I am not at the races or working my job I still like to be on the road. I would rather get in my car and take off to an unknown destination just because I can… I cannot say that one person inspires me but things inspire me. The journey of life and helping others, reading what I can about motivation and self-growth are of great inspiration.  I can eat peanut butter for every meal and don’t talk to me if I haven’t had coffee. I am a very picky eater and would rather eat nothing than send my food back at a restaurant. Sometimes I only sleep 2 hours a night for several days and then I crash… my brain will not shut down it seems to be on overdrive. I want to zip line across Niagara Falls… I love to climb trees and just sit there and listen to nature… I drive for hours in complete silence just so I can hear the words that the Lord entrusts within me… Life is a great journey and in my world and the world of racing … it is a RIDE and great RIDE!!

 

Full Disclosure… I had the pleasure of meeting Tina back in 2015 at a GNCC in Georgia.  Billy and I had asked the ladies at the sign up tent after the race if they knew any place we could park our motorhome until the next round of racing… Tina quickly offered us to park in her driveway which was on the way to the following round. We didn’t even know who she was… yet she never hesitated and we were so grateful that we wouldn’t need to drive the unnecessary miles back and forth… She wanted nothing in return…she just wanted to help a racer out. Ever since then through racing and hanging out at Full Gas Sprint Enduro’s we have gotten to know her and her super fun daughter Makalya – They are fixtures at the races… and always eager to help and get involved. We are blessed to know her and I’m very happy to feature her in this “2017 Moto-Mom” feature!

Happy Mothers Day to all you Moto-Moms out there-Enjoy Your Special Day!

Special Thanks for the great pictures from Wild Boar GNCC: Suzanne Conner Smith and Stacy Mundy Photography!

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The Ladies Showed Up!

But really, was there ever any doubt?…

The first Grand National Cross Country Series Race at Big Buck Farm in South Carolina… Everyone goes to that… Its time to test your endurance and off-road skills at the choppy and seriously dusty race awaiting the classic 10 secondsssss……trigger word!

Heres the deal – more women are diggin this sport we call off-road hare scrambles racing – heck many of them have been attending the races with their families already – for the brother…the cousin…of maybe better half. They say “Hey – I think I wanna try this!” and somewhere along the lines they do – and then they get hooked and start booking hotels making plans and paying closer attention to the competition.

Whatever the reason is – its happening…perhaps even Dirt Bike Girl Adventures helped in a tiny way – sharing some of these special stories from the girls in the sport!

Attending the first and second rounds of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro a couple weeks ago I was incredibly encouraged seeing new faces of girls lining up to rip up the courses and this weekend at the GNCC was even more encouraging.

The youth girls class had nine lined up – that’s pretty awesome considering this is clearly a boy dominated sport – a lot of girls start racing later in life…so yay! In the newly added Womens C Class there were a rockin eight ladies… and in Womens B Class a slammin seventeen!!! Womens Pro WXC class had twelve which is pretty good considering the Pro Women don’t receive any purse monies…

At Round One the niche’ racing series called Full Gas Sprint Enduro saw seven in the Womens Amateur as well as seven in the Womens Pro…this is actually pretty good especially since this series is really just starting to stride…Once the Pro Women realize they can make some good money in this off-road series I think the Pro-Ranks may start to really grow!

The racing in these classes is no less exciting than the mens classes – these ladies all want a taste of the glory – each one has their own story of the road that has led them to take on this form of racing. In many ways it can be much more interesting – as you see more and more women become interested in the sport.

Lets face it – it isn’t the norm but thats okay…norm is boring and so…well….Normal!

Here is a small collection of photos I have taken at the past couple races I attended – If you have been interested in taking your skills to the race course – why not? There is a class for everyone!

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Tayla Jones Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Mackenzie Tricker Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Brooke Cosner Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Kendall Lafollette Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Round 1 GNCC Womens B
Round 1 GNCC Girls
Round 1 GNCC Womens C
Round 1 GNCC Womens Pro

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Becca Sheets in the Zone

Photo Credit: Ken Hill Photography
Becca Sheets Race Action! Photo Credit: Ken Hill Photography

A Quote from Becca Sheets after winning at Unadilla: “There were times I got frustrated but you have to remind yourself to breathe because when you get frustrated things get worse”

Current WXC points leader Becca Sheets, continues to showcase her off-road talents, yet this year she seems to be in that “Zone” racers speak of… winning three Grand National Cross Country Series races in a row and sounding extremely confident yet humble in post race interviews.

This could very well be Becca’s year…

If Championships are won by talent and determination then I say this could quite definitely be a Championship year for Becca. However there is no shortage of talent and determination on the WXC line – on any race day you will see a display of women ready to rip the courses holding nothing back. This year the WXC class has been incredibly exciting to follow…yet there is no denying that Becca is also quite consistent this year. With only a few races remaining in the series we’ll soon see who will be on the top box gripping that #1 plate!

Women are no different then men in their strive for success and no place is that more evident then in this sport. The trials on the course are equally endured. Watch any woman work hard to conquer, succeed and continue to improve is an inspiration. N

I hope you enjoy this fun interview with Becca!

  • How old are you, how many years have you been riding and where do you call home? I am 23 years old I have been riding for 16 years. Ohio is my home!
 Becca & Tyler!
Becca & Tyler!
  • Relationship Status: Tyler!
  • Current Bike: 2016 YZ250 FX
  • Favorite Riding Spot: That’s a tough one. Any place with awesome flowy trails.
  • Lefty or Righty? Lefty!
  • Cats or Dogs? We have a cat and a dog. They are both awesome!
Beautiful pup Jada & Forge the kitty chillin....
Beautiful pup Jada & Forge the kitty chillin….
  • 2 stroke or 4 stroke? 4 Stroke, but I don’t mind ripping a 125 now and again!
  • Becca will never leave home without her…….(I don’t even have a creative answer for this!) PHONE.
  • Did you come from a racing family? My dad raced when I was little, so I’ve always been around bikes. But I have three other siblings and I’m the only one that rides!! My whole family is very supportive of me and always have been! So I’d say we are indeed a racing family.
  • You have been riding dirt bikes since you were a little girl – have you ever had people tell you that you shouldn’t do this type of sport because you’re a girl? If so what was your response to people like that? I’ve never really had anybody tell me that directly. I think in this day in age there are so many females participating in “men’s sports”, that most people just accept it.
  • Being a woman racer racing in a male dominated sport – would you say that for the most part the guys you compete with play fair or have you experienced rough tactics out there on the race track that you feel were because they didn’t want to be passed “by a girl”?…
    HAHAHA!! I would never say that the guys try to be unfair about it. But I have had some races in the past where I just felt bullied a bit. But hey, that’s racing and it only makes us tougher. (I only cry sometimes)
Becca rippin at Snowshoe Mountain. Photo Credit Ken Hill Photography
Becca rippin at Snowshoe Mountain GNCC 2016. Photo Credit Ken Hill Photography
  • Is there a woman in the sport either past or present that you admire or look up to if so who and why? When I was younger I always looked up to girls like Tarah Geiger, Sarah Whitmore, and Jessica Patterson. They were and still are successful in this sport and I think that was the coolest thing to me. Now that I’m older I’ve had the chance to race some GNCC’s along side those ladies so I think that’s pretty awesome!
  • Are you happy with the way women are supported in the industry? Are there improvements that still need to be made that will encourage more female ridership? I really think there are series and companies that give women the support they need. As far as improvements to be made, there’s no one answer. I have a lot of different opinions about us as women in this sport. I could go on and on. The one constant reminder I am given is to just work hard when it doesn’t pay off, keep working. I believe if you work hard and dedicate yourself, the support will come.
  • What series other than GNCC do you race? I try to do as many of the Full Gas Sprint Enduros that I can (hopefully all of them next season). As for local series I just jump around and race whatever I can!
  • Congrats on currently being the WXC Grand National Cross Country series points leader! After this latest round at Unadilla you have four wins which is the most out of your WXC competitors this season and with three of those wins being back to back that’s really killer!… This year you seem to have so much more confidence – Without giving away too much – whats going on – whats different – is it a certain level of maturity and gained experience? Bike set-up on point? People in your corner? Peace and Happiness? Well thank you! Honestly, it’s a little bit of everything you said. Last year was my first year on a 4 stroke and the first year for the new YZ250 FX. So we have definitely made some major improvements to my bike set up and I’m a bit more experienced on the four stroke this year. I am surrounded by great people and great sponsors that believe I can win this championship. So it all kind of creates the peace and happiness.
  • At Unadilla there was another record turnout with over 750 racers in the 10 o’clock show on one of the shortest GNCC courses, which leads me to ask… What is the most challenging part of GNCC? The courses or the lappers? At Unadilla the lappers are definitely more challenging than the course. It just depends on the track really. But all in all I think it’s the combination of the course and the lappers that make GNCC’s challenging as a whole.
  • If GNCC added a Premier Womens class with payback in the three hour afternoon race, would that be a class you would move up to…even though it may not be the headlining class? If that’s what they decided to do for our class then yes I would. The WXC class is the highlight of the morning race and I think GNCC does a pretty awesome job of showcasing that. And I think sponsors appreciate it as well. So I don’t really see a major benefit of moving our class to a mid pack row in the afternoon race, even if it did have a payback.
  • Do you have any interest in racing the ISDE? Maybe someday!!
  • If not racing – what other sport or career would you have wanted to pursue? I’ve always been interested in physical therapy just from having to go through a lot of it. I think I would enjoy helping people get back to playing sports they love after injuries or even helping people with disabilities become stronger.
Johnny, Becca & Tyler
Johnny, Becca & Tyler
  • I know there isn’t much money to be made in off-road – people that focus hard and show up to race on the weekends are usually squeezing it in between a full-time job which makes it difficult to have time to train and ride… How do you balance work and training – What do you do between races to stay prepared? It’s pretty hectic during the weeks throughout race season. Usually as soon as I get off work I’m headed somewhere to ride or cycle. And if I don’t do that because I have things to get done at home, I’ll go for a run and then do things around the house. It’s stressful and I miss out on a lot of things sometimes but it’s all part of the the sacrifices that have to be made. Luckily the people around me understand that which makes it easier on me.
Becca hanging out with some of her friends. Left to right is Taylor, Dan, Tyler, Cody, and Gina.
Becca hanging out with some of her friends. Left to right: Taylor, Dan, Tyler, Cody, and Gina.
  • Future Goals?…. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? Right now I’m just trying to focus on being the best I can be in the present!
  • Best piece of riding advise you have been given? “Toes in!”
  • What advice would you give some of those ladies a few rows back from you in the Amateur Womens class that hope to some day advance to the WXC class and lineup beside you? Just keep working towards your goals. Practice technique on the bike and surround yourself with better riders to learn from. That is one of the things that has helped me improve the most over the last few years.
  • I know there is a pretty big list of family, friends and sponsors you would like to recognize for their supporting Becca Sheets Racing ~ Please feel free to give a shout out to them!
    Fly Racing, Maxxis, Seat Concepts, and of course my track crew. Johnny G and Tyler and all my friends and family!
Becca going FULL GAS at the Full Gas Sprint Enduro. Photo Credit: Chapman Photography
  • DBGA COMMUNITY QUESTION: Jason Hooper founder of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series asks: “How has racing some Full Gas events affected your results at the GNCC‘s?” The Full Gas Sprint Enduros are awesome practice for me. I think it’s pretty challenging to do short sprint races as fast and as perfect as you can, without making a mistake. So for me I have to learn to minimize mistakes at a high speed. I think that has really helped. And racing that series during the GNCC summer break just kind of kept me on my toes. Some of the other girls in the WXC class race the series as well which is cool to me because it’s something we are all fairly new at.
  • DBGA COMMUNITY QUESTION: Dixie Poe Brooks asks: “What’s the best thing you do “off the bike” that helps you the most “on the bike”? Of course there is cardio and strength training but I really think that when I eat well and get plenty of sleep, I feel the best on the bike. You can be strong and in shape, but if you don’t have the proper energy to utilize it, then it’s not going to come together. I really enjoy cycling and running but everybody is different and benefits from some things more than others. Also, I typically train with guys. They are (almost always) stronger than me so it really helps me push myself!
  • “Are there certain drills/skill practice that you do on a regular basis that you feel helps you the most?” Practicing basic bike skills and techniques really help me. And when I say techniques, these are all different things I have learned from riding schools and other professional riders along the way. If I ever feel out of a groove or something I just remind myself to look ahead, change my body positioning, whatever it may be that I realize I’m not doing properly. I think knowing to correct those things when I’m having issues is something that helps me on the track. So if you ever have a chance to go to a riding school, it will be worth your time!
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Jessica Patterson Turns a Page

 

photo: Ken HillSomething happened this past weekend… One of the most accomplished women to ride a dirt bike retired. Yes you may have heard a blip about it – it’s been circulating that this was going down…but then once it does you stop and you pay attention – or you should. How many young girls have looked up to her – gotten the courage to give it a try for themselves? How many women have been inspired and aspired to do something resembling the same thing some day? Who am I rambling on about?… Well, non-other than 7x Woman’s Motocross Champion along with her 44 Amateur National Championships and  Transworlds’ 2010 Female rider of the Year… JESSICA PATTERSON…aka…JP$!

photo: Ken HillYou may have always respected this woman for her mad moto skills yet for the past three years you would have found her moto skills working on the cross country course. There aren’t many that make that transition so gracefully however this woman has been able to put herself on the top box each year shes competed… 2015 she gave a solid push to the race season in the Grand National Cross Country Series and found herself on that top box with a win at Big Buck in Union S.C. I hate to see her leaving this sport she was really improving in yet I’m certain she’ll be making appearances here and there in MX and XC.

Jessica’s elbows up racing kept you tuned in… I couldn’t help but reach out to her for some insight and bid her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Retirement is really just another word for More Time for Adventures! ~N

DBGA Jessica, you have announced that you are retiring from racing. This past weekend at the GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana was your last scheduled off-road race, looking back and comparing your very first GNCC race to this last one – how would you describe your overall experience?

 I would say amazing! Off road is so laid back but when it comes to racing its fully serious but I have loved it, the people and the fans. Fans are like none you’ll ever see and just the team work they do at mud holes and what- not is just too cool and sometimes funny. I’ve loved it!

DBGA What has the transition from Motocross to Off-Road been like for you? Did you have to change your style of riding to adjust for the presence of trees, roots, rocks and 200+ lappers on the course?

 It was very rough the first year, ha-ha… Just having to learn to back it down and not be in full moto-pace the whole time. Ive learned you can’t rush things from the trail to the lappers. Trees don’t move and lappers can really mess you up just by getting in the way, sitting in the middle of the trail or just getting out of control when your passing and hit you. That for me has been the hardest to deal with. I learned pretty quickly that the tress don’t move – lol…Also just learning to ride on every type of terrain, being patient but fast. One thing Im still not 100% confident in are the really rocky tracks but again I know that I Have gotten better and learned how to ride them compared to my first year.

DBGA  You’ve had some epic Motocross battles during your career – Do you happen to have a memorable battle from your off-road racing adventures?

 Most of my off road races have been battles…ha-ha. I’m racing girls that have done it their whole lives, same difference with me riding moto. There are some girls that are really good at it and I would just try to stay on their wheels to learn from them and if I felt it was time to make a move I would. This year I was more in the mix and more podiums than I had my first full year so I was pumped on that. Seems like the last few races we have had good battles going which was really fun.

DBGA  It seems like there are quite a few motocross racers that have tried to transition to off-road racing later in their careers – Looking back at your own career, do you wish you had included more off-road racing during your successful motocross career?

 Yes I do. And I’ve said that to many people who ask the same thing. I just think its great to mix it up and you learn so much doing either with bike skills. You can use what you learn on moto to off-road and vice versa. I’ve learned more bike skills and just being able to read different types of terrain and dealing with situations more with racing off-road and I wish I would’ve done that when I was racing because I feel like it could’ve made me a little better for sure.

DBGA  This year there was some real excitement out there in the GNCC Series with a female youth motocross/off-road/crossover racer Korie Steede making her mark in the male dominated Super Mini 12-13 class with her aggressive and deliberate riding style. Have you had a chance to watch some of the up and coming female youth talent in off-road and if so what are your thoughts on the future of off-road female racers?

 I’ve seen some of the youth riders but again I’m still kinda new to it all so I’m still trying to figure out who’s who. But yes I have watched some and they haul! The GNCC crew treats the women racers good I think and also was a huge step for WXC being put on the first row in the morning race which was really cool. With the wide range of talent of the women now and the ones coming up I think it will do nothing but grow more and get more exiting!

DBGA  They say a Couple That Rides Together Stays Together… You and your husband, Eddie have been together

Jessica and her husband Eddie Ray
Jessica and her husband Eddie Ray

for quite a while – he has been by your side at your races supporting you and you for him – do you guys ever bust out some laps in the woods or on the moto track and if so who chases who?…

 Yeah we have been together for 15 years now but only married for one. ha-ha! But he has been there and has only given me the best. He has also been my mechanic in moto and off-road which has been awesome because you know he has done everything he can to give you a machine that is 100%. Its all about trust. We do get out and ride some moto together but he’s been on it lately and he’s usually chasing me. He has ridden off-road some but its definitely not his favorite. He says he wants to stick to the moto track.

DBGA  Your career has been all racing… Not a typical situation for many women. When the subject of starting a family arises if the boot were on the husbands foot there normally is not a need for a career change… However with your profession you naturally find yourself having to make the decision to take a break from racing and start a new adventure toward Motherhood… I imagine your little one will be on the track eventually! Ask anyone who has wrapped themselves up in the sport and they will honestly say they have the best memories and friendships from the sport…Great family atmosphere, awesome character builder – so on and so-forth… Is there anything you would like to see improved in the sport by the time your little one is involved? (if he or she is interested in the sport…but how could they not be when their Mama is such a ripper!)

 Yeah this is my life. Its all I’ve known and its meant a lot to me and even where I met my husband. I’m definitely not going to push riding but if they want to of course we will back them 100%. I would like my kid to do a little of everything, be good at it all… ha-ha If its a girl and this is what she wants to do I hope by then that the WMX series will be figured out and would have it as good as I did with the support. For a boy, well they have it good… ha-ha     Every sport has its Pros and Cons, it’s just how its going to be.

DBGA  You are so respected in the sport – it’s not just the accomplishments, it’s the drive, talent and work ethic you’ve displayed. It would be wonderful to share with all riders… but for obvious reasons I will focus on the female rider – They usually feel more comfortable working with other female riders. Now that you have been successful in both MX & XC, do you have any plans for organized riding schools or camps in the near future?

 Yes I do. I’ve done some schools before in the past but then I just got to where I was too busy and just serious about bettering my program that I didn’t really have time to do many more. It was just so cool to see how excited people would get when they could feel that they were getting better and learned something new. Now that I’ve taken a step back I’m ready to give back some of the things I’ve learned: from being race ready, practicing technique, training and just being mentally prepared and strong. My arms are going to be open for anyone who would like a class but of course I would love to help the girls to take that next step. I plan to start at the beginning of the year so if interested shoot me an email and we can figure something out. mxpatterson250@aol.com

DBGA Thanks so much for chatting with me. It’s been a real treat to have this opportunity to get some of your insights on your off-road racing career and be able to share it with the #DBGA Community. You definitely brought an element to the WXC lineup that was seriously exciting and will be missed from that front row. As we all know how in the blood this racing is – I have strong feelings that we will see you again!

 Please feel free to list your sponsors and supporters – I’m sure that list is long!

 First I couldn’t thank my family enough for getting me a bike to start. I would have never dreamt of the outcome of where this sport has gotten me and I’m forever thankful of that. To Eddie for being there, giving me whatever I’ve needed to win and just being able to separate our lives from the riding to being normal life. To Thomas Fichter at N-Fab being a solid backbone to my program and an awesome friend. This guy has done so much for us, we would never be able to repay him and I think the world of him. Yamaha for the years of support, believing in me and the awesome surprises. Rockstar Energy has been behind me since 2012 and stood behind me when they weren’t even into off-road and now they even sponsor a team in off-road which is cool. Man, my list is going to be so long, Ive had so many people over the last 16 years of being Pro who stand behind my program and I really appreciate it. N-Fab, AmPro Yamaha, Yamaha Motor Corp, Rockstar Energy, Gear Alloy, MSR, Bell Helmets, Dubya Wheels, Polar USA, Adidas, Trek Bikes, FMF, GYTR, JGR, Virus, Works Connection, Factory Connection, Rekluse Clutch, Pro Taper, Cycra, Emig Grips, IMS, K&N Filters. 

 

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

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Emily Streets Goes Pink

 

If you’ve bundled up to watch the youth races in the morning at a GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) through the early morning fog your eye may have been drawn to youth racer Emily Streets.

Emily can’t help but stand out in a background of mist and mud… With her long blonde braid and signature brightly colored dirt bike – you definitely find yourself wanting to pay attention to her and cheer her on as she makes her way around the challenging courses.Emily Streets

This past Sunday morning the colors were a little brighter – a little pinker… I noticed Emily’s backgrounds were bright pink…

In a Facebook post following her win at Mountain Ridge, Emily “dedicated” her win to woman battling breast cancer and stated that she would be sporting the pink backgrounds all month which I found to be a beautiful gesture – she added the following statement and this is what propelled me to reach out to her for some insight on this young accomplished  pro-active racer.

 

Emily Streets:    I decided to change my number plates to pink in order to show my support to the women who have battled or who are currently battling breast cancer. I hope this will help bring more awareness and encourage women to get their “Ta-Tas” examined.Emily Streets Mountain Ridge

DBGA: How old are you and what grade are you in?

ES: I am 16 and a junior at Grafton High School.

DBGA: When did you become interested in riding dirt bikes and how old were you when you started?

ES: A couple years before I started racing, I would go to the races with my neighbor. When he was at home riding, I would sneak up on the hill and ride his bike. My parents eventually found out and they finally bought me a bike.

DBGA: What was your first bike and what are you riding today?

ES: I started out on a TTR 125 and mid-season we purchased a CRF 150RB.

DBGA: In the GNCC series, you are currently second in the points in the Girls (8 – 15) Congrats on that! Is there a specific round this year that was most memorable?

ES: My most memorable round would have to be Mountain Ridge, because I battled with one of the girls until the final lap when I pulled a 15 second lead.Emily Streets On the box

DBGA: Do you race any other series?

ES: Yes, I race a couple of our local race series, Mountain State Hare Scramble and KSR Enduro. In those races I race the Super Mini class for more competition.

DBGA: Is it pretty difficult for you to balance school and racing?

ES: Yes, sometimes because when I’m stuck doing homework, I would rather be out riding. I also miss some days of school in order to travel to the GNCC races.

Emily StreetsDBGA: Does your school know about your sport and accomplishments and if so do they support you?

ES: Not many people race in my school, so they don’t know much about it. My close friends wish me luck and congratulate me. A couple have even come to a race and supported me.

DBGA: Are you involved in any other sports?

ES: I played soccer from age 3 until my freshman year when I decided to make racing my priority.

Emily Streets

DBGA: What are your goals for racing? Do you see yourself someday racing the WXC class?

ES: My goal is to work hard and improve my skills. I’m also going to work toward a championship in the Women’s Amateur class. Yes, someday I hope to see myself racing in the WXC as sponsored rider.

DBGA: Is there a woman racer that you admire or look up to, if so who and why?

ES: I look up to Kacey Martinez, because she’s an outstanding racer and she is a great role model.

DBGA: What do you think would attract more girls into the sport?

ES: Girls might get attracted to the sport if we were to get more recognition and more sponsors willing to help us.

DBGA: What’s the best advice you have gotten regarding riding or racing?

ES: The best piece of advice I have gotten about riding was from my sponsor and mechanic, Mark Myers, which is “ride it like you stole it”.  I have gotten so much great advice from many riders, it’s hard to pick just one.  They have always told me to work hard, stay focused and you can accomplish your goals.

Emily StreetsDBGA: I’m sure you have a big team behind you…

ES: I have many people behind me, Mark Myers and MCI racing, RG Honda, Bill Dailey at Outlaw Motorsports, Morgantown power, Dunlop, Northern Sales, Amsoil, Spider Graphix and my race family and friends.

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I learned about Kyle Wolfe and his project yesterday and once I watched his KickStarter fund video and read all the positive feedback on social media I felt I should reach out to Kyle and try to help in some way. I am a huge advocate for women in the sport – all levels… If the women at the Professional Level are not getting promoted in a positive manner or in some-cases at all – well there is a problem that will eventually trickle down to the grassroots of the sport.
These women, while they are putting in the practice time and dealing with all the same issues and even more in some cases, definitely deserve some recognition. While Racer Productions promotes them as a highlight in the morning class on the front row race lineup, there will always be more that can be done to continue to grow the ranks in the sport.
Kyle Wolf (facebook)
Kyle Wolfe (facebook)

These women are strong – they are bold and they are up to the challenges and we need to continue to support them when opportunities arise. Here is such an opportunity… Take a moment to learn about the man that is looking to produce a documentary and film that is all about them – Their Story… not just a highlight or a little puff of glitter…Their Story from top to bottom. If you can not help Kyle with this project financially please consider sharing this interview along with the links to your friends, family and rider clubs.  Time is of the essence 

 Nancy Sabater




Can you tell me a little of your background in the sport?

My dad got me involved early when I was just two weeks old.  He was promoting a motorcycle race at Laidley Field at the University of Charleston.  I started riding at age 3, racing at age 4, and  I’ve been racing ever since.  Since 2009 I’ve been promoting races with my dad and my brother at the Action Sports Moto Park in Athens, Ohio.  I’ve also done some announcing work in the past at the GNCC’s and a couple of the Pro Nationals, as well as spun wrenches for some of the pro supercross and motocross racers right now.
What inspired you to get involved in promoting the women of off-road?
I had been attending several of the GNCC’s the last couple years and had my video camera with me, and I knew a couple of the female riders well, so I decided to film their races and edit them together.  They were glad that I was doing it and I started looking around and noticed there  wasn’t really anything else that was just for them.  My friend Jared Bolton had done a few videos in the past with them, but there wasn’t really anything other than that.  It really surprised me that there wasn’t any more than what Jared and myself had done, other than some race reports.  X Games have helped a little with their addition of the Women’s class for Enduro X, but the one day that they race is it, nothing is stemming from that.  So that kind of got me thinking about doing more for the girls, because they aren’t getting the exposure that I think they should be getting.  When it comes to the girls, especially the one’s competing in the GNCC’s if anyone hasn’t seen them race… they’re definitely fast.
Do you remember the moment that you made the decision to go forward and start this project?…
I don’t remember exactly, I’m going to guess mid summer of 2014.  I kept thinking about it in my head, and the more I thought about it, the more ideas I kept getting and the possibilities started to pop into my head.  Even since I announced this project with the Kickstarter, people have been messaging me with ideas and possibilities that I hadn’t even thought of.  So if this project is successfully funded, I’ll probably spend more time than I need to just going over all of the creative options that have been presented to me.
Is your focus for this documentary strictly the Grand National Cross Country Series? – If so in addition to highlighting the WXC class, will you also work to bring attention to the Women’s Amateur Class as well as the youth girls class’?
It started out as being primarily with the GNCC series, because I already have a history with the girls that are racing that series.  Lately I’ve been getting contacted about adding girls that are based out West.  I know of a few girls but don’t really know much about the off-road scene out there.  I’m not sure if it’s from a lack of media exposure, or lack of Women attendance within the various series or what the case may be.  I’ve heard of a few of the racers that are doing the Endurocross series, but that’s about as far as it goes.  Luckily I’ve been in contact with a couple people who are informing me about the west coast off-road scene, so I’m definitely excited to work with some of them as well.  I plan on including an amateur and youth aspect into this project, but I won’t know who it will be with just yet.
Have you discussed this film with any of the women racers? If so whom and what are their thoughts about it?
I started mentioning the idea of the series and the film to the women racing GNCC’s during the summer and they were immediately on board.  Once it started looking more and more like this was a possibility, their enthusiasm really elevated, and the ideas kept pouring in.  They’ve been such a huge part of the planning and creative part of this project, it’s awesome. I owe them a lot of credit for making this a lot easier on me.  This series and the film is all about them and I want as much of their input as possible.
Who will be your first interview?

I’m not sure yet.  I’m waiting to find out if the Kickstarter will meet the goal, plus the majority of the racers that I know I’m working with for the project are pretty much at a stand still right now due to the weather.  Once the weather warms up it’ll be a lot easier to set up a plan with everyone to shoot with them.  If I had to guess right now, probably Kacy Martinez.  She’s based out of California and for the most part you can ride all year over there so even if the weather back here is still bad it’s a pretty good bet that she’s still riding out there.

Where do you feel the sport can better improve in promoting women in the sport?
I think it can improve by just simply doing it.  The problem is that no one is really giving them a ton of exposure.  Press is press no matter how you go about getting it.  You have to start somewhere.  All I’ve been doing up to this point has been highlight videos.  Whether they’re bad or good as long as someone is watching them it’s helping.  So the main thing to help promote women in the sport is to just do anything at all.
Your goal is $18,000.00 and you have less than thirty days to get it… If tomorrow you find that the KickStarter fund is an early success – are you and your crew ready to go?!
Absolutely!  It’s been primarily me along with the help of the girls during the pre-production process, and it’ll be mostly me during the production process with filming with all of the girls at all of the different locations.  I’ll have help from my brother Ryan when he is able to help me with the filming.  The biggest challenge will be music.  I’m wanting an original score produced not only for the film, but for the series as well. But that’s still a long way off.  There’s still plenty of time to figure all of that out, but I’m definitely excited to get started!

Kyle Wolf's KickStarter Fund for the documentary "Our Story - Women of Off-Road"