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Team USA’s – Brandy Richards

Brandy Richards

The picturesque town of Brive France hosted this years running of the International Six Days of Enduro… a prestigious off road motorcycle race that has been held in various countries since 1913. I can’t imagine what the anticipation and excitement the nearly 650 racers must endure. While motorcycling may be thought of as an individual sport – here you will find many that normally race against each other now band together as a team for their pride of their country.  It wasn’t until 2007 that the Womens Trophy Team was introduced to the lineup… and here we are ten years later celebrating this years three woman team which consists of Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez – Coy.

All three are capable of smooth and fast riding – All three representing America with pride! All three a part of history in this special event across the sea…

One of these special ladies is Brandy Richards, an accomplished motocross racer and west coast off-road racer from Lake Havasu, Arizona. While many look at the ISDE to have a collection of off-road racers – a motocross racer who also enjoys racing off-road most definitely is a great asset to any team. Being able to tap into that moto speed and be able to tame that same speed for the off-road technical terrain… that is a special ingredient to add to your team for sure!

So who is Brandy Richards?… Brandy’s mom, Shellie fills me in on her daughters racing accomplishments…and its quite intensive for sure!

Shellie Richards: Brandy has raced off-road since she started riding a PW.  She was only 5 years old when she started her first series the “WORCS”series…she started winning at a young age. On her 50cc Cobra she won the boys 7-8 A class. She won on a  KTM 65  and moved to 65 B class… She has also raced motocross and did very well off-road in the boys class.  Brandy won the championship in the 65B , 65 A , 85 B , 85 A , all in off-road then won multiple times in the girls class when they started that in the WORCS Series.  She also raced the Amateur National Loretta Lynns many times and won the girls class there in 2012. She went back in 2014 in the Woman’s class and got 3rd overall and then went back  in 2016 and won the national title there!

She has started focusing on off-road lately – its what she has fun doing.  She has wanted to try the ISDE… and then Antti Kallonen from KTM called her and asked if she would be interested in racing the ISDE in France and she said yes… And now she there – Crazy!

This photo shows Brandy on a 65 getting 1st in the boys A class and Kurt Caselli talking to her on podium , congratulating her! He used to tell her he watched her race all the time and when she would win he new he would win! Nathan Woods was the other rider that took second She new him pretty well also but Kurt was her favorite when she was little...

This photo shows Brandy on a 65 getting 1st in the boys A class and Kurt Caselli talking to her on podium congratulating her!
He used to tell her he watched her race all the time and when she would win he new he would win! Nathan Woods was the other rider that took second
She new him pretty well also but Kurt was her favorite when she was little…

 

 

 

Brandy earned 1st against Tatum Sick and Tarah Geiger in the WORCS series!
Brandy earned 1st against Tatum Sick and Tarah Geiger in the WORCS series!
Brandy won Lorretta's in 2016 Woman AllStars!
Brandy won Lorretta’s in 2016 Woman AllStars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no doubt that Brandy has a bright future ahead of her in motorcycling… At the end of the sixth and final day of racing during this years ISDE, Brandy was the fastest American in Womens Trophy and 3rd fastest overall in the Womens Trophy Class behind the always impressive, Tayla Jones (Australia) and Laia Sanz (Spain)! And to add to all of her accomplishments she also won the final test – a Motocross race on the final day!

Congratulations to the entire team for racing their hearts out for 6 days in a foreign country away from familiarity, friends and family… having to manage every aspect of their race for themselves, their bikes and each-other.  After all the racing these ladies worked for – they ended up with a solid 2nd behind the Australian women and ahead of the host country France!

We Are So Proud of all of your efforts!!! #webelieve #america #isde2017

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2017 USA’s Womens ISDE Trophy Team

Kacy Martinez Coy, Becca Sheets and Brandy Richards
Kacy Martinez Coy, Becca Sheets and Brandy Richards

2017 Team USA…  Becca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Kacy Martinez Coy – all first timers at this years Enduro Olympic Games… “The FIM International Six Days of Enduro!” The host country of France is sure to offer some beautiful countryside for these ladies to shred on… and these ladies will do just that! I am incredibly excited for this team – all three are top in the sport of off-road and all three would love nothing more than to bring home gold for America!

This year it seems that the womens team will be under the big tent so to speak… USA’s ISDE Team Manager Antti Kallonen: “We are going to apply the same ingredients to the Women’s World Trophy Team as we have to the World Trophy and Junior teams in the past. We are keeping a realistic view on where we’ve started and where our goal is. There are no shortcuts to success and we believe that we are taking the first step necessary to get there. We have committed to a three-year plan and we’re looking to take the Women’s team to the top.”

While it will be no small feat – as the best of the best in the Womens World Trophy class are represented from nine countries the competition will be tight! The Women’s World Cup is determined by totaling the team’s top two of three riders’ scores each day for six days with the lowest team score after six days being the winner. It is an enduro-type format, where riders have to follow a set route at a set pace over six days… you have to hit your times to avoid penalties. Racers are also responsible for working on their own bikes without outside assistance. This can be anything from changing tires to bleeding brakes and these ladies have been preparing for this challenge and are ready to go at it in Brive France!

Is Team USA up to the challenge?… Are you kidding? Do you know who these ladies are?

Mark Kariya - captures a sweet shot of Becca in France!
Mark Kariya – captures a sweet shot of Becca in France!

Becca Sheets: A hard charger – this lady is your 2016 Grand National Cross Country Series Champion. She consistently strives to improve and will not shy away from competition. She is definitely a great pick for this years team… I expect you’ll see some great times from Becca as she gets in her zone. She just recently competed in a 24hr off-road race with a team of three other women racers in preparation of getting that seat time and building endurance – she definitely hit her marks there!

 

 

Art Pepin Captures Brandy carving a berm in France!
Art Pepin Captures Brandy carving a berm in France!

Brandy Richards: A champion since she started racing… Brandy is no stranger to speed or competition – Brandy comes from a Motocross background – and is the 2016 Loretta Lynns Amatuer Champion on top of a long list of accolades. Brandy also races in the WORCS Series so she is no stranger to off-road… Another top competitor that has talent in both disciplines – I imagine her speeds will be top of the charts by weeks end!    

 

 

 

Mark Kariya captures Kacy explaining something highly important to team manager Antti Kallonen... (what do you think shes saying?!)
Mark Kariya captures Kacy explaining something highly important to team manager Antti Kallonen… (what do you think shes saying?!)

Kacy Martinez Coy: Cali-girl Kacy  is such a smooth racer and is no doubt a strong pick for this team. She is a multi – time champion in the GNCC Series as well as racing multiple off-road events – even enduro-cross.  Kacy is highly talented and consistent,  I am sure she will be a vital part of this team and will help bring them to ViCtOrY!

 

 

 

 

 

So… keep these three amazingly talented ladies in your thoughts as they grab throttle and hit their marks in history! There is something so killer – to see three Champions that usually compete against one another to come together – strategizing and supporting each other for the pride of America!

Race Dates: August 28th – September 2

Scoring can be found here.

Go Team USA!!!