What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Who is(are) your rider(s)?
How long have you been a moto mom?
Gage is 9 years old, but I have been doing the thing for many years before having my own child.
Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto mom?
I was first introduced to motocross in my early teen years by one of my high school friends, Ryan Rippy and grew an instant love for motorcycles. After high school, I was lucky enough to be offered a job at a motorcycle dealership in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where I learned everything I could about all motorcycles. Yes, I can turn wrenches, change tires, and maintenance bikes if I have to. 😉 The dealership was sponsoring a night race at Tulsa MX where I met “My Love Muffin” (he is gonna kill me), Brian and ended up moving to Kansas where I gained two bonus children, Preston and Halli, who also grew up racing and turning wrenches.
Describe a typical race weekend for you.
Packing and loading with a solid checklist are always first! I like to have everything anyone could possibly need! Living in rural Kansas, we spend a lot of time on the road with a minimum of a 2-hour drive in any direction to reach a track. I spend the majority my time trying to keep the camper clean as kids are constantly in and out all day and night and I wouldn't have it any other way, feeding Gage, his friends, and our pit neighbors, I LOVE to feed people so much that I feel like I am constantly pushing snacks on everyone. Picking up our pit area, I am always having to track down gloves and gear, keeping Gage motivated during the down times while trying to complete schoolwork because we miss a lot of school to race, and most importantly to me.......making sure I am getting ALL the photos (people who know me usually get annoyed with how many photos I take).
What’s your family’s favorite meal at the track?
Tacos! That's something that will feed a lot of people and its delicious!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?
Gage and I have a special handshake we do every time! Whether it be at the pits before he heads up, in staging or on the gate! While spectating I HAVE to listen to music! The anxiety/nerves are so real for most of us moms, some a little more than others. So if I am watching, I have headphones in typically listening to Too $hort (nothing better to calm the nerves then some 90s rap.)
Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?
The anticipation of the gate drop always has the nerves because you never know how the rider next to your kid is gonna come off that gate but I would say to date, the one that scared me the most was at the Supercross Futures in St. Louis, Missouri where Gage was taken off on a stretcher after getting a handful of the throttle into a berm and ghost riding his bike into a cement wall! With this being an AMA race only the mechanic (his Dad) could get close to him until he was brought off. Such a scary and uneasy feeling.
Favorite part about being at the track?
The people you meet from coast to coast! This sport has some of the best people you will ever meet in your life. I don't get to see them that often but we always pick up where we left off and watching Gage and his friends compete and then come off the track and play. Makes my momma heart melt.
Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?
Does anyone have a favorite part of traveling long hours lol?!? Seriously though, I always say we are in a hurry up to wait mode when its race weekend.
Craziest travel story?
HAHAHAHA! I most certainly do not want to relive this through sharing so I will keep it short. Gage got invited to do the KTM Challenge and was selected for the round in Minneapolis, Minnesota.....during a Polar Vortex..... 10-hour drive by vehicle.....5 hours of which was on a sheet of ice. The highway closed while we were on it and I am pretty confident I said every curse word known to man multiple times.
The most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age.
This is a hard one because I truly believe motocross teaches so many important lessons from discipline, sportsmanship, respect for not only your bike but your competitors who most times are your friends, dedication, and most importantly if you work hard enough for it, you can get it. No matter what it is!
What’s your secret to getting all the dirt stains out of riding gear?
Can someone tell me how...!?!? LOL For stubborn stains we use random bike cleaners that dissolve dirt and a power washer.
Proudest moment of your career as a moto mom thus far?
Gage was asked to take part of the opening ceremonies at the Hoosier Arenacross in Topeka, Kansas where he held the flag on the finish line jump during the National Anthem. I have never had a more proud moment in my life, I am fighting back tears of joy as I type this! What an honor!!!!
What’s your favorite track?
During Arenacross season my entire family loves the track builds by Tracy Freeman (MX343) who also built our backyard dream! Outdoors: I LOVE LOVE LOVE, Midwest Extreme Park in Merwin, Missouri! They have multiple styles of tracks to ride, awesome pit area and during the summer the greatest little swim hole you have ever seen. I can't get enough of this track.
Who is your favorite pro racer?
Ummm...Hello Chad Reed!!!!
What is your favorite genre of music?
90s Rap and P!nk
What is your favorite movie/tv show?
Favorite movie hands down is Pulp Fiction. Favorite TV Show....MTV’s The Challenge (Who doesn't love seeing TJ Lavin?)
What is in your red solo cup?
Tequila! Don Julio or Patron Silver, I'm a bit of a tequila snob!
Any advice for the moto moms of the future?
Keep It Fun! It is so easy to get caught up in the pressure of performing that you can easily forget why you started riding.