ROAD TO THE RANCH: TAYLER ALLRED
Tayler Allred made her debut at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship back in 2013, recording a 6th place overall finish in the Girls (9-11) class. She made improvements before returning the following year in the Girls (9-13) division, finishing in 5th place overall and narrowly missing out on a moto podium. In the very next season, Allred not only achieved an individual moto finish on the box, but she worked her way onto the overall podium in the form of a 3rd place. Additionally, that was the first year that she qualified for two classes, impressively finishing in the top twenty overall in the 85cc (9-11) Limited class. The rider out of Utah continued to make strides in the right direction, winning the overall in the Girls (9-13) class by taking the top spot in all three motos. Allred backed it up the very next season with another number one plate in the Girls division, also finishing on the overall podium while competing in the Women’s class for the first time. She repeated the same feat in 2018 and won the Girls class for the third year in a row and the Orange Brigade rider has maintained her podium streak in the Women’s class as well. Following the 2019 iteration of the event, Allred made the transition from the 125 to the 250 and with an entire season of preparation under her belt, she will be aiming to challenge for the top spot on the podium. The Fly Racing backed rider qualified with a 1st place finish at the Deseret Peak Midwest Regional and also earned a spot on the gate in the 450 B Limited class, finishing in 4th place at the qualifier.
How’d the Regionals go for you?
The Regionals went really good. I would say it was the best preparation before Loretta’s for sure because I got all sorts of track conditions - early moto, mid-day moto, and a mud moto! I qualified in Women’s going 1-1-1 and my main goal was to qualify in one of the B classes. I came up short in most except for 450 B Limited, I got 4th overall and was beyond excited about that because it’s been one of my goals for as long as I can remember!
What’s a typical day of training been like for you getting ready for Loretta’s?
A typical day of training for me would be riding up in Preston, Idaho. The RMX series really pushes us and gets us ready for whatever Loretta’s will throw at us. I’ve been riding with kids like Preston Kilroy and Chance Hymas so it’s nice to have some of the up and comers out there pushing me during sprints and motos. Dave Ginolfi really helps me with training off the bike!
Do you have a pre-race routine?
A pre-race routine would usually consist of a little ten to fifteen minute spin on the stationary bike and a ton of hydration.
How do you recover after a twenty-minute moto in the brutal heat and humidity?
Recovering from a twenty in the heat, I hydrate very well, have a light snack after, and get prepared for the next one.
Is there one specific year at Loretta’s that has been the most memorable for you?
The most memorable year at Loretta’s would be in 2016 when I achieved my first title, I’ll never forget on practice day it was the first lap and I came into the back section over the table and my brakes locked up. I had a pretty bad crash but being able to overcome that and win was just amazing!
What do you think is the key to success at the Ranch?
The key to success at the Ranch in my eyes is “smooth is fast”. It’s easy to over-ride the bike and get out of your head but you just gotta remember it’s a twenty-minute moto and you need to save your energy.