Racing is all about family. You spend so much time in a motorhome together—crossing the country, waiting out races, recovering between races—that you bond together into a tight unit. And yes, all the other “race families” become like cousins, aunties and uncles too…but that group in your own motorhome… through all the high and lows, injuries and victories, it’s really something.
For me, the Loretta Lynn’s National Championships is the culmination of my whole year. All the training, the strict diet, the practices, the races, the travel time and working on the bikes…this is what it’s all been for. But then when I get there, it kinda feels like a big family reunion. I see so many friends and get to watch all my favorite racers competing against each other. We hang out and have fun. There’s a sense of relief to knowing that all our hard work has paid off. And here we are.
Then the gate drops, I twist the throttle, and all those good-vibes “family reunion” love-fest stuff goes out the window. I came here to win.
Sorry, that’s the Little Monster talking. He always comes out when I race. I really am having fun. It’s just more fun when you win.
The Lorretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee has been hosting the amateur nationals for almost 30 years. The place is like a big farm, but instead of animals…motocross riders. Six-thousand acres with 300 campsites. They build this crazy, difficult track for just this one race., with deep dirt and big umps. It’s challenging for everyone, but everyone bonds over it too. It’s hot. We all camp out together, have bbq’s at night and talk story. We watch each other race and float down the creek to cool off.
This year I entered 2 divisions, and after 6 races I wound up with a 4th and 10th overall. But the results aren’t what matter (kind of). Fourth in the nation is pretty good, for how long I’ve been doing this. But what matters is how much fun I had, and all the time with my family. Maybe that sounds like a cliche but I’m sticking to it.
Just don’t ask the Little Monster how he feels about 10th place.