Interview by Kari Jim Submitted by Jenna Schulteis Photography by Bert Schulteis photos Pennsylvania
What made you become so interested in motor cross? I have been going to the track with dad every weekend for as long as I can remember, and I always watched him and his friends ride. It is just something I grew up with.
What does it feel like being a girl doing something mostly boys do? There are differences between being a guy that races and being a girl that races, but I’ve never known any different. It just feels normal to me.
How young were you when you first learned how to ride and who taught you? It was my third birthday that I got my first dirt bike and Dad was the main person who taught me. But I get tips and support from many people, other riders, family and friends.
Can you describe the feeling you get when you make high jumps? Is it fear, excitement? It’s different every time because you can be nervous to jump something the first time but once you do it, if you hit it right the feeling is really fun and exciting. But If you don’t hit it correctly, sometimes you can come up short or a little sideways, etc. and it can be a little scary.
What advice would you give young girls who are looking to pursue their motor cross dream? Go for it! Motocross may not be for everyone, but you’ll never know unless you try. You may fall in love with it like me and many other girls, or you may think it’s not for you. But I can assure you that if you don’t try it you’ll never know.