When many outsiders to the sport think of a visual representation of a motocross rider, many envision a rough, eager, and hard-nosed male competitor. Looking a bit closer, however, and with a bit of examination, you will find there are numerous women who work just as hard, if not harder than many men in this genre of athletics. The pinnacle of hard-work and tenacity you ask? None other than Tayler Allred. A young woman who maximizes her effort in every aspect of this sport, and is being rewarded with numerous race wins and championships. We had the pleasure of talking to Tayler, and below is what she had to say.
Why motocross over other activities? Were you instantly hooked when you watched a motocross event for the first time?
I love the adrenaline that comes with the sport and knowing that the results are all up to me. And the time I get to spend with my brother and parents is awesome. I was instantly hooked when I watched my first motocross event.
Your family has strong bond of motocrossers; can you describe to us who all in your family rides and competes?
My dad used to race off road, my mom used to ride recreationally that is how me and my little brother got into the sport and started competing. Now me and my brother ride together and train together all the time. We all have a very competitive personality and are very close.
Living in Utah, do you have to travel often to find a strong scene of riding? How's the local circuit in your home area?
We travel a lot, it is hard living in utah to stay riding in the winter months between school and the snow we have to drive quite a bit to try and stay on the bike. In the spring and summer there is a good local series we race that has some great competition and rough tracks which is very helpful.
Earlier this year, you had the opportunity of competing in the RC Daytona Amateur SX; how cool is it to compete and do so well at such historic event?
It was such a cool experience being able to race in the same stadium that the pros race in. After watching on TV in years past, it was amazing to be able to be there and experience it and of course coming home with a championship was pretty neat as well.
You then went to the Freestone Amateur Championship, and once again, put in solid rides; was Texas good to you this year?
When I went to Freestone I had a couple bad motos but all in all I had a great time and was able to pull off a championship and a couple podiums.
Where were you doing most of your training prior to the ranch?
I did most my training up in Preston Idaho this year.
Loretta Lynn's this year must've been a dream come true for you; can you put the feeling into words of how ecstatic you were?
I had a rough start to the week . So after the third moto when I got told I just won the over all at first it didn’t seem real once it finally settled in I was full of excitement and happy that I accomplished my goal.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
So far my plans for the rest of the year are to race the Fly national in California and of course go to Ponca and then prepare for Mini’Os.
Moving forward to next year, what are your plans and goals?
My goals for next year are to get better results in the supermini class and hopefully win more championships at all the national events.
Any plans on racing in any men's divisions next year? Do you enjoy racing the guys?
I plan on racing the supermini class. Racing with the guys is a whole different ball game. They are very aggressive and intense; you can’t make any mistakes. But I really enjoy the intensity it brings.
What else do you like to do for fun, besides motocross riding?
I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding and hanging out with friends. When I’m not on my bike.
Any sponsor's you'd like to thank?
Fly Racing, Dunlop ,Scott , Maxima, DT1, Dubya , Lynks, Flo, Rekluse, Live purple, FMF, Nihilo, Ryno designs PPS, KTM, RMX, SGMX
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