TWMX Race Series Racer Profile
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Classes Raced: Women’s Beginner, Vet Beginner
Sponsors: Husqvarna, Alpinestars, Oakley
It’s not uncommon to see mountain bike racers cross training on motocross bikes. Is this training for you, or more for fun?
A little bit of both. For me, the big part is fun, with all of the little other things thrown in. It’s good for riding ruts and choosing lines, but it is so much fun for me to come out and ride and have fun with my friends. I love it because there is no pressure for me here.
I know that motocrossers who cross train on mountain bikes have a lot to gain fitness-wise. Are there things to be gained my mountain biker riding motocross? The fitness aspect must be easy, but you can learn about traction and get used to high speeds, right?
I wouldn’t say motocross is easy cardio-wise! I raced a grand prix at Glen Helen last week and my heart rate hit 180 beats per minute, which is the same as a mountain bike race for me. It’s just a different kind of thing, physically. Motocross is more static and in mountain biking you are always pedaling. The whole-body workout of motocross is tough…and mentally, too! There is a lot to motocross that makes it difficult. This is so out of my comfort zone. At the mountain bike races, I am relaxed and I know what to do and where to go, Today is my first motocross gate drop on a starting line and I was so nervous!
How did you get involved with dirt bikes?
I didn’t start riding dirt bikes until I moved to California. I am from the Netherlands and I had a little pit bike to get around. When I was little I had a little moped that I would ride around the house, but just in sneakers. It was always a dream of mine to ride and race dirt bikes, and when I got here to California I bought a 2005 Honda from a friend of mine. I took it out to the track and I was hooked. Then I did A Day in the Dirt two years ago and I was all, “This is just awesome!”
You are a Husqvarna ambassador…
Yeah! I got the bike from them last year, a 2018 Husky FC250 and it is just awesome.
Can you tell us a little bit about your racing accomplishments on bicycles?
So I started racing BMX when I was four years old and by the time I was 16 I had won the World Championship twice so I moved over to mountain biking. I started in downhill, then enduro, and four-cross. I won that world championship three times. I also won Queen of Crankworx, and that was a big one for me.
What is the most exciting and toughest thing about racing mountain bikes and dirt bikes?
For me, the toughest thing about racing dirt bikes is jumping. On a mountain bike, I will jump anything; I will boost any big jump on a bicycle and do it with confidence. But on a dirt bike, my wheels leave the ground and I am all, “What do I do?!?!” So that’s the hardest thing for me on a moto that is easy on a bicycle. But learning more and getting confidence is a lot of fun. Learning to ride ruts and go through the inside lines is all new to me.
You seem to be having a good time. Will we see you back at TWMX Race Series?
Oh yes, I am hooked! I will be here all winter long…no bicycles in the off-season!