Thrill of the Race!

Ashley Fiolek-I decided I would race again. I started riding and training to get ready. The Big 6 was the last in a series, and it was a race that I’d never competed in before. I didn’t expect to win, but I didn’t want to look too bad out there, either. First, Ryan, Kate, Ashley, and I left SoCal for Nevada on Thursday night to get there in time for Ryan’s race in Las Vegas on Friday. He was participating in an Enduro- Cross to qualify for the X Games. His race day didn’t start off very well because he was having bike issues. Added to that, he had me as a pit mechanic, the poor guy. By the time he got everything resolved, he wasn’t able to make the main event. Like me, he was in the Marvel show, so he’d been out of the riding loop for a while, but I’m sure he’ll qualify for the X Games next year. Although I doubt he’ll ask me to be his mechanic again 🙂

When Ryan’s event was over, we headed down to Primm, NV, about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, for my Big 6 race. We had so much fun! I’d never participated in that kind of series before, and it was very different from Supercross or Motocross. The track was long with a bunch of straightaways. It also had tons of sand whoops all over the place. I’m so glad I practiced at my friend’s sand track, or I would have been toast! It’s a very tiring race, but you have to keep going and pushing through. I was racing on my 125, which I haven’t competed on in years, but it was so much fun! Most of the girls rode bigger bikes, but the 125 is perfect for that style of racing. I will definitely be back next year to do the race again. All of us were so awesome out there, and it was a thrill to race against the others. I didn’t win, but I was happy with my second place finish! I can’t thank Ryan, Kate and Ashley enough for their support. We had a blast hanging out in the dusty pits of Vegas. We also went to the Strip a few times, but I’m not much of a gambler because I hate to lose—on the track or off!!!

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