Toyota #makeup2mud is a movement focused on spotlighting the many ways women are impacting the world of motocross both on and off the bike. From weekend warriors to professional racers, everyone has a unique story to share. This year we feature female riders who go beyond riding and give back to the sport. Inspiring others to try, creating communities, helping others, saving others, and sometimes saving themselves – they go farther, faster, better, higher… this is how they live #makeup2mud. Join Toyota in 2020 – Tell your story, become featured, and join the movement. How do we live #makeup2mud?Join the Movement
As a kid my parents and I went to a local track to watch one of my dads friends ride along with his kids, one of which happened to be a girl. When I realized she was out there with all the boys riding at the same level...I soon thought that I wanted to be doing the same thing. I was probably about 4 years of age at the time. I recently wrapped up my third wmx title and now I'm thinking of saying my goodbyes to the woman's "pro" motocross scene. This season I plan to train for racing with the guys, with hopes of qualifying for some pro races. Mentally, I think I could make it so I'm going to keep doing by best to focus and follow that path. Being a female rider has taught me to give my all in everything I do in life. I hope it has inspired other young females in the sport to follow their dreams. It is a male dominant sport but we can do it too. When someone tells you that you won't make it, look at them and tell them to sit back and watch.
Toyota #Makeup2Mud is a movement focused on spotlighting the many ways women are impacting the world of motocross both on and off the bike. From weekend warriors to professional racers, everyone has a unique story to share. Join Toyota in 2019 to give a voice to women who inspire us both on and off the bike. Tell your story, become featured, and join the movement. How will you define #Makeup2Mud?
Racing has had the biggest impact on me and who I am today. I learned from a young age how to be professional, brand myself, and work hard to achieve goals. My hard-working mentality and commitment came from being a professional female athlete. I don't necessarily consider myself a 'feminist', however, I feel growing up in a male dominated sport and lifestyle instilled a "warrior" type attitude in me. Being a woman in the sport of Motocross should not be a dead end ... growing up I was lucky to never hear such a thing: that all my hard work would add up to nothing in the end- and that's why I think it's so important to showcase the importance of women's racing.
Being a girl in a man driven sport can be frustrating. Even though I'm just doing this for fun and not as a career you still get the boys that don't want to be passed on the track by a chick. I love it honestly, now that I'm older and care less what people think, I let things slide. But young girls coming up, it's tough. You always hear "oh you're pretty fast for a girl." Why do people have to add that last part. I see it all the time, young girls are discouraged. I mean everyone pro was once a beginner, and I just think motorcycles are meant to be enjoyed and that's it. But it is an amazing thing to go to the track and see more girls everywhere, every skill level, having fun. I just want to keep seeing more girls out there, trying, giving it a go no matter what. It's such a confidence booster and you meet amazing friends through this sport as well.
I've never let being a female hold me back from playing sports or even stop me from opportunities that have come my way. I work in a dirt bike shop as a parts girl with 5 other male coworkers. It has taken years to gain trust from customers since I am a girl at the parts counter but now it has helped me for the better ... Being a female rider has pushed me to surpass all of the limits or "standards" that are placed on girls. I push myself in the sport because it's that much harder to prove that I can run with the men.
I appreciate challenges a lot more, I know I have much higher limits than I used to think. Riding has taught me how there are thousands of different struggles you will be put through but you can't let them get the best of you. If you fall down you just have to brush off the dust and get up again to prove to yourself what you are capable of.
I didn't understand how lucky I was then to have my beautiful mom to travel with around and support me in this sport that I love, but had little experience with. Between bike work, oil changes, filling up and keeping my bike clean and pristine she supported her daughter racing even though it scared the hell out of her. After taking home 1st place in the state for women's A, and 3rd place in women's B, my whole life was about to change. I got pregnant with my daughter that following winter and had to put the bike up for a while.
Time matters only on how bad do you really want this. How much are you going to give before you can take. I hope to continue being inspired and inspiring others at the track and be part of the community of motocross and feel the empowerment of women motocross.
Kaitlyn Morrow. I remember the first time I watched her race. She literally blew my mind. She has several national championships under her belt. Now she is one of my best friends. Her confidence and skill on the bike is something everyone, including men may search for their entire riding careers.
Riding has ultimately allowed me to become a better person. Not only am I stronger mentally and physically, I have also gained a sense of confidence I never had before. We are in an age where gender equality is at the forefront and motocross is a male dominated sport, I'd like other girls to see that gender shouldn't stand in the way of doing something great. I would like others to learn that anything is possible through hard work and determination. The work you put in is what you will get out; this stands true for many things and the same goes for racing. As a female, you have to work just as hard as males, if not harder.
Motocross has made me apart of an unforgettable community and challenged me on a physical and mental level which grows me into the person I can be today. I can go out and focus on developing or if I just need to ride and clear my head. I love riding for fun, if we can take home a few trophies that's great too!
I would like others to learn that riding motocross is a character building experience that I know first-hand and it has truly shaped my life in such positive ways on and off the track. As a female in a male-dominated sport, I have gained an important self-awareness and confidence in myself that I bring with me everywhere I go. Whether it's pursuing my degree, staring at a huge white canvas that ready to be painted, or launching off the face of a jump for the first time, I am always ready to commit and “not let off”.
Being a female rider has influenced my life in countless ways. It has given me the courage and strength to be whoever I want to be! ... being a female rider has given me the courage to step outside my comfort zones and go for the career and lifestyle that I love.
You don't need to fit any mold -you don't need to be super-fast - your efforts are no less important than anyone else’s. There are many opportunities for women in the sport - but if you don't see the opportunity - make it happen - be the difference. I am a timid rider yet I continue to want to improve and I do so at my pace and that's okay. Everyone is different. It doesn't matter - Just Ride! I'd also like to add how important it is to be involved in the issues that affect off-road riding. Get involved and volunteer when you can.. There are many ways to be an active productive motorcyclist.
Riding has given me so much motivation in life, whether it’s going that extra mile on the road bike, taking a job I really didn't want to do but knew the extra income would come in handy, trying to learn everything possible about fitness to try to better myself, and hopefully better an athlete/athletes someday in their dream which is why I choose a career in the fitness industry.
I believe that I am capable of handling whatever difficult situation comes my way because I've had to balance so many things for so many years and do it as successfully as I can. Trying to manage a 4.0 GPA in college and still be the top women's' professional racer is not an easy task. In doing all these things, I've gained so much confidence in my life and what I'm capable of.
No sport is easy to do at a professional level if you are a male or female but motocross is hard for females because to become one of the best you have to race the best and this is a male dominating sport so you have to race the guys all the time to keep moving forward. And we as females don't have much support as the guys and we do equal or sometimes more sacrifices than them. But you have to know that as long as you love what you do and keep having fun just go for it.
Stephanie is an elementary school teacher who incorporates Supercross into math and geography lessons.
Natalie became the first woman racer from Hawaii to compete at Loretta Lynn’s. Her goal is to not only teach woman and kids how to ride but also to make the sport more accessible for riders. She has also been helping to create a program for military veterans suffering from PTSD to learn how to ride as an outlet.
Kalyn races and rides as a hobby. She created DIRTastic, a free event created to build a community of women who ride dirt bikes in the Pacific Northwest. “We would love to introduce new ladies to the sport, so if you have extra gear and/or bikes, please bring them too!” She also owns Clutch Hair Co. a sustainable hair salon for men and women
She created Gnarly Babes Fitness, a 12 week online group strength, conditioning and nutrition coaching program for women who ride. “I own a women’s strength gym in Wallingford, CT. I’m super passionate about helping ladies get strong with a safe and intelligent approach and I wanted to combine that with my love for dirt bikes. I know firsthand how much strength and a higher level of fitness can improve riding skills, bike handling and endurance and I want to help other ladies who ride reach that level.”
Liz Karcz, a trauma nurse "in real life", is attempting to be the first female to solo the entire SCORE World Desert Championship on a bike. The SCORE series is one of the largest off-road sanctioning bodies in the world and includes four grueling races. Liz has already conquered the San Felipe 250 and Baja 500. Liz will race the Tijuana Desert Challenge in September and close out the SCORE Series in November with the Baja 1000.
Tina Carter is an EMT and Firefighter. You can tell her nature is to help and inspire others in the most anonymous way. She touches and changes lives: “She didn't even know me but I was having trouble starting my bike on the line, she held up 2 minutes, ran over and got my bike started... I don't ride anymore because I'm in school full time but I learned so much more from her than just moto related stuff and hope to become such an amazing influence and amazing person. Thank you Tina from my dad and myself.” “When asking kids who they admire my daughter Amelia (7 year old) would tell you Tina Carter... In April 2017 one of my daughters dreams came true, she got to throw down some laps with Tina on the track. The fact she took the time to ride with Amelia was the world to us as her parents.”
Founder [email protected], a ladies only off-road camp-out. In the Northeast, public riding land is nearly non-existent, Kelly arranged to open the gates to 1,000 acres of a private extensive trail network and a variety of street-legal terrain options to be ridden on this annual event. Over And Out is for ladies who ride all levels of off-road motorcycles, dirt bikes, enduros and more. She is also involved in organizing Babes Ride Out - East Coast.
She and her father began a small race team in 2011, where the two supported pro rider Daniel Herrlein and a few local amateur riders. In November of 2016 Sierra decided to start her own performance shop with the help and support of her father. She is now building motors and starting to reorganize her team, A&Y Racing, with a goal to own and run a nationally recognized professional SX/MX team. She created 717 Bakes where she combines her passion for riding dirt bikes and baking cupcakes.
AMA Pro Hillclimber. In 2016 she made history becoming the first woman in AMA Pro Hillclimb history to top a hill on 100% nitromethane. She also competes in other disciplines —woods events, flat track, motocross and snowmobile racing. What's important to Molly is being a role model to the younger generation. She sponsors young riders, encourages them and helps them improve their skills.
“I started riding motocross a little more than a year ago after an ankle injury forced me to retire from competitive skateboarding. Skateboarding has been my passion since I was 13 years old (I'm now 28)… The pinnacle of my skateboarding career was when I was invited as an alternate for X Games 2013 and 2014 women skateboard street. At the X Games, I was able to watch the women's motocross and I was amazed. Not being able to progress and be the best skateboarder I know I can be due to my bum ankle was making me depressed. That is when I bought a dirt bike and turned to motocross. Riding my dirt bike ignited a new passion in me just like skateboarding did when I was 13 years old.” “I am excited to meet other women riders and compete against those who have been riding for years. I want to be the best motocross racer I can be.”
She graduated top of her class in Kawasaki and Yamaha, first female in the history of MMI to be the Top Technician in two complete elective courses. Her goal is to be a mechanic for a factory race team. She created a Facebook community called “The Girls Who Ride” to inspire and bring together @GirlsWhoRide from all over the world.
Brittany Young is the founder and CEO of B-360 Baltimore, a community partnership that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. Through a STEM education program, community engagement, workforce pipe-lining and events , equips disconnected youth and adults with the skills to secure educational and career opportunities in STEM fields, while changing perceptions dirt bike riders and engineers. “We repair and build relationships in the community, uncover new and different career opportunities, give and enhance career skills, leverage the STEM gap and create events that unite communities in a safe and fun way.”
Liz Hooker is a breast cancer survivor with a very inspiring attitude towards life. Liz just graduated nursing school where her passion for others is shown through her tender heart. She worked in the ER as a tech through school and is now a vascular and general surgery nurse. She is always the first one to run to an injured rider and attend to their needs, even if it’s just her throwing some sass and telling them to rub some dirt on it! Liz is looking forward to regaining her strength and train for her next NPC Bikini contest. She drives a Tacoma.
Stefy Bau is a retired professional Motocross and Supercross racer. After a career-ending injury in 2005, Stefy was able to turn negative into positive by becoming the General Manager of the newly established FIM Women's Motocross World Championship by Youthstream. Since then she has opened her own successful branding and business development/marketing agency. She has always been motivated to inspire young girls/women to use sports to empower their lives.
8x AMA national champion and WMX champion. She travels with her father all around United States from race to race pursuing her ultimate goal in riding in a Supercross main event. Currently holds a Pro mens outdoor class License and she is working hard towards get her Pro mens Supercross license. Jordan courage brought the attention of “Headbands of Hope” a company that donates headbands to Childs with cancer, "we believe that headbands are a great way to restore confidence in kids during cancer treatment.” —They invite her to be a 'Headband Hero’ and spread their message.
“I began riding when I was 8 years old. I’ve been riding over 50 years now! I started racing MX when I was 11. When I was 12 years old, I taught in Yamaha’s “Learn to Ride” program. I have taught motorcycling, mountain biking, alpine & cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. I’ve been a coach my whole life. I simply enjoying sharing my passions. My expertise is working with women. Women are physically different than men, we learn differently, communicate differently, and most importantly we develop confidence differently from men. I believe the reward for moving past the fear, challenge and uncertainty of riding off road motorcycles is confidence, and the freedom to live an adventurous life. I believe healing emotional wounds and trauma releases the past so we can live an abundant, joyful life in the present. I believe motorcycling and healing support each other by transforming challenges into opportunities. I believe confidence is key and know women develop confidence experientially. I believe women supporting women is powerful and natural. I believe in me. And I believe in you.”
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