Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Last time, it was still pre-pandemic… why does this feel like 5 years ago? Anyway, I hope you’re all doing well and you’ve been keeping busy during the “off season”. I think things have been a bit slower everywhere this winter, just like it was last winter, compare to what, we’re typically used to. I mean, closed restaurants, gyms, movie theatres, etc., there isn’t left to do! It’s a crazy world we live in right now, but I’m glad to see that the restrictions and everything covid-related are kind of dying down now. It’s about time.
Here’s a bit of a recap about how my last year went before I get into what I’ve been up to this winter and what my plans are for this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better season in 2021. At the beginning of the year, we were a bit bummed out because we had planned on doing the West Coast series, but it was cancelled for a second year in a row. So instead, we focused on the East Coast series and gave it our all! I raced mostly the WMX class, but I also participated in the MX2 class a few times when the race schedule was permitting me to do so. Those MX2 days were definitely the hardest since we had to juggle two racers racing at the same time (my boyfriend and I), with only one mechanic for the both of us, my dad. Regardless of that, we had a blast and enjoyed doing it the 3 of us together. The WMX, on the other hand, was both a blast and success. I was able to win every single moto to clinch a 6th national title, which was pretty amazing. I also claimed a 5th title at the Walton Transcan National, which I was stoked about.
The end of the season is where things got really interesting, joining the CMS/GasGas/Callus team. It all started about halfway through the season when Kibby Pollak, my boss at MyPitboard, mentioned that Alex Parker was interested in having a chat with me about joining the team. At first, it seemed impossible, I couldn’t imagine switching brands after so many years with KTM, but after discussions with everyone involved for what felt like a lifetime, everything was finally finalized, and the plan was put into motion. We drove all the way to Nova Scotia to shoot the announcement with the team and we got ready to share the news a few weeks later. This represents the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m so excited to partner up with such a great group of people. Hopefully, we will get to see this kind of thing much more often in the future years; women having the place they deserve on official race teams. We need to make this a more common thing in the racing industry!
So, all of this now brings to the question: what have I been up to this winter? Well, honestly, not much, but kind of a lot at the same time. I’ve been spending pretty much all of my time focused on school and homework. I’m just finishing up my second year of university in Occupational Therapy and, although it’s been a blast, it’s also been super demanding and difficult. I’m currently spending a lot of time studying, but when I’m not, I try to workout as often as I can, as well as ride sleds with my friends to stay occupied and in shape as we get closer to the season! Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it to Florida for a few days to go ride with the team in the next few months since we’re still all snowed out here.
As for the 2022 season, well it’s pretty simple, I want to do it all! I’m ecstatic to be able to go to the West Coast again to race after a few years, but I’m also looking forward to the East Coast championship (kudos to the Triple Crown crew for giving us the opportunity to have WMX races on both coast this year!) and Walton. I also plan to do a few races in Quebec, but it’ll depend on the schedule and what we have planned. The West Coast will be a challenge for sure for us this year as I will be trying to juggle doing a full-time internship in Montreal during the week and flying to the races on the weekend with Marco, but I’m sure it’ll be super interesting and, through all my years of racing, I’ve never had to it this way before so it’s going to be a fun new experience. Anyway, I guess we can say that I’m just looking forward to racing again! With this new team comes a lot of new opportunities and I’m sure going to make the most of them while proudly showing off my new colours. I just have to get adjusted to seeing red instead of orange while I ride first…
Anyway, enough about me. Thanks for the read everyone, it’s been a pleasure chatting with you and I’m looking forward to chatting and seeing you guys at the track this summer! Have fun and stay safe, whatever you may be doing ?