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EMX Q&A with Amy Dahl

Updated: Apr 14, 2018

1. When did you get into riding Moto?

My Dad and brothers have been riding and racing my entire life. So, I grew up at the track: spending every weekend with my family and traveling to the next race.  I was always a little more on the shy side, so was scared to hop on a track as much as my dad would push me. It wasn’t until I moved back home to complete my semester of student teaching that I started really riding. Most of my friends had moved away and my brother had just gotten a new bike and still had his previous bike. So, I started hitting the track with him and his friends after school for some excitement. I’m sure they loved that...HA!

2. Before getting on a bike, what other sports were you into?

In high school I played volleyball and tennis, and I was a lifeguard and swimming lesson teacher during the summers. Although I enjoyed these sports, they  never grabbed my attention quite like motocross has. Motocross has had such a profound effect on my life like no other hobby has done in the past. It’s one of those things that once you start, you just can’t get it off the brain. 

3. What kind of modifications did you make to your bike? this is one of those areas I get made fun of from my moto friends on a regular basis. They call me Cole Trickle. Throw on a different sized sprocket, slap on a pipe, get my suspension done...I just do not notice the change. Throw me on a bike and I’ll ride it. 

4. What are your race goals for this season?

In the past, my focus has always been on motocross, but lately I have been enjoying myself more harescrambling and hillclimbing with my family. My dad and brothers are big into hillclimbing. So, my dad has a fleet of bikes we use strictly for hillclimbs with the extended out swing arms, a gsxr1000 in a modified dirtbike chassis, a few cr500s, one in a 2014 yz250 chassis. So my goals are revolving more around different hillclimbs and harescrambles that I want to travel to, rather than the places I want to finish on a track. 

5. What do you do to stay in shape in the off-season to feel prepared for riding Moto?

I’ll be honest, im not a gym rat. There was a time in my life where I was, but now I’m more into keeping busy. In the spring I spend about 4-5 nights after school on my bike, and I do a ton of paddle boarding and mountain biking in the summer. I work on a ranch as a hired hand which pretty much covers my weight training, lol. These past two winters I have gotten into snowbiking. I’ve done a few races and have headed out to Cooke City to rip, where I have been having the time of my life. It’s a whole new ballgame in terms of being in shape. 

6. What is your favorite part of the track? Where do you struggle the most?

I love cornering and the whoop sections, but I psych myself out most with doubles!

7. What is your favorite track and type of dirt?

Meadow Valley by Millville!!! Perfect combination of sand to dirt ratio, fun jumps, wide open it. Not to mention the place is just gorgeous. 

8. Who does the maintenance on your bike?

Oil, filters, and tightening the chain, I’ve got. Other than that, I’ve got some great people around me for help!

9. How do you think we can encourage more ladies to get on the bike and give it a try? 

This sport has been one of the most influential, empowering factors in my life, and I love sharing it with others. I remember being the shy, new girl at the track and how scary it was to step out of that comfort zone. So, I’ve made it a point to always seek out the new ladies at the track or climbs, simply to make them feel welcome, but also to tell them that my heart is beating out of my chest as well and I’m just as scared shitless for that gate to drop. I’ve met a lot of cool ladies this way; ones who have become great riding buddies and ones who have grown to teach me a thing or two about riding.

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