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Essential MX sits down with Women’s Amateur Nat’l Champion Allie Roland.

Congratulations on winning a National Title in the Women’s Amateur class over this past weekend!

How does it feel to be the Champion at 15 years old?

Thank you! I am super excited about it. I have been working very hard for it, and all the hard work paid off.  I couldn’t be happier!

I would imagine that traveling to the races gets to be pretty tough to balance with school work.  What is your trick to getting everything done?

Yes, lots of traveling made school very tough; especially before summer break because I missed a lot and struggled to keep up.  During summer break I started taking an online school program called Penn Foster.  I have been doing it ever since then, and it has made school much easier for me because I am not always behind and trying to catch up.  Now, I don’t have to worry about missing to many days while traveling the country for racing.

Do you stick to a certain diet on the road? How do you stay away from eating junky foods when you can’t always make your meals at home?

I don’t have any specific diet.  I stay away from junk foods and anything unhealthy: no candy, no chips, or anything like that.  When I can’t make my meals at home, I eat lots of fruit, which I don’t mind because I absolutely love strawberries and kiwis.

Since you are doing so well with racing, what are your top three keys to success on race day?

It takes so much that it is hard to narrow it down to three, but, if I had to choose three, I would say.. 1. I have a great support team.  All of my family and friends support me and encourage me, not just on the weekends, but every day of the week. 2. Endurance, training hard, and staying focused during the week.  I train off the bike every day of the week.  I start off my days with cardio.  I run and bicycle several miles every morning.  That has helped me a ton with my endurance, and it makes a huge difference when you are racing 35 plus miles every Sunday.  3. My dad goes to the moon and back for me every weekend.  He supports me and my bike financially.  He drives me across the country every single weekend, and he makes sure my bike and I are ready to go.

In addition to racing, do you do any other sports? If so, what?

I don’t do any sports besides racing, anymore, because it is a very time consuming and expensive sport.  Before I was so focused on racing, I took dance and tumbling.  I was also on the track and volleyball team.

I know that a lot of ladies are too afraid to get on a dirt bike.  How did you get into it?

I have loved the sport my entire life. I grew up watching my father race.  When I was just three years old I told my father I wanted to start racing.  So, he got me a PW50, and I have been racing ever since.  I couldn’t imagine my life any different.

What suggestions would you give to those that are too scared to give it a try?

If you have an opportunity to give it a try, go for it!  It might seem scary at first, but, once you get comfortable, it is the best thing in the world. The adrenaline rush is amazing; nothing compares!

I know that you, as the rider, get most of the credit for winning, but we all know it’s a team effort.  How many people does it take behind the scenes to have a successful season?

Most of all, my father Brian Roland, like I already mentioned, has done everything for me, and I can’t begin to thank him enough!  He does everything from last minute repairs when we have problems at the race to rebuilding the bike in the garage.  He will forever be my biggest sponsor and my biggest fan.  He truly is my hero.  My mother also supports and encourages me.  Of course, all of my sponsors have helped me out huge, but we also have a ton of help from Don Rascke and Casey Rick.  They both have traveled with us to several races, and they have helped my father keep up with bike maintenance when he is busy with work.  They both make sure my bike is always ready to go for every race when my dad can’t.

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