My name is Chloe, I am 29 years old and live in Knoxville, TN but I am originally from France. I moved to the US in 2015 to do my master's degree in internal combustion engines.
My very first motorcycle was a Yamaha PW80 that my grand-father bought when I was 8. I have been riding motorcycles on the streets for almost 10 years, and started riding on tracks in 2018 after I got my first engineering job. I now have 2 bikes, both 2008 Yamaha R6, one race-ready and the other street-legal to ride in the smoky mountains and work on my skills when I'm not on track.
I spend most of my weekends working on my bikes, riding at trackdays or mountain biking. I recently became a coach for a trackday organization and I am excited to continue helping new riders learn how to go fast... with skills. I’m also gearing up to start racing CCS and WERA in 2021. During the week I am a research engineer. I work in a laboratory where we try to make our engines cleaner and more efficient. I am a major proponent for girls in science and technology but also love to help women getting on bikes.
Also, can't forget, I'm a huge fan of unicorns!!!
I have a few favorite sayings but two that stick with me are the following:
"I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence." - Ayrton Senna This quote is important to me because as women in motorsports we often are trailblazers.
"The engine is the ideal teaching tool – it features all of the elements of engineering: materials, fluids, thermodynamics, lubrication, chemistry, electronics, etc. The only thing missing is nuclear reaction." - Phil Myers (This quote is from the founder of my university lab and I could add that engines teach you so much more, patience, resilience, precision, etc.)