Motocross is a wide-ranging and incredible collection of physically demanding championships and disciplines.
There was time in the 20th Century, when sporty riders rode street bikes through the dirt as fast as they could, disregarding safety precautions at all costs. Riders raced across dirt tracks, pressing hard to beat each other and their own personal times. Fast forward to the present day — motocross is more than a professional sport — it has evolved into an exhilarating spectacle across the globe.
It’s fascinating. Spectacular. Enduring. Motocross is breaking all barriers and Go Fast Girls (GFG) has the quick-fire guide to get you up to speed on the basics of the trailblazing sport for women and men.
Women and Motocross: Get Up to Speed
Since the starting gate of the Powder Puff Nationals in 1974, women's motocross has come a long way. It was the first substantial female motocross race held in the United States. To-date, motocross entertains the world with the Women's Motocross World (WMX) Championship, the X Games, Loretta Lynn series, and the Endurocross series.
These massive events give girls in the modern era the stage to showcase their skills and magnificence. And GFG — has bucked the trend of a male-dominating sport by centering on female riders. GFG shows girls and women across the globe that you can be loved as yourself without conforming to antiquated feminine ideals of athletes.
Where Did Motocross Begin?
Back in 1906, the first motorcycle time trials were introduced by the Auto-Cycle Club. In 1924, the first official event was held in Camberley, Surrey, UK. Soon after, it was officially dubbed motocross — the French term for motorcycle and cross-country.
Women’s riding expertise and fierce competitive spirit dates back decades to the 1940’s when daring women raced Velocettes. After motocross rocketed to fame in the late 1950s, the FIM Motocross World Championship took place. By 1979, it had attracted the cameras of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, as Jackie Stewart did the play-by-play. In 1981, the nation’s top 10 lady racers were invited to appear at an L.A. Coliseum Supercross before a crowd of 70,000 and were given a standing ovation. Motocross is one of the few motorcycle racing disciplines that has a women's organization, called the Women's Motocross Association (WMA). In 2009, the WMA was acquired by MX Sports. From here, history was written. Sports have this incredibly, distinctive way of making a positive impact in society. Motocross is no different. Motocross became a legendary sport filled with fans and riders alike who have shaped the sport into a community-driven treasure-trove.
GFG: Breaking Barriers in Motocross
GFG is breaking barriers across motocross. To see the love, the adrenaline that is exhibited by female riders is inspiring. Female riders are inspiring girls across the country to take a leap and keep riding.
“Our female racers are amazing athletes with unbelievable talent,” stated MX Sports Race Director Roy Janson.While the sport is tremendously physically demanding, riders and fans alike love motocross. The GFG family shows big love and support for every rider as it has become a staple in so many communities.