Out of the Blue | Caroline Paradis | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s.

Name: Caroline Paradis
Date of Birth: July 20, 1994
Hometown: Saint-Amable, QC
School and Grade or Occupation: Secretary in a Medical Center
Number: 903
Bike: Yamaha YZ 125
Race Club: Challenge Quebec
Class: Women C

This week we feature Quebec racer #903 Caroline Paradis. | Richard Seguin photo

Who got you get started in racing?

At first, I had a 400ex ATV for a year. Then I met a friend during winter 2017. He has been riding motocross for at least 8 years now and he is the one who convinced me to change for a motocross. The best thing I’ve ever done! So in April 2018 I got my first bike and he has been there for me ever since. He helped me through my first summer to practice and still now at the Motocross Intérieur Québec to get a few sessions in until we can get back on the track for season 2019.

As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl,’ or a ‘Tomboy?’

I’ve always been daddy’s little girl! So, I grew up more as a Tomboy. I liked spending time in the garage, helping my dad with stuff, playing outside and get my hands dirty, hanging out at the skate park when I was a teenager. But I sure do have a girly side, I can’t hide it! I could be doing my nails in the morning and go riding in dust and mud
the next hour and break 1 or 2 nails freshly done and just be like, ‘oh well.’ (Laughs)

Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?

I don’t know about worldwide, but here in Quebec, we hear a lot about Megan Brodeur! A young rider who succeeded in many many sport as Motocross, sled, snocross, and she travels a lot to attend all the competition where she reach the podium pretty much each time. All that while being a student! Everything is possible with good support.

As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with, that maybe a male racer doesn’t?

As much as most female riders can be independent, I think we all need a man somewhere to help us with different things like mechanical problems or even packing and unpacking our bike. Bikes are heavy and if you don’t have a proper trailer or anything it is actually hard for a girl!

Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?

I didn’t really have the opportunity to ride with girls for the moment, all my new motocross friends are guys. Unless they decide to follow me for fun and try to push me, in no time they are ahead and overlap me (laughs). So I don’t have a lot of challenge for the moment. I have been talking with few girls lately in order to know them, make
friends and finally be able to ride with girls. I’m looking forward to go ride with them this summer and race against them in the upcoming events; Challenge Québec!

“Every day I ride is an accomplishment. Each time I learn and I am proud of myself.” | Motocross Interieur

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

I don’t have any. I find any female rider amazing, from the beginners like me to the more advanced. Their skills are big motivation.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

No one in particular. I look up to all my friends that are with on the track! I appreciate their help and advice.

Do you have a ‘can’t miss’ race, or event that you try to attend every season?

I can’t miss the race at Franklin Motosport track. It’s one of my favourite places. I also don’t want to miss the race in Sainte-Julie because it’s open once a year for the Challenge Québec. Even though this track is a lot harder, I am going to do the practice the weekend before and see if I can make it to the race after.

Who is your hero?

I don’t have any.

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

My goals are to improve myself and work on my technique. I want to get faster and jump higher. I also need to practice my starts at the gate. My plans for my 2nd season is to attend at least 2 or 3 races. It would be my first time racing so I would like to start with the track I already know (only 3 out of 9) but until then I will work hard and get more confidence. I will go ride and practice on the track I didn’t get the chance to try last summer to be ready to attend more races of the Challenge Quebec.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

Every day I ride is an accomplishment. Each time I learn and I am proud of myself.

What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?

Always be focused on myself and never push my limits too far in one day. And of course, always look far ahead and ‘keep my elbows up high’ my friends would say (laughs). It’s the two first things I keep reminding myself when I get on my bike.

Most female racers leave the sport much earlier than male racers. Why do you think that is?

If we think long term, it is really hard on a body. So, in general women are more fragile and there’s a time where we need to stop and also the fact that at some point in life, some female riders get pregnant and decide to stop because we can’t allow ourselves to get hurt to raise a family.

Caroline plans to hit more Challenge Quebec races in 2019. | Pierre Chamberland photo

Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?

I don’t think so. Yes, some female racers are pros but male racers have limits that a female racer could never achieve at this level. Males are much stronger and aggressive on the track during competition this big. Female racers will always be outnumbered so we can’t be mixed up with all the male racers.

If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?

It would be fun if they try, but I am not going to force them. They will grow up with their own passion.

Who do you want to thank?

All my riding partners! I am blessed to share this passion with all of them.