Out of the Blue | Joanie Coulombe Cote | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s

Name: Joanie Coulombe Cote

Birthday: April 18th, 1990

Hometown: Montreal, Qc

Occupation: Graduate as an accountant in 2 months…YEEAH !

Number: 18

Bike: CRF250

Race Club: Fun club ??

Classes: Ladies

Let’s get to know Joanie Coulombe Cote | Jessica Lapointe photo

How did you get started in racing?

My mom and my dad were doing motocross when they were young. I was not born yet that my mom already introduced me to VTT while she was pregnant. I was only 1 month old and my baby seat was attached on my dad’s VTT. Later, I started to do snowmobile. I was asking my parents to have a motocross since I was 6-7 years old. I had a Honda minitrail at 8 and I got my real motocross when I turned 18….it was about time! My cousin spent a lot of time teaching me everything and after only 1 year, I did my first race.

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross / off-road?

It was a dream! Not especially in motocross but in anything that smells like gas! (Laughs) I started to wish to be this deep in motocross the first time I tried it.

Do you think motocross / off-road is harder for a female to compete in?

No, I think we can live our dreams and compete in something the same way that the boys do. The only thing that matters is how hard we fight for this and how hard we are ready to work to do what we want!

Who is your favourite rider and why?

When I was young, JSR was my favourite! Now, I can tell that Ryan Dungey is my favourite….I think my friends are a little bit tired of hearing me talk about this guy! He’s a really great rider, he’s working really hard and he is always smiling. He loves this sport and he shows it.

Favourite part about going to the races? “The camping and campfire part for sure, but also just being with friends, challenging ourselves and don’t think about the bad week I had or the stressful presentation I have to do next week.” |Caroline Sauvé photo

Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?

I would say Ashley Fiolek. Even if she’s deaf, she followed her passion and she performed a lot. She had a dream and she did everything she could to live it…I admire her!

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

Eve Brodeur! My god….she’s so great and just so natural. I think she’s a model for all girls in this sport.

What is your favourite track and why?

I have 2 favorites tracks. Xtown because I can work on my technique and the gang over there is so nice. And Deschambault because of the place, the organization, the cleanliness, the size of the track and the fact that girls can have a 20 minute heat without boys (sorry, guys, but that’s really nice for us).

Who is your hero?

My boyfriend! He’s the best mechanic ever and he always takes care of my bike even if he doesn’t want to. Also, I have to say that I admire the fact that he can ride for an hour non-stop and he will not even get tired. I don’t know how he’s doing that! He also got a 2nd place overall at his first ATV race [last] season. I’m proud of him.

What were your goals for this season?

Having fun with my friends, don’t get injured and don’t break my bike. She’s brand new!

What are your biggest accomplishments?

The second place I got at my first race with ”Les Rideuses” at Latuque. It was really awesome as a first experience!

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

The camping and campfire part for sure, but also just being with friends, challenging ourselves and don’t think about the bad week I had or the stressful presentation I have to do next week.

Joanie lists Ashley Fiolek as a huge influence and looks up to Eve Brodeur | Caroline Sauvé photo

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

The only other thing I can do now is study…but I also enjoy a lot snowboarding, boating at my cottage and spending some time with my friends.

Is it important to have a motocross / off-road racer as a boyfriend / partner, or just a bonus?

Of course it is! It’s just really important to live our passion together doing what we both love. I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think that we have to build our relation and it starts with spending time with the other.

If you ever have children, will they be motocross / off-road racers?

If they want to…of course! I would really love to bring my child with us the weekend and see them growing in this fabulous world.

Who do you want to thank?

My parents who introduced me to this sport really early. My boyfriend (Manuel Dubois #218) for all the time he spends to make sure that my bike is race ready. My friend Caroline Sauvé #11, Charlie Bonham, Amélie Landry #119, Sandra Jolin, for challenging me every time we ride together and finally, my cousin Maxime Généreux #341 for all the time he spent with me and his patience to teach me everything.