Out of the Blue | Kaylie Kayer | Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Kaylie Kayer
Date of Birth: May 12, 2004
Hometown: Savona, British Columbia
School and Grade or Occupation: South Kamloops Secondary School, Grade 9
Bike: Husqvarna TC250
Race Club: Future West Moto
Class: Ladies , Open Beginner
Who got you get started in racing?
My dad had me riding for fun when I was younger and then got me started in off road racing in 2016, and then in 2017 I tried motocross and loved it since! I grew up watching my dad, my uncle Bobby and aunty Chantelle racing and knew I wanted to get into one day.
As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl,’ or a ‘tomboy?’
I have always been more of a “tomboy.” I spent most of my time playing outdoors, riding my bike, camping and hunting with my dad are a few of the things I loved to do.
Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?
I don’t think there’s just one female to pave the way. Shelby Turner, Chantelle Bykerk, Ashley Fiolek and many more talented girls have all made huge accomplishments in moto sport and have paved the way for girls to be successful!
As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer doesn’t?
I think female racers aren’t as aggressive and male racers have that no fear.
Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?
I love racing with the girls because I have many friends that race with me and they are all so supportive and encouraging. I like racing with the boys as well because it can be more challenging and I have to push harder.
Who is your favourite female rider and why?
My favourite female rider would have to be Shelby Turner! She’s an all around amazing rider in motocross and endurocross.
Is there a racer you look up to and why?
I look up to Chantelle Bykerk because, number one, she is my aunty and, number two, she’s a badass endurocross rider and still comes out to motocross race with me when she can! She is so inspiring, down to earth, and super encouraging to all female riders. I love training on her track and riding with her and hope to one day accomplish some of the amazing events she’s done in the past.
Do you have a “can’t miss” race or event that you try to attend every season?
I love riding the Popkum track in Bridal Falls, BC, so I don’t want to miss any races there.
Who is your hero?
My biggest hero is my dad. He works long/hard hours running his business and always makes time to work on my bike, helps me train and drives late nights or early mornings to make my races. He taught me how to ride my bike, how to take care of my bike, and, most of all, encourages me to do my best, to step out of my comfort zone to make me a better rider, and to always have fun no matter what.
What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?
My plans for the 2019 season are to race Future West Arenacross and the Future West Outdoor Series and hoping to make some of the Triple Crown Nationals.
What are your biggest accomplishments to date?
My biggest accomplishments would be the 2018 Future West Spring series 2nd in Ladies and 1st in Open Beginner, the 2018 Future West Fall series 2nd in Ladies and 2nd in Open Beginner and finishing the 2016 and 2017 (PNWMA) Rock Hound off road races.
What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?
My biggest lesson is to never give up, push hard, have fun and keep smiling!
Most female racers leave the sport much earlier then male racers. Why do you think that is?
I think female riders leave the sport earlier because they want to start families, school or work.
Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?
I think that it is possible! There are so many amazing and talented women out there that ride and with lots of hard work, training and determination, anything is possible.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?
They will definitely have bikes to ride, but their choice if they want to race or not.
Who do you want to thank?
My mom, dad, my sister Jaiden, my family that always come out to support me, and Rivercity Cycle for always helping me out with parts and gear.