Out of the Blue | Lauren Gilmore | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Lauren Gilmore
Birthday: April 30, 1993
Hometown: Oak Bluff, Manitoba
School and Grade / Occupation: I currently work for FXR. I am also a full-time student working on my 2nd degree at the University of Manitoba. I’m working towards my Bachelor of Social Work and have previously completed a Bachelor of Arts with a criminology major.
Bike: 2015 RM-Z 250
Race Club: Manitoba Motocross Association (MMA)
Classes: Ladies, Open C, 250 C
How did you get started in racing?
My dad bought my brothers and me one of those Chinese knock offs and said that if we stick with it he will purchase a brand name bike. After we blew the motor, he kept fixing and we kept riding. He knew we were serious about dirt bikes so we graduated to trail bikes, and attended a few beginner clinics that the local MMA pros put on. I’d go to school and tell the guys I was going to start racing – they said, ‘ya right!’ – when I was 12 I got my first race bike and haven’t looked back since – 12 years later and I’m still fortunate enough to be doing this and those guys now stand on the sidelines and cheer me on!
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Definitely not – but I am so glad I am! I’ve quit a lot of other sports in order to be able to focus on motocross during the summer. I play hockey in the winter to help pass the time and stay active until motocross season rolls around again.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
Oh, absolutely! This is a male dominated sport, so it’s hard to earn respect and have others take you seriously. Thankfully, women’s motocross is growing. Battling with the guys is fun though……for me at least. I know some of the guys don’t appreciate seeing a pony tail out the back of the helmet in front of them!
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Ryan Dungey! He’s smooth, consistent and just an all-around great rider and athlete. I could watch him ride all day.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
Ashley Fiolek! She’s an amazing rider and she continues to pave the way for other girls by putting on her MX schools.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Although she doesn’t race anymore, I’ve looked up to Denaye Giroux (Arnett) ever since I met her at a race in Melita, MB. I find her to be a humble person who has dedicated much of her time to advancing women’s motocross racing in Canada. Plus, she’s a great rider.
What is your favourite track and why?
My favourite track is in Brandon, Manitoba. It’s called Farm Boys Raceway and it’s a hard packed, long, sweeping track with some pretty big jumps. It’s so much fun!
Who is your hero?
My dad. I look up to him for everything, and, without his support, I wouldn’t have even started racing. He’s been supportive with everything I’ve done and is always there for me, whether it’s changing tires or editing my University papers – which I know he loves so much (Laughs).
What are your goals for this season?
I’d like to finish top 5 in the Manitoba circuit this year. I know I’ll have to miss a few rounds so that will be a good challenge. I’d also like to attend Calgary and Regina this year and stay injury free!
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Winning the Manitoba Motocross Women’s Provincial championship 2 years in a row was pretty awesome and something I had been working towards for quite some time! My other biggest accomplishment would be competing in the women’s nationals – that was my goal ever since I had started racing. I’ve raced in 2 now, which have been amazing experiences – hopefully, I’ll get to attend a couple more this year.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
Socializing with everyone and seeing all my moto friends as well as making new friends! I also like travelling – as long as I’m not the one driving (Laughs).
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
I love to be outside – I love fishing, camping, and being at the lake if we have a weekend off from racing. I’ve been working with a trainer for a year now, so I also spend a lot of time in the gym. In the winter I play rec hockey and spend a lot of time studying, since I’m still a full-time student. I’m also heavily involved with my local racing association (MMA) and I’m on the Board of Directors, so I spend lots of time helping with that, teaching beginner clinics to new and young riders and organizing various events for our members.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
I’ve never had a motocross racer as a boyfriend, but I think it would be a bonus to have extra help with bike maintenance and to always have someone to ride with and push you on the track.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
Well, they will most likely grow up around dirt bikes so I feel that will be inevitable – as long as that’s what they want to do!
Who do you want to thank?
Firstly, I’d like to thank my family – without them racing wouldn’t be possible! So thanks Mom, Dad, Ben, Alex and Grandma – yes, she still comes and cheers me on! I’d also like to thank FXR for all the support over the years, Factory Ride Suspension, Riley from RMC Graphx for making my bike look awesome! And last but not least, my trainer Adrian from Effectus Athlete Development for kicking my butt every week!