Out of the Blue | Nicole Gaudern | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

‘Out of the Blue’ is brought to you by Schrader’s.

Name: Nicole Gaudern

Birthday: Do I really have to answer this question? (Laughs)  I just tell folks I live in Peter Pan Land (check it out if you don’t know what that is) and I’m 26 years old every year, but my birthday is 12/17/1979.

Hometown: Riverton, WY

Occupation: Moto Moto Moto…and jack of all trades, master of none!

Number: 44

Bike: KX 250F

Race Club: WMX, AMA

Classes: Women Pro, Men’s 250 B, Vet A

This week, ‘Out of the Blue’ features Wyoming racer, #44 Nicole Gaudern | Tim Clark photo

How did you get started in racing? 
This is a great story, but to sum it up, a friend of mine I used to work with convinced me that I needed to get a dirtbike. It looked like fun. After purchasing my first dirt bike (2005 KX 125) I hit a few off-road trails and then was invited to race the AX at the Coeur d’ Alene, ID Fairgrounds…ever since that first race I was addicted to racing!
Here is a short moto documentary that sums it up a bit:
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross? 
Never!  (Laughs)  I was all about horses (not the ponies running a dirt bike) My twin sister and I have been on horses ever since we could walk. I used to do a lot of roping and never thought I would ever be racing women’s pro motocross. So CRAZY!  I love it!
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in? 
Physically, we are not as strong as a pro male athlete, but if you train hard and stay “ninja” focused your endurance is unreal and with any sport you’re involved in you have to go above the bar with dedication. I am glad I am a female racing motocross. The support is unreal amazing and with my non Peter Pan Land age I don’t think it would have been possible to pursue a professional career in motocross as a male since I started later in life on a dirt bike. Did I answer that question correct? I kind of went total squirrel on that answer (Laughs)!

Who is your favourite rider and why? 

My all time favorite is Ricky Carmichael; I believe he set the bar for what dedication and passion is within motocross. From when he first got started into racing, to racing at a pro level, to when he was retired, to now still being involved with moto in a huge way. He has a great impact within the industry.

Nicole finished 8th in the 2017 Women’s West MX Nationals | Jack Jaxson 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 have to make a toast to the famous Mary McGee. Such an amazing lady!

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why? 

Over the past few years racing in Canada I’m a huge Shawn Maffenbeier fan and Matt Goerke fan. I like their style, their professionalism, and they’re usually kicking ass!

What is your favourite track and why?

I love Calgary (Wild Rose MX).  The atmosphere is super cool and the track is legit! All the rounds we hit on the west have awesome tracks, they are super fun and all are so different. But, Calgary has always been my favorite.  I feel like I have a good flow there.

Who is your hero? 

My hero…hmmmm…that’s a tough question because I have never thought about who my hero may be. My hero… I cannot even think…can I get back to this question next year? Of course my family and close friends could have hero status…but to just pick one…that’s a hard one.

What are your goals for this season? 

I would love to race in Canada again next season if it works with my schedule here in the states. I would love to train a little harder and improve on my overall top 8 I got this season. Top 5 would be so amazing!  This season is still kickin in the states, so the next round I’m hitting for the WMX is in TN at the end of July. My main goal is always finish the race, but I would love to do well so that way I can gain some more solid points since I missed a couple nationals in June being in Canada.

What are your biggest accomplishments? 

My biggest accomplishment ever is to have the status as a professional woman motocross racer! Being in the top 10 in the U.S and Canada is unbelievable. Yes…I do live in Peter Pan Land (Laughs).

Nicole hopes to return to Canada and better her finish from this season. She will compete at Loretta Lynn’s in late July | Jack Jaxson photo

What is your favourite part about going to the races? 

I totally dig racing on new tracks and a variety of tracks across the U.S. and Canada. So awesome! I really enjoy all the folks you meet in the moto world. It’s never-ending fun and there are so many people you meet and keep on meeting. It’s so much fun. I love traveling, moto’n and socializing…so it’s perfect!

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

I like hittin’ the trails for some mountain biking, it helps with keeping in shape for moto. I love water (fresh water) and used to wakeboard quite often and jetski. If I’m home during the summer, I enjoy the lake for some water fun and the mountains for some uphill torture to downhill awesome’ness.

Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/husband, or just a bonus? 

Oh boy, I am not sure. I guess a bonus? I have so many moto buds that if you don’t moto I wouldn’t have anything in common with you. But it’s a demanding sport with training and traveling that I would never see him.

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

I don’t think I will ever have children. I was hoping to just adopt Austin Forkner (Laughs).  Just messin’…that sounded way weird!

Who do you want to thank?

Huge shout out goes to my family, friends and the businesses who became relationships to friendships that I now consider family!  THANK YOU for the continued support to pursue the dreams set forth:

Wild West Powersports, Factory MRC, Off-Road Vixens, Shock Sox, 6D Helmets, MotocrossVest.com, Gaudern Construction, Uni Filter, Flo Motorsports, CFX Seats, Hyper X, PDA Jerky, Devol Racing, Riverton Tire & Oil, Nihilo Concepts, Hammer Nutrition, Weaver’s Diesel Performance, EVS , Fly Racing, MX Mounts, Zen Pro Racing, Outlaw Snowbikes, Morrison Carworks, Atlas Brace, LifeProof, Ogio, Illusive Gloves, Pit Posse, Renthal, Dunlop, 100%.