Out of the Blue | Vanessa Lariviere | Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Vanessa Lariviere
Date of Birth: Oct 8, 1974
Hometown: Pontypool, ON now residing in Oshawa, ON
School and Grade or Occupation: Production Operator
Bike: Honda CRF 100F
Race Club: N/A
Who got you get started in racing?
I decided I wanted to get into racing on my own. My boyfriend got me into riding.
As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl,’ or a ‘tomboy?’
I guess you could say a bit of both. While I liked frilly dresses and playing dress up, I liked playing in the mud and still do.
Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?
I would say Vicki Golden and Ashley Fiolek. They are fantastic athletes and amazing riders.
As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer doesn’t?
It’s such a male dominated sport, I think there will always be obstacles the girls will face.
Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?
While I’ve done mostly trail riding, I like riding with the guys and girls.
Who is your favourite female rider and why?
My favourite rider is the amazing group of ladies I ride with. We know our strengths and weaknesses and cheer each other on and support one another.
Is there a racer you look up to and why?
I would say Vicki Golden, Ashley Fiolek and Megs Brapp. They’re just such amazing riders and athletes.
Do you have a “can’t miss” race or event that you try to attend every season?
I look forward to Dee’s Day in the Dirt which is run by Delaney Brogan. It brings together female riders from all over at every skill level. It’s just an amazing day and I’ve met some pretty awesome ladies.
Who is your hero?
Anyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and try something they never thought they would do is a hero to me.
What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?
While I’m still recovering from a car accident injury, I’m hoping to get a lot more riding in this year.
What are your biggest accomplishments to date?
Just getting out there and riding is something I didn’t think I would ever be doing.
What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?
It’s taught me determination and patience.
Most female racers leave the sport much earlier then male racers. Why do you think that is?
I think they might leave to start a family or juggling family life and work.
Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
I have kids..they like to watch. Maybe when they get older they will have an interest in riding.
Who do you want to thank?
I would like to thank FXR, Steve Weycamp of Trail Tours, Ontario Off-Road Women, my amazing friends and of course, my wonderful boyfriend, Alex Reinke, for buying me my first bike and giving me the bug to get riding.