By Jensen Amotte

Presented by Schrader’s

Name: Autumn Purdy

Date of Birth: Dec 12, 1993

Hometown: Bobcaygeon, Ontario 

School/Grade or Occupation: Racing Quarter Horse groom

Race Number: 78

Bike: 2016 KTM 125sx

Race Club: N/A

This week, we feature Autumn Purdy from Bobcaygeon, Ontario. | Josh Townsend photo

Who introduced you to dirt bikes?

Simply coming across the YouTube account of Ami Houde really sparked my interest in bikes. She made it look SO fun. 

What was it that got you hooked on riding your bike?

The surprising similarities to horseback riding in which I have done for many, many years, is what made it so fun. Finding another way to ride and enjoy trials and adventures in a different but equally as fun style of riding.

I know you haven’t raced yet, but is racing something you see yourself getting into?

I would love to attend a few local enduros. Something I would definitely like to check off my bucket list.  

Dirt bikes and horses are what keep Autumn busy. | Colleen Rankin photo

As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl’ or a ‘tom boy?’

Pleasantly tied between both.       

Do you have a favourite rider?

I am really fond of the message Megan Griffiths promotes. Girl power, never giving up, and always pushing to be your best.                  

What is your favourite track and why?

Thankfully blessed with miles of endless trails in my own backyard, best when rode with lots friends! 

Are you involved in any other sports?

Horseback riding and horses are big part of my life.

Most female racers leave the sport much earlier than male racers. Why do you think that is?

Women are natural caregivers, so leaving sports to provide and support their families is common. 

Autumn says the best trails she’s ridden are right in her own backyard. | MI Digital Photography photo

What is the biggest lesson that riding dirt bikes has taught you so far?

You don’t have to be the best to have the most fun riding.                          

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully, looking out the window to grass padlocks full of horses and a garage full of bikes.

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