Out of the Blue | Nicole Hommy | Brought to You by Schrader’s
By Jensen Amyotte
Name: Nicole Hommy
Date of Birth: December 17, 1991
Hometown: Beaverlodge, Alberta
Occupation: Mom and Wife
Race Number: 72
Bike: 2022 CRF 250r
Race Club: Beaverlodge Motocross Club & Peace Motocross Association
Classes: Ladies & Vet Jr.
Who/what inspired you to get into the sport of motocross and how long have you been racing/riding?
My dad (Kevin Sloan) got my brothers and me into racing when we were young. We raced in the Peace Motocross Association (PMA) circuit for many years. Unfortunately, the move to the USA in 2001 forced us to quit racing. Fast forward to now – 20-ish years later – my husband (Dustin Hommy) and I decided to get back into racing motocross with our three girls. 2023 will be our 5th year back racing into racing!
When not on a dirt bike, how do you keep yourself busy? Are you involved in any other sports or extracurricular activities?
When I’m not on the bike I’m busy being a mom to our three girls; Brynn, Elizabeth and Dylan! I’m the current Secretary for the Peace Motocross Association, helping our club (Beaverlodge Motocross Club) with regular ride nights and hosting Ladies Ride Nights in the summer months once a week. I was heavily influenced by the Surfing Berms crew in Calgary (shoutout to them chicks and their awesomeness!). I love how they have such a strong supportive atmosphere for women in motocross, so I really wanted replicate that supportive environment and to bring it to our community. It’s been an awesome two years of the ride nights with so much support and help from other like-minded women in the sport, excited for year three!
In the off season we’re busy with school but make time for winter activities and spending time with our families. So in the end, I might not be “on the bike” at all times but I’m usually doing something motocross-related.
Who is your all-time favourite rider and why?
I have to give that one to my dad, Kevin. He’s now in his 50’s and still shreds like he’s doesn’t have a job to go to the next day. He once told me when he’s 70 he’ll LET me beat him. He’s the one who started it all for me and even though I’m an adult with my own family, he’s always making sure our races went okay and cheering us on. He also gives really good advice like “Throttle is on the right-hand side” and “A little bit less slow-ness will make you faster.” *insert eyeroll*
From your first ride to where you are now what is something you never thought you would be able to overcome but have?
My first race back in the PMA I felt like I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it. I was 27 at the time and thought “I’m way too old for this” but soon realized it was a big passion of mine and I didn’t want to give up on it. So self doubt is probably the biggest thing I’ve overcome. Motocross can be for everyone no matter the age or skill level of starting. If you have the drive and determination to progress, the world is yours!
What are your biggest accomplishments to date?
Since I’ve started racing I’ve been able to encourage a few ladies to join us! That’s probably my most prized accomplishment. Making the PMA Ladies Class friendly and encouraging, along with continuing the Ladies Ride Nights is a very important priority of mine! I met my goal of 2nd in the Ladies Class Championship for 2022, that was pretty cool too!
What event do you look forward to most every year? One you don’t ever want to miss?
Any and all PMA races! I may be a little biased, but the Peace Motocross Association is one of the best moto circuits around! You’ll always feel welcomed, the tracks are always in excellent condition, and everyone is so helpful. When you race with the PMA you’re like family. I’ll go to other races in Alberta and BC but I’ll never willingly miss a PMA race!
What is the biggest lesson that motocross racing has taught you so far?
You have nobody to blame but yourself when you fail. Motocross takes hard work and dedication but failure is also a large fact of the sport. Telling myself to get up to try again and that I’m the only one who can accomplish the goals I’ve set is pretty surreal. Working hard, staying focused and owning my faults is the only recipe for success. I got little eyes watching my every move, so no matter the outcome of any situation I do my best to handle every one of them with grace and accountability.
What kind of track/dirt do you feel you excel at most and why?
Definitely mud. I of course love a perfectly groomed, perfectly saturated fluffy dirt track as much as the next chick, but mud… that’s where my true talents lie. I can stay rubber side down a little better than most in it but that’s pretty much it. Some of my best placements have been in nasty mudders but thats not really a flex. We all know those races are just about survival. Haha
If you could give 1 piece of advice to a female of any age who wants to start riding what would it be?
Just try! If you really want to do it, seriously, just try! Don’t listen to that inner monologue that tells you all the negatives. Want to go a little faster? Just try! Want to get on that podium? TRY! You won’t know what you’re capable of until you give it an honest go!
Do you see yourself ever competing in the Canadian WMX Triple Crown series?
I tried one! Last year at DORVA MX. It was a real eye-opener, to say the least. I had no idea where I was going to stand in that level of competition but at the least to say, I got the idea pretty quick. The riders in the WMX Triple Crown are UNREAL. I got humbled and loved every second of it. It was a good way to see how much it takes to ride at a pro level and needless to say I got a lot of work to do before I go again, but I would absolutely do it again.
Who would you like to thank?
First and foremost my husband, Dustin, he’s my #1 supporter and biggest fan along with our three girlies. I wouldn’t do any of this without them. Our parents for always being there for us.( Sandra and Lori Hommy & Lise and Kevin Sloan). Meesh Mazur with MeeshFit for keeping me in shape. Gaudins Honda for keeping us running and riding RED! Aaron & Ashley Hommy with Hommy MotoCo for the lessons and bike work! Erik and Chelan Harvey with HRHMXPerformances for always having what we need at the races. Our BMC & PMA family for always being there when we need them and lastly Jody Hennig for being the best adopted track grandma to our girls that they could ever ask for.