Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Friday, March 30, 2018

Motorcycle Studies 101 - Student Perspectives On Past & Present Motorcyclists

Elena Myers 
March 17th 2012, eighteen year old Elena Myers stood poised and ready to compete amid men as an equal. Hand on the throttle with the heat of the sun bearing down on her, Elena Myers made history as the first women to win a Daytona race of any kind. Elena Myers was born November 21st, 1993 in Mountain View, California. Myers began her racing career at the age of eight, encouraged by her parents, she started off with pocket bike racing, then mini bikes, and now Supermoto. Now a professional racer, Myers still experiences odd looks from strangers when they first discover that she is a professional motorcycle racer (Wray, 2013). Many ask her “ Do you compete in the girls only races?” (Wray). While not offended by the question, Myers choose to defy female stereotypes. Myers won her first professional race during the Race 1, Round 4 of the 2010 AMA Supersport Championship at Infieon Raceway in Sohoma, California. Even with all of her success Myers no longer competes in professional motorcycle racing due to insufficient sponsorship (Llovet, 2017). What I would like to know is why would an accomplished rider like her lack sponsorship? Is it because she is overrated, or because she is a women? The world of motorcyclist is still largely male dominated, and women like Myers are an inspiration to those of us who wish to break into the culture. Hopefully in the years to come more and more women will follow in Myers fearlessness and climb on their first bike, I know I will. 
- Meaghan Rivett

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Robbie “Maddo” Maddison Redefining the Limits of Possible By Loïc A. Mercier

Extreme sports are constantly redefined by people who go out of their way to stretch the limits of what is considered possible. When it comes to the discipline of FMX (freestyle motocross) Robbie “Maddo” Maddison is a great example of cold-blooded fearlessness.  On his bike, the Australian has jumped on and off a 50 story building, has ridden on water, was the first to jump over the Corinth Canal in Greece, has backflipped off the famous Tower bridge in London, has set world distance records jumping over a football field on ESPN and has been a stunt double for Vin Diesel and Daniel Craig (as James Bond in the movie Skyfall.)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Meet Rosie (Diamond Heart) Corbin - Our Sable German Shepherd Puppy!

Meet Ms. Rosie (Diamond Heart) Corbin
As we drove down to Saint-Casimir, Quebec to Élevage De Juco I couldn't help but feel as though my wife and I were somehow completing a rite of passage that many families have gone through over the course of the last century. I had been promising my family a puppy for as long as they could remember and with our recent house purchase, I ran out of excuses as to why it wasn't a good time. I never doubted my family's ability to be amazing puppy/dog owners. I just lacked the confidence that I  had anything of value to contribute. In any case, we knew that above all else the most important thing would be temperament. We decided on a German Shepherd for a variety of reasons, notwithstanding their long lasting reputation for being amazing family pets with an IQ slightly higher than my eight year old. 😏