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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