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Not just for Boys …….

Nicole in action

We catch up with Nicole Lynch for the second installment of  her‘ Life on Two Wheels” column

How did you get into it?

The main questions I get asked when people find out I race motorbikes are, “How did you get into it?” and “Are there many girls racing?”. The answer to the second question is unfortunately no, there aren’t many girls racing, although there are more and more each year which is awesome to see.

I got into motorbikes simply because my Dad used to race and my brothers race so I have always had a motorbike. I got my first motorbike shortly after Dad took the stabilizers off my push bike when I was around 4 years old. I had a couple of small bikes that I used to ride around the local fields, but I never wanted to race them, it was just fun.

My first bike

When I was about 14 I got Dad to sell my motorbike and buy me a guitar instead, and when he offered to buy me an Aprilia 125 to race when I was 16 I wasn’t mad on the idea either, so he didn’t buy it. This is important because it was always my own choice about whether I wanted to be on them or not. Despite not being on bikes the whole time, I always loved learning about mechanics.

I watched Dad every chance I got while he was fixing cars etc and he let me help and bought me Meccano sets. My mum told him they were for boys. He didn’t listen. My brothers were also currently racing at this time, and my eldest brother Dylan was competing in the Isle of Man TT on a Sidecar so I went over to watch a couple of times and even though I didn’t have my own bike I went pillion around the place and really enjoyed it. A few more years passed and while my brothers were still racing I just decided one day it was time to go for it.

Honestly, the reason I hadn’t before was because I was afraid that because I was a girl I wouldn’t be any good at it, and because my Dad and brothers were good I didn’t want to let the family down. I had a teacher in 3rd class in school who used to say all the time “There’s no such thing as I can’t, only I will try”, and this kind of came back to me at that stage, even though I hated her all that year for saying it. I couldn’t do the maths homework, and I did try!

There’s no such thing as I can’t

So I gave it a go, and haven’t looked back since. The support from around the paddock is incredible and while a lot of men encourage their sons to start racing, I’d urge people to encourage their daughters as well. This is not a mans sport, so maybe pick up that Meccano set for your daughters, even if you think it’s just for boys.

I’ll be updating this blog monthly with race reports, and general snippets of how everything is going. You can also follow me on Twitter ,  Instagram or facebook

 

Nicole Lynch

8th June, 2017

Author: Nicole Lynch

Riding motorbikes since she was four, Nicole Lynch was the first female Irish rider to be accepted to compete in the European Junior Cup, run as part of the World Superbike Championships. In 2017, while also racing in the Republic and Northern Ireland, her big competition lies in the UK, atop a Medlar Racing Suzuki SV650 in the Supertwins class of the Thundersport GB Championship in England and Wales. You can follow Nicole on twitter @NicoleLynch91’, Instagram or facebook @ ‘NicoleLynchRacing’

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