Kaitlyn Jacobs, a freshman, has been dirtbiking for many years and often takes part in national competitions.
Q: When did you start dirt biking?
A: I started dirt biking when I was five years old.
Q: Dirt biking is a very unique hobby. What inspired you to start?
A: My dad inspired me to start.
Q: How often do you practice?
A: I practice once or twice a week.
Q: Where do you regularly practice riding?
A: I practice at 408 MX.
Q: How many competitions have you been in? Have you ever won any of the competitions?
A: I have won some of the competitions and I’ve been in about 20 competitions.
Q: How often do you travel to compete?
A: I travel to compete about once a month out of state, but usually every weekend in state.
Q: What’s your favorite part about dirt biking?
A: I don’t know, just having fun with it… Everyone is shocked when they hear, “Oh, it’s a girl.”
Q: Describe a typical day of competition.
A: It’s typically an all day thing. Usually I wake up around five in the morning or so, and sometimes we even camp so I have to wake up earlier. It depends on when they schedule my race. Every race is different. Sometimes I’m on Saturday, sometimes I’m on Sunday, but if I have a 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. race then we leave at 8 a.m. usually, depending on where the place is and then we go hang out and sign up because you have to sign up 30 minutes prior to your race and then I gear up usually and then I go sit at the starting line for a good 45 minutes.
Q: How many bikes do you have, and how much maintenance does they require? Do you have a trailer for transportation?
A: I have two dirt bikes and they require a lot of maintenance and we have a travel trailer.
Q: Have you ever injured yourself?
A: I’ve never injured myself.
Q: Do you compete against other females? Are there a lot of other females that do this, or is there a relatively small group of females that compete?
A: Yeah, there are other females and there are quite a few females, but usually not too many who show up to every event.
Q: Do you compete all year or is there a specific season for dirt biking?
A: There’s a spring season and there’s a fall season, but there’s no summer because it’s dusty and dry.