Snowmobile Racing with #166 Shelby Mahon
Where it All Began
My passion for motorsports started at a very young age. In fact, I remember the exact day. When I was 9 years old my Dad agreed to let me take his brand new 2000 Ski-Doo MXZ 700 for a fun radar run lap during St.Patricks Day celebrations at a friends cottage. From the moment I put that throttle to the bar and found myself flying down the straight stretch at 96MPH I was hooked for life.
Trail riding was where it all began for me. I’m sure if I totalled up the hours spent on a sled in my life I’d be counting in years already. With a man like my Dad around it didn’t take long from out simple trail rides to turn into all day adventures filled with jumps, ditches, drops and the best Father-Daughter time I could ask for.
In the winter of 2011 I met Ryan Tarrant, a retired snocross racer from my hometown, who decided I belonged on the race track! Ryan invited me out to a local track where I got my first real taste of what it would be like to race around a snow cross track. This was another one of those moments I’ll never forget. First lap, first jump, first corner. Hook, line and sinker. I was officially addicted.
2012 and my First Race
In 2012 my Dad and I reinforced my 2010 MXZ Adrenaline 600 E-Tec, added in some last minute race shocks after I blew the stock trail shocks practising, and I raced my very first snocross race on January 28th, the day before my 21st Birthday. For my first year I raced in the Trail Sport Mens class and the Trail Sport Womens class of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association(CSRA). My very first race was definitely another memory I will always remember. Not so much for racing but for a very important lesson I learned. In that first race I was t-boned in a corner and told to go home. Why you ask? Because I was a girl. I don’t remember the racer who said it to me, but thank you pig-headed sexist guy, you helped me realize there was a fire burning inside me that will never be extinguished. Anyone who knows me personally knows I live my life by a very simple motto: "If a guy can do it, why can’t I?” I finished 2nd in the Trail Sport Women’s class for 2012 after only racing part of the season. I dominated the class when I was in attendance receiving six 1st place finishes and one 2nd.
2012-2013 Pro Women
For the 2012-2013 season I was supposed to race the Sport Womens class but after winning both heats and the final at our season opener it was decided I would be better suited for the Pro Womens class! This is still to date one of the biggest compliments I have ever received. On the Sunday of the season opener I jumped into the Pro class as the underdog but came out on top winning both my heats AND the final. In February that year I broke my left wrist (and my heart) ending any chance of a Championship for me that season. I returned 4 weeks later to place 3rd in the final at my return race. At the end of the season my hard work and determination paid off with a 3rd place National Pro Women’s finish in season points.
For the 2013-2014 season I had big plans to return and dominate the Pro Women’s Class. I spent 6 months in hard preparation for the season and come the end of November I was in the best physical and mental shape of my life. My friend Rob Gavel and I packed our bags and sleds and headed to Planet X in Minnesota for some pre-season practise before attending the ISOC season opener at Duluth. At Planet X I discovered the surgical pin in my wrist was rubbing and inflaming the tendons in my wrist. I was forced to take the season off and wait for surgery to remove the pin.
With the pin removed, wrist healed and myself back to top physical shape I was looking forward to racing the 2014-2015 season. This was also my final year of school. The year before I had graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with my Bachelor of Arts and in the spring of 2014 I graduated from Cambrian College with a Journalism Degree. Unfortunately, but also not unfortunately, I couldn’t race the season as I had to decided to start my own business, Backcountry Photography and Design (later renamed Backcountry Motorsports Media) in the industry I love so much. Instead of racing snowcross I became the circuit photographer.
2015-2016 My Business Venture: Backcountry Motorsports Media
During the 2015-2016 season I continued to work hard to develop and grow my business, Backcountry Motorsports Media. I provide top of the line multi-media production and marketing services for the motorsports, powersports and action sports industries. I held a number of contract positions including Multi-Media Production Manager and Marketing Manager during 2016. My company and I set-up social media marketing strategies for a mobile app company, a SXS racing circuit and a SXS aftermarket accessory company. I am also the circuit photographer for the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association. For 2017 I am set to be the social media marketing specialist and circuit photographer for the Terracross Championship SXS racing circuit in the US along with the CSRA once again. In 2016 I also raced the first ever Red Bull Snowboundaries race in Minnesota. I placed 37th out of 50 racers in the Pro Open Racer class after spending most of the race stuck under ice. I was the only female racing in this class.
2016-2017 The Next Step
For the 2016-2017 season I am planning on racing the Red Bull Snowboundaries event in the Open Racer class once again. My goal is for a Top 20 finish. Hard work, determination and passion have been my greatest assets in my racing and working careers in the industry I love so much.
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Backcountry Riding 2015 (my Dad broke his leg that day...CRAZY GUY!!
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