First off, the name's Katie.. Kaitlyn Nicole Cyr to be exact. Currently, I am 17 years old, and I live in a small town by the name of Coventry, Connecticut. I live with my Mom & Dad, and I also have an awesome brother, who's 25 years old. My entire family (even the extended family!) are all very supportive of my racing, and I appreciate it very much. I work at a bike shop a couple days a week, it's my first job.
I am a Junior in High School. I was involved in a pretty bad accident at Steel City on September 6th, forcing me to become homeschooled. I guess that's what happens when you try to catch a rock with your eye socket.. really. A girl landed off a jump pinned, and a rock must have been in her roost. It actually shattered everything in my face besides my jaw.
Care for the laundry list of broken bones? Both cheek bones, both eye sockets, both tear ducts, my forehead, my sinus cavity, and my nose. My nose, sinus cavity, and right eye/socket got the worst of it. Because of the incident, I only have about 50% of the vision that I used to have in my right eye. Surgery was required to fix my face. The doctors placed a titanium plate in my nose as well as 4 screws to hold it in, and they also replaced my shattered eye socket with a plastic one. Of course, they needed a screw for that one too. I don't let this stop me from racing though, I was back on a bike 28 days after the accident.
Racing dirtbikes professionally always has been, and still is, a huge dream of mine. I started racing 3 years ago on an RMZ 250 at the age of 14. I guess you could say that I was a bit of a late bloomer! When doing local races at home, you can find me in the Women's/Female class, and also the 125 C classes. I really enjoy racing with the boys more, it teaches me to be more aggressive. My best finish in the guy's class this year was a 2-2, for a 2nd place overall. I was so stoked! My ride for the 2010 season is my 2009 RMZ 250, and a 2007 RMZ for a back up bike. I have always felt super comfortable on my Suzukis, they're great bikes.
Along with racing big bikes, I absolutely love to ride my pitbike. I picked up pitbike racing during my 2nd season of racing motocross. They're so much fun to ride with friends, but also can be a challenge to race! My pitbike started off as a brand new 2008 KLX 110, then the modifications began.. yikes. Let's just say, everything's modded.. besides the frame! I have 1 NEMA Pitbike championship, and 2 Masters of Mini's championships. I'm going for a 3-Peat this year!
What does a kid like me do when I'm not racing? School work of course! Okay, okay.. besides that. Just like any other teenager, I love to spend time with my friends. I was pretty sad to leave them all when we left for this big trip, but I love them to death and fortunately, they are supportive of my racing. One hobby of mine that I really enjoy is photography. Of course, shooting motocross racing is my favorite, but from time to time I need to switch it up a bit!
Featured below are some of my favorite shots that I've taken over the past 2 years.
I may be young, but I have big dreams for when I "grow up". I would love to get more in-depth with writing and photography, both can be relaxing and fun. My dream job would involve me becoming a Police Officer for the State of Connecticut. It's an awesome job with great benefits. Hmm.. Maybe for the State of Florida, actually. CT is way too cold in the winter!
One question that I have been asked quite a bit recently is, "What do you hope to gain from your trip across the country?" I am really hoping to gain confidence in my riding. Motocross is a very physically demanding sport, but having the proper mental focus is also extremely important. I feel that riding so many different tracks is going to help me adapt to different conditions more effectively. I have only been gone for two weeks, and I already feel stronger and more loose on my bike.
Holy crap, time has absolutely been flying by since I started writing this an hour ago. I really could use some sleep, but if there is anything else you guys would like to know, feel free to leave a comment!
I would like to thank my awesome sponsors for this year's racing season, without them, this trip would be a lot more difficult! First, my Mom & Dad! Factory Connection, Motowear USA, No Fear, Monster Energy, Spy Optic, Gaerne Boots, Renthal, Dunlop, Vinco MX, Pant Saggin Dezign, Motorsports Nation, and Twin Air. Thanks guys!