Hi! I’m Melanie, Mel’s little sister. We come from a big motocross family. Unfortunately, when I was growing up my father always told that I couldn’t race motocross because I’m wasn’t a boy. Of course, that just pushed me harder towards wanting to ride motocross in order to show him and everyone else they were wrong.
When I was old enough and started earning money, my very first motocross purchase was a motocross helmet. There is something about the style and design of motocross helmets that I find very intriguing. I would wear my helmet and protective gear and ride my bicycle all around our little town. I wanted to get used the weight and feel of the gear.
People would laugh at me. Older kids, especially older boys, would make fun of me and tell me to go home and give up on thinking I was a motocross racer. I, of course, was trying to prove everyone wrong and that a girl can race. Their laugher and teasing would only drive me harder to practice and get better.
Years went past and one day, getting up all the nerves I could, I talked my brother into letting me ride his bike on the track. Even though it was, physically, one of the hardest things I had ever done, after just one lap, I was hooked. I fell in love with the sport right then and there.
I would go to the track during the week when I knew my father wouldn’t be around so I could practice. My brother helped me by letting me ride his bike and loaning me his motocross helmet and pads. He saw that I was passionate about riding and helped me become better by teaching me how to ride and fix the bike if something went wrong.
After months of training and practice my brother surprised me with my own bike and motocross helmet so I didn’t have to borrow his any longer. We knew we had to hide the new bike and gear from my father, but we didn’t know where to put it.
One day at the track my brother started talking to the guy that ran it and asked him if he would let us keep my stuff there. To my surprise he said yes and told me that I was one of the best motocross racer that he had seen on his track.
When we were at the track practicing one day my father happened to show up while my brother and I were racing once another. I had my hair up in the motocross helmet so, from far away, he couldn’t tell it was me racing my brother. When the race ended I took of my helmet off not realizing that my father was there. I started gloating and jostling with the other racers, including my brother, because I won the race we just finished.
I suddenly noticed Mel was looking right at me and was shaking his head. His eyes tracked to behind me and as I turned around I saw my father’s face. I didn’t know what to expect because I had been told since I was a little girl that I was not allowed to race.
What happened next was a complete surprise. My father came up and grabbed me in his arms and hugged me. I’ve never known my father to do something like that. He told me that he was proud of me for not listening to him and doing what I wanted to do because he was an idiot thinking that girls couldn’t race.
From that day on it became something we did as a family. My brother and I would race while my father coached us. We because a team and a stronger family because of this. My brother and I had matching motocross helmets and uniforms. We were known as “Double Trouble” and finished first and second at every race that we were in together.
The reason that I am telling you this is that a few years later during a race I wrecked hard on a challenging course in California. I hit my head pretty hard as my bike fell on top of me. If it wasn’t for my motocross helmet I wouldn’t be here to tell you the story of how I became a racer.
If you are going to race it just makes sense that you are equipped with the best and newest gear that you can possibly have. You don’t skimp on what could possibly save your or someone’s life. That’s why when you start buying your gear, research what the best motocross helmet, pads, shoes, and gloves would be for you.
Don’t ever buy the cheapest thing or what’s on sale because you never know when you might need the best. When I shop for my motocross helmets I go to MelonCASE to find the most up to date helmets at a decent price. You can see more about the products my bother, Mel, uses and sell on his site. It’s a great place to shop for motocross helmets.