McCall, Idaho - January 25, 2017. Interviewing female snow bike racer extraordinaire, Shayla Fulfer, is easy; she really loves her sport, there is no question about that. Her background is with off road motorcycle riding and racing and when her Dad bought a snow bike a few years ago, she wanted to give it a try too. She explained that it took some getting used to, but once she made the adjustments to the different bike handling of a snow bike, and learned to adjust to various snow conditions, snow biking quickly became one of her favorite winter activities.
Shayla encourages women of all riding abilities to try this sport. “Don’t be fearful, this is a perfect activity for women,” she said. She wants women to know that snow biking is a much better fit for most women than supercross and arenacross racing. According to Shayla the snow actually makes her feel safer because it usually works as a cushion, and visibility is better too. “Unlike dirt track or desert racing, you can hit the ground hard and not hurt yourself or your bike, but you do have to ride sharp. With dirt bikes I can be really aggressive and power-slide my bike through turns and even miss-land a jump and still recover. Whereas with a snow bike I find that I am much more careful and consistent because the track on the snow bike demands that I do it right or I can take myself down. ” said Shayla.
Shayla makes snow biking look easy and it is obvious that she has spent quite a lot of time on her bike. She rides a KTM 450 equipped with Timbersled SX 120 kit which has performed very well for her thus far. In Round 1, Elk River, Minnesota, Shayla climbed the podium with second place to her very strong competitor Shayna Lier. But in Round 2, Morgan, Utah – it became obvious early in the program that a different Shayla was racing that day. In the first women’s moto, Shayna squeaked out a win, but the all-important, second moto was a different story as the two top women racers fought each other through the turns and chased on the straight-away’s. Shayna had the lead for the majority of the race and then two laps before the finish, Shayla passed her when she felt it was safe enough and then held her lead for the moto win and the overall.
When asked what issues she deals with on the track, Shayla said that she usually fights forearm pump. Over the past several weeks she has tried a natural remedy of drinking apple cider vinegar which seems to be helping, allowing her to more easily push through the painful, lactic acid build up that often plagues her early in a number of her races. She is looking forward to the new course in McCall, Idaho as it may favor her off-road background. She likes a course with the wide open and varied terrain, versus the fast, tight turns.
The battle between the two fastest women in snow biking will resume at Round 3, in McCall, Idaho between Shayla and Shayna as they are both determined to take first. This will likely be one of the best snow bike race courses in the series and we wish them both good luck.
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