Shelby Rolen has been contesting her first season in the GNCC series and has consistantly stayed in the top 5 of the Womens class. Shelby comes into the offroad scene for the first time this season after spending a long time in the moto world. She’ll also be turning Pro in the WMA Series later this year. I caught up with Shelby to interview her for Offroad Junkies as part of the Women of the GNCC feature, and decided to post the interview here as well. Let’s see what’s up in this edition of Rambling on Chat.
Hey Shelby, how’s it going today?
Pretty good I just got home from laying down some motos!
Awesome, that sounds fun. So you’re one of the top Womens class riders in the GNCC series, how did you get started in the offroad world?
I’ve actually been racing moto for the last 14 yrs and had always refused to even go on a trail ride. Alot of people that live around me race the GNCCs and offroad series and had always tried to get me to try it but i wouldnt even consider it. Then I met Cory Buttrick and Walker Fowler at FCA MX camp a couple years back and they kept hounding me to try the woods out. I finally gave in a had my first off road experience ever at Iron Man last year. I quickly learned i should have at least practiced the woods once or twice before I tried racing them haha. I had a good time though and I was hooked.
In your racing career, what has been your favorite moment?
My favorite moment in my racing career has been the whole 2010 season in general idk if that counts as a moment but I feel like the season has been the best one ever. I have managed to be in the top of the GNCC series so far and i also was still able to qualify for the Loretta Lynns national and have plans to turn WMA pro at Steel City this year. So I feel I have learned alot and also accomplished alot this year and see alot of good coming in the future.
Wow, that’s awesome! The Womens class seems to get faster and faster each year, what kind of training do you do to stay on top of your game?
I try to ride at least once a week and every weekend. I started working and riding with Kevin Walker a couple years back and that has made a big difference in my riding. I also work out 3 days a week unless its too cold or wet to ride then I will work out the days I would normally ride.
Where do you like to practice at?
For moto I spend alot of time practicing at some local tracks called Hidden Acres and the MX Barn. As far as the woods goes I’m still looking for good places to go ride on a regular basis. I have been to a couple places not to far from my house that I am hoping to get to go back to soon. I also really like to ride at Fast Traxx up in Ohio as much as possible they have a great place to go ride MX, woods, and Sx.
Outside of racing, what do you like to do?
I like to have cupcake wars with Maria Forsberg haha, but seriouly I enjoy doing anything outdoors. I love to snowboard, go to the lake, ride jet skis, go mountain biking, and i really enjoy going on long casual trail rides and just riding the day away without a care in the world. I also enjoy photography and spending time with my family and friends.
To get really random, what kind of foods do you like to eat?
I love anything chocolate of course! I really like sea food and any kind of fruit!
Out of all the races you’ve ever been to, what has been your favorite?
For moto I would definatley have to say that Loretta Lynns is my favorite
For off road my favorite so far was probably Big Buck this year
What do you hope to accomplish for the rest of 2010?
I hope to get a top ten at the Loretta Lynns Amateur national in a couple of weeks, finish inside the top ten at my pro debut at Steel City, and finish inside the top 5 at the rest of the GNCC rounds so i can stay inside the top 5 in points for this year.
Do you have any goals set for 2011 yet?
Ya i do. My main goal is to have fun and stay healthy. I also wanna run top ten at the WMA pro nationals that I am able to attend next year and step my game up in the off road world and run top 3 in the GNCC series.
What would you like to see happen with the Womens classes in the coming years?
I would like to see the class be split up by skill level more kinda like the quads are. I think that would help more girls be willing to give the GNCCs a chance. It can be really intimidating coming into the series and having to run against the girls that have been racing the offroad stuff for so many years.
Can you get pretty gangster?
Um ya I mean I dont wanna brag or anything but I’m so g I’m almost h. And when you put the womens class together you better watch out because it can get pretty crazy with how hood we are. You guys might be getting to see some of our gansterness at the banquet.
Well then, that sounds pretty gangster to me. Who can we usually find you hanging out with at the races?
At the GNCCs I can always be found with Sammy,Maria,Ashley, and LeeAnn for sure and you never know who else we might pick up along the way haha.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for a Womens class racer?
There are alot of challenges that we face one of the biggest is just simply getting support and recognition from the industry. It seems that alot of times the women just get over looked and put to the side. It can get really frustrating becasue we put just as much time and effort into our racing as the guys do and don’t always get the recognition that they do.
Are guys ever intimidated by you beacuse you can get sick nasty on a dirt scooter?
Haha oh man you know it. I think they get really freaked out when you jump beside them and throw a sick whip and look over at them and give them the eye haha. I try not to scare them to bad though of course.
Alright, that’s all I have for you. Anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to?
Um ya Kevin Walker Racing, Litz Racing, RidePG.com, FMF, Rekluse,Wiseco,Scott,661,Leatt Brace,HRP,Cycra, Liquid Performance, Maxxis, Renthal, Twin Air, Boyesen,Works Connection,Braking,Motorex,Ulrich Performance,Mxers for Jesus, FCA MX, and of course my mom,dad,big sis,lil bro, Kevin and Tracie Walker and all my amazing friends I couldnt do it without everyones support.
Cool. Thanks Shelby.