In 2013 the Women’s National motocross series took a turn for the better. It’s a shame that the Women don’t receive the same respect men do in this sport, but it’s just the reality of it. Nobody seemed to share that statement with three young ladies named Denaye Giroux, Camille Baker, and Clody Lapointe. These three girls took it upon themselves to make the series bigger than it should’ve been. The Monster Energy Motocross Nationals gave the women’s class a stage, but never really went over and above the call of duty. Mind you they did help when needed, but it was these three girls that helped make the series much more magical for all the young racers that attended three races in the west, and three in the east. They went out and got sponsors, holeshot money, prizes, all helping make the series an amazing battlefield for Canadian women’s motocross. My head is full of useless knowledge and I can’t rack my brain hard enough to find one male racer that has ever helped the men’s series like Denaye, Camille, and Clody did for the ladies of the dirt. It’s quite remarkable.
The series is split into east and west making it affordable for the serious racer to make it to each round. In the west it was Denaye and Camille that have become the ambassadors off the track for the ladies class. They went over and above anything the racers could ask for in my eyes. Neither girl even raced this summer so what they did with no real benefit to them shows an act of giving that could rival Santa Claus. Ok maybe not that far, but the selflessness they showed is something this sport rarely sees. Many of us could learn a thing or two from Denaye Giroux and Camille Baker.
The east side of the series ended in Quebec at Deschambault. Sometimes it’s tough to have a series end there because of that language barrier. Enter Clody Lapointe. A fairly good rider in her own right, Clody took it upon herself to bring the same class, like the west girls mentioned above, to the east series. The wild thing is that she did this all on her own. She went out and hustled for sponsors, made sure everything was delivered, and even took the mic at the final round to give thanks and ensure the women on the podium felt like the accomplished stars they are. Clody is the Rosa Parks of the East series. She stepped up when nobody else would and gave the series a much earned and deserving respect.
There’s always a lot of questions being asked about the next season for the men’s side of the series. Uncertainty always seemed to be the consistent part of the series is some shape or form. For the ladies I don’t see this being an issue for 2014. I’m certain these three women I have mentioned in this article have already begun to show why the Women’s National series will keep growing and growing. This is one time where I feel passion over paycheck is good for the sport. I believe these moments in time are far from over.