Rebecca Butcher, a 14-year-old from Colorado, is the youngest woman to complete an off-road motorcycle race in the world. The stage race is a grueling race involving more than 500 competitors from 12 different countries, and in just seven days she tore through some 200,000 feet of sand — and even managed to get a flat tire. The youngster, who is part of a group of competitors from the International Off-Road Motor Sports Association (IORMS), the field is dominated by male competitors who comprise 90 percent of the competitors.
In a video published by the event’s website, Rebecca laments that she isn’t as confident in her abilities compared to men her age. “I guess I’m a little bit nervous about what might happen next,” she said. But she was not let down when she received the honor of leading the field — despite sending the driver of her ride off to inspect her vehicle first. The only support she got was from her boyfriend as she competed. “I guess I was freaking out a little bit, but then once we got started, it was really fun and I was really comfortable with my bike,” she said.
When Rebecca finishes her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School, she plans to enter the world of competitive cycling with the support of her school, Winemenet, which has supported her in riding off-road bikes since last year. She completed the bike race in just seven days, and will move on to the Concours in June.
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