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Wednesday
Nov262014

2014 AMA National EnduroCross Women's Pro Championship

courtesy of CycleNews.com

The Women’s Pro main event was another shocker, as Sherco’s Lexi Pechout won in the same fashion she did the weekend prior: passing her way into the lead in the last turn to take the win. Pechout took advantage of the battle going on between Shelby Turner and Sandra Gomez—the two tangled together in the daunting Matrix section just before the finish line, and while they struggled to upright their bikes, Pechout tip-toed around the outside to take over the lead.

Pechout’s win also gave her the 2014 AMA EnduroCross Women’s Pro Championship. At the final count, Pechout was tied in points with defending champion Chantelle Bykerk, but the nod went to Pechout on account of her win.

Wednesday
Nov262014

Lexi Pechout Wins 2014 Women's EnduroCross

Courtesy of Motorcycle Superstore Monday, November 24, 2014

When the gate dropped at the final round of the GEICO EnduroCross, the Women's Championship included four riders who could take home the number one plate. Chantelle Bykerk, Morgan Tanke, Rachel Gutish and Lexi Pechout all had a shot at the title with only 12 points separating the four riders. 

FMF/RPM/KTM's Bykerk, the current EnduroCross Women's Champion, went into the final round as the favorite, but then again, this is EnduroCross where anything can happen. Her night ended with an 8th place finish which was still enough points to put her into a tie for the lead after all the dust settled. 

Pechout, who was 4th in points going into this race, made a pass on the last lap that put her into first place to take the win and moved her from fourth place to first in the championship. Both Bykerk and Pechout finished the season with 145 points but the last round overall win was enough to break the tie and give Pechout the title. 

Motorcycle Superstore would like to congratulate all the EnduroCross women and is proud to have five support riders finish in the top ten. 1st Lexi Pechout, 2nd Chantelle Bykerk, 3rd Morgan Tanke, 4th Rachel Gutish and 8th Rily Ellinger. 

Lexi Pechout in her own words... 
"It was absolutely unbelievable with carnage everywhere out there tonight. It was super slick and super technical and I was just trying to stay as clean as I could through the technical sections. Sandra (Gomez) and Shelby (Turner) messed up in the last corner and I just hit the Matrix on a diagonal and hoped for the best and took it home! I knew everything was close together for the championship and I am absolutely thrilled that I took it...I'm just so happy. It was a fight out there for all of us."

Friday
Sep192014

2014 Mid-Season Racing Update - September 12, 2014

Thank you to everyone that has been following me on the social media front i.e. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   

It’s been a fun season so far with its share of ups and downs starting out with a brutal long spring.  My pretty, new 2014 Sherco TE300 wasn’t getting the seat time it deserved with so much snow that just wouldn’t go away in April!  Thank goodness for Fierce Girl Fitness cross training to help prepare me for the first Geico AMA Endurocross event of the season on May 2nd where I had a better than normal Las Vegas race finishing 5th…I hope I have finally broke the Vegas curse on myself!

By the time the 2014 X-Games in June pulled around, I really felt ready to race.  I had one of my best starts, one of the fastest laps times for gate pick, feeling super comfortable on the jumps and my Sherco pulled me through every obstacle, even the brutal hill with 2 logs positioned on it.  Let me tell you, this hill was tougher than it looked.  In the main, I was in 4th place until Kristie and I tangled up in the rock section, so what started out as one of my best race days, ended with 9th position…ugh!  Regardless, Mom and I had a fantastic trip and absolutely love Austin, Texas and all it offers less the blistering sun burns the day before race.  Maybe someday I’ll learn.

Sacramento endurocross race in June was super fun and had a great race sitting in 3rd until the 4th lap.  Competition is super tough between us women and all it takes is one bobble to set you back, in my case, back to 6th place in a nanosecond!  It was really exciting to run at the front of the pack for most of the race.

On the local front, due to Sacramento date conflict, I missed one of my favorite races, the Coulee Springs hare scramble, a natural grass MX track combined with single track on Alberta prairie land where you can dial in the corners and fly through the jumps…hopefully catch this race in 2015.  Next was the local MRSI Challenge hare scramble held in the Southern Alberta mountains.  It was my first Pro hare scramble and was a blast with loads of new trails and felt content to finish 10th against Alberta’s top Pros….oh yeah…cool! 

In July, I attended a couple of endurocross events in Idaho.  They are not part of a series but man, so worth racing.  Tracks were definitely challenging and attracted some of the women I bash bars with in the USA and many of the top EX Pro’s too.  Brought home 2 seconds and had a blast!  The roster was filled with Pro’s and Women but they were sadly short of the Open Amateur ridership…I highly recommend making the trek down in 2015…I will definitely be there. 

August had Dad and I travelling to the Atlanta, Georgia endurocross.  I was stoked with my podium 2nd place finish.  That was one gnarly race.  The matrix was challenging with slippery logs that were positioned to consume motorcycles.  Even the Pros were struggling.  There were so many position changes in our Women’s main event, it was hard to keep track of who was out front.  I ran the majority of the race in 3rd and 4th and managed to gain a position in the matrix on the last lap right before the finish.  Yup, that felt GREAT!  And I definitely want to spend more time in Nashville on the drive through next year…what a cool city.

At Marble Mountain harescramble last weekend, I took a bit of a setback at this local event near Rocky Mountain House.  While my Sherco missed the tree entirely, I body slammed it hurting my shoulder and ending with one of my first DNF’s ever.  Happy to announce that I’m healing well, thanks to cold laser therapy at Glow Health & Vitality.  Gotta tell ya’, it works! 

My goal is to be ready for the upcoming Red Bull Rocks & Logs endurocross September 20-21 here in Calgary, Alberta.  I’m registered in the Women and Junior (16-21) class.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic 2 day knock out event.  It’s totally FREE to spectators!

In the market for a new bike?  There are two 2014 Sherco TE300’s available for sale immediately as part of my sponsorship package with Blackfoot Direct and Sherco Canada.  Both bikes have been fully maintained by Blackfoot Direct and are ready to go with new top ends.  They are a great deal and the lightest motorcycle in the industry…handling is amazing and the easiest bike I have ever ridden and works great for novice to pro abilities.  You get a near new bike with a huge discount!  Can’t wait for the 2015’s expected on the floor shortly.

Be sure to follow me at the remaining five endurocross events spread out over October and November.  I am sitting 3rd overall for the series!  Check out the calendar at www.endurocross.com

P.S.  All the best to Team Canada at the upcoming November 3-8, 2014 ISDE in Argentina

Lexi

Sponsors:  Sherco Canada, Blackfoot Direct, Fierce Girl Fitness, RevGirl, PDC Bits, MRSI, FXR, 360 Stunts, Bell Helmets, Leatt, Glow Health & Vitality

Tuesday
Mar182014

2014 X-Games Austin, Tx Jun 5-8


Heading to Texas for my 3rd X-games!

Tuesday
Nov262013

2013 Race Season Windup

2013 has been an amazing year of racing and traveling around the world and hanging out with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts!
  • Silver Medalist – ISDE Canada Women’s World Trophy
  • 3 PRO Canadian National Ice Championships
  • PRO Ice Rookie of the Year
  • USA Geico AMA 5th Overall Women’s Endurocross
  • USA X-Games 9th Overall Women’s Endurocross
  • Expert 4th Overall Alberta Provincial Hare Scrambles 

After 4 ice races, 8 endurocross, 5 hare scrambles, a couple trials events and my first International Six Day Enduro.  Travelling via 11 airplane trips plus 16,000 kms by road through 8 states, 2 provinces and 4 countries.  Throughout this, I managed to acquire my own drivers license for car and motorcycle along with a road racing license through the impressive Yamaha School at Miller Motosport Park.  What a year!

Thanks to my family & friends for ensuring my safe arrival to and from each event, for cheering me on and for helping me fundraise to pay the costs of such a racing season.  Thanks to my incredible sponsors for all that you did for me and the motorcycle industry we all love.  Blood, sweat and tears but it was all worth it.

360Stunts, Cycle Works Motorsports, AXO, GASGAS, Toys 4 Boys, Ride Concepts Calgary suspension, CORE (Competition Off Road Equipment), PDC Precise Drilling, MRSI, DSA Racing Lubes/AMSoil, Raymond Kitzul Imports/Fantic Canada, Galfer, Fastway ProMoto Billet, SmartCarb, Recluse, Turple Bros., CanWest Concrete Cutting & Coring, Mike’s Bikes, HI4U.com, Second Gear Club, Graphnix, Leatt, Unequal technologies, Redline and RynoPower.  Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Terese, Jim, Gail, Bill, Donna & Gordie.

Bring on the 2014 race season!