Nicole Lynch is a 23 year old Motorbike Racer from Clondalkin who is currently taking part in the Adelaide Masters Series, Ireland’s biggest Motorcyle Racing Championship.
How did you first get involved in this sport?
My family has always been involved; my Dad raced motorbikes back in the 80s and both of my brothers have been racing sidecars for the past number of years, so I just naturally fell into it. My Dad and my brother Dylan bought me my first motorbike when I was around 4 years old and it went from there. I’ve always been around the paddock, so it was only a matter of time before I decided to do it for myself. When my brother asked what I wanted for my 21st birthday, and I told him I wanted a race licence and to be a sidecar passenger, so he arranged it all for the following season. After two years and loads of fun, I decided it was time to try going solo and move onto racing motorbikes.
Have you faced any challenges in the industry?
There are lots of challenges because there’s so much to learn, and you have to do it very quickly. I’m competing in the Adelaide Masters Series for the first time ever in 2015 courtesy of Medlar Racing and my other sponsors. I’m in the production twins class and getting used to my new bike has been a little tough so far, but I’m enjoying the learning curve and I’ve been lucky to have good people around me helping me to get it set up properly.
What is your training routine like?
The best training for racing motorbikes is to be out on a motorbike, so track practice days are always good, and I’ve been trying to get out on my motocross bike a bit more as well. Other than those, I enjoy mountain biking and also a bit of rock climbing for upper body training. I don’t have a very strict routine, I just train when I can and try to keep it fun.
Who in the industry do you admire?
There are so many people that it would take hours to list them all! I admire the local guys who just love to go out and race, win everything and are still sound enough to just stop and help you and give you any amount of advice you need like Cody Nally, Philip McNally, Dave Butler and James Chawke to name just a few of those who have all helped me out since I started racing. All of the marshals, medics and mechanics around the paddock as well; they’re out every weekend giving up their free time in a lot of really terrible weather so that we can all go out and race, we wouldn’t be able to do it without them, and of course the photographers who make us all look good!
If you had to give advice to someone who wants to be a motorbike racer what would it be?
I would tell them to do a couple of track practice days first, to get used to the bike on the track. Don’t be afraid to ask loads of questions and the best advice I could give is to make sure you’re always having fun. The more fun you’re having, the more relaxed you’ll be, and the more relaxed you are, the faster you’ll go.
What has been your best moment in the sport?
My best moment so far is when I made 3rd place in the sidecar race with my brother Dylan, at the Sunflower Trophy in 2014. We placed behind current world champion Tim Reeves, and current British champion Sean Hegarty. It was the toughest race I’ve ever been in, and before we started, I was doubting whether I’d be able to do it or not, so I was super proud of myself when we crossed the line. As my brother is also the Irish Sidecar Champion, it’s not often you get to stand on a podium with three champions!
And the worst moment?
Nothing that stands out so far! There are always ups and downs, but the way I look at it is that if I’m not winning, I’m learning. Even days where you crash out or everything’s going wrong, it’s all a learning experience for the next time.