Ebony Nielsen is one of the fastest female enduro racers in Queensland - She's also our first of five prominent females we'll shine the spotlight on, to celebrate Women's Week 2018.
Name: Ebony Nielsen
That Ebony is right at the pointy end of her field, and so
completely infected with the love of motorcycling, is no surprise to those who
have been around a while.
From: Wooroolin QLD
Discipline: Enduro and a little bit of Motocross
Bike: Husqvarna TE125
Sponsors: My bank account
Her Dad, Richard, was one of Queensland enduro's most
passionate enthusiasts, and in the late 1980s and early 90s, one of its
Now though, it's Ebony's time to shine, and with a pair of
podiums at the Husky Sprint Series opener a week ago, she's made it clear she
wants to use 2018 to traverse that final gap to the top riders.
I ride a motorcycle because:
It all started when I was about 5 or so. My brother and I
were in the backyard and I sat on the back of his XR50 with him (he promised
not take off). Before long with no helmet or shoes on I was screaming trying to
get him to stop. By the time we stopped I obviously had already caught the bug
and before long I asked him to start doubling me again, eventually then
learning how to ride on my own. Now I couldn't imagine life without bikes; it's
what I do with any spare minute I have and I've met so many amazing people
doing what I do.
The reason I compete
aboard one is:
Riding bikes is something I have always done and something I
enjoy doing. It's the only sport I've ever held an interest in and I think
that's due to the adrenaline you get out of trying to go your fastest and
pushing yourself to the limit.
What I love about my
My bike is pretty unique. There are only about ten of them
getting around in Australia. I love it because I can not only race and ride it
through the bush but it's a little 125 with road rego. It's an awesome little
My discipline of
motorcycle sport is enduro and the thing I love about it is:
I love enduro so much because of the ride time you get. You
can go to a race and get a few hours on the bike. Not only that, every track
you ride is always different and has different obstacles and terrain
The biggest high I
ever got from competition was:
Probably my biggest high was when I raced mx last year for
the first time in about 5 years. I was stressing about coming last and making a
fool of myself, however when the gates dropped I lead the class for the first
lap or so and I didn't really know what to do, I'd never been in that position
before. Even though I didn't win the race I ended up coming second in the race
and second for the series. That was a pretty cool feeling.
track/place to compete is: I haven't raced there in a while but probably
Kyogle. The thing I love about it is it's a place that's has everything. It's
got mountains, creeks, rocks, single trail and open trails; it's got the whole
lot. It's such a beautiful place to stay for the weekend and then add racing on
top of that. It's wonderful!
The person who taught
me the most about my sport is: From a young age, definitely dad, he taught
me how to ride and also the basics of how to look after my bike. However more
recently my partner Adam has taught me a great deal, he has such a broad racing
background and great bike knowledge and experience which has really helped me
become a better rider!
whose backing makes all the difference is/are: My number one person is
Adam. He supports everything I do, he comes to all the races and always looks
after my bike and I. He fixed all my broken parts and is always giving me tips
on how to improve. He always finds time for me even amongst his crazy
Outside of my
motorcycle life: I work full time as a Customer Service Officer for Bendigo
People might be
surprised to know that I: I once
hated two stokes. Mum and dad bought me a 65 and I gave up riding for about 5
years because I was scared of it. I then wanted a horse but never succeeded.
When I was about 12 I started riding again but It wasn't until I was about 15
that I dare ride another two stoke.
This year my goals
are: To race as much as possible and as many different races as I can. Also,
to continue to get closer in speed/time to some of the girls who have always
been a bit quicker the me.
The aspect of my
motorcycling that I'll be focusing on most is: Definitely more so than ever I am trying
to focus on my fitness. Fitness has always been my down fall as I've always
just wanted to race and ride and not concentrate on it. I think it plays a big
part in trying to improving my technique and speed and this is why it is the
aspect I really need to be focus on.