Hayley to kick up state titles' dust this weekend
Motocross: From the age of three, Hayley Miller has been kicking up dust from the tyres of her bike.
Now 19, Miller is heading to her sixth Queensland Women's and Veterans' Championship this weekend, hoping to add another win under her belt this weekend at Roma Motorcycle Club on Kimblers Road.
She placed first at the 2016 state titles, held in Roma.
"I'm back on my home track this year so I do have a bit of an advantage,” she told The Western Star.
"I've been to national titles a few times away, where I've placed.
"Usually what helps me is not training too much on my bike and I don't get much time to. Off the bike I play touch and netball, I go to Ridgey Didge Fitness and also do Pilates with Balance by Katie and they've both come on as sponsors, as well as Rex Coffee and Food and Gemma Wilson.
"You have to be quite fit to do motocross. Everyone thinks you just sit on your bike and there's not much to it, but it is quite demanding.
"The speeds and the roughness of the track really hits you, so I have to prepare my body.”
Despite breaking both arms and multiple ribs, nothing stops Miller from getting back on the bike.
"It's a whole different community and we have a lot of friends from away who we see for these weekends,” she said.
"There aren't many women in motocross. It's a male-dominated sport and a lot of girls I think are too scared to get into it.”
This weekend, however, is all about celebrating the women of motocross.
"I will be competing against women of all ages from 16 to about 50, so it's a big age pool,” she said.
"There are about 20 people in the competition, so hopefully I'll go for a place.”
- The Queensland Women's and Veterans Championship kicks off at 8am this Saturday, with the event continuing into Sunday, at the Roma Motorcycle Club on Kimblers Road.