The West coast was in for a surprise at the final round of Endurocross in the Women's class last year, as Louise Forsley came across the checkers over X-Games gold medalist Maria Forsberg. Everyone (not involved in the trials world) was curious who the girl with the beaming smile was. We did a little research and learned Louise will be racing GNCC's this season on top of Endurocross and trials. So in light of the first round of GNCC coming up, we sat down with the Bernardston, MA native in this week's Dialogue.
Tell me about your experience and history as a trials rider?
LF- I started riding trials with my dad when I was 13. I hated school, didn’t enjoy school sports, and was kind of a couch potato. My parents were relieved when I started to show an interest in trials. Once I started riding I always wanted to be better than my current ability. I still wish I were way better than I am now. My dad brought me to local events and riding areas on weekends and I rode by myself at home during the week. When I was 14 I started traveling to train with better riders and ride the Nationals. It was tough getting on a plane by myself, staying with different people, sleeping in different beds, but every time an opportunity came up I would say Yes… with a supportive push from my parents. So that’s what I did for the past 10 years of riding trials. I got to travel the world, had a ton of experiences, some good and some bad, and win a few Championships.
Are there any racers you look up to or admire?
LF- Albert Cabestany, he is a top Trials World Round rider. Ever since I was little I would watch him on all the trials videos and idolize his riding abilities. I finally met him in the Sherco Motorcycle pits when I went to Spain to compete. He was a really down to earth person that would help anyone. As I got to know him better he invited me to stay with him, his wife and kids and ride with him for week during my stay in Spain. I had always looked up to him as a rider and then meeting him and seeing what a good person he is really made me admire him.
When did you switch to full size bikes?
LF- I first started riding a full size bike summer of 2010. I met Brooks Hamilton in our small hometown of Bernardston, MA and rode a few times with him over the summer and loved it! Then I was able to get a bike in 2011 and started riding more.
You won the final round of the 2011 Endurocross series in Vegas, will you be contending for the 2012 season for the new Women's championship?
LF- Yes I will be there!
Do you plan to qualify for X-Games?
LF- Yes definitely! Going to the X-Games is a dream of mine, but I figured it would never happen since trials would probably never be in the X-Games. Then I watched Endurocross on X-games last year on TV and was like, here is my chance!
What was it like switching from a no-seat trials bike to a full size dirtbike?
LF- When I first rode a full size bike I was taking a break from trials and was considering ending riding all together. Then I started to ride Enduros and I got all pumped up about riding again, including trials. The bikes and disciplines are completely different, but both aare a lot of fun. It took me a little while to get used to the weight of the full size bike, but I quickly got over that. It’s also taking some time getting used to going fast, I’m still timid with speed.
The first round of GNCC is coming up, will this be the first time you will be racing in the series?
LF- No, I raced the first round last year in Florida but had no clue what it was all about. I got my butt whooped! Then I decided to try it again at the Unadilla round and that went a lot better.
What are your expectations for yourself in the GNCC series?
LF- I won’t be going to many of the rounds because of conflicting races but when I do get a chance I would like to do as good as I can and have fun.
How are you preparing yourself training-wise for GNCC?.
LF- My main goal for training is to ride as much as possible. When I am at home I do boot camp and step classes at my gym, but when I’m on the road I can’t afford to go from gym to gym, so I bring my mountain bike with me and do what I can.
What other races are you doing this year?
LF- Endurocross series, National Trials series, Trials Des Nations, and as many of the National Enduros as I can.
Who would you like to thank?
LF- KTM North America,Fox Racing, Motofit Motorsports, Stillwell Performance Suspension, Rufocused?, Ryan Young Products, Zip Express and most importantly my parents. They have been my support system threw everything and have given me the great opportunity to pursue my passion for riding. Also everyone who has given me donations on my website to help me get to all of my races this year! www.life-shows.com
Good luck and we'll see you in Florida!
LF- Thanks for the interview!