Steph on the Gilman Track in Adelaide.The sound of a motorbike is music to her ears and her passion for racing on the dirt runs deep.
Steph Cutler started riding motorbikes at the age of six when her dad gave her a PeeWee and her interest grew from there.
To her knowledge, Steph is currently the only female motocross rider in Port Augusta and on the weekend was only one of five women to compete in the Australian Classic Motocross Titles.
Steph said that’s not uncommon though and has ridden against boys in most of her competitions due to the amount of women participating.
“I’ve competed at a local and state level against boys as there are not enough girls to form female only events,” she said.
“I’ve beaten most of them too and I have the trophies to prove it.”
Her dedication has also seen her become successful with her coming first multiple times.
She came first three times in the SA Women’s State Title in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and she also came first three times in the South Australian First Women’s Cup in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
She also won the women’s SA Stadium Cross in 2008 and the Women’s King of the Gulf in 2009.
Although, these wins haven’t come without the downfalls too, Steph has been admitted to hospital multiple times after being involved in crashes.
“I’ve probably been in hospital close to 20 times since I started racing,” she said.
“My worst crash was in 2012 where another riders bike came in front of me and I had nowhere to go, and went straight into them.
“They were fine and I thought my shoulder was the main injury, it wasn’t until a few days later I noticed my knee wasn’t right and I had torn my ACL.”
Steph was supposed to stop riding for twelve months but went back after around six to compete in the 2013 SA State Titles where she came second.
One of her proudest moments is finishing fourth in the Australian Women’s Championship in 2009, which she says her dad was also very proud of.
This year she’s currently third in the state titles with only one round remaining and 14 points difference between the top three riders.
Motocross isn’t all Steph’s been involved in though, she’s also played softball for around 12 years.
“I started off in Port Augusta then I was selected to try out for the state team, so I started to play for Port Pirie as Port Augusta wasn’t affiliated with the Adelaide team,” she said.
Steph has also travelled to Melbourne and Canberra to play with the South Australian side.
“So I played for the state a couple times and was awarded MVP [most valuable player] when I was 15,” she said.
“Now I don’t take it too seriously, but I play in the top grade in Pirie, and we’ve won the last five grand finals in a row.”
Steph certainly leads an active life and is also involved in a local basketball team the Titans.
“I’ve played basketball ever since I was six,” she said.
“I used to play a lot of sport when I was younger, I was involved in everything that was available – football, soccer, everything.”
Steph’s main focus though on continuing motocross in the future and hopes to improve even more, while also competing in new events.
She said she’ll be racing in one of the biggest races in Australia which will require lots of preparation and training.
“I’m riding Finke Desert Race next year, which is a race in Alice Springs where you race 230 kilometres to Finke and you have to get there in a four hour time limit and then you have to race back the next day,” she said.
“I’m being coached by someone who has done it around ten times, so they’re going to help me out.”
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