11 Expert Girl/JET BMX Racing
Unreal Cycles/2017 Juliana Ambassador
2016 Season Results:
Oregon State BMX Champ- Class & Cruiser
Gold Cup Regional Champ Class & Cruiser
Race of Champions National #1
Why I Love to Ride My Bike
My name is Sierra Samhammer, and I am an 11 year old mountain bike rider and BMX racer. I ride mountain bikes for Unreal Cycles, and I am a 2017 Juliana Bicycles Ambassador. I also race on the JET BMX Racing Elite Team. I have been racing BMX for 5 ½ years, and mountain biking for the last two seasons. I would like to share some of my experiences on my bikes and tell you why I love to ride so much.
My 1st BMX Trophy
Sometime around the 4th of July in 2012, when I was 5 ½ years old, my dad took me to Medford BMX for the 1st time to ride my kiddie bike. Before we even got to the track, I lost control going down a steep hill, and crashed really hard. My knee was super bloody, and my dad thought for sure that I wasn’t even going to try the track. I rode on the track for a while before my dad asked me if I wanted to try racing that night. I thought it would be kind of fun because I had a good friend from school who had been racing for a while, and I really liked his big trophies that he would bring for show and tell.
On the very 1st moto of my race that night, my pedal came off on the second straight, and I couldn’t figure out why my bike wouldn’t go anymore. My dad defintely didn’t make a very good pit crew! Luckily, the other dads out there were able to put my pedal back on before the next moto. Not only did I get last place that night, but I’m pretty sure I got last place in every race for the first 4 months of racing. I practiced a lot over the next few months, and eventually got my 1st win on February 25th, 2012. Then, six months after my 1st ever race win, I won my 1st State Championship.
My 1st State Championship in 2012
After all these years of racing, I still really love it! I have had a lot of success so far, but I also have bigger goals for myself too. So far in my career, I have won about 100 races, earned 7 Oregon BMX State Championships, 2 Regional Championships, 2 National Wins, multiple National Podiums, and even a Race of Champions #1 in 2016. This year, I also made all 4 of my Main Events at The Grand Nationals/Race of Champions in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was my 1st trip to Grands, and I’m very happy with my results.
I really do love to race, but more importantly, I just love to ride my bike. I love that when I ride a bike, I can go as fast or slow as I want, I can jump or stay on the ground, and I can ride a long distance or a short distance. I love that my family supports me by taking me to races all over the West Coast & other parts of the country, and I love that we ride mountain bikes together as a family. Riding my bike also let’s me take my mind off of things that might be bothering me. I love the challenge of a new trail or the butterflies I get when I go faster than I ever have down a fun or technical section.
Another reason I love to ride is because I actually really enjoy competition. I know lots of other riders who struggle with competition, but for some reason, I have always been able to compete well, especially in bigger races. Because I enjoy competition so much, I always try to push myself to improve a little bit every time I ride, even if I have to try things that I might not be comfortable with, like making a pass in the turn or pedaling over a jumps when another rider is super close to me. When I compete in local single point races, I choose to register as an Expert boy, which I have been doing for the past two years. This means that I don’t win very often, but I do get faster and more competitive, which really helps me when I race the girls at National events. I work really hard to be at the level that I am now, and luckily for me, I still love to do it.
Proud to be a Juliana Bicycles Ambassador
Over the past 2 years, I have been mountain biking more and more. Since I got hooked-up with Unreal Cycles, I have been able to get two bikes that have helped me to improve my riding and build my confidence so much. I’m looking forward to racing a few cross-country and downhill races this season on my new Juliana Origin. Someday, I would like to be a professional BMX and Mountain Bike rider. My hope is that I can get other girls out there riding with me because I know how much fun it is, and how fast girls can really be when they work hard at.
You can usually catch me riding Lizard and BTI in Ashland or Granite Trail in Jacksonville. If you see me out on the trails, make sure you say hi!
Please follow me on my riding adventures on Instagram @sierra_mayson_rides and on Facebook @Sierra_mayson_rides. If you’re a girl, who wants to get out there with me, just send me a message!