Racing Families: Ben & Nicole Bradford

We are very proud of all our sponsored Moose Racing riders.  But the families that ride & race together are something very special as many of you know.  This is a shared sport for families to create memories.  Over the next several weeks we will be featuring a sponsored Moose Racing family.

We kick off with this great couple from CO ~ Ben & Nicole Bradford who have been together in marriage & riding for many years.

We asked Nicole the following:

Question:  What do each of you like the most about racing together as a family?

Answer:  Being able to spend quality time together doing something that is fun.

Question:  What is each person’s most memorable moment in racing?

Answer:  This is really hard to narrow down to just one as I have had so many great moments in racing.  Today I will say my most memorable is when I became the first woman in the world to go all 6 days at the ISDE without dropping a trail point and earning Gold in Chile, 2007.   Not only were all the helpers for the USA team working to make sure I didn’t drop any time but the FIM officials didn’t start their nightly meetings until they first asked Gunny if I was still on time.  Clearly it was a historical moment for myself.

(Moose Racing:  Nicole has had so many achievements in her life I can understand why it was so hard for her to narrow it down.)

Question:  What series do you race?

Answer:  Now that I am semi-retired I mostly race the local RMEC (Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit) but over my career I have the RMEC, WEBE, NHHA, EnduroX and also was a national trials competitor for 4 years.

Question:  What is your favorite series / race / track?

Answer:  I can’t say I have a favorite…I simply love to race any day any place.  The National hare and hounds were so scary on the first loop and I was not a fan but as soon as we headed out for the second loop it got very technical and challenging with I loved.   Texas puts  on some great enduros and the courses are surprising fun.  Within the RMEC I love the Shady Burro course as it is in the trees in the high country with lots of rocks, creek crossings, hills etc…

Question:  Any tips for a rider just starting out?

Answer:  Learn the basics…no master the basics!  In order to go fast you have to know how to go slow.  When I took up trials and practiced turns, wheelies, line choices, etc it made me a much better enduro rider. (Moose Racing:  GREAT ADVICE!!!)

Question:  Who do you look up to the most?

Answer:  I look up to my husband Ben because he has been so supportive and if he says I can do something I trust him.  I have tried a lot of sketchy moves on a motorcycle only because he assured me I could do it.

Question:  Who is your favorite pro rider?

Answer:  Mandi Mastin.  We raced so many ISDE’s together and she was one that would never quit not matter how hard it got.   Before I became a pro I looked up to Kerrie Brokaw.  She was a top trials rider and enduro rider back in the 80’s and 90’s.

Question:  What is your favorite Moose Racing product?

Answer:  I have always loved the Sahara gear!

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Question:  Any other comments?

Answer:  My favorite Moose racing employee is Wilson hands down!   (Moose Racing:  Gee ~ thanks.  I appreciate that.)

WHAT BEN HAD TO SAY:

Question:  What do each of you like the most about racing together as a family?

Answer:  Spending quality time together.

Question:  What is your most memorable moment in racing?

Answer:  Any time I can beat Nicole is memorable in my book!  It has only happened a few times but when I do I am sure to let her hear all about it!

Question:  What series do you race?

Answer:  Unlike Nicole I am more of a casual racer.   I love racing the local RMEC series but when it comes time to the big series races I prefer to be in the pits to help Nicole.  She is the one that got me into racing after all.

Question:  What is your favorite series / race / track?

Answer:  I always loved the Chadron enduro in Nebraska that the RMEC put on.  Unfortunately we have not had a race there in years.

Question:  Any tips for a rider just starting out?

Answer:  Keep it fun!

Question:  Who do you look up to the most?

Answer:  In the motorcycle world how can I say anyone but Nicole.

Question:  Who is your favorite pro rider?

Answer:  Yep you guessed it….Nicole Bradford

Question:  What is your favorite Moose Racing product?

Answer:  Too many to name as they are used on every bike but I am going with the clothing!

We want to thank the Bradford’s for being on Team Moose Racing all these years & spreading the Moose Racing word.  They both do an excellent job helping promote us & their fellow riders.  If you are ever lucky enough to slow Nicole down stop her to say hello.  We love that they are a support system for each other doing what they love the most to do.  We’re proud of both of them.

Upcoming Races

March 30 – 31, 2019

GNCC

Steel Creek, NC

Our Moose Racing semi will be there.

Want a sneak peak at our 2020 gear.  Watch for some of our pro riders as we will be doing a photoshoot.

Upcoming Open Houses

March 30, 2019

Hammer Time Sports

2252 Anderson Dr

Belvidere, IL

Phone:  815-544-5800

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM 

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