Katie Lucas | Breaking the mould
Posted on November 02 2016
In the normal world, pretty girls are only seen in motocross circles if they’re either attached to a pro rider or promo-ing. The chances of a hot chick actually riding moto are slim-to-none at the best of times, and a good-looking girl who rides freestyle? Doesn’t happen… until Sydney’s Katie Lucas decided to take up FMX a couple of years ago.
With more than 42,000 Instagram followers the 27-year-old blonde looker has a bigger social media presence than every 2015 and 2016 MX Nationals champion, and it’s blowing up faster as each day passes.
With that in mind we decided it was high time we sat down with Katie to find out a little bit more about her. And before you get your hopes up, fellas, she’s taken!
OK, Katie, let’s get the burning question out of the way first. What’s a good-looking girl like you doing in a rough sport like FMX?
[Laughs] That’s a great question – I love it! I think it’s the adrenalin rush. I’m always up for a challenge and if it was easy I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it. I also like to break the stereotype that a girl can't rip on a dirt bike. We can get dirty and ride bikes better than the boys sometimes. Sometimes! [Laughs]
So how did you get into riding in the first place?
My family was always motorbike-oriented. I was a bit of a tomboy and liked doing the things that boys did. I didn’t actually start riding until I was 18 though, and I didn’t hit ramps until I met Lance [Russell] two years ago. I do regret not getting into bikes earlier, but I never really took the opportunity until I could take myself to the track with my own driver’s licence and stuff.
What’s your proudest achievement that you’ve accomplished with your riding so far?
I think it’s getting the support from so many great companies, such as LKI. If you’d told me two years ago I’d be sponsored by the brands behind me now, I probably would’ve laughed.
As far as my riding goes though, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made jumping the ramps. I’m jumping 65 feet now, but the aim is to definitely get out to 75 feet, hopefully by mid next year. I don’t want to push it too quickly; I’m taking it slowly, so I haven’t had any big crashes yet, unless you count silly ones trying to stop and stuff like that!
Nice one! Now, you’ve got a huge following on social media. What sort of guy-to-girl ratio do you think you have?
[Laughs] The guys are definitely dominating that battle. I think the ratio is maybe 60-40, but that’s being generous to the girls.
Have you had any creepers?Sometimes. Most of the time it’s pretty low-key and not too bad, but some of the comments can be pretty crude. I do get a lot of marriage proposals via direct message though; more than I can count on my hands.
Crazy, haha! How do you respond to that sort of thing?
Sometimes I joke around and say I love the offer but sadly have to decline. Most of the time I’ll respond in a humorous way and the guys respond well to that.
What’s the best/funniest comment or pick-up line you’ve read on your social media over the past few weeks?
I’ve had so many. Sometimes I screenshot them because they crack me up. The other day someone wrote “are you real?” One of my favourites was “will you hold hands with me on our first date?”
Classic. You’ve been going out with Lance Russell for a couple of years now. What does he think of the attention?
We have a good laugh about it. We used to have competitions about who was getting the most marriage proposals. He doesn’t get many any more now that we’re together; the girls have given up, but the guys definitely haven’t!
And no doubt Lance has been a pretty huge influence on your riding.
Oh, he’s taught me everything I know. He pushes me, but at the same time he holds me back and wraps me in bubble-wrap. His number-one rule is I’m not allowed to pull the ramp back until I’m bored of the distance I’m at. It was quite funny because Emma McFerran and Hannes Ackerman from Germany came and rode with us while I was at 45 feet. I’d been begging Lance to let me pull the ramp back, and he’d resisted until Emma and Hannes were like “yeah, dude, she needs to pull the ramp back”.
What tricks can you do?
Heelclickers, Nacs, little whips and No-Handers. I’m working on Seatgrabs but I need to get my legs back more, and I’m getting frustratingly close with Porti-Airs – I just need to click my feet together.
On top of that you also do a lot of photo shoots for LKI catalogues and the different ranges they release. Had you done much of that before?
Not at all. LKI was the first company I’d ever modeled for! I was really nervous but it was a lot of fun and that’s why I’ve kept doing them. I’ve never done modeling before but I’d definitely love to do more of it in the future.
So which are you: a tomboy or a girly girl?
Umm… I’m definitely not a girly girl. I think I’m somewhere in between. It’s hard because my personality is that of a tomboy but my appearance is more girly. I guess I can fit into both sides.
And finally, where do you hope to see yourself in five years’ time?
I want to ride more often than what I currently do. Not many people know this but I actually have a full-time job as a legal assistant at a law firm! I’d love to be jumping 75 feet, doing shows and making money off that. I’m not really into competitions as that level of riding is insane, but yeah, shows and some modeling on the side to make some extra money.
Nice one. Thanks for the chat, Katie! We’ll catch up with ya soon.
Thanks, it’s been fun!
Stay up to date with Katie's FMX adventures and progress by following her on Instagram: @katielucas689