Great job to Insurrection Racing for working with us ladies and with PILOT to get the custom fit women's suits.
When I first started track days and racing (Fall of 2006) I bought an off the rack man's suit, because the women's suits were sub-par as far as protection, speed humps, options, venting, quality, etc. The problem was the man's suit was too big in the upper body (across the chest and back) or to get it with a smaller torso meant going to a smaller size then the waist and hips were also smaller and tight. I went with the smaller option and found after my first track day that I couldn't move my knee out because the suit was so tight across my hips.
After that the searching began to find a quality suit that fit me... Spidi had just come out with the Lizard Pro (the first off the rack women's suit that had all the options of a high level man's race suit) and that is the suit I have raced in for the last 5 years. But... since it was the first women's quality suit, many of the girls have it... and girl's like fashion, we want to have our own unique designs and colors, plus it was an expensive suit. So a custom suit has always been my dream.
I talked with several custom suit providers and I looked at the suits they were making for women, they just looked a little "manly." I don't consider myself a girly-girl, but I don't want to look like the Hulk in my suit. Especially not at the price that custom suits go for. I even talked with some respectable custom suit makers and I found out that they find it very difficult to make custom women's suits because we all have different curves and shapes, more so than men do, and that it was extremely difficult to get women's suits to fit just right. So I stayed away from them and continued to wear the suit that all the other girls wear.
Then I met Wade and Carrie and we had a conversation about this... Insurrection Racing and PILOT agreed to work with me to get the suit fit just right and I jumped at the opportunity to represent them and get my first custom suit. With a million measurements (ok, not really a million, but a lot) they got my dimensions, then they had me send in photographs of my body shape from front, back and each side and then they double checked all the dimensions. I got e-mails from Carrie asking me to confirm dimensions, because not everything added up right. I appreciate the fact that they took the time to confirm the dimensions when things didn't look right rather than just guess. When I got my suit in November, I can't even tell you how excited I was; it was fun getting my own design that fits my personality, is the highest quality, and it looks "so Pro." And it fit perfectly everywhere except.... I did have a fit issue with my womanly curves. Rather than going in for a breast reduction, hahaha, Wade and Carrie helped me get the suit adjustments made through PILOT so that it fits just right. It was cool to be a part of the development process for the PILOT women's custom suit design and now all the other ladies can order a custom suit from PILOT knowing that they have a Women's specific design to account for our lovely lady lumps.
To top it off, PILOT suits come with full chest and back protectors, which I am wearing in the pictures below. I also just got some amazing X-Small A-Race gloves from Insurrection Racing. Finally a full protection race glove that fits my very small hands. I will be trying these out this weekend and will report back on how I like them.
I am so happy to be working with Wade and Carrie, the time and effort they put in to getting my suit to fit just right is above and beyond my expectations. Thanks to them I am going to be rocking my first custom suit in 2012 and many more to come in the future ('cause with all the contingency, I can just keep getting shiny new suits.)
One of the three well-known California road racing clubs; AFM offers a place where you can participate in races, watch as a spectator, or even take part as a turn-worker on the course. There are competition classes for almost all motorcycles; you can race what you own, build a bike specifically for racing, or maybe even pick up a pre-set-up bike through member want ads. Competing in expert club racing can be used to qualify for a pro racing license. Explore the website for further information.
Women race with the men?
Yes, races are structured by bike size. Women race in the same classes as men that have the same sized bike. However, there is a growing interest among women in racing , so many racing clubs have added a women’s class to encourage the ladies to give it a try.
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