2020 will be a year of firsts for Indoor Flat Track’s War of the Twins III. For the first time ever, the War of the Twins will add three brand-new classes—Boonie Bike, Open Pro and Women’s—into its expanded two-day event.
Charging into unmapped territory like this isn’t a first for Women’s Class racer Trisha Dahl, however. Read on to learn how she fell in love with the sport after riding onto the track with almost no experience.
Meet Inspiring Woman Racer Trisha Dahl
#144 • 29 yrs old
My background in racing is minuscule, in fact, pretty much non-existent.
I learned how to ride a motorcycle in the summer of 2012. My two-wheel adventures started with a 1989 Yamaha FZR400, which I bought from my future husband (life works in mysterious ways).
February of 2017 was my first ever race, first time lining up to a start/finish line, first time seeing a flag drop and first crash.
AND IT WAS AMAZING.
We’ll rewind to February 2015 where this all started.
My friends had attended a motorcycle show in the dead of winter. They were raving about an indoor flat track race that was put on in conjunction with this show–Flat Out Friday.
They went on to compete in that race the following year. I cheered on from my computer and thought, “Maybe I could give this a try.”
The following summer we followed the local MN D23 Flat Track schedule and spectated a few races. I had no idea these events even existed. “Where has this been my whole life?!”
The camaraderie and support from the racers was prevalent, it didn’t seem so scary to try when everyone was so welcoming.
Fall of 2016 my dad helped me purchase my mad dog bike, a 1997 Honda XR200. With a goal to race at Flat Out Friday that winter, my mechanically inclined husband made our ‘build’ plans. We (mostly him) spent every night after work dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling into a race bike. My race bike!
It seemed like a backward process.
“You’re gonna race with no prior experience?”
Maybe so, but I wasn’t doing this for anyone but myself. That is what really matters.
Everyone has to start somewhere. I didn’t go out and win any hardware, but I did see my first checkered flag and had the most memorable experience shared with all my family and friends. I call that a win!
2017 was my first year racing a full season with D23 ARMCA, where I had a few good wins in beginner class.
Fast forward to 2019, I just finished my third full flat track season. It has been full of ups and downs, but every weekend, waking up early, heading to the race track, seeing familiar faces, cheering on my husband, my dad and all of my flat track family.
This sport has filled my heart even more than I could have ever imagined, and it’s just begun.
To anyone who has the slightest bit of passion for motorcycles and wants to try this sport, please come by a race sometime. All of the racers will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you along the way. It really is that easy.
Racing is empowering. The definition of empower is:
“To make stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.”
For me, riding was a great part of finding my sense of self, helping me push through personal barriers and test new limits.
I’d like to thank my husband for being my biggest cheerleader, my dad and mom for putting the spark into my life, and the entire D23 ARMCA flat track crew who I now call family.
Cheers to life on two wheels!
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Get Your Tickets Now for War of the Twins III
The thrills and spills of Indoor Flat Track return to the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum for the War of the Twins III on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2019!
If you want to be sure you can lock down your spot to see racers like Trisha Dahl battle it out at the Coliseum, reserve your spot now!