When most toddlers are finger painting, coloring with crayons and playing with dolls, Brittney was behind the bars of a motorcycle –– at age three.
Brittney said, “I got my moto-gene from my dad. When it comes to riding bikes, he’s the one I look up to and I can never thank him enough for sharing his passion with me.”
It has been seventeen years of injuries, road rash and even a life flight, but her passion for bikes continues to grow. So much so that she has two bikes, a 2001 KTM EXC 200, “OG”, and a 2004 KTM EXC 450, “Champ”. Often people people ask, why have two? she simply answers, “WHY NOT!”
She has the best of both worlds; a 2 stroke for fast and crazy and a 4 stroke for more of the slow technical stuff. Additionally, many are surprised to learn that she does all of her own maintenance and repairs. Recently, Brittney successfully rebuilt the carburetor on the “200”.
Brittney not only has a love for bikes, off-roading and anything dirt, she has a passion for photography. Brittney said, “I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with this dirt/photography relationship and one day I realized I could put the two together and become an off-road photographer!”
So, in keeping with this idea, she decided to do something a little radical –– go to the 2014 King of the Hammers. “I was incredibly nervous; it was in the middle of the desert, I didn’t know a single person out there, and I only had my truck to sleep in–– but I knew it was something I needed to do!”
Thankfully Brittney found some people willing to help, “As I was registering for a media pass, another photographer noticed that I clearly had no idea what I was doing and was kind enough to guide me in the right direction. Still unsure of what I was doing, I glued myself to him and his friend for the rest of the week, following them around like a lost puppy”
Brittney later realized, “Sticking with these two guys turned out to be a great decision. They seemed to know every person there and did not mind introducing me to all of them.” One of these introductions happened to be with Sean Conk, the owner of Low Range Off-Road.
Reminiscing about the first time he met Brittney Sean said, “I found out she came out there alone, with a few cans of cold soup to eat and was sleeping in the extra cab of her little Dodge Dakota. Why any girl would do this on purpose……is beyond me. She was out on the course during the day on her KTM (Dirt Bike) taking pictures –– for FUN!”
On the Friday after the big race Sean took time to look at some of Brittney’s pictures. “Her pictures were awesome. I new she had a talent and I told her if she wanted to move to Utah, she had a job waiting for her.” Three months later, Brittney had an apartment in Utah and a full time job as an off-road photographer for Low Range Off-Road. Sometimes good things happen when people venture outside of their comfort zone.
By Coleman McVea
Low Range Off-Road, Instructions Media Specialist