Motorcycle road racing is not exclusive to males, but they make up the highest percentage of racers, as this sport gains popularity. Race tracks from the east to the west coast are filling up Thursdays through Sundays with novices to intermediate riders to experts working their way around asphalt tracks with curves, elevation changes, and straight-aways where speeds can reach 170 mph. When the racer is not on the track, he will be all-consumed with getting back on the track.
This leaves the spouse, significant other, or girlfriend wondering just what to do all weekend. There is plenty to do to make yourself such an asset to the whole event that he will look at you through different eyes. The results will be a common interest, great appreciation for each other, and whole-lot-of-fun. The more you are at the track and actively involved, the more friends you will gain that soon become "family."
So here are a few tips to becoming a successful, sexy pit chick:
- Plan all the meals for the upcoming trip. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you are camping at the race track. Plan dinners that are full of carbohydrates to help him replace his energy level for the next day. Also, don't forget healthy snacks, such as granola bars and energy drinks, for in between meals. He will exert a great deal of energy manhandling the motorcycle around 1.5 to 3 mile-long tracks. Don't make him worry or even have to think about this. He will be spending the previous week preparing the motorcycle for safety, unexpected needs, and making sure all his riding equipment is in order.
- Pack camping equipment, if necessary. Quite a few of the tracks are away from populated areas. The last thing you may want to do, after a full day at the track, is to travel to a hotel. Camping is a great way for your circle of friends to "bench race" at the end of the day, enjoying a meal around a campfire.
- Dress for success. This doesn't just apply in the workforce. If you know you will be at a race track where temperatures may reach 90 degrees, and the asphalt even higher, dig out those short-shorts and tank tops and get a smile out of your racer as he comes back into the pit area. For cooler days, layer your clothing, but make sure you are comfortable while helping your racer. Crew shirts, embroidered with your racer's information, logos of sponsors (if you have been successful in getting some of the expenses offset), and personalized, will dazzle the other racers at the track -- consider surprising your racer and accompanying help with matching crew shirts to give a professional look to your pit area.
- Watch and figure out where you can help. Your racer needs time away from the motorcycle between races to relax, focus, and consider how he can do better while on the track. You can be indispensable to him by cleaning his windshield, cleaning the face shield on his helmet, putting the tire-warmers on the tires, checking the fuel level in the tank, and helping on anything else he may need. As you learn more about being at the track and around motorcycles, there may be other ways to help. Just ask, listen, and learn.
- Timing laps around the track. One way your racer will see improvement is by having solid evidence of faster times around the track. By creating a spreadsheet, you can record information such as the track name, date, weather conditions, motorcycle set-up information, and then the all important timing for laps. Get a quality stop-watch, then by standing at the pitwall of the track, with your spreadsheet firmly attached to a clipboard, you can time and record each lap. Most practice sessions and races last 8-10 laps. Your racer can then check improvement within one session or over a series of sessions.
- Water and liquids. Always be ready to hand your racer a bottle of water or other energy drink to him as soon as the motorcycle is securely on its stands and he has dismounted the motorcycle. This is particularly important during the very hot days as he will come into the pit area dehydrated, but more interested in how he did and how the motorcycle performed, than of his own well-being. Sometimes you just have to think for him.
- Take pictures. Record the entire weekend, whether it be of your racer on the track, or working in the pit area, or of the new friends you make, or the surrounding area. Each weekend will stand out as a complete, solid, and wholly satisfying event and you won't want to miss anything. Years later, those pictures will become invaluable.
- Include family members. If you and your racer have children, include them in some of the responsibility and make this a family-affair. With your encouragement, they will pick up information on how to be helpful, some of the mechanics of how motorcycles work, and how to be a part of a small community of friends. The memories you help create with your racer will follow your children throughout their lives.
Go with the flow -- that will always be the most important part of being a successful, sexy pit chick. Some race tracks are nothing more than an open piece of land with some asphalt laid down and a port-a-potty close by. Other race tracks can be defined as "country clubs" where the landscaping will take your breath away and the facilities are first-class. But, wherever you go, make the most of it and create fun in any and all situations. Your racer may not realize it at that moment, but when you are both back to your "normal" day-to-day lives, the weekend will be viewed as the best racing event completed . . . that is, until the next weekend.