Shannon's World - Raw
by Shannon Coombs
I’ve been around the motocross industry for fifteen years now, with a front-row-seat provided by Davey Coombs, who just happens to be the incredible man I married. It has been a fun ride to watch this sport grow into the beautiful success story that it is today. Some of my fondest memories and best friends were borne from this industry; those of you involved know exactly what I’m talking about when I say what a great sport this has become.
I’ve had a nice vantage point being on the media side of the equation. I didn’t have the worries and anxieties that my girlfriends often suffered during the races, as they watched their boyfriends or husbands go full-throttle out on the track. I was actually a little spoiled, privileged to sit in the pressroom or suites “taking notes for the magazine.”
I was going to almost every Supercross race and every outdoor motocross national supporting Davey and his primary cause, which was building Racer X magazine. It was a blast, but then I stepped away from the sport for a while to raise babies. Now the kids are big enough for me to get away to some races and it’s been such a blessing reconnecting with the industry that I accidentally abandoned.
When I went to the Pala National above San Diego this past September, I was blown away by the massiveness of it all. The DC Shoes and Rockstar viewing areas were like Hollywood Hills' parties, and the long, long line of traffic waiting to get in was insane (yes, we know, and are on top of that issue). The whole presentation of the race, from the live TV coverage to the VIP areas all over, made me feel like I was in a MX time warp. Had it really come this far? I mean, I had been to the High Point National every year—haven’t missed one yet—but maybe because it’s in my back yard and I always have the kids and friends with me, I just wasn’t paying close attention.
I was so proud of the entire industry that beautiful September day at Pala, my how they had all grown. It made me feel a bit old, to tell you the truth. All my industry bff’s have families now and it’s just plain weird to see some of them toting around baby-bjorns and pushing strollers. I live far from most of them, but at least now I get to stay connected with them via Facebook, where I can check out their backyard barbecues and pool parties see their funny kid pics.
I can say that I have a completely different view of the industry now. I am more in love with it now than ever. Part of that comes from knowing who I am now, and being comfortable with that. It's like the whole thing has matured on an entirely new level. Maybe it's just been the passage of time, or maybe the tough financial times that have wrecked havoc on the motorcycle industry (along with a lot of other industries) and forced everyone to grow up and grow smart in a hurry.
From the time Davey and his family's promotional company MX Sports took over the reins of the Motocross series I got to hear everything from the edge of the conversation, as endless hours of conference calls and meetings took place within our home, or out on the porch, or in the car as we drove along, preparing for the big challenge of being the series owners. My husband sacrificed a lot for the love of the sport, and I sacrificed a lot for the love of my husband. I couldn’t wait to see what he would do with becoming more of a promoter, just like his dad was, and I’m very proud to say our sport is continuing to rise to bigger and better levels every year.
There are definitely things I miss about the old days: the parties, the rock-n-rollness of it all, and hanging by the Hard Rock pool in Vegas for an entire weekend and not having to worry about anything but how bad your head hurt on the ride home... But I wouldn’t trade it for where we are today in the whole big realm of sports and athleticism, or in my own little world of ex-superstars with their amazing families and newfound identities that all former athletes must one day come to face after retirement.
So here’s to cheering on what I call the new generation of MX’ers with my old-school buddies, who are now team managers or coaches, personal trainers or gym owners, TV personalities, fathers, mothers, and so much more. My column is on life, the racing scene, motherhood, motivation, inspirations and any other subject that gets me revved up! I mean, like right now I could talk about why RC is sporting a faux mo, but I’ll save that for later (I’ll give you behind the scenes when I can and race coverage from MY point of view too).
And just for the record, the old school hasn’t lost their cool. We just know how to manage it better now.
About the Author: Shannon is the better half of Davey Coombs, the founder of Racer X Illustrated. She lives in Morgantown, WV and is the owner of a clothing boutique (Vance's Blues), helps run the family restaurant (Madeleine's), travels the World promoting health and fitness through her NuSkin business, writes a daily Blog, and raises her two kids. Busy woman with plenty to say. Enjoy!
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