Motorcycle Mum: How One Woman Inspires Her Girls Through Sport And Work
"It is such a male-dominated world with everything really, so beating a boy on a motorbike, it's insane."
It vibrates into her fingers, up through her arms and into her chest. Her whole body shakes in unison with the engine.
She revs the bike once more. Twice. A third time. Then she's off.
Holding the line. Amid all the flying dirt, the speed of the other competitors and roar of the motors, holding the line is the most important thing.
Hold your own. Don't be intimidated.
Earlier this month it was Brooke Goulding's first time back on the dirt track in 10 years in a competitive sense. She came second in the NSW Pro Open Women's Dirt Track and she'll be competing in the Australian Long Track Titles in a few weeks time.
Of course, Goulding races against other women, but that wasn't the case when she rode as a child and teenager.
"Back when I used to ride there were no females, I was pretty much the only one" Goulding told ten daily.
"There was a couple but not many, they never had a women's race or anything like that and I used to always race with the boys."
And Goulding says her 'race with the boys' has always extended beyond the bike track.
She owns two businesses with her husband Blake -- Goulding Carpentry and Construction and ASAP, a home improvement business. Just as the construction venture was gaining momentum back in 2009, Brooke fell pregnant.
"I was only 21-22 becoming a mum and also trying to start a business so I grew up quite quickly... there's no rest for the wicked really. We were flat out 24/7," Goulding said.
Goulding said she drew quite quickly on her bike riding days when learning how to manage being a woman and a mum in male-dominated construction zones.
"You come across that you are strong so people don't walk over you. I have become a different person from this shy little person to now, I can walk onto job sites... it makes me who I am today."
Goulding believes that motorcycle racing is an empowering sport for all children and so she and Blake mentor children who are first-time riders. They lend the children bikes, sit with them as a team at racing events and give them the chance to ride just for fun.
Goulding says she wants the kids to feel free and powerful when they ride, just like she does.
"I love it. My life just stops and my stress just goes away. I feel free. It is just amazing... it's unbelievable. I'm back and I am doing as well as I can. That is one of the best feelings that I have got."
"That's why we have sort of gone in the direction that we are that the moment with coaching and sponsoring little kids' bikes because I want them to feel what we feel. It is a feeling like no other and we are helping kids with autism. We get them on a bike and it is just doing wonders for the sport and the kids."
And these wonders extend to Goulding's own young daughters Aliyah, 9, and Charlotte, 6, who she hopes will be empowered by the sport as both competitors and as girls.
"The feeling of beating a boy... it's amazing because it is such a male dominated world with everything really so beating a boy on a motorbike, it's insane," Goulding said.
"The feeling... my kids get exactly the same feeling that I get and I think it is going to set them up really well. Especially seeing me, I pick them up from school... they know I go out to sites, they see me help dad build things at home. I think we are giving them such a good start to life."
Goulding admits that balancing motherhood, business and sport, all within a male dominated environment, is a challenge. It's a challenge that she faces, a challenge her daughters will face and something that is a reality for women everywhere.
Goulding's advice for women who want to make a mark in a man's world is simple.
"Have a vision, stick to what you know ... be determined don't let anything stop you... it does get hard but it seems that something always pops up after the hard part ... and don't let anyone get to you."
Even if you have a slow start or you're engine doesn't rev. Even if the dirt flys up from under you and stops you seeing. Even if you take a wrong turn or end up falling out of your seat altogether.
Hold the line.
Hold your own. Don't be intimidated.
Goulding Family Racing is sponsored by ASAP Home Improvements, Shark Motorcycle and Accessories, KYT Helmets Queensland and Liquimoly.