Meet Desirae | Fox Women's Athlete and Babes in the Dirt Flyer Artist

Desirae grew up on the Canadian prairies on a farm just a few miles north of the American border.  She spent most of her childhood outdoors, being covered in mud with dirt under her nails, fighting with her brother, or beside her mom painting or drawing as she crafted.  Her mom always struggled with the balance between being what was expected and being who her daughter was, a tomboy.  Fast forward to today, Desirae has moved passed that struggle of defining herself and has accepted who she is in the good and the bad.  She has a passion for the outdoors, business, motorcycles, art, design and connecting with REAL people.  She runs a small freelance marketing business paired with her work as an artist. She co-owns a landscape company with her husband and will be starting another new venture this year with her family. She’s spent a lot of time between various projects, but really enjoys the time in between, the time she works hard to have, when she can hop on a bike, board, or motorcycle and clear her head of everything.  She’s on a pursuit of passion and happiness, living intentionally as possible and filling her life with good people.

How long have you been working with Fox and what do you enjoy most about being a part of the team and representing the brand?
I’ve officially been with the Fox program 4 years now but I’ve been wearing Fox since I was a youngin’ on a YZ80!  Being part of the Fox Women’s team is more than representing the clothes or gear, it’s about embracing who you are, the outdoors and connecting with kindred spirits.  That’s easily been my favorite part, meeting all these amazing women who I instantly vibe with.  I grew up not having that and I’m really thankful that Fox has connected me with so many rad inspiring babes!

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Where are you from originally, and how long have you been in Manitoba, Canada?
I’m originally from a small piece of land in Manitoba, Canada and I currently reside in a small quiet town - which I love!

Do you get cabin fever during the Winter? What do you do to kill the time?
I’ve always embraced winter, so cabin fever isn’t too bad for me, but I definitely don’t embrace -31F weather…the air shouldn’t hurt! When Mother Nature is being reasonable, I spend a lot of time hiking trails with my dogs, fat biking or snowboarding!  Winter months are also great for me to focus on my artwork.

You’re an amazing artist, tell us about how you started? What inspired you?
I’ve always been an art nerd. I used to spend a lot of time doing pencil drawings and didn’t even think about painting, "I didn’t like color”. That changed eventually and I began to explore painting around the same time I came back into racing motocross. Seems like everything fell into place and I found my muse.

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You’ve been designing the invite for Babes, how did that start?
The invite/poster artwork for Babes I think followed my helmet submission for Babes Ride Out 2? I reached out to them to submit a painted helmet, which ended up being a Cry Baby “Delinquent” tribute and I think the following year they reached out to me about Babes in the Dirt.  

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How long have you been riding Dirt Bikes, MTB, Street for?
I’ve been riding dirt bikes for nearly 20 years- what! Mountain biking is still pretty new to me, I think I’m in my 3rd year.  I bought my Harley Sportster around the same time I got my license and that was 2.5 years ago.

Tell us about any plans you have for 2018.
2018 is going to be busy! I have a solo art show in July and I’m helping my mom live out her dreams by working with her and my brother on a new business venture!
Aside from business, headed to my favorite place, Squamish, B.C in August to ride
mountain bikes and I’m hoping to get a chance to swing my leg over a flat track bike this summer - I’ve been itching to do that for so long!

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What advice would you give other women who want to participate in MX, MTB, or Street
cycles? 
Moto, mountain biking and street are so much the same in that they each have their
own community and family like vibe! Don’t be afraid to connect - people are so
willing to share their passion, knowledge and experience if you just begin the
conversation.

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