By Aliki Kraterou
A glamorous motorbike racing champ has slammed sexist competitors who tell her she can’t win because she’s a woman – and have even called her FAT.
Stunning Jodie Fieldhouse competes professionally against male riders – but says she’s often cat-called by men at races and says some are doubting her abilities.
But brave Jodie says she doesn’t let the abuse stop her – and has competed in eight championship races, winning one, in her hot pink leathers on her fuchsia Honda.
Jodie, 20, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, is one of the few women race bikers and she is on a bid to try and inspire more women to get involved.
She said: “I was once told not long ago that I could never win a race because I was a girl and I was too fat.
“The dad of one of the lads I was racing against told me that.
“I proved him wrong, I won my first race the year after.
“It’s gotten to a point now that I just laugh about it and ignore it but at the time I was upset.
“When I first started some people did everything they could to run me down but now they know I am here to stay.
“People would say things behind my back or we quite often get ‘you’re only getting that because your a girl.
“It just gave me motivation to try even harder because I wanted to prove everyone wrong.”
Jodie only started racing four years ago when she went for mini moto with her friend and she got hooked straight away.
She said: “When I was 15, I had seen with my dad that in the local circuits they did mini moto racing and I decided that I wanted to do it.
“So me and my dad bought a mini-moto, I went down there and had fun – that’s when it all started and the bike was getting bigger and bigger since then.
“What I like about racing is the thrill, it’s a completely different world when you’re out there, you get a huge adrenaline rush and I quite enjoy then.
“When I first started I was the only girl- now there are a few more but it’s generally a new thing.
“Obviously my favourite colour is pink and I always knew I wanted my bike to be pink.
“It sends a nice message- a lot of young girls come to me and tell me: ‘ ‘We’ve seen you on the track, you are in pink’ which means we can inspire a few more people to be out there. “
Thankfully most of her friends are race-related so they are all very supportive- she has even met her boyfriend through bike races.
And although riding can become dangerous sometimes – she broke her arm on the track earlier this year – she hasn’t let anything stand in her way.