First and foremost, I would like to thank XDL for having a women’s competition. Now people could see the real female stunt riders who were clutching it up at the XDL Series throughout the country.
After fellow SHIFT teammate Brian Bubash informed me that XDL was having a women’s class this year, I was pumped! I now had a place to show what I’ve been practicing, instead of asking permission here and there simply to do a short run.
XDL was a huge learning experience. I made mistakes and learned from them along the way. I got better at putting together a run, adjusting to different riding surfaces, and how to bypass the nerves. I also got to watch, hang out, and pick the brains of the best riders in the country, which was pretty cool.
At first, I thought maybe the guys didn’t favor the girl’s being there, but I soon realized that they were open minded and willing to share pointers from personal experience. I had a lot of help along the way thanks to Brian Bubash and Luke Duke. Now that I have a better idea of how XDL works, I’m going to keep grinding.
The entire XDL Series will be airing on the VERSUS Channel, October 12th. Stunt riding is making its way and I couldn’t have done it without the support from SHIFT, Racing 905, Shinko Tires, BC-Freestyle.com, and of course my fellow riders.
Den Sodano is the 2010 XDL Women’s Cup Champion
(Photos by Shift Racing)