When they invited me to attend the Second Annual Twelve Hours of Dade City to benefit the Florida National Guard Foundation, I was hoping they weren’t going to ask me to suit up and hop atop a motorbike. Fortunately, this time around, they left that to the professionals, like Ashley Fiolek, who you may recognize from this commercial….
Ashley’s only twenty years old, but she can already do a number of things you and I cannot, like star on television, win gold medals at the X Games and land corporate sponsorship based on her athletic ability. But there’s one thing we all can do that she can’t: hear. Ashley was born deaf, making her accomplishments on the track all that more impressive. She’s as darling as could be, signing autographs for hundreds of fans all weekend, until you get her on the track, then look out.
For Sunday’s charity event, Red Bull banded together Ashley, Tarah Geiger, another X Games gold medalist, and four other local female racers to compete against eleven other groups on a scorching hot, dusty Florida afternoon, complete with classic rock piping through the sound system and the ever-so-tempting smell of barbecue permeating the fairgrounds.
After an exhausting twelve hours, the all-female Red Bull team placed third, completing 270 laps.
According to Randy Yoho, Dade City MX owner, the weekend’s event raised nearly $10,000 for the cause. His track has been around for more than thirty years and is home to Motocross legends Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, who cause quite a stir when they return to town.
Dade City Motocross caters to fans of all ages and holds events every Saturday night from January to November, with practices every Thursday.