Unconventional Athletes: Motocrossers
With the Monster Energy Cup taking place this week, we pay tribute to the high-flying and fearless athletes competing in the unconventional sport of motocross.
Ask anyone to list all the sports they can think of and more times than not motocross will get overlooked. While motocross could be described as an “unconventional” sport, anyone who has ever participated knows firsthand the physical and mental strength it takes to succeed.
We at Dixie Botanicals® admire all the unconventional athletes who refuse to be confined by traditional thinking and are interested in physically challenging themselves in new ways. We get how you feel, because one might also consider you an unconventional if you take CBD, the all-natural compound in hemp.
That’s why in our ongoing “Unconventional Athletes” series, we’re highlighting athletes who compete and train to meet their own definition of athletic success.
With a major motocross competition kicking off this week, we thought it was a perfect time to give a shout out to all the motocross riders – or motocrossers – out there.
What is Motocross?
Motocross is a high-intensity sport involving motorcycle racing on enclosed off-road circuits. Sometimes called off-road motorcycle racing, motocross can take place on gravel, dirt, sand, and grassy terrain. Riders compete against each other, executing breath-taking jumps and maneuvering around speedy curves in an effort to complete courses as quickly as possible.
While unconventional, motocross is acknowledged as one of the most physically demanding sports out there. Riders must have an adequate level of strength, endurance, and coordination to maneuver a 200-plus pound piece of machinery with precision around the track.
Motocross comes from the United Kingdom and evolves from non-speed events called motorcycle trials that took place in the early 1900s. The first known motorcycle race for speed took place in 1924 in Camberley, a town in Surrey, England. From then, motocross quickly grew in popularity and competitions referred to as “motocross racing” began.
As the off-road biking sport surged in popularity in the UK, motorcycle manufacturers made technical improvements to their bikes’ engines and added suspensions so that riders could compete at a higher level.
Motocross arrived in the United States in 1966 when Swedish champion Torsten Hallman participated in an exhibition event in Simi Valley, California. The sport rapidly became a hit in America, fueling an even more explosive growth for the sport.
Motocross has since evolved with sub-disciplines, including stadium events held in indoor arenas known as supercross or arenacross.
This week is the 2018 Monster Energy Cup, an indoor supercross racing championship that takes place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 13, many of the world’s best riders will gather to race at high speeds on a track with much shorter straights and tighter turns, surrounded by thousands of spectators.
An “Unconventional Supplement”: CBD
Like motocross, CBD supplements are considered by many to be unconventional. But whether you participate in a more traditional sport or you’re a motocrosser who spends your days whipping around the track at top speeds, CBD can help naturally boost athletic performance and improve recovery.
Derived from hemp, CBD is an all-natural and non-intoxicating cannabinoid that keeps your body and its functions running at their best by supporting your endocannabinoid system. This major signaling network is responsible for keeping a wide array of crucial functions – such as metabolism, immune response, appetite, and mood – in balance.
CBD can augment your body’s own endocannabinoids and interact with cannabinoid receptors to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, encouraging it to keep the body balanced so that you can perform at your highest level.
CBD may be considered unconventional, but a growing number of athletes have already discovered how this exciting cannabinoid can help maintain balance to naturally boost performance and facilitate recovery. Many now incorporate CBD supplements into their pre- and post-training routines.
Add CBD to Your Training Regimen
Dixie Botanicals® offers a variety of CBD supplements that fit in well with athletes and their training regimens, including lightly sweetened CBD tinctures that can be taken under tongue, a highly concentrated and THC-free pure crystalline powder known as CBD Isolate, and CBD vape oil cartridges for those interested in vaping CBD. Plus, our nourishing CBD topical salve can be rubbed right into tired muscles and joints for quick relief where you need it most.