27 Shane McElrath
Team: TLD / Lucas Oil / Honda Team
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil, Honda, RedBull, Oakley, Adidas, Dunlop, ClubMX Training Facility, MX Sports Nutrition (MXSN)
- 165 lbs
- Asheville, NC
- Chesterfield, SC
How did you get into Motocross?
My dad used to be a local professional and got my older brother and sisters into racing and then as I got older I got in the swing of things. My whole family has always been around some sort of racing.
How old were you when you started riding?
I got a JR 50 when I was 3!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the small town of Canton, NC, just off the beatin’ path, about 20 miles west of Asheville, NC.
How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
This year at Loretta’s after my first moto win in 250B stock, Beau Markolf introduced me to Tyler and from then on we just kept in touch and ended up being able to join forces.
How long have you been riding for TLD?
I have been riding with them with testing and everything since the middle of September, 2012, but the official contract got signed at the end of October! Which TLD products are you using?
Right now I am wearing all the gear, including helmets, and apparel.
Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Yes, I’ve always looked up to Trey Canard because of his attitude on and off the track as well as Andrew Short. They both have sick styles along with Dean Wilson!
What do you like to do when you're not riding?
Well staying at ClubMX I don’t really have time to do anything other than ride and workout, but we get some basketball and volleyball games going on here and sometimes cornhole, too!
What bands/music are you into?
I like all of today’s hit music, Taylor Swift, and I like listening to Christian artists such as Chris Tomlin and Mercyme.
List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Definitely consistent top tens at the outdoor nationals.
2. Focus on keeping my relationship with God straight.
3. Keep putting in hard work.
List a few highlights of your career:
I’ve always been a top 5 guy and still to this day haven’t won any national titles except for Branson, but this year at Loretta’s was awesome for me and I was really happy with everything that has come to follow.
What's your favorite race/event and why?
I always like racing Mini O’s and Loretta’s because they are the biggest amateur races of the year and it’s always fun to spend so many days in a row racing and spending time with family and friends.
What's your idea of an epic day riding?
I’d like to say everyday of riding for me is epic. Whether we are pounding out motos, doing intervals, or just working on the figure 8 and starts, I’m always having a blast!
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
You feel good about putting in hard work and it’s a big accomplishment that you can hold with you forever.
If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I’ve thought about that before but I could never really imagine myself doing anything but racing dirt bikes.
If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
Well, see, there is a reason why I’m not running things… TK has A LOT of big responsibilities as a team manager and he does a great job so I think I’ll just leave that to him.
Who would you like to thank?
Jesus Christ plays a big role in my life and who I have become. It’s because of him that I have the strength and wisdom that I do and I encourage everyone that doesn’t know God to get to know Him because He has really opened my eyes to a lot of things and helped me accomplish so much. It’s such an honor to be on the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team and I couldn’t be surrounded by a better group of people, and Brandon Haas at ClubMX has really helped me excel in the last year and a half as I have been training there.
Any words of wisdom?
To achieve something great, it takes determination, the will to win, and wanting it bad enough to sacrifice things you like to receive things you love.