Ever wonder what the sport is like from a different perspective? How about what it takes to support a professional athlete in one of the toughest sports there is? Well, look no further because we are bringing you several exclusives with some bad-ass women who support some of the racers that we admire and look up to. Last week we profiled Falan Vandemeer, fiancee turned mechanic for Brandon Scharer, to get her perspective on the sport and what goes into supporting and living with a pro Supercross racer. This week we wanted to catch up with Bradi Bowers, wife of Factory Kawasaki supported rider Tyler Bowers. Bradi is a huge hit with fans and has been around the sport for quite some time. Bradi's insight into the sport is extremely valuable and can help others looking to make or support a career in the sport.
For the very-very few out there who may not be 100% familiar with Bradi Bowers, tell us a bit about yourself and who you are.
Hey guys, Bradi Bowers here! I'm the wife and baby momma to Tyler Bowers. I also work for Monster Energy as a Monster Energy girl at select races because… BABY, duh. I have been working in the industry for 9 years, so I have seen a lot and have my opinions.
How did you meet Tyler and get involved in the sport?
I had been working for my agent, Kelly Louch, since 2009 which led me working some Supercross (Florida) events that year. Then in 2010, I met Tyler at Baltimore Arenacross, which this was my first time working Arenacross with Monster Energy.
Did you know about Motocross and Supercross prior to meeting him?
I knew about Supercross a little bit, at this time dirt bikes weren’t HUGE in Florida. Everyone was more about water-sports like wake boarding.
What were your initial thoughts about the sport?
Not going to lie, my first Arenacross, I thought "people actually do this for a living?"
What surprised you the most about the life of a professional Motocross and Supercross rider?
How much work goes into this sport as an athlete. The travel, training and recovery, its a full-time lifestyle!
How has his involvement in the sport shaped your relationship?
Loyalty. He’s very loyal and committed to his teams, his goals, and his passion. All which carries into other aspects of life, including our relationship.
Walk us through a day in the life of you two?
(Riding days) Tyler and I switch nights with Max, so depending on who watched the monitor at night, the other person gets up with her when she wakes up. One person watches baby, changes her diaper and gets her ready for day, as the other gets breakfast going. Max and I pick one day to do track day with Dad because she loves going to the track. So then we pack up her essentials, and off we go to the track. When we get back home from the track, Max usually takes a nap and Tyler goes for a cycle or gym workout. Then, we play with Max until bath time and we get her ready for bed together.
How do you impact his career/training?
Tyler likes to overdo it, he’s constantly trying to do more and everything he can to do better. That is not always a good thing. I am very good at telling him to rest when he’s starting to run himself into the ground, and can’t quite see it for himself. I'm also very good at giving him a good kick in the ass when he’s lazy and needs someone to be real with him. I play both sides well.
What is the most stressful/negative part about sharing your life with a pro rider?
NO OFF DAYS! I think everyone in the industry has the same wedding anniversary date because there are no other dates open for a wedding during the racing/training season!
What is the most exciting/best part?
I love to travel, so being able to share new locations or revisiting locations is great because I am with my other half.
As someone who has an intimate connection to the sport, what would you like to see changed within the sport?
I would love to see more rides available, but I don’t know how or where the funding would come from for this. I would love to see more professionalism in certain positions at teams. We spent some time talking to people who are in NASCAR, and they are very quick to respond to proposals and calls, whether its positive or negative, its quite nice.
What is one cool fact/thing about Tyler that fans should know?
He’s very loving for a bear.
What is one cool thing that fans should know about you?
I actually have a dental hygiene degree.
What encouragement or advice would you have for other people who’s significant other is an aspiring pro racer?
Always have plan. Never quit believing in your worth.