In a country where women are largely excluded from sporting events, one female rider hopes to introduce motorsports to those interested.
Nora Naraghi has been riding since she was four, when her father, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, first put her on a bike.
“He started a 50cc Montesa for me, put me on the bike, pushed me and said ‘Go!,'” Naraghi told All Headline News. “I didn’t know how to use the clutch or brakes so I just rode around. When I got tired he stopped me and helped me come down off the bike.”
As Naraghi grew up, she became more and more interested in the sport. But there was no organization within the country for her and other women to compete in, and Iran’s motorcycle association would not let her onto tracks.
Naraghi eventually met her future husband, Hadi, on the track. His motorcycle club, Xanyar, welcomed Naraghi as a fellow rider. As more women became interested, Xanyar hosted Iran’s first ever female motocross event in October. Naraghi bested a field of nine, including her own mother, to become the country’s first female motocross champion.
“I was happy not only to get first place in the race, but to get to race with other girls. It was a great feeling and I think it was the first time I loved riding,” she told the news source.
Now, Naraghi teaches other women how to ride. She hopes to continue her winning ways and generate enough interest to hold another race in the near future.