An interview with bike polo player and aspiring framebuilder Jackie Mautner

This put up is part of our ladies’s Bike polo Month interview series written by using Steph Routh and sponsored through the community cycling center and Gladys bikes.

If you have found your self on or even close to a bike polo court, chances are you’ve met Jackie Mautner. She has graced bike polo courts and on each coasts whilst not cultivating a few critical acumen as a bicycle mechanic. Her maximum recent demanding situations were framebuilding and cyclocross.

Jackie and I sat down at Tiny’s Cafe in Northeast Portland for a fast interview closing week…

How did you get concerned in biking?
Other than biking as a kid, I commenced commuting when I went to college in big apple city at Cooper Union.

Shortly once I started biking regularly, I got here throughout motorbike polo totally by chance. The court docket in NYC is proper off a primary motorcycle artery, and i’d experience by way of on Sundays. I would see them swinging mallets. I got curious approximately what they have been doing, due to the fact they have been on bikes. I began watching, and this person who’s been gambling considering that almost the time that motorbike polo commenced in NYC — he’s almost 70 years vintage now — invited me to play. For someone his age, he’s no longer the quickest on the court and gets heckled, but he places up with it. I concept if he ought to put up with the heckling, I ought to, too.

We discovered extra bike dealing with talents unique to ‘pass and the way to overcome barriers, which can be a splendid segue to overcoming sexism in the motorcycle international.

Why did you observed you’d get heckled?
Because i used to be a beginner. Among some gamers, I felt like I wasn’t wanted there. Bike bros and messenger bros who want to teach a person to keep their heads up would test me off my motorbike. I wager I stuck with it because, besides a few humans here and there, the community became welcoming. I should journey to almost any metropolis and find a sofa to crash on through the motorcycle polo community. It become a fun cause to tour. I may want to sense myself getting excellent at motorcycle handling, which has come in available in cyclocross.

What’s the overlap between polo and cyclocross?
A number of bike polo is ready sprinting up and down the courtroom, tight turns, close proximity to other riders, quick acceleration, and quick response time universal. And learning how to fall off your motorcycle!

How did ‘cross racing for your mind evaluate to the fact?
I had a simply difficult time looking to assume what to anticipate. I hadn’t notion approximately sprinting for forty minutes even as cutting across grass and dust and steep hills. I went into it without understanding. I went to the Gladys bikes cross Curious membership, which is girls-targeted however all-inclusive. I learned mounting and dismounting, which I felt secure doing from motorcycle polo. We discovered extra motorbike dealing with capabilities unique to pass and how to conquer barriers, which could be a top notch segue to overcoming sexism in the bike world.

Were you apprehensive about competing as a trans lady in a girls’s class?
Oh yeah. In case you observe any trans athlete, there are going to be supporters and detractors/haters. I suppose that the folks that are vital and invalidating of trans peoples’ reports are very vocal. So it’s no longer difficult to come across blogs and podcasts approximately trans athletes. Joe Rogan is an instance of a person who got here out strongly against Fallon Fox competing within the women’s class of MMA [Mixed Martial Arts]. He even used transphobic medical doctors’ opinions to support his claims. So if you are Googling trans athletes outright, you never recognize what you’re going to find.