Why creche worker Nicole (23) likes to live life in the very fast lane
Montessori worker Nicole Lynch is hoping to fast-track her motorbike success as she prepares to compete in Ireland's toughest race.
The creche assistant from Clondalkin has her sights set firmly on gold as she prepares to compete in the Adelaide Master series, starting this Saturday.
"I'm really looking forward to it," the 23-year-old petrol-head told the Herald. "It can be quite male-dominated, so I think it's great when girls get involved. If you have the interest in it there's support there for everyone, whether you're a boy or girl.
Although she's relatively new to motorsports having just started competing last year, Nicole comes from a family of keen bikers and says that racing is in her blood.
"My dad used to race in the Eighties and my brothers are currently racing at the moment as well, so I've always been on motorbikes because they've always been around the house," she explained.
Although minding children and professional motorbike racing seem to be worlds apart, Nicole insists that they "fit in together".
"My job and the racing are both very different, but I really enjoy my job," she said. "It's good because you can have fun with the kids and you want them to enjoy themselves. That's the nature of it.
"Also, the creche opens from Monday to Friday so it means I have time to focus on the bike at the weekend. They kind of just fit in together.
"Some of the kids know I ride a bike. When I owned a road bike and I used to ride into work they used to see me and try on my helmet and get excited, but they're still a bit young so they don't know that I race."