Tamara is the only woman on her racing team and takes it in stride, finding other women to bond with when she can. These days she’s typically the only female racing in Cal BMX and American Retrocross, but has started racing alongside Anya Violet of ATWYLD and Babes Ride Out. When Anya co-founded ATWYLD, Tamara was an obvious — and natural — brand ambassador. Tamara admits to not wearing protective gear early on, but after losing her close friend Karla Munoz to a motorcycle crash, Tamara improved her wardrobe and began preaching the benefits of riding apparel. “If there’s one thing that’s pushed me to protect my body and learn how to ride the goddamn motorcycle, it’s Karla. There were things she could have done in so many ways to avoid what happened.”
Tamara is obviously special — intelligent, talented, bold, confident, ambitious, and beautiful. Her charming and humble demeanor makes her easily approachable, despite her mountain of accomplishments. What’s more admirable than anything, though, is her belief that she’s never done learning. She says, “If I’m not good enough at this, then what do I have to learn to do that thing?” As if she weren’t cool enough just the way she is, Tamara Raye always strives to be better. That’s why she’s an inspiration.