Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
04:26 am
24 April 2019

PERSON OF INTEREST: Cody Gifford

PERSON OF INTEREST: Cody Gifford


STORY: Garrett Corsair

Age: 19
Lives In Eustis
2015 Daytona ATV Supercross Class A Champion


No interest in pedal power. I got started riding dirt bikes when I was around 8 years old. Around the time I was 14 years old, I got on a quad and it just felt like home. In no time, I saw myself progressing faster, and the more time I spent on it, the better I got.

Lessons to learn. It was always a major challenge to balance school and riding. If I had homework that needed done and my dad asked if I wanted to go riding homework would be put to the side. I attended a public school up until senior year but was missing too much school with races sometimes three days a week or more. So my parents and I decided it’d be best if I finished my last year online to make more time for riding and practice.

Not much down time. Being 19 years old and working a job on top of riding kept me very busy. My dad does construction so I work with him when I have time. On workdays, I get up at 5:30a.m., start working around 7a.m. and get off at 3p.m. Then I head straight to the gym to workout for a couple hours. After that I head home and work on my quad until late in the evening, eat dinner, shower and go to bed, wake up and do it all over again.

Team effort. My mom and dad are great. I honestly couldn’t do any of this without either one of them. We are a team. Mom will handle anything from scheduling to managing equipment. She helps me with my diet and seems to always be cleaning something. Dad works more than I do. He leaves for work before the sun is up and comes home after dark and still manages to make time to help me. He’s my pit crew, helps me with mechanics on my bike or quad and always pushes me and motivates me. Having the support of both parents is amazing. I’m very lucky to have both of them being so supportive and in my corner. They are always there when I need them and I appreciate everything they do.

Quad pro go. Like most riders, my dream would be to go pro and race for a living. I’d ride forever if I could, but I’m not sure my body will hold up. It’s a very physically demanding sport and injuries can sideline you for long periods of time.

Travelin’ man. The season for racing is anywhere from 10 to 12 races over the span of three to four months. Most races are held in different states, from Georgia all the way to New York. The gas just for our truck can be over $1,000 just to travel, so it’s very expensive.

Making a comeback. Last year I was in Spring Creek, Minnesota and I was going up the face of a jump and my bike just lost all power. I ended up crash landing on my shoulder and I tore some ligaments and ended up dislocating my shoulder. I had surgery sometime in August and started riding again in November. The whole time I was out, I just felt like a part of my life was missing.


Fast Facts:

• Loves movies.
• Will pursue a career as an electric company lineman, if racing career doesn’t pan out.


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