BULLHEAD CITY, AZ. A young Cherokee Nation citizen is making
a name for herself in the BMX world, also known as bicycle motocross.
Payton Sarabia, 5, has two big titles under her belt and is just beginning
her biking journey.
Payton's mother, Priscilla, said Payton became interested in
BMX after attending one session.
"It was very hard to find a sport that would take kids at that
young of an age, and BMX was one of them. We took her one day and
she tried (it) and from there she was hooked," she said. "She started
on one of those little bikes that don't have pedals, it kind of
teaches the kid to balance. From there she moved onto pedal bikes,
which is what she's on now and competing on."
Payton said she likes the sport because she likes making friends
and "jumping" her bike.
Priscilla said Payton's usual class she races with, the 5 and
under class, is extremely competitive.
"For 5 years old you would just expect girls going out there
and having fun, but they are very, very competitive," she said.
"Something you would expect for boys, but it actually comes out
in the girls."
Priscilla said this year Payton took won the Arizona championship
and third place for the DK Bikes Gold Cup Regional Championship,
both in the 5 and under girls class.
"This year is the first year we've actually competed for state
and the gold cup," she said. "The state races, there were several
throughout the state. She participated in, I want to say, six of
them. Out of the state races they take the highest four scores and
then they compete in the final, and whoever has the most points
and the most wins at the end is the one who goes home with the state
Priscilla said Payton gets to carry the first-place plate on
her bike for winning state. She also received a 2015 state championship
She said Payton competed against girls in the western region
of the United States to win the third place title for the DK Bikes
"That's just kids her age and her proficiency to what area,"
she said. "They kind of race it out to see who goes home with the
Priscilla said she is proud of her daughter and her accomplishments
with the sport.
"I was very excited. I was proud. In the end she made part of
history," she said. "It's very rare to even know somebody who wins
one of those because there's so many kids competing."
The Tuff Gurlz Trophy Team, an all-girl BMX team, sponsors Payton.
Priscilla said Payton is known for wearing her purple tutu over
her racing gear.
"When she first started BMX she couldn't decide between BMX
or dance so that was kind of how she got her name, 'Payton the Purple
Pickle Flying Tutu' is because she wore a tutu over her riding gear,"
she said. "She still holds that name and still wears her purple
Payton said she likes wearing her purple tutu because it makes
her "fast" so that she can win.
Priscilla said when parents see Payton wear her tutu they try
to get their daughters involved with the sport.
"A lot of the races that we go to, some parents have their boys
that race and they try to get their daughters into the sport, but
you know a girl's normal reaction is, 'that's for boys. No, I don't
want to do that.' So they always come up to Payton and ask to take
a picture of her in a tutu so they can go home and show their daughters
that girls do the sport and you can do it," she said. "She actually
motivates quite a bit of people in the sport."