Barbara Fritchie Classic attracts more than 80 dirt bike racers

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Along the starting line was one female competitor racing against them all

FREDERICK, Md – At the starting line filled with men on dirt bikes, you can find one woman racing against them at the annual Barbara Fritchie Classic.

The event held Wednesday is celebrating its 97th year of racing at the Frederick fair grounds.

The competition, featuring about 80 individual racers, was named in honor of the Civil War era heroine and local, Barbara Fritchie.

More than 500 spectators took to the stands, many cheering on the race’s only female competitor, Josee Steeding.

“I don’t have the ability to not compete once i get on that track. I really believe that any woman can do whatever they want to. If you want to do something you should be able to do it, even if it is racing motorcycles,” said competitor Josee Steeding.

Organizers say the Barbara Fritchie classic is one of the longest-running dirt track motorcycle race in the country.

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