Renaissance Woman: Cayla Rivas sets a 12th world record
A Fresno girl is now a 12-time world-record holder in motorcycle racing.
Cayla Rivas is following in her dad's footsteps on the bike, and as FOX26 News reporter Nick King shows us, that is not her only talent.
Meet a 17-year-old who is a true renaissance woman.
Cayla Rivas doesn't really fit in with the crowd. You can see it in the car she drives to school: a '63 Chevy Nova. You can also see it in her very original artwork, and if you don't blink, you can see it watching Rivas go 140 miles per hour on a motorcycle.
Cayla said, "You don't get successful doing everything that everybody else does. The people with new ideas and the people that do things differently are the people that go places."
When it comes to the bikes, Cayla has a pretty good teacher. Her dad, Chris Rivas, raced and won on a national level for years. He's still known as the world's fastest bagger, the only person to ever go 200 miles per hour on a Harley Davidson touring bike.
But while Cayla grew up around the track, she didn't get on a bike until she was 12. It then took all of three months of practice for Cayla to set her first world record... at her very first race.
Chris Rivas said, "There's people that try for years and years and never get a record. And here's a 12-year-old girl that goes out and does it on her first lap ever."
Cayla said, "Once I got off of the motorcycle I knew that i wanted to go faster. That's all I could think of was, 'how do I go faster?'"
It didn't take long for this natural to go much faster. That first record was at 62 miles per hour. Five years later, Cayla has reached 140 miles per hour and set 12 world records. "Everybody always says, 'You? You're just a small girl, you couldn't go that fast.' Yes, I could," said Cayla.
These aren't age group records or gender records; you're classified only by the size of your bike, and the competition is typically 30, 40 and 50-year-old men.
Chris Rivas said, "'How many other, let's say, teenage girls are out there?' Zero. That's it. There isn't any other."
Maybe the wildest part is that Cayla doesn't devote a ton of time to racing. As a junior at Fresno Christian, she plays soccer, runs track and is a cheerleader. She is also a passionate photojournalist for the school newspaper and her stellar drawings have won numerous awards.
Cayla said, "I just kind of like how I can be my own person. Like, I don't have to be like everybody else and I like to stand out and be creative in my own way."
You can see that!