Dr. Céline Higton has always been obsessed with motorcycles. She remembers wanting one even as a kid, drawing them in her spare time and thinking about what it would be like to take that first ride. Her dad wasn’t keen on the idea, so she got her adrenaline rush from racing down the ski slopes instead, but the itch to ride never went away.
By the time the London-based dentist was 24 that itch became what she describes as a “screaming voice.” She was in dental school and living off her own finances by then—and thinking about riding every day. She decided it was finally time to give in, so she got her initial license and bought her first bike. After a day of training, she rode her scrambler, named Delores, home, and began commuting with it back and forth to school.
That was in 2015. Since then, she’s obtained her full license, which required more training and allowed her to buy a bigger, more powerful track bike that she calls Priscilla. She’s been taking Priscilla to the track for the last year. She goes as often as she can, usually once a week or so when the weather is good, focusing her mind on riding and forgetting about everything else for the day.
The Thrill of the Ride
Riding Priscilla around the track is technical, Dr. Higton said, which is part of the draw for her. She has to think about shifting her body weight as she leans into curves, focusing on getting her elbow to the ground as she takes corners at an incredible speed. The “adrenaline is crazy,” and she likes the fact there’s always something she can work on improving.