Born and raised in Puerto Rico by parents who owned a surf shop, Tarah
Gieger’s first love was the waves. At the age of 10, she shifted focus
towards riding dirt bikes across the lush hills of San Sebastián.
She first distinguished herself as a true force in motocross by
reaching the Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National MX Championship in
2002. She went on to win the event in 2004, 2006, and 2007, only
missing 2005 due to injury.
In 2007, Gieger broke a significant gender barrier when she joined
Team Puerto Rico to become the first woman to compete in the annual
Motocross des Nations – often billed as the Olympics of Motocross.
A year later, she became the first gold medalist in Women's Moto X
Racing at the Los Angeles X Games. Over the next several years, she
scored several podium finishes in Moto X and Enduro X to become the
most decorated woman in X Games history.
Near the end of her X Games run, she also became the first woman to
land a backflip on a motorcycle.
Gieger joined Team USA to win the women's trophy at the 2019
International Six Days Enduro alongside Brandy Richards and Rebecca
She also joined a collaborative effort between cbdMD and an all-star
Team Puerto Rico led by Travis Pastrana to assist her native Puerto
Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.