The serious leisure career hierarchy of the motorcycle racer

Lewis, Jan, Patterson, Ian and Pegg, Shane (2013) The serious leisure career hierarchy of the motorcycle racer. World Leisure Journal, 55 2: 179-192. doi:10.1080/04419057.2013.782563

Author Lewis, Jan
Patterson, Ian
Pegg, Shane
Title The serious leisure career hierarchy of the motorcycle racer
Journal name World Leisure Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0441-9057
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/04419057.2013.782563
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 192
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cedar Falls, IA, United States
Publisher World Leisure and Recreation Association
Language eng
Abstract The academic study of motorcycle racing represents a relatively new area of research. While numerous studies have been conducted on motorcycle gangs, no studies have investigated the serious leisure world of the motorcycle racer, a sport in which motorcyclists may reach speeds in excess of 200 km/hour, with accidents likely to result in serious injury or death. A small sample of eight motorcycle road racers who, at the time of this research, were competing at the national level of the sport in Australia were interviewed by telephone with the conversations recorded for transcription and content analysis. An exploratory qualitative research design underpinned by grounded theory and involving the use of an interview schedule composed of open-structured interviews gave each rider the freedom to outline their own understandings and interpretations of how they engaged in their chosen sport. Common themes that emerged from their personal stories included a discussion of what one racer referred to as a “rider hierarchy” within the motorcycle road racing fraternity, which recognised different skills and experience levels among riders. The novice rider was placed at the bottom, entry level with the factory rider at the top. After analysis of the study data, a model was developed to describe the rider hierarchy as it was perceived by the study respondents.
Keyword Extreme sports
Motorcycle road racers
Serious leisure careers
Rider hierarchy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 30 April 2013.

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