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    The Emily Batty thread

    There had to be one eventually.

    She's just 22 years old, but is certainly getting lots of press, and she might be the favourite video interview for Colt at Cyclingdirt.org. It looks like she has quite a promising future as a mountain bike racer. She's certainly taken over as the most photographed smile in mountain bike racing from Marie-Helene Premont, which is interesting as she lists Premont as one of her MTB racing heroes, along with other top Canadian riders such as Catharine Pendrel and Chrissy Redden.

    This month she's on the cover of Singletrack magazine (UK), no article just a masthead comment on the cover photo Emily Batty - Oh yes

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    But there is a very good writeup on Emily in the new Canadian Cycling Magazine

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    It's a good thing she can ride a Mountain Bike , with those look's she's getting nowhere .

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    She is a cutie for sure! Haven't seen her ride in person, but very cool that she is an "up and coming". Wouldn't be hard to watch her ride, that's for sure

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    Here's the link to Emily's website

    http://www.emilybatty.com/

    She's getting results to back up the buzz

    2009 Results:

    11th- U-23 MTB World Championships, Canberra
    1st- U23, Canadian MTB Championships, St. Felicien
    1st- Under 23 MTB Pan American games
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    1st- U-23, 10th Elite- World Cup XC #2, Offenburg
    1st- U-23, 13th Elite- World Cup XC #3, Houffalize
    2nd- U-23, Elite -World Cup XC #5, Mont-Saint-Anne
    1st- U-23, Elite - World Cup XC #6, Bromont
    4th- U-23, World Cup XC #7,Champéry
    5th- U-23 World Cup XC #8, Schladming
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    2nd, 2009 Overall Under 23 MTB World Cup XC
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    1st- Canada Cup #5, Canmore
    1st- Canada Cup #4, Edmonton
    1st- Canada Cup #3, Hardwood Hills
    1st- Canada Cup #2, Mont Tremblant
    1st- Canada Cup #1, Baie Saint Paul
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    1st- Ontario Cup XC #5 in Buckwallow
    1st- Ontario Cup XC #4 in London
    1st- Ontario Cup XC #3 in Boler Mountain
    1st- Ontario Cup XC #2 in Albion Hills
    1st- Elite- Squeezer, St. Catherines
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    1st- Elite Short Track, Sea Otter
    11th- Elite women XC, Sea Otter
    4th- US Elite XC #1, Fontana
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    shes so damn cute!

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    I've said this before: Canada seems to have a lot of hot chicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorback
    I've said this before: Canada seems to have a lot of the world's best mountain bike racers that are also hot chicks.
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    WOW ! nothing more wonderful in life, cute chickies who can roll! Very Nice

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    ive got the subscription to singletrack mag so i will take some screenshots for you all tomorrow

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    She's also super nice/friendly!

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    If not for the biking, I bet she could sell alot of toothpaste.

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    what no highdell
    Quote Originally Posted by craftworks750
    Riding a mtb is like a reset button, 10 mins in and there is nothing else in the world that matters.
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    huge fan. Emily is super nice too (not just a pretty face and a good bike rider).

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    read through that singletrackmag no emily articals. Must just be a nice cover shot they decided to run.

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    Emily's main competition for worlds is out:

    http://www.universalbikeracing.com/M...e-vtt-469.html
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    Lee-Ann Rymes races XC? What a bunch of horny teenagers.

    All I want to know is what bike is that?..I see it's a Trek, but what model?.... Also hardtail I see...cool.

    So in her racing does she do wicked jumps or anything?....uphill rock scaling type stuff?

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    I could take her...she would eat my dust lol.

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    If she were a dog, I bet this thread wouldn't even exists...

    such is the world....derrr

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    ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    what no highdell
    Just saw the thread!!

    SO - FUKKIN - HAWT!!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    OK - squeezing a rainbow out is going to far.

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    It's full on
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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Now that Highdell is here this thread should be even more interesting
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    Now that Highdell is here this thread should be even more interesting
    thanks for the vote of confidence man
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    She Races DH too!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    She Races DH too!!
    nice..... were the hell do you get all these pics
    Quote Originally Posted by craftworks750
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    nice..... were the hell do you get all these pics
    the link is in the pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    She Races DH too!!
    From EB's website

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Had a great time in Chatel France with TWR. I discovered the second greatest sport next to XC. Downhill. Oh man, sooooo much fun! Tracy Moseley got me suited completely up in her gear. Kinda felt like a female Ninja turtle.

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    We were given three practice runs (reminder* never been on a downhill bike before) before our timed run. Meanwhile, the downhillers had already put there race times in so I was secretly timing my pre-runs to compare. First time down I wont lie... I was pretty intimidated so Tracys boyfriend James led the way. 3:33min. Second run: 3:03, third: 2:51 and finally fourth I settled with a 2:41. I loved it! and though it was only a total of 14min of riding... it felt more like I had been racing for 2hours straight. I absolutely Loved it!!! The XC was just down right HARD. It was basically a mountain climb and quoted by Mathias "that last couple minutes felt harder than a World Cup" haha


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    ^^^ BAD-ASS!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    To take a break from all the whistling and high-fiving and facebook stalking....
    She could be really good for the sport. She might possibly give a Anna Kournakova effect, drawing attention from roadies or anyone else that might not usually watch a mtb race.


    If the women's side of pro mtb racing knew what was good for it, it would take a hint from women's beach volleyball and put the racers in tighter/skimpier/more revealing outfits. Now can I get a high five?

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    and maybe only put them on a course that is filth with mud!

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    Hahahaha that would make a lot more men watch it anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdc5r
    and maybe only put them on a course that is filth with mud!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Emily w/ dark hair..glasses too?

    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Unlike Anna Kournakova and Danica Patrick who don't actually finish in the medals on a regular basis, Emily Batty is riding at a pretty high level for a 22 year old. If she keeps this up, she'll likely be on World Cup podiums as regularly as Alison Sydor, Marie-Helene Premont and Catharine Pendrel. Canada seems to be pretty good at cranking out top women MTB racers.

    And the publicity and media attention is definitely helpful to MTB racing, it could attract more sponsors and spectators. The problem is that XC racing isn't exciting enough compared to NASCAR racing for commercial TV, so a bit of glamour might make up for a lack of beatin' and bangin'. We'll be able to tell when MTB racing hits mainstream when they include a MTB race segment in the Survivor TV series, or in The Amazing Race.
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    ^^^ yup, she regularly podiums and killed the U-23 last year?
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    She's cute and all, but watch out. Her older brother Roy might kick your butt....



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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill

    The problem is that XC racing isn't exciting enough compared to NASCAR racing for commercial TV, so a bit of glamour might make up for a lack of beatin' and bangin'. We'll be able to tell when MTB racing hits mainstream when they include a MTB race segment in the Survivor TV series, or in The Amazing Race.
    Few sports can match the excitement of driving in a circle 500 times.

    Even when the Lance Effect was in full effect, there were no cycling-specific commercials on mainstream tv. I seem to remember mtb commercials long ago during the Eco Challenge, but that was still the Versus (OLN) channel. Messin with sasquach and that guy riding without his front wheel is about as much exposure as mtb will ever get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_co2
    Few sports can match the excitement of driving in a circle 500 times.
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    NASCAR is SUPER exiting once you know what's goin' on....
    Kinda like understanding what a peleton is right? and why doods are riding the way they are?

    Daytona and Talledega ARE a peleton at 190mph....seriously... watch a plate race and you'll see the similarities.

    Other than that, I dunno - it's 765HP cars goin 200 mph - balls-out...It's no knitting, that's for sure.
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    one interesting question i want to ask is this.

    With the recent gary fisher and trek fiasco the gary girls are currently riding trek bikes now. Does that mean they become Emily's team mates?

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    I think the Team management and sponsorship arrangements are still separate as she's part of TWR and the GF gals like Willow are still flying the Subaru-Trek colours. They could likely take the Subaru team to any brand of bikes they wanted to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    NASCAR is SUPER exiting once you know what's goin' on....
    Kinda like understanding what a peleton is right? and why doods are riding the way they are?

    Daytona and Talledega ARE a peleton at 190mph....seriously... watch a plate race and you'll see the similarities.

    Other than that, I dunno - it's 765HP cars goin 200 mph - balls-out...It's no knitting, that's for sure.
    Couldn't agree more.

    But cyclist who are also Nascar fans are few and far between.
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    I suspect that there's more overlap between Formula 1, World Rally Championship fans and World Cup MTB racing fans than with NASCAR fans, if for no other reason than the popularity of all three in Europe.

    If you look at the buzz that Danica Patrick has going in NASCAR, a bit of media glamour really can make a difference in media interest, and not always in a good way.

    At least Emily Batty's success in moving up from lower levels of MTB racing is all on her own merit, not the good looks, big smile and media attention, and she's making more than just a credible showing in World Cup racing. Jewelery and makeup aside, if she stays on the arc she's on, she'll be on the Elite Women's podium in World Cup races.

    The team support behind an athlete can only go so far in producing success, ultimately it comes down to the legs, lungs and the individual drive to push to that top level of performance. I have a lot of respect for any athlete that has that kind of drive and commitment.

    I think Ms.Batty deserves a lot of respect for remaining true to herself and not getting caught up in the hype, she's pretty grounded and centered for a 22 year old gal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    I suspect that there's more overlap between Formula 1, World Rally Championship fans and World Cup MTB racing fans than with NASCAR fans, if for no other reason than the popularity of all three in Europe.

    If you look at the buzz that Danica Patrick has going in NASCAR, a bit of media glamour really can make a difference in media interest, and not always in a good way.

    At least Emily Batty's success in moving up from lower levels of MTB racing is all on her own merit, not the good looks, big smile and media attention, and she's making more than just a credible showing in World Cup racing. Jewelery and makeup aside, if she stays on the arc she's on, she'll be on the Elite Women's podium in World Cup races.

    The team support behind an athlete can only go so far in producing success, ultimately it comes down to the legs, lungs and the individual drive to push to that top level of performance. I have a lot of respect for any athlete that has that kind of drive and commitment.

    I think Ms.Batty deserves a lot of respect for remaining true to herself and not getting caught up in the hype, she's pretty grounded and centered for a 22 year old gal.
    1) Emily has had great support from her family. I have talked to her dad in the feed zone before she was making big bucks, her dad was her #1 supporter. I agree 100% that she has earned her keep both with results and looks/personality!

    2) Couldn't agree more on your last comment. Absolutely one of the nicest girls that line up in the Elites as far as I am concerned. This goes a long way in my book and is one reason I am a huge fan.

    I witnessed her open humility and kindness after the Fontana race this spring. She rolled up to Allison near the finish line and congratulated her, adding that Allison should be racing in Europe. We took that as a huge compliment and coming from a very successful fellow competitor I know it meant a lot to Allison.

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    In the Canadian Cycling Magazine article the writer mentioned that after a race in California Emily stopped to sign autographs for a bunch of young girl MTB racers who were fans of hers. Her comment was that she remembers being one of those young girls getting Marie-Helene Premont's, Catharine Pendrel's and Chrissy Redden's autograph and how those racers stopping to give her an autograph made an impact on her, and that she still wants to ask for autographs of the Elite Women racers.

    At Quebec World Cup races I've seen MHP stopping to sign autographs while she's still being treated for crash injuries at the finish of the race, or spend over an hour signing autographs at the Rocky tent in St.Felicien in 2007 less than 30 minutes after the podium ceremonies, she stayed until the line of people was gone. Even in 2009 where she had a tough home race at MSA she stopped to sign autographs after crossing the finish line in 10th, covered in mud.

    It's always nice to see the racers that stay connected to and appreciative of their fan base, on the good days and tough days. I think the one thing that Premont and Batty share is huge support from their family and partners. I think that helps keep them grounded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    NASCAR is SUPER exiting once you know what's goin' on....
    Kinda like understanding what a peleton is right? and why doods are riding the way they are?

    Daytona and Talledega ARE a peleton at 190mph....seriously... watch a plate race and you'll see the similarities.

    Other than that, I dunno - it's 765HP cars goin 200 mph - balls-out...It's no knitting, that's for sure.
    I kinda get your point. But its like the flat stage of the bike race...not much going on, probably a crash or two along the way, and then the sprint finish is really fun. But nobody watches the tour for flat stages, they want they action of the mtns. Make a NASCAR race with some mtn stages and I'll watch that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_co2
    I kinda get your point. But its like the flat stage of the bike race...not much going on, probably a crash or two along the way, and then the sprint finish is really fun. But nobody watches the tour for flat stages, they want they action of the mtns. Make a NASCAR race with some mtn stages and I'll watch that.
    how about Sonoma? - it's hilly
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Or put NASCAR on a World Rally Championship course, like Corsica with big exposures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    nice..... were the hell do you get all these pics
    i'm guessing a telephoto lens, camouflage pants/jacket and some grease paint. Pervy Stawlka

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