Video: Every Day Girls, presented by Saint

Sep 28, 2012
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bigquotesI find it amazing how much downhill racing has progressed and flourished over the past 10 years - especially in the women's field. What used to be a male-driven sport, is now enjoyed by a variety of people across the board. Womens' riding has developed into a hardworking, inspirational group of girls who are constantly progressing at an alarming rate. I have been inspired by this progress. It has pushed me further than I ever thought possible, both through my riding and my art. Every day I am driven to accomplish more with every brush and pedal stroke. - Micayla Gatto
artist Micayla Gatto
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Words and art by: Micayla Gatto
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153 Comments

  • + 142
 Awesome Video and I personally really want to see more of these!! Good job to Shimano for backing it. Smile

No offense intended here Micayla, but you don't think Missy Giove, Anne-Caroline Chausson, Elke Bretseart, Marla Streb, Sabrina Jonnier and I did not train in 2002 as hard as the women that race in the top 10 or top 5 now?
I can tell you even 10 years ago the top 10 women were hard working as every bit as inspirational as you guys, hell they were probably the ones who inspired you to get in the gym and on the bikes in some way, the only things that has truly "developed" over the last 10 years is the style of the courses and the technology behind the bikes and suspension allowing us to go faster than ever.
10 years ago, there were actually more women racing world cups and the sponsors and UCI supported them a lot better (financially) than in recent times. I'm on board to move forward with every athletes personal gains and the natural evolution of the sport but let's not forget or belittle what those before us did.
There are a good handful of riders from the past that were simply amazing athletes both on and off the bike, lets not take that from them.

Fionn Griffiths
World Cup overall results: 2001 #4 / 2002 #5 / 2003 #2 / 2005 #5 / 2006 #5 / 2007 #4.... (You get it) I have 10 overall top five World Cup trophies, keep working hard and I'm sure you guys will both have your collection going soon too.
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 Hi, not sure about to write this, but i think the video, the words and the post meaning is get more and more woman into our sport independently if they are world cup DH racers or just bike users. Maybe there were more world cup woman racers in the past, maybe they were better also, who knows if they trained more or get better paid, but sure today there are more woman riding bikes around the world than 10 years ago, and now we have internet, who let everybody share videos, photos, text, etc... and get that more womens get in to mountain biking. Keep on working everyone!
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 The ladies are doing some amazing things on the bikes these days, but I agree that Micayla's comments don't truthfully reflect the past. If anything the gap between the women and men has grown. It was not that unusual for ACC to beat a good chunk of the men's times at World Cup races, even on extremely technical tracks. I remember the World Cup race at Snoqualmie Pass had a scary steep rock shoot that alot of guys were hiking down in practice because they couldn't figure out how to ride it....until they saw that ACC and some other ladies were riding it cleanly and easily.
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 I think most people are missing the point of this video. I'm pretty sure SAINT and Micayla didn't make this video to disrespect other racers by telling them they're not training hard enough. While yes, there were more female DH racers on the world cup in the past, DH racing is probably more popular now than ever and with that comes more and more exposure even for the girls.

At the end of the day, if a video like this gets even a couple girls thinking "hey i can do that" then it's 100% positive. I think inspiring more girls to get into racing to even get them off the XC bike and onto a DH or freeride bike is a huge success.
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 I don't think this video was made to disrespect anyone but I certainly see how and older racer might be offended by a comment like "Womens' riding has developed into a hardworking, inspirational group of girls who are constantly progressing at an alarming rate".

I mean saying that womens racing "has developed" into a hard working group of girls suggests that it wasn't always that way. I can certainly understand Fionn's point here. I'd take some offense to it too if I were in her shoes.
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 "10 years ago, there were actually more women racing world cups and the sponsors and UCI supported them a lot better (financially) than in recent times. I'm on board to move forward with every athletes personal gains and the natural evolution of the sport but let's not forget or belittle what those before us did.
There are a good handful of riders from the past that were simply amazing athletes both on and off the bike, lets not take that from them."

I can respect the history of women in mountainbike racing but i agree i think you misinterpreted her words. If in the last 10 years there has been a decline in sponsors and UCI support, there need to be more videos and more spotlights on these amazing riders!

Like any evolving sport there will be a history of great riders, but i think this video speaks to a NEW generation of women in, and getting into the riding. I don't think anyone should take offence to that.
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 I don't think this is disrespectful. If anything, I feel like you girls should be happy that someone is trying to show people that girls belong on the trails.
YES, there ARE more girls on the trails then there were before. Face it. There are also more men. Biking is becoming more popular, and it's awesome that someone is trying to promote women to ride out there too. Who doesn't like running into a female mountain biker? That's not the point, but still hah
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 I don't think Fionn was actually offended by Micayla's words. I don't see the article being offensive or anything. Fionn actually wrote that the article and video was good and she wants to see more of this. I really do think that you guys need to acknowledge that in order to understand what she's saying. I might be wrong here, but I really think she is just passing on some wise advice to a newer athlete on the sport. Letting her know that she might want to show some respect to people who have paved paths before her, and allowed for much of what we see today. To me, it sounds like a friendly comment, showing some support and a bit of advice from someone's who's been at it for a tad bit longer. I see where both riders come from and respect them both. On a personal level, it reminded me that Downhill has quite a history and brought me back to remembering the people that inspired me to get into the sport. Mad respects to those riders who showed what you could do on a bike.
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 I seem to remember all the big teams having a women racer on the roster. What happened? Women don't buy Santa Cruz or Specialized Or Kona(oh right you guys aren't that big of a team anymore) or Giant or Yeti bikes? I just spent a week in whistler and it was great to see lots of women riders on the hill and in the lift lines. Ya every day girls, get some.
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 Yeah I know, it could go either way. But still, if everyone had to acknowledge the history of whatever videos were about, they would never get anywhere. You don't see the guys doing that. I'm not at all being sexist, I'm being the opposite of that. I'm saying it should be no different because they are women, but it is being treated otherwise
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 I think it's just a Canadian perspective for good or bad. 10 years ago, the guys were 'just' hucking off cliffs and hitting the bong so it'd hardly surprising that with racing now becoming more popular here, it can be perceived as people from both sexes are stepping up and training harder. Elsewhere on the planet nothing's changed. When Helen Mortimer started racing DH, we didn't tell her to get back in the kitchen Big Grin And no-one could deny how hard Caroline Alexander used to train for XC, and that's going back to 1991ish. Mountain bike racing has always been accessible to all in the UK, and both sexes have always trained damn hard to do it.
  • + 1
 Yo wallheater Cindy Devine was the dh bronze medalist at the world champs in 1991(Canada's first medal in dh) and 1992. She won consecutive national dh championships from 1990 - 1994. Canada's got history in all disciplines of bike racing just not much support or exposure for the racers. In 2010 Lauren Rosser became Canada's first world champion down hill racer. The media buzz was insane.(not)
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 Yep, Elladee Brown too. People don't train harder now though, they just train more effectively.
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 ok sure and barb and danika and cassandra and katrina( katrina strand and jordie lunn traveled the world racing world cups for the b1 squad(dutch bike brand) in 2003. b1 had zero market share here in Canada but they wanted to support talented racers) and jenn and claire and the list goes on and on. I agree, sports science improves every year. Strength/conditioning/flexibilty training helps athletes prevent/recover from injuries and achieve their best results. What does it really take to get off the brakes and still have control of the bike? When the movie switches from the gym to hecklers rock she rides her back brake off the rock face. The back wheel stops rotating so the bike slows down when she touches the ground. Little things like this add up and make the difference between 5th and 1st. Not sure where i'm going with this but i love racing and i hope the current crop of racers can weather the injuries and the financial difficulties to get on the podium. Apologies to all the great racers that haven't been listed.
  • + 3
 So much drama, geez
  • + 2
 So much drama, indeed. It's a commercial, guys and gals. It's made to inspire and to buy Shimano equipment. So they exaggerate a little, nothing new there. (disclamer: I have huge respect for every and anyone who works that hard to get where they are, but seriously, it's just a Saint commercial)
  • + 0
 Micayla got roasted
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 Are there any gals in the DJ-type scene?
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 Hi Fionn,

I in no ways at all tried to say that women were not inspiring or hardworking more than 10 years ago in the Downhill race scene. Anne-Caroline Chausson, Missy Giove, and yourself are all great inspirations and I meant no disrespect at all. I remember first getting sponsored by Commencal, and I got one of ACC's old bikes and I was ESTATIC.

I was talking more about OVERALL I feel like downhill racing has become more accepted and accessible among the females of the world today. This is just my personal opinion formed by the experiences I've had since starting racing in 2002. There are some serious legends from the past that will always be remembered, but you have to remember the title is lablelled "Everyday Girls". I truly do believe that the number of "everyday girls" riding and racing for fun and getting inspired by eachother has risen.

I consider you a great friend of mine, and I'm sorry if you took what I said wrong. I was simply trying to encourage the girls out there right now to hop on a bike or get in the gym. The "10 year" number was mirroring the fact that Saint has also only been around for 10 years, and since this is done by Saint I wanted to talk about a time that was relevant to Saint's lifespan.
  • + 15
 Word. That's how I was hearing it! Both of you girls, keep shredding. You have more balls than I do apparently
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 Hi Micayla,

I just want to thank you for your involvement and the underline the importance of the message brought here to us:

For sure there are less women racing nowadays than they used to 10 years ago, and that number may be even further endagered in future years. However, that is a battle to be fought with the UCI.

The goal of this video was to get "EVERYDAY GIRLS" to ride, and not specifically world-cup level athletes. And on that field, I personally have seen a dramatic improvement over the recent years with the creation of women's clubs, more women in general in Quebec, Ontario and New England's trails, as well as more women working in bike shops, or signing up to mechanic courses.

Bringing more women into our sport is one of its noblest goals of its evolution, and I think what you did here fights the battle from inside women rider's brains, telling them shredding is not a "guy" thing and breaking social convention.

With deepest regards,

-A french male feminist DH racer
  • + 1
 Yo Fionn! Love your energy and your commitment. Just as much as I love every girls (womans) attitude towards the sport they love. Downhilling!
It's easy to misconstrue something from a piece of marketing material. It's happened before, in many other sports, and will continue, I'm sure.You girls know each other and this won't even be a blip on the radar. Keep Climbing! Ladies, keep an open dialogue and keep biggin each other up, cause it's great to see video's like this.
Peace sistas, keep doin skids
  • + 1
 I am pretty dam sure that AC (Anne Caroline Chausson) Still could beat all the top world cup girls today. She won the Garbo race in Whistler but walked over the wood on Duff Man due to the fact she has not rode on slippy wet north-shore before and still licked ass There were some top UCI world cup girls in there to prove it, Ragot Emmmeline, Miller Miranda . I hope she makes a come back to prove this.
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  • + 41
 that movie made me feel like i need to get in better shape
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 Not only you my friend... Not only you...
  • + 23
 lets face it guys, we're going to have to learn to make our own sandwiches!
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 hahahah this guy! ^^
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 SO cool seeing Canadian racers excelling on the world stage, especially women. Great role models for all the young lady shredders out there. Gym time pays off.
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 does any one know the name of the song
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 I'm not offended at all, Just don't want to take away from what the athletes that inspired me achieved in "their time". I personally witnessed how hard they worked and just think it shouldn't be assumed that having to train to win is in any way a recent development in women's DH.
I'm still racing, haven't trained the way i used to for a couple of years but that's changing this winter... gota keep up with the kids after all. Wink

The main thing is that chicks are out there riding. Smile

Peace.. forum followers.
  • + 5
 From an outsider's POV, I would say women's DH has gotten weaker than it used to be, both in the number of participants and overall times put in my the women's field. The depth of women's racing 10+ years ago was astounding, with race times being closer to each other. Now you see huge time gaps in most races, which to depicts a wider spread of talent. Maybe its just that ACC was so fast that it seemed to make the whole crew look faster. I don't know. This is just my own observations, and those have been wrong more than they've been correct, so take it for it is. Fionn, I think have some photos of you from the Grouse WC in '01 or '03.

Random thought: I remember training with Cassandra Boon and having spots of trouble keeping on her back wheel.
  • + 1
 yeay!! fionn will be back!
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 WOOO!!!! I am stoked for this because I want to see more women equality in our sport! Like Snowboarding, women are as agile, fast and respectable as riders and racers every bit as te guys and are not just "good looking models to sell things." I see way too much of that out there and not enough shredding! Bravo to Shimano for helping break the barriers!!!
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 M.G. buddy.. read the post from "thrice"... it says what i was trying to.
These forum things really get going hey. Smile haha

Maybe I'll just keep my thoughts in my head next time. Smile
I'm not offended or upset, actually the complete opposite .. just supporting you guys and adding some knowledge of years past in DH racing.

I agree with you there are way more women riding around the world now than 10 years ago, just a shame they're not all racing. I guess I just picked up on your quote mentioning racing specifically.
"I find it amazing how much downhill racing has progressed and flourished over the past 10 years"

Anyway, talking for the sake of talking now.
Take care buddy, we're good.

Good night everyone.
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 If they are every day girls in Canada, i'm getting on a flight tomorrow.
  • + 9
 They are. Canadian women rock!
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 Looks like im heading to Canada then!
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 hell yeah I'm proud to be a girl rider...I don't care what anybody says..girls could ride too.. Smile
  • + 3
 Girls that ride are hot! Wink
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 Bravo, Saint! This type of promotion only benefits the sport. The more girls riding DH, the more money spent in the industry, the more DH will grow. Putting out a positive, girl-oriented video like this should be the goal of progressive DH companies.
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 When the women come through the jumps at the bottom of the dh tracks its still pretty embarrassing, considering they get paid to ride all year with a mechanic and free parts. I kinda wish they would stop concentrating on strength to pedal hard on flat sections and learn to move the bike, flow and jump. Making one good transition on a 40ft jump is worth 50 pedal strokes getting back up to speed because you cased it.
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 wow so inspired by all of these women Big Grin doing my first downhill race soon and could only ever dream of talent like this. just to meet a pro female racer would be incredible. you lady's are my inspiration for pushing my riding and doing bigger jumps and faster times. thank you for all giving everyone the inspiration and chance to ride downhill x
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 You'll have to come out riding sometime. Smile
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 "that girl can kick my boyfriends ass on the trail".....umm, I'm pretty sure all those pro girls can kick pretty much EVERYONE'S ass that I know of....including a couple pro men.
  • + 1
 Not really... let's not start blowing smoke aroud here. Awesome to see women out there going for it??? Yes, absolutely... Are they on the same level as male riders...no. They're elite athlete's relative to other women. In a lot of ways comparing them to men is a disservice to them as they're NOT men and they aren't trying to be, they're women competeing against eachother and that's great. Lets let them just do that and don't bring this to the point of being weather or not they're "faster then men".
  • + 1
 I was simply expanding the sample size of Micayla's remark about her boyfriend to almost all riders. I'm a non smoker.
  • + 1
 HAHAHAHAHA Ok, I get it now Wink
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 Better start lifting double decker buses if they want to compete with Rachael. Wink
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 Yeah its a great video/add as it was filmed by Anthill and the women are rippers! Nice to hear everyone stoked on Micayla but don't overlook Casey Brown with her outstanding results this season as a newcomer to the World Cup level. The main issue here is that these girls can barely afford to get to the races and Saint didn't throw down any sort of pay check or parts for using the content and I believe that is the real problem. Not blaming Saint as it's the problem with the entire industry. Why do you think they are both wearing the same hideous TLD PJ's? Cuz it's all they got! I think everyone needs to support these women and treat them the same as the men even if they are a bit slower they are still giving it their all and risking everything because they love the sport.
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 The best part about this is how much of an argument it's caused. "girls, women, boys, dudes, I'm whining because it wasn't perfect and I train hard too". If it was Aaron Gwin in this, all the comments would be "sick riding dude"
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 She's a saint, no pun intended Wink
  • + 1
 Whenever you say 'no pun intended', pun is intended.
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 I love seeing videos on the feed with girl riders. I am a young girl rider and every time I see your videos, it makes want to get out there and push myself to go somewhere with downhill mountain biking. You two are my inspiration!
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 I consider myself to be a whole man recognizing aspects of the man and the woman in me. After all I am the product of both; however, I lead with the ladder. Ladies, athletes, mind blowing artists on two wheels you rock this. I could be transcendence if i were not required or needed belong to where it is. Gender lives and dies in this video. Or, More so, it transforms. It is about what transforms, through pain, push and defiance until you are. And then, it is, when you let go. What’s left is the breath before the breath. The great empty that births something new. You let it go. And yes there it is. And i am so glad.
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 hate the fact that compaired to these girls i suck!
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 Compare yourself to yourself and not others.
  • + 1
 that would mean i am never the best but always second to myself!
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 More videos like this please!!!!!! Love seeing my fellow lady rippers! so many comments about how girls don't ride... PFFFTT you just don't see us cause we're going soo fast!
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  • + 4
 girls and whips= awesome combination Big Grin
  • + 1
 Exactly what I was thinking. Wicked style. I want to go ride now.
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 I don't know a moment where I don't want to ride!
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 ...the best ad for a long time?
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 Fionn..I have a new found respect for Fionn, she seems to be taking everyones comments in stride...she's o.k. in my book !! I think we should just leave this as any girl that hits the trails is pretty cool !!
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  • + 1
 I see it. More woman shredding. Its awsome. Ten Years ago a decent Free Ride bike weighed close to fifty pounds. Maybe the bikes are now more woman frendly? Micayla your art looks cool digin the bold colors.
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  • + 3
 how can she lift more weight then me and i do weight lifting for wrestling wtf
  • + 4
 It was 160lbs...you aren't trying hard enough.
  • + 1
 If you put down the pie, you have two hands to lift the 160Lbs.
  • + 1
 i am not fat dude
  • + 1
 Then go deadlift the 160lbs. My 8 stone gf deadlifted that. Admittedly, I had to take it off her when she couldn't work out how to put it down again...
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 your 8 stone gf wtf
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 Wow. This is the first I'm ever seen a video with a chick ripping as hard as a dude. +1. Looking forward to more quality footage in the future.
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 "Never settle for the momentum of mediocrity" - that is the first line of closing credits in the movie The Tipping Point.
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 good add. shame about the Troy Lee PJs
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 Well I don't watch to many videos on the internet of women wearing cloths.... but this one was pretty cool surprisingly!
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  • + 3
 I would marry that girl any day, but she's a better man than I
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  • + 1
 The Top Elite women racers of 10 years ago like Giove, Chausson etc on a modern day DH rig would still smoke all but maybe a handful of the top WC girls today.
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  • + 1
 Great Video !! That's how I felt couple of years ago when I first got into mountain biking. Just how girl mountain bike video should be.
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 two of my wishes are: that there were as many hardcore women riding as men.
that they didn't seem so disinterested in guys who ride.
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 There's a special place in my heart for a woman that deadlifts, but for gods sake don't do them in overpadded running shoes.
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 Seems to be working for these chicks.
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 Hard to say that you can trust they won''t fail you after Gwin's run at Val D'Isere.
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 Such a good edit. Got me and GF stoked to go for a ride. Then it was kind of ruined by the fact that it was just a commercial :-/
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 Don't care. Ride on!
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 Someone should tell these girls to get back in the kitchen.
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 Training in running shoes?! She should know better. Good video though, I can only dream of being that good.
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 Training in running shoes seems to work for her.
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 I know it works, when I was noob in the gym I used runners and did ok. It's just not optimal as they are squishy and throw off your balance when lifting heavy weights. They can even cause injury such as pulling a muscle. When I switched to gym shoes, huge difference! I then realized what I've been missing out on.
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 Atherton and the French are dominating the womens. only place to go is up.
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 On the subject of Atherton I've yet to see her strutting around like a hooker to promote herself . The 'sex sells' approach that Micayla has taken here is hackneyed and dumb.
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 "Never Settle For The Momentum Of Mediocrity" OMG how trite.Does Mediocrity have momentum?
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 If one looks at the world today I would say that Mediocrity has momentum. That being said ... the line fell flat for me too.
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 The whole thing fell flat for me apart from the riding vid.
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 i cant understand why the women's times in world cups are so far behind the men's. The top woman's time at most rounds were about the same as the 50th man. dont get me wrong there quick but why so far behind.
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 As this is the most physical sport, among many others I know, the main is - women physical abilities have their own limit.
I like to believe.
Otherwise some of the world best girls would have kick some WC podium "boys" ass already long time ago Wink
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 Well the sport is small. Therefore not much women get into the sport as you can see from the tiny female starter lists at some races. Also the reputation of the sport is not attractive for females because their socialization says no to ride a bicycle down a hill and get possibly hurt. Dh also demands a combination of strength, stamina and the right mindset like no other sport and in this respects women have big disadvantages.
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 Take any sport and compare the results. Men are stronger and faster than women because their bodies physics are different. You wouldn't compare olympic track runner's results between men and women either? Nothing sexist or superior, just biology.
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 I'm not bashing women athletes in any way, it's just the truth. Men are physically stronger and more capable than women. I use to play ice hockey when I was a kid and whenever we would play girl teams, they would be a few age groups older than us. 14 year old boys vs 17 year old girls for example. That was the only way to make it fair. It's harder for women to build muscle and stamina compared to guys.
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 she could kick my ass as long as she want to , good job great music
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 You mean tap , right ?
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 Whats up with Fionn neging out on Micayla....She must have lost her girlfriend
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 I'm not nagging anyone out.
Maybe try rereading what I've written in a positive way.
Incase your concern is real, my relationship is doing fine thank you. Smile
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 Fionn...You won me over......You're awesome, and those were some nice results !!
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 I wish I was that fast... and in as good of shape.... and rode as well.... and, you know, were half as awesome as these girls are on bikes.
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 Don't just wish, make it happen Wink
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 Shredder......more please
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 I wish I could ride like that
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 What trail up in whistler was that?
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 finned rotors, looks so mean
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 Thanks for being the FIRST company to profile women in this way, Shimano!
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 wow...
in which part of the world dresses?
i love you...
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 MARRY ME MICAYLA!!! I LOVE YOU!!!
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 so fit,do you think they'd like me ??
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 I was like O_O all the video.. huge props!
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 " Gato have it " !!
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 聰明的女孩。
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 I totally agree, that's an excellent observation.
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 Yah ladies!!!! Man I love this sport. I mean "Lady" I love this sport.
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 They should lose the cross-trainers for weightlifting.
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 Deadlift barefoot if you have to. Those padded heel running shoes are robbing power
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 i used to wear wrestling shoes for deadlift and squats way better then runners
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 it was good up until it was a commercial. BOO!
  • + 7
 This may come as a surprise to some, but sometimes people need to get paid.
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 All of these videos that are presented by a sponsor and feature an athlete are commercials... That's kind of the point...
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 I love what she says about saint giving her confidence...I guess she never saw Aaron Gwins world cup run.
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 Micayla is so awesome.
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 I love girls!!!!
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 They whip their butt's in the gym to kick everyone else's at the races!
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 your an idiot.....
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 At least I use proper grammar and spelling.
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 That must have gone over your head.
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 To the writers at Pinkbike:

Please, stop referring to women as girls, or start calling men, boys.
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 Dear Mr Politically correct; 90% of the chicks I ride with or have ridden with in the past refer to themselves are girls or chicks. Micayla, Casey and Fionn included. Just maybe, MTBers are as stuck up as most politicians?
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 The video is called 'Every Day Girls', don't you think Micayla and Casey would have agued against the title if they did not want to be called girls..!
  • + 1
 Guess i better stop telling my wife to refer to dudes night as when I get "beers with the boys".
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 My gf is 24, and hates being called a "woman". It's not the same to call women girls as it is to call men boys... and in any event, calling men "boys" would hardly be a big deal...
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 Name calling aside. One group ameliorating a term for use is quite common. However, when one outside that group uses the term it is usually in the pejorative. Continually referring to the Elite Women's DH riders as "girls" goes a long way in reinforcing sexist statements; some of which appear in this thread. Further, it has less to do with political correctness and more to do with a sense of respect.

As Finonn Griffiths stated, there was more support for women, from the UCI, 10 years ago. Why then, are there no protests from the men demanding equal payouts and support? Given the recent decision by the UCI to devalue the efforts of women for team points, there is a need for discussion of this topic. Two wheels: same team.
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 if i cant call chicks girls anymore i dont know WHAT im gonna do the next time i ride with the chicks and girls around here and theres a lot of them
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 @imaorobbie Having the women earn equal points in a TEAM overall the way the series is currently set up, is ridiculous. It means any team with a SINGLE quick woman can skew the rankings. Another team may have 3 men on the podium, but 1 woman who WINS will get more points in the team overall. Doesn't really make sense for a team ranking. There are 80 men and 20 women in the finals. Award points accordingly. As it is the points ranking is insane. If you have multiple riders + a woman, you can buy the team lead quite cheaply. (ie: sign one of the faster women).


Arguably, you could even go with 50 men and 10 women if you wanted to stay strictly with a competitive field and less pack filler.
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