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WOMEN WHO RIDE
HOLLY
FENIAK

Holly Feniak - So hot right now!

Holly Feniak is on fire. Not literally of course, but the 16 year old downhill racer from the Sunshine Coast of BC has moved into the pro ranks and is starting to make herself known. I want to say that she's an up and coming racer because so few people have probably actually heard of her, but I think that would be misleading as she's already one of the fastest women racers in North America. As a junior last year she won most of the races that she entered, but what really made me notice her was the fact that last year her winning time at the Sunshine Coaster race was the fastest women's time overall, and then at the Western Open she had the fastest women's time overall by 37 seconds.

So far in her first season as a pro she's placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Northwest Cup races, and she finished 5th in the Sea Otter DH. She also managed to win the Sunshine Coaster again this year, beating out well known Canadian downhiller Micayla Gatto by almost 5 seconds. Her time at that race was less than 14 seconds off the Elite Men's win, and would have placed her 4th in the 17-18 male category. Not bad at all for a 16 year old girl. I've spent a bit of time shooting and hanging out with Holly in the past few months, read on to find out a little bit more about her.

The Basics

How long have you been riding? Since I was 3 years old.
How long have you been racing? 3 full seasons, this being my fourth.
Best result? They have all been good!
Career highlight? Right here, right now, all summer long!

Holly Feniak is racing against the big girls this year and she s starting it off right. First Sea Otter DH and first Sea Otter DH podium 5th place.
  Holly's first big pro race this year was the Sea Otter Classic DH. Fifth place, and her first real pro podium.

Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast
Holly Feniak on the Sunshine Coast

The Details

So you race mountain bikes, how did it start?

Boys. Really cute boys...then somewhere along the line I started riding for me (falling in love with DH didn't take me long). I also love the outdoors, I love to travel and meet new people, and my family have always been bad ass mountain bikers; which inevitably, rubbed off on me. Kidding, but actually, I love people, and the fact that I could be surrounded by people who all share a mutual love for such a unique, new and exciting sport was absolutely irresistible to me.

  Why do you race?

There is no other sport that at this point in my life that I want to do more, and I have a fiery desire to make it as a professional athlete. After I earn a rainbow jersey, I plan on taking that party straight to the Olympics.

  What made you choose DH instead of XC?

XC is punishment, DH is play. Kidding, once again. XC is actually a wonderful thing, and I enjoy XC races very much. But I have never felt an adrenaline rush even close to the ones I experience the ENTIRE ride, while shredding DH. Maybe there isn't a ton of money to be earned in racing the DH discipline right now, but it's what makes me truly happy, and I know that soon downhill will shock the world and receive the audience it deserves! XC will always be on my agenda, and maybe in the near future I will hit up a few big XC races...see where I stand.

Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
  What is your favorite place to ride?

There are so many incredible riding adventures to be had for me, but so far, nothing has topped the perfect combination of loam, rocks, steeps, roots, and hero dirt of home.

Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
  Are you inspired by any pro women DH racers, which ones?

Yes! Definitely. Honestly, they ALL inspire me. But so far, one that has really stood out to me is Mellisa Buhl. I have only met her once, and really don't know too much about her, other than she wears pretty make up, is really sweet and is dangerously fast. I had a quick conversation with her after Sea Otter and she told me that throughout her amazingly successful racing career she had been going to med school. WHAT!? I was blown away and filled with inspiration when she shared with me that she is a soon going to be a doctor, all while having a whole other career as a pro athlete MTB'er. This confirms that my many dreams can be achieved, and I don't have to just choose one, anything is possible. Girl Power.

Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
  How does it feel as a woman in a sport that's predominantly male?

Awesome! I never have to worry about girls all over my boy! But I can't wait until the numbers balance out a little more. Downhill mountain biking is extremely powerful in the way of inspiring women. I've seen it, and I've felt it. Once exposed a little more, mountain biking will ignite the ambition in many women to get up, push their limits, and go beyond their comfort zones to realize their strength and potential as an athlete, and most importantly as a person.

Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
  Do you do any other sports? Cross training?

I have been dancing since I was 7, and dance still holds a very special place in my heart. After the race season, I get right back into it for most of the winter. Ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop; you name it, I'll dance it! I also love yoga, and practice it most days. I live right on the water so kayaking is right up my ally! Behind my house in the lush green forest there is a never ending series of hiking trails, that I love to run on. I used to be a little soccer superstar, and still love to kick the ball around when ever I get the chance. I think if it wasn't mountain bike racing, it would have been soccer. I love to snowboard, skiing is fun too, I am just a green run kind of gal when it comes to the skis though, haha. At some point, I want to get right into surfing. Heck, I love it all and I'm going to do it all-and GoPro it all too!

Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC
Holly and Linden Feniak and Tyler Allison riding on the sunshine coast
Holly and Linden Feniak and Tyler Allison riding on the sunshine coast
Holly and Linden Feniak and Tyler Allison riding on the sunshine coast
Holly and Linden Feniak and Tyler Allison riding on the sunshine coast

More Personal Stuff

Girly or Tomboy?

GIRLY!!

Dresses or Jeans?

BOTH!

Favorite riding clothes?

TLD

Tea or Coffee?

Tea.

Makeup?

Absafreakingloutley. But only the natural and organic kind where they don't exploit animals.

Pink or Black?

Oooooooooooo. They both look really hot.

In 5 years…?

Legal in the US... Wink


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Holly Feniak rides her bicycle on the sunshine coast of BC

Holly has just kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise the money she needs to make it to this year's World Championships in Leogang-Saalfelden, Austria.

Holly and her team are giving away some great perks including postcards, posters, t-shirts, and complete Kranked DVD box sets. For a contribution as low as $5 you could win a chance to spend a full day mountain biking with Holly herself at Crankworx in August! To learn more and become a contributor, go to: indiegogo.com/hollysquest



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  • + 413
 Overtly sexual pictures of a soaking wet 16 year old girl. Oh...and she rides a mountain bike...through rivers I can only assume. Hey, Pinkbike, remember that article a few weeks ago about taking women more seriously in the industry? Of course you don't. Holly, don't stop riding and continue to kick ass but don't give in to the suckers move of sexing it up for a bunch of creepy dudes with internet access, or at least wait until you are 18:-)
  • + 90
 thank you for saying that. I saw the first photo and thought twice about reading any comments.
  • + 35
 Another thanks from me ...well said!
  • + 29
 yeah someone needed to say that
  • - 40
 oh booo
  • + 40
 That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the article. Well done, needs to be said. Girls don't do each other any favours when they capitalize off their looks. Whatever happened to women's liberation?

Having said that I was happy to see lots of riding pics. I neglected to watch the video. After reading the comments, I don't think I can bear it. I have a daughter, and loathe the idea of her ever being sexually exploited.
  • - 6
 Mhm, most of us men here are guilty of fancying such pics at some point of our lives and that's why they are there. I just hope I won't like them again after I'm fourty. Teenagers will do their woof woof, because no matter how much porn they watch, how much singular scores they get, they don't know they won't understand what a woman is for in males life. And let it stay that way it is natural the way I see it. But if you are fourty and it creates disruption of the force in your pants then it gets pathetic.
  • + 5
 Yep, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this article.
  • + 29
 Its an advert, they're doing it pretty good. Because at the bottom they ask for donations of 5 bucks so she can race her first WC in exchange for a chance to win a ride with her at crankworx. A ride on a bike, just to clarify
  • + 9
 Tjquinn ur spot on. pinkbike is a bike porn site not a porn porn site imo
  • - 7
 16 is the new 18! haha
  • - 23
 @dwdw how old is your daughter
  • - 5
 Fuck it. Im away to ask for her number on twitter. YOLO
  • + 30
 lol @ the first picture. really pinkbike? she's 16 years old. 16 years old... lets let that sink in a little more. And now she's going to get bombarded by a posse of weird dudes just like Lauren Daney. This is honestly completely embarrassing, and I can't imagine what an outsider visiting the site would think about this crap. Hey Holly do you have 5000 friend requests on Facebook yet?!? I hope thats what you wanted!!
  • + 4
 Im 16, plus 16 is legal in UK.
  • + 4
 I met Holly in Washington during the Strength in Numbers premier, Super cool Girl and very nice! Wish her the best in WC's!
  • + 36
 Guys she's fully dressed, its not like shes half naked in a bathing suit. She's in water......oooohhhh sooooo erotic... Maybe YOU find it sexy, but thats just you. I bet lots of guys might find the other pictures hot too, so whats your piont?
  • + 24
 okay guys I'm 16 and i think she's beautiful, theres no reason to think all sexual and shit just look at her as a rider and a person in are community. gosh !!! lol STAY SHREDDING !!
  • + 18
 @grievo : The article is based on her riding ability, the first picture is of her soaking wet in a pool of water The two are not even remotely related. Ian would not take that same pic of Atherton of Minnaar and post it as a cover for an article on them. No one said it was "oooohhhh sooooo erotic". Your sarcasm and generalization only pull away from the fact that it is an over the top picture of an under age girl. "Maybe YOU find it sexy, but thats just you." Who said it was sexy? I said overtly sexual. Sexy is an opinion, sexual is a statement. All of your gripes are irrelevant to the conversation. So I ask you, what is your "piont"?
  • + 13
 Grievo, you are on to something. I mean, I can't even count the number of pictures I have seen of guys waist deep in hot steamy water. What's everyone complaining about?
  • + 9
 Cute girl. Rides DH.

Photographer: Lets see,.....I know, WET T-SHIRT ftw!!

She´s probably a great biker but you shot that to pieces with the first pic, and saying she chose it means nothing. You took it.
Lame, old, and truly sad. Lost any/all respect for you and Pinkbike.
  • + 11
 I see what you mean guys but if you're under 18 like I'm sure a few of us are, I don't see the problem.... and she is wearing a long sleeve shirt... Could be worse
  • + 4
 i like how shes sponsored by tld, buuut shes wearing sombrio shit in 3/4 of her pictures..
  • + 17
 come on guys stop making such a big deal about this.
i'm 41 and i'm old enough to be her father. but i find her really beautyfull. is that a terrible sin?
must of us (20+) would have killed to have a girl like Holly (shredder and gorgeous)
if you see SEX instead of a nice girl then the problem is your own
  • + 3
 those voodoo designs are sick, the faces are so funny
  • - 2
 shes a freaking awome rider she soo qwick mot likley qwicker than all of us, im 15 and she hot but dont be a weirdo and ogle at her. good luck at world champs girl also how many bike does she have??
  • + 10
 @dirtboy6787: Who here is hating on her? The comments are about the photographer and article, not the subject of the article. No one denies she shreds. But thanks for your irrelevant statement on this thread.
  • - 16
 you probably should read all of the comments and when i mean by hating im saying all of the sexual prefixed comment
  • + 6
 So that's why you use terms such as "suck it" and "f*gs"? Cool. I read all of the comments on this thread. I do not see much "hating" on her as you stated. My only assumption can be that you are just bored and have decided to get rid of your boredom by trolling. That's cool. Thanks for explaining what you meant by "hating". In the words of a comment you left on a previous thread: "thats cool no one cares........"
  • - 14
 nice man stalking my pink bike profile
  • + 4
 I really wonder what gets through her mind after reading all those comments - unsee?

at least that's my reaction... unsee - unsubscribe, get it the fk out of my dashboard, I wish I've never opened that article, I wish I've never commented...
  • - 3
 Well said Tjquinn.
  • - 3
 Pinkbike is totally inept on the banter front, honestly .
  • + 13
 PEDOBEAR is just buying new bike.
  • + 2
 buahaha cebelar123 +1
  • + 3
 @cebelar123 : Awesome. Cereal just came out of my nose.
  • + 5
 @TJquinn Hey, all the power to him if he's shooting Minnaar in hot water... Doesn't worry me any. And the relation of the pictures is irrelevant. What is being discussed here is whether or not those pictures are appropriate. Again, shes fully dressed and she's in water... I see this as riding the edge of what is appropriate but not going over it. Someone said it well earlier, she seems to have a good head on her shoulders so I doubt this is something she will regret. I understand it may not be too classy to do such a thing but its not over the top. Just because you're uncomfortable with sexuality, doesn't mean everyone else is.
  • + 6
 @grievo: You had me agreeing with you all the way up to " Just because you're uncomfortable with sexuality, doesn't mean everyone else is." I am by no means uncomfortable about sexuality. I also never said it was over the edge. Some feel it is inappropriate to flaunt a 16 year old in such a way (an opinion that was in OTHER's statements and not mine). I will leave it up to the reader as to whether it is over the edge. Luckily we all have the freedom to debate such an issue. What I pointed out in my original comment was the hypocrisy of Pinkbike's take on women in biking. On one hand they advocate women being taken seriously in the racing, mtb world. On the other hand they start articles on someone who is a LEGIT racer with a picture of her wet in steaming water. Not doing the same to Minnar or Atherton was an example (this is something I should not have to explain). Look, disagree all you want. I respect anyone's opinion and I am by no means an expert. My issue is people warping my statement which you have done twice now. You are arguing against statements that I never made or completely missing my point. I am not quite sure which. Maybe you just want to play the devil's advocate and that is fine. I'll give you a +1 for it.
  • + 3
 Point taken, but honestly it wasn't directed straight at you. More just a shot at the people going crazy over this. I can see why the possible hypocrisy bothers you, but I guess this is where we disagree. I think we do mostly agree, and i appreciate your respect and humility. I just don't see the hypocrisy as you do. I too respect others opinions and am glad we can have these conversations. My intention wasn't to warp the statement, i see the example now but my position still stands. Something like this shouldn't be considered "too far". All of this really goes back to what you think is morally correct, which could be debated all day and night, so I'm done on that note. And you actually did say it was over the top...
  • + 5
 A little controversy goes a long way in promoting a product (or person). If anything, this article got a lot of people commenting and talking which is good for both Pinkbike and Holly. I hope it helps in her raising money so she can race.
  • + 2
 @TJquinn she's fully dressed... who's to say she's not just having a little fun? it's really not that sexual, it's just showing the feminine side of the sport, which is the whole point right? or do you want our bike chicks to look and act like men?
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  • + 177
 HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! "today was great ! the Gspot felt amazing!" is that even legal broadcast from a 16yr old!?
  • + 24
 there's so many euphemisms in that video!
  • + 34
 In 5 years…?

Legal in the US... Wink

what a girl! haha. nice write up, hopfully see her ripping it up in the WC soon

just watched the video aswell, her riding style is alot like a guys she looks really in control of the bike, not like shes being taken for a ride by it. you go girl haha
  • + 35
 legal in australia already Wink
  • - 1
 Nevermind
  • + 16
 Im smitten by this chicks riding style and humor
  • + 10
 i said once that there is no one in this world with marrying ... i was fucking wrong..
  • + 30
 WOW Hot downhillers are a rare breed.
  • + 17
 "I'm all wet and smell like booz, smells like success to me"... Sounds like success for me... Wink
  • + 10
 I love how Jill pretty much singled her out on the podium. I hate to predict but I don't think it will be long before she beats her...
  • - 1
 @TJquinn


your absolutley right!!
  • - 1
 i like her 100x more just because of that last question
  • - 15
 *walks up, strokes her bike gently whilst making intense eye contact and then calmly says in the most melancholic voice 'Riding for pleasure are we?'
  • + 2
 no thats fuckin weird
  • - 19
 i would put my holly in her feniak
  • + 3
 That doesn't even make a bit of sense ...
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  • + 88
 Geez Ian, every time time you interview a girl you get accussed of sexing her up and every time you respond that they just happen to be good looking and you take similar photos of guys.

You gonna tell me you would take a photo of any male rider in the same 'atmosphere' as that shot of this young girl in the water. Bullshit.

I looked at this article ONLY to see if you had done it again, and of course, you have. Any PB member old enough to be this girl's father (like me) is either feeling the same way as me or is an old creep.
  • + 24
 old creep here...
  • + 27
 Agree! I've made similar comments every time Hylands does these 'Women Who Ride' stories. He's never gonna learn. He puts together a 'nice' little story that looks like an attempt to promote women in sport, but then he can't help himself - ha has to throw in the sexy images. He's portraying women as sex objects, but he'll never admit it. If he was honest for once and titled his story 'Hot Pics of Sexy Women Who Ride' I wouldn't object so much.
  • - 11
 old creep representin'...
  • + 11
 Maybe it's the girls themselves who want the 'sexy' poses? I doubt it though, Hylands seems to use PB as a means to advertise his photography and maybe he's trying to branch out from taking photos of guys doing wheelies.
  • + 8
 We are not so narrowminded oversea... The is a difference between promote her with sexy pics and prositute her... That kind of article could bring popularity and sponsors to start a career. Remind me how many victories niki guddex have ? And how many times in FHM ?
  • + 20
 Nobody said she was a prostitute mougetm, they just pointed out that men and women are treated differently when it comes to mountain bike photography, but nobody wants to admit it.

Note: It would be pretty funny for a bunch of ugly downhill dudes to do a "sexy" photoshoot and then act all upset that they are treated like sexual objects.
  • + 12
 I agree to an extent, but its just a product of the world we live in. Beauty is a promotional tool and thats not changing anytime soon. You either have to deal with it or you have to not subject yourself to it, plain and simple. (although that may require living under a rock) Remember, she didnt HAVE to pose for these.
  • + 4
 But Hylands is "progressing the sport" by objectifying Miss Feniak.

/sarcasm
  • + 3
 She's good looking, she might as well use that bonus to further her career in a male dominant sport. Good luck to her.
  • + 14
 "So you race mountain bikes, how did it start?

Boys. Really cute boys"


Sounds like objectifing herself is her modus operandi, anyway. Ian is just doing what he does best: bringing out the person.
  • + 10
 Just to point out, it's not exclusively girls who are objectified in this sport: www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/men/pictures/cosmo-centrefold-gee-atherton-95813
  • + 7
 I thought holly had more class then this. It makes me sad to see she's already started objectifying herself. I remember seeing her a few years ago when I was racing the pro circuit and she was just a kid already ripping, and she seemed alright then, too bad she's gone this way. I don't mind seeing pictures of steamy mtb girls, but hell, they better be over 18, otherwise it's just wrong.
  • + 5
 Can't believe Gee did Cosmo! :/ What the hell is everyone bitchin and moanin about sexism for? She said the things in those videos herself, they weren't scripted, it's her choice. And I don't know about all you old gay guys, but I don't want to see pictures of Gee or anyone else standing in a waterfall all wet! Jeesh, it's not like she was in a bikini or something! She's in her riding gear!
  • + 3
 Cosmo did it for testicular cancer awareness or something.. He's a good looking guy and I'm sure more then a few women were drooling over his picture, but the point of the picture wasn't to sell bikes or gain sponsors or anything.
  • + 2
 Surely the that's exactly what Gee's shot was about, Being some kind of sex symbol?! They didn't go get a fat old rider, they got the most toned guy on the curcuit! Their clearly using him a a sex symbol. Good cause or not.. And why owuld the promote testicular cancer awareness in a womans mag anyway?
  • - 2
 @elmo20 yeah Gee sure looks like HE WAS 16 IN THAT SHOOT. and yeah she may have said things but she aint 18 yet!!
  • + 6
 Im with clarky78, i dont see this article as objectifying women at all. And if it is, it was it was holly was the one making the sexual comments, not Ian (im wet and smell like booze, legal in the us, etc.). People need to lighten up about the whole objectifying women thing IMO.
In a sport dominated by guys, it doesnt hurt to be a good looking girl, in fact its quite an advantage. Might as well take advantage of it.

Good article, good riding. For all you haters out there, lighten up.
  • + 0
 hahaha dont know what the fuss is about, 16 is legal in NC
  • + 3
 hate to break it to you @frdh but seeing as she is not nude or exposing any part of her body then the images are clearly legal, she does not have to be of legal consent age to have her photo taken when fully clothed in water. Pardon me if I'm wrong but if you were to look through a set of images by a modelling photographer you would see similar set up's. At the end of the day Holly would have to approve of the photos before being posted on to a world wide forum.

I hardly doubt Ian would willingly risk his whole reputation as a photographer by posting this so please move on and stop being so hypocritical, www.pinkbike.com/photo/6819038 I do believe this is in your favorites.
  • + 4
 might not appeal to the older generation, but as a 16 year old male i was intrigued by this article... probably the hormones talking though
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  • + 35
 Guys, please act like men here.

(not like you haven't seen a women i 300 years)
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  • + 28
 The title is misleading. A 16 year old girl is most certainly not a woman. As a 36 year old dude with a daughter, this isn't the type of shit I want her to expect from bike culture. It's obvious she's a cute girl, you don't need her soaking wet in a pool of water to see that. Most of the article, video, and photos are great but some of it's just bad taste.
  • + 28
 Actually I am a woman. haha. 98 percent of the people commenting on my article have never spoken a word to me in their lives. How could you possibly decide you know me well enough to say that I am not a mature, smart and strong young woman? Please keep your negative comments to yourselves.
  • + 10
 Wowzas! To be fair they are just trying to point out that too often in our society, Women are consciously/ subconsciously objectified, and that this article could most certainly be proof- many a euphemism about "wetness" and "G-spots" (yes I know that's the name of the bike) were subtly dropped into the article- I'm no raging feminist but surely you wold rather all of the above comments and negativity promoting what is basically equally rights and anti sexism than a load of blokes going... "Mmmmm she's hot, pretty, If I got her alone in a room I would.....". So yeah, that's it from me. They try their best, you.know ^^^
  • + 20
 Sorry Holly, no. A 16 year old girl isn't a woman any more than a 16 year old boy is a man. You can't buy smokes or alcohol legally, you can't vote, you can't join the military, and you probably have a L or N driver's license (if from BC). Just because a girl's (or guy's) body is up to the task of reproducing doesn't make them an adult. Stating you're not a woman is in no way a means for me to disrespect you, so I apologize if that's been the case. But I do think the adults responsible for the content could have done a better job. IMO 90% of your coverage here is awesome and I'd love for my daughter to shred with half the skill and style you do someday. Nice work to you and Ian, the riding pics are bang on. Lastly and unfortunately, anytime anyone puts themselves out there for public consumption there will be negative commentary (along with the positive).
  • + 11
 Holly, please do not be offended by people who think some of this content is a bit over the top for a bike site. The fact is that they had you with an open face helmet where MOST shots of that nature have a full face, and they had you soaking wet in a pool for sex appeal. The majority of people on this site do not want to look at a 16 year old girl wet in a pool for sex appeal. These two things take away from the point of the story, which is your talent. Sure, you are a woman in the biological sense. Hell, in some countries you are already woman enough to have 3 kids and live in a mud hut somewhere. Luckily you live in a country where you are allowed to hang on to your youth for a few extra years before the world wants to take advantage of you. I think you should keep that in mind before proclaiming your womanhood from the rooftops.
  • + 4
 Holly, you are a gifted rider and have a great personality. Consider that the 98 percent of people who don't know you personally have only this article and the pictures to go on. Your riding speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Can't wait to see you crushing the competition on the world stage. I definitely see a Holly F segment in the next Anthill video. Don't sweat the negativity but learn from it. You're going to be in the spotlight. And keep riding hard. Got skills.
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  • + 30
 Holly is good enough to make it on riding merit alone. Photos of a 16 year old girl in the water is just plain creepy. I expected more class out of Pinkbike.
  • + 15
 agreed, no need to sexualize such a youngster
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  • + 25
 These DH pics with a dirt jump helmet scare the crap out of me
  • + 21
 protect the pretty face!!!
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  • + 20
 ...must...try...not...to...make...dirty comment...about....her...bike's....name.....arghhhhhh......
  • + 0
 i think all those connections were made in the interview anyway
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  • + 20
 hey, i just met you

and this is crazy

but heres my number - 0254 6546 616

call me maybe?
  • - 6
 Lame!
  • + 20
 That number doesn't work!! You had me all excited for a minute.
  • + 1
 hahaha, sorry Frown ill PM it you Wink
  • + 15
 someone is getting a ton of pizzas delivered to their house
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  • + 11
 Pretty sure Holly is old enough to know exactly what she's doing. If she was cool with the pictures, then who cares? It's a bike website. Holly rides bikes. Fast. Good on her for doing what she loves, however she chooses to do so.
  • + 28
 Good point. Everyone knows that 16 year old girls are very wise, emotionally stable, and tend to always make good decisions.
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 Gonna have to disagree with you on this one, Lace. At 16, she probably loves the attention, but lacks the perspective the rest of us have regarding what that first photo says about women in this sport. Yeah, she chose to do it, but I'm with pslide and jubilee on this one--I'm just glad some of my 16-year-old (or hell, 24-year-old) decisions can't follow me around on the internet... This article without the first photo would be way more powerful, because it's some of the best riding shots of one of the best up-and-coming riders (male or female) out there right now. I'm usually on Ian's side about most things on this issue, but sadly not this time. At the very least, put an awesome riding shot FIRST, and leave the fluffy stuff with the other lifestyle photos of her sitting, texting, etc. As an editor, I know quite a bit about first impressions and how those color what people see/read from there on out. And no doubt, this was a conscious decision to lead with that first shot. I'm disappointed in Ian more than Holly--she acquiesced to the photo (which at least was fully clothed in bike gear), it was Ian who made the call to make it the primary focus.
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 So what are you supposed to say?

"Holly, I really think we should only have shots of you riding. You'll be successful in this business only if people know how good of a rider you are."

That's like telling the attractive young girl that she shouldn't go into modeling, and once she's a model that she shouldn't pursue acting, and once she's acting she shouldn't start her own production company.

Danica Patrick learned a long time ago that if she was going to make her mark on racing that she'd have to use both her brains, her skills, and her sex appeal. She's still out there to win, but at the end of the day people recognize her much more than Greg Biffle. Do you even know what Greg Biffle look like?

You ask anyone who Michèle Mouton is and they'll give you a blank stare. Not because she wasn't good, she was very good, but she just didn't have that intense coverage.
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 PHeller, not quite that, but yes it would be cool if someone offered her some sound advice. Lifestyle shots are a necessary part of being a rider, no doubt. But guys don't have to amp up their sex appeal to be successful, so why should Holly? Because guys like/expect it? Bullshit, women need to keep busting a hole in those stereotypes. Just because something *is* a certain way in this world doesn't mean it *should* be that way, in which case women need to make conscious choices to help change the status quo. There's plenty of incredibly successful racers out there who are recognized for being amazing riders w/out doing shots like that first one--Rachel Atherton of course comes to mind. And Jill Kintner, who the media absolutely adores, and for good reason: she's an amazing rider, a great personality, and has a clearly sharp head on her shoulders. I seriously doubt she'd think it makes sense to do a shot like the first one in this article, but she does tons of lifestyle stuff. Holly has serious potential. The fact of the matter is people will take her more seriously if she avoids the creampuff/sexy crap.
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 I can think of female riders who well, don't have to appeal to put it bluntly that some of the others have, but they've done fine for themselves getting sponsorships because of their skills on a bike. Example - Mellisa the missile Giove, Michelle Dumaresq, etc.
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 Holly has more than enough people with experience giving her advice than the people commenting on this article trying to decide her level of maturity and intensions for her. She is in a hot spring wearing downhill riding gear, not a bikini. The steam is representing that she is on fire this season and coming in hot to blow everyone away. The first photo is benign compared to what many 16 year olds are up to and posting on the internet these days. Lets all just be happy that at 16, Holly is pursuing her dreams and has a very successful career as an athlete in place for her.
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 @Courtneywylie actually it was Holly that wanted that photo at the top and I'll admit it may have been a mistake on my part to switch from my original layout that had a different photo at the top and that one at the bottom. I agreed to what she wanted because it went better with the leading caption that I wanted to use, and of course hindsight is perfect. I'm not going to defend putting the photos in the article however, I still stand by that decision. I personally don't see anything overly or overtly sexual about a photo of a girl standing in water with her clothes on as it has been described by some people here. People can and will read into it and think what they want however, and I honestly hope that there aren't as many men as there seem to be that immediately equate water and girls with sex. That creates some very scary thoughts when I think about what I see at the swimming pool or the lake in the summer, surrounded by women in the water wearing far less than Holly is in these photos. Yes these images were intended to be provocative, but they're more beautiful than sexual. Every single photo I take is meant to provoke something and get attention, that's part of why I shoot photos, to incite a response. And while I have never published a shot of woman mountain biker wearing less than regular everyday clothing I have more than once or twice published images of male riders with no shirt on and even several that were soaking wet. No comments made to those. It's an interesting contrast...

I'm not trying to justify myself, just explain where I'm coming from.
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 Hey Ian, thanks for the (as usual) thoughtful reply. As you probably know, I tend to agree with you when this kind of sh!t hits the fan, so I was surprised to find myself at odds with this decision. But I think it's even more interesting (and awesome) that Holly was consulted about the photo choices--did you two talk much about what it might convey and/or the potential reactions to it? If so, all the better really. Tyler's no doubt right, I'm sure plenty of people have plenty of opinions about what she should be doing, but she'll be all the better if people like you have honest conversations with her about these things. She's gotta keep making the decisions for herself after all.

And yes, that many men equate a woman in water (especially an attractive one like Holly) with sex--whether Holly intended that or not with her choice, it's the sad truth. Pretty much every other image of a woman in water is sexual, so despite her having a full DH kit on, that's where guys' minds are gonna go. And yeah, it's true that these comments aren't made about men for similar photos, because men aren't generally objectified. Women still are. That's the reality I'm talking about that I'd love to see change: similar photos of either pro men or women eliciting the same comments and reactions, which should generally be about their riding. But sadly, we're not there yet.

I appreciate that your photos evoke a response. That first shot is beautiful and, obviously, evocative--that would still be the case if it were included with the other lifestyle shots. I just wish the truly amazing riding shots were getting as much attention, because few women represent like that on a bike. Nice work to you both.
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 I don't think it's the picture itself that's sexualized, it's the pose she's picked and the facial expression, it's somehow less innocent then the other pictures. Also her comments (even if they were just jokes) about in it for the boys, etc. I can't help that I read the picture/comments as sexualized, however I can control my response to it. I think my issue with such pictures (and more so some of her comments).. is that she knows that it's more then just her own age group reading and seeing this, and that she's okay with the fact that guys my age and older are hyped up on it and getting off to the fact. It seems like a selling out point on her part. That's my own opinion. I just know I'd never want to be portrayed were i in her situation, nor would I want my little sister to be either... knowing how the general male population will respond.
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 Yes Ian and I had been planning the photo for quite a while before the shoot. We put a lot of thought into it, considered the negative and positive reactions that we would get from pink bike commenters, and I decided it was worth it. I love the photo, and if anyone took the time to make the connection that the photo goes exactly with the headline, they would see it as a clever, and artistic cover photo.
"On fire this race season" were the words I was hoping people would associate with the photo. courtneywylie, thanks, the photo was supposed to be beautiful, not sexually suggesting, to me it is very symbolic.

**There were numerous comments on how I don't know what I'm doing, and how I just want attention...blah blah..Just gotta say...I feel like this might be a little to much info, but I have a boyfriend, whom I love deeply, and trust me I have ZERO desire for anymore male attention. ** ...(cont)
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 Ian, it wasn't a mistake. It is an amazing photo, did anyone even recognize how beautiful that photo Ian took is? Amazing quality, professional photo.
As for everyone else, I am proud of everything in this article, I stand by it all, no regrets. Lol, I gotta admit, the G-Spot video is pretty funny, and I blush a little every time I watch it. I can see where the people who disagree are all coming from, but if I could speak with each of you face to face, I'm sure I could assure you that I am confident with what I am doing, and am not going in the wrong direction. I may be only (17 in a month..) 16, but I come from a place where things start very early, and believe me when I say, I am fully aware of the power of being an attractive female in a male dominant sport has. I say that with a lot of experience (please don't take that the wrong way!), and I take serious pride in being a role model, staying classy always, and staying true to myself. This is only the beginning to a very positive, and successful career for me. Outside of racing, I am a very artistic person, with an open mind and a love for photography. My intentions with the first photo have art, style and sass written all over it!
Thanks everyone for the positive comments, I appreciate all the support. And for the others, I also appreciate your concerns, but you can relax because I already have a wonderful team of people looking out for me, who I trust..and everything is under control!!
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 Just wanted to chyme in here - I'm a fellow female rider (like Lacy!) and Holly is such an awesome embassdor for women who ride! She is super, unbelievable fast (she beat me by a min, in a 3/4 min race! Lol) and she is super pretty! I like that the lifestyle photos show she is a girl and is happy to be viewed as one! I think guys need to understand that chicks can be bike mad and love to ride, but that doesn't mean we don't like to also be viewed as beautiful. (This is not a get-out-of-jail card for teen boys to be making lowkey comments!).

I look at it from a marketing perspective - she makes the Troy lee clothes look hot and still girly, yet she rides better than most guys! I would like to see more sport clothing actually modeled by real athletes!

I like the article and the photos - shows girls that u can have it all! Feel beautiful and like a woman and shred on a bike! I love the women who ride segment - I get inspired by these girls and excited to see such talent coming forward!

Good luck Holly - cant wait to cheer u on as u win those rainbow stripes one day soon!
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 Holly, I hope you don't take our comments about being young the wrong way... Some of us are just older parents and we get a bit worked up when we think about our own daughters I guess. I totally get that you wanted the photo to evoke being on fire, but what most of these guys' minds went to was something more along the lines of all of these: www.google.com/search?q=woman+in+water&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sy_NT5TrGYWogwe5p-FW&ved=0CGwQsAQ&biw=1680&bih=869.

Maybe you did get that it would conjure that kind of response and it didn't bother you--either way, my point is that getting other people's perspectives when you are working on promotional images are never a bad thing. It sounds like you and Ian really debated it, which is all an athlete can ask for! Even Ian didn't get why a picture of a young woman in water was such a big deal, so I sent him that Google images link too. It does sound like you have a good team, and I've never doubted that you've got a good head on your dirt-shredding shoulders. Maybe it's me, but I just wish you'd lead with your awesome riding photos. Regardless, I'll contribute to your campaign because I'd love to see you killing it on the WC circuit. Smile
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 Thanks jdigdog Smile And- thanks courtney, all thoughts and opinions taken into consideration. Thanks for your support!!
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 Hah "zero desire for any more male attention." That one made me laugh. I'm only three years older than you at 19 and I still don't understand why girls do this to themselves before they are legal. Although you vouch for wanting the pictures up here, I agree with the statement by courtney "This article without the first photo would be way more powerful, because it's some of the best riding shots of one of the best up-and-coming riders (male or female) out there right now." I really wish thats how this article was done... I guess you could call one of my comments above in this thread a little rude and I'm sorry for that, but if I saw my sister (who is the same age) up here like that I would be mortified.
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 I wish I had this kind of passion for sport at her age. She comes from a great and loving supportive family (I've known both her parents for over 25 years!) and grew up in a riding family. A prodigy of a shredder and I can't wait to see how her career unfolds! All the best to you Holly, from the Tippie crew!!
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 What frdh said would be a great motto for guys to consider before commenting on anything about women/girls and riding--how would you feel if it was your sister?
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 I tend to agree with both Ian and the girl. But I want to ask the question, why is it on the girl and the photographer to make you the viewer see the photo in a certain way? Isn't the point of photography as an art form to take a picture and have it elicit different interpretations and responses from people much like one song will make someone feel good while someone else might cry after hearing it? I saw the picture as a very good artistic photograph and didn't for one second think it was over the top sexual.
But that being said, my new desktop ended up being the 7th one down due to the awesome lighting and intense look from the rider.
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 Objectification of women isn't a problem that Holly or Ian created, or will solve, but this photo shoot will help perpetuate the problem. After reading through these comments I am glad so many people have spoken out against this. Hopefully it may have some influence on shaping the future. There is a lot of information easily available and digestible about this phenomenon. The movie Miss Representation comes to mind. Please readers, take some time to educate yourselves and then use your own moral compass. When I see this article, it doesn't feel right to me. I think the age of the girl is a major factor here.

Holly, I've read your comments. You seem like a strong, confident and intelligent girl, with a bright future. You may see this all differently in 20 years. I am glad you are aware of the power of being an attractive female. Do you have any empathy for a less attractive talented rider, who will receive little attention based on their looks? Do you like that women are evaluated with different criteria than men in this sport/industry?
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 dwdw states exactly what I did, and gets props, yet I get blasted with negatives.

All I was saying is that attractive women have used their looks to gain them more media coverage, more sponsorships, and more name recognition. There is nothing wrong with an attractive and successful young women taking advantage of her looks to gain prominence. Actors and actresses do it all the time. Do we say "Brad Pitt shouldn't be so damn sexy!"

Should Holly NOT take advantage of her good looks? Should she not take advantage of her humor and wit? Should she not take full advantage of her strength and stamina and skill?

I for one think that she should take advantage of whatever God gave her, including the advice of those women riders who have been there and done that.
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 Oh look, it's Havard's deptartment of philosophy come to Pinkbike to sort ma'am Feniak's life out! Man... I've read her comments (mostly just her comments, since that's what counts), and I'm getting an impression she's got, to cite someone else here, a "sharp head" on her neck, age notwithstanding. And that is all there is to it. She can take care 'herself, and should that ever not be the case, there's surely something called "family" to talk to. Not a bunch of bike dudes on a website. And speaking of age, would any of you experts still be all motherly and feministic, if she said she's 20+? Which she could have done and nobody could say a word. I'm convinced the general tone of discussion here would suddenly be very different.
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 Pheller... I think you should read my comment one more time. I don't think my comment reflects yours in any way, and I respectfully disagree with your point of view.
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 this was just like the cierra smith article but even better! i dont understand all the hate messages pinkbike needs more articles like this!! awesome
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 @hollyfeniak "...if anyone took the time to make the connection that the photo goes exactly with the headline, they would see it as a clever, and artistic cover photo"
Isn't the headline "Women Who Ride Holly Feniak"? Hahaha. I think people on here are taking it all way too seriously. I read the article, watched the video and looked at the photos and thought everyone had done a great job. Well done Holly, I wish I had half your skills (and balls, as it were) at your age.
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 I just want to make so many inappropriate g-spot related comments... but I'll restrain myself.
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 cove bike make it sound so wrong now! hahaha
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 Awesome article and photos! I love how Holly touches upon the fact of downhill mountain biking inspiring women and supporting them in realizing their strength. She's beautiful, strong and ambitious. Thank you Ian for highlighting amazing female riders....
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 Im all wet and smell like booze. Smile Sensational
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 On a serious note, she's a very sound rider and fun to watch her rip because she really accentuates the mtb fundamentals...high elbows, pointing the hips etc. Regarding the sexual projection, seems to be her character...don't grow up too fast kid, life's long.....care free youth isn't.
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 i swear canada just has it all: sick bike tracks, hot girls, hot girls who ride bikes, awsome ski resorts insane landscape the list is endless!
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 Yep, pretty much
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 Britain has cheaper beer and cheese though.
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 that is true dont get me wrong i love living in britain just saying canada has some awsome qualities to...
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 man i am trying to get a placement with cervelo only so i can move to canada
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 haha fair enough well good luck with it
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 Cheaper beer? Not in London!
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 "Oh god a 16 year old standing in water in a full sleeve jersey oh god too sexual derr derr can't handle! Class derr derr derr!"

Chill out. Not even a big deal. Get over it. She's a cute girl and conducts herself in a mature/respectable manner. Not once in the article did I think she was setting a bad example for female riders nor did I feel offended.
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 If I ran into her on the trail, I would propose.
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 I'd lose focus and crash :-)
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 If I ran into her on a trail I would end up crushing the poor girl, with my fat ass. Wink
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 Wow, she looks very comfortable on a bike, comfortable with herself, comfortable in front of the camera, and comfortable being a girl in a guy's world. If she does well she'll be every sponsor's dream girl...maybe every guy's dream girl...
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 Its awesome that Pinkbike is covering fast female riders and racers. However I think that this article is a totally inappropriate way to cover a 16 year old girl. The overtly sexual nature of the pictures and video are irresponsible and most importantly disrespectful to female mountain bikers, especially juniors. Girls these days are inundated with the idea that the only way to succeed and be respected in largely male dominated sports, and life in general for that matter is to sexualize your behavior from a young age. This irresponsible article does nothing to dispel that idea. Pinkbike, your better than this.
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 I love the pictures and the video! Holly, you are very inspiring and as i was reading the article, i was like "omg, she sounds like me!" (well except for being beast on a bike) Keep it up chica!! ps. i love your makeup! Smile just shake off the hurtful comments and keep on doing what your doing! pps. you should come and ride in Nevada City or up to Downieville!
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 I have something to say to all those that had commented on how bad that one photo reflects upon Holly and "womankind" (I use this term to sum up the mentality behind many of the relevant negative comments).

Get the frak over yourselves already... After watching the interview vid I found it very obvious that not only is she quite intelligent, advanced beyond her years, but she has a very strong constitution. I am quite sure that Holly had more to say about what pics were used than you give her credit for. Furthermore Holly's own words set the course and tone of the interview, again I am sure that she was very aware of what she was saying and the ramifications therein.
Now take into consideration the fact that she is still considered as a juvenile. therefore, her parents have the legal right to veto anything that they feel is inappropriate also comes into play.

Holly is a beautiful young lady in every way... but more importantly a beautiful human being... and is well on her way to a superstar status, be that in the uber cool world of MTB... or in her chosen unrelated, and yet to be determined, career path... or both.

There are no limits to what we (you) can achieve, aside from the limits we (you) set for ourselves (yourself).
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 Overtly sexual... seriously? Then I don't even wanna know what's in your head but to me there's nothing sexual about those photos - and I'm saying this as a woman! She's standing in water... but dressed like a nun! Google Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger... now that's what's 100% wrong, this is exactly what makes some people think of women as sexual objects no matter how brilliant athletes they are, not this nice girl wearing a long sleeve jersey!
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 Ok... Did anyone think the first picture might have been her idea ? Everyone is hung up on the fact that it's "exploiting" or people are just being disrespectful... Can't we just enjoy the article ? After all.. It's called "news" for a reason.. Read it, enjoy it.. And if you don't enjoy it then just don't put your hardened opinions about a single picture from the entire article.. And dont be a disrespectful creeper..
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 She's FASTER than you. So stow your comments an meet the next girl to dominate World Cup Events. Personally I am excited because now we two down to earth and totally rad individuals representing Canada on the world stage. Stevie Smith and Holly are both set to show the world that Canada has the best shredders around!
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 I think alot (not all) of these guys posting should build a bridge and get over themselves. You read way too much into that vid and photos........she's a great ripper with a great future in mtn biking.......and a friend. get over it or go find a 'girl' friend
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 Dammit, another female rider thats faster than me Frown
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 she is unreasonably beautiful and full of talent..she seems like a good person...stoked on her coverage on pinkbike...too many whiny people on here, get over it or go join PETA or some shit.
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 I must say that my 3 year old daughter was looking at the pics and saw the video with me and she kept saying, "Daddy she is pretty daddy" (haha) and also in the video she kept saying "she fast daddy" I actually appreciated the fact my little 3yr old girl picked up that Holly is pretty and that she can also shred and that you don't have to be some butch tomboy to enjoy shredding down a mountain. Thanks Holly and Ian.
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 Hey guys, sorry to say that you're wrong but I have to. Gina Carano (mma), Danica Patrick(nascar), Anna Kournicova(tennis), these girls are some of the biggest names in womens sports and they all have a modeling career. Men are bigger, stronger and faster than women so how are these females supposed to make mainstream media just on their physical abilities? Is the wnba anywhere near as popular as the NBA? No. Why? because phsyically its just not as exciting. Now add a lil sex appeal in there and Danica Patrick is the second most popular driver in Nascar. Is she the second best driver? No. But using the assets that she has, she has made it in the big times. Holly rips and if she uses her skill and her assets to her advantage, she could be one of the biggest names in mtb. Good luck girl. and if anyone says anything about your age, tell them the biggest pop star in the world started at 15. Yes Brittany Spears.
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 From now on all rider profiles of any gender need to have a wet, standing-in-water glamour shot.
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 I scanned through the riding pics and thought, "F--k yeah, she rips and is a pretty Canadian gal."

Then I went back and read that she's 16. Felt a little old and creepy but that's not her problem. She still rips and is pretty regardless of what I say. So, keep killing it, Holly. You'll be too fast for people to care about your age, gender or looks.
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 Killin it Holly! Good Luck this season!! Smile
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 ...thats hot.
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 You know what??? Ian did a mint job of the interview, this girl knows she's hot and like another girl would exploit it... 'boys, cute boys' thats the reason she started so thats a pretty realistic interpretation of how she is in real life... I'm 19 and would love my gf to get into riding... this shouldn't turn anyone on... it should inspire them to respect how good some of these female athletes are... and they would definitely be quick than most of us!!!! Big Grin
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 She flipn' kills it! The water shots are supercheese - even a hot girl in a hot spring.. in her ride gear.. is douchery. All the other shots and the editorial make up for it along with her attitude. Apparently riding DH has created a really fun loving person who isn't up tight about laughing about 'shocker' etc. Stoked to see a lady ripping this hard and embracing her beauty at the same time.
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 HaHa,

Saw the title and I went straight for the comments.
Another classic list of comments, pedobike.com in full swing again.

I guess I'll say hi to her when she rips past me on a hill!
*Giggle* Ah... Pinkbike
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 If I was her dad I would have vetoed the water pics. But then I would push for a sponsor who didn't use sexually oriented names too. She is an awesome talent. Don't let her looks get her into to trouble and ruin that.
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 this might be off topic. but i like the way the racing programs of COVE and YETI are running. they spot talents who they believe can be competitive in the big leagues and they nurture it.. great job on COVE for supporting Feniak!
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 I remember reading a comment from a PB article from a female poster. She pointed out that as women get into sport at a younger age, you will see women flowing and crushing it as good as the men.

"Her time at that race was less than 14 seconds off the Elite Men's win, and would have placed her 4th in the 17-18 male category." Just goes to show how true that is.

Keep destroying those course times Holly!!!
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 not gonna lie, she is really pretty and my age, i wouldnt mind having her as my girlfriend, afterall she enjoys my sport as well on top of her looks. She also seems like a good biker with talent. Hope she goes places. And maybe gives me her number XD
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 Blah blah blah,over sensitive ar***oles,fit young girl in a pool,blah blah blah ,get over it.
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 I think that the problem is YOU! There is nothing overtly sexual about that top picture! To be honest it's not even very flattering. I read the whole article without any thoughts other than nice to see a girls girl doing well. I think she will be a better influence than some of the tomboy butch girls the sport attracts. I was so surprised at the comments that I went back and looked and still can't see what the fuss is about. That picture has nothing sexualised about it. If you think it has then the problem is YOU! Your mind is the problem.
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 I want one.
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 I wan't one to I have always liked the cove to Smile
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 Coves are nice too....
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 if a young woman can raise her profile by poseing for sexy photos that will get her a following of male fans then that will in turn make her appealing to sponsors. which will give her the chance to display her downhill skills to a larger worldwide fan base. making her more fans then more sponsoship. end result bigger bank balance and hopefully when her time in the sport is over she has financile security for a long time. result
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 shes pinned, shes definitely got skill and I think she could compete with kitner and atherton and the rest but her attitude is cocky as hell. shes like a female dh version of anthony messere. also I agree with the notion that this article is extremely over sexual. if she can take herself seriously, with her talent paired with hard training (cut the partying) she could definitely take top spot one day.
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 She already has been finishing with in a couple seconds of Kitner at every NW Cup this year. The article is supposed to be a little cocky. She takes her self and training very seriously and never goes out partying like the other 99% of people her age. Maybe do some research before slagging people next time. No where in the article it says she's not serious and partys every night.
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 im not slagging, did I not just say shes got a great amount of talent?
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 Good looking, talented, likes Bike we have something in common....bikeSmile
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 Funny how no comments whatsoever are about her actual riding etc..... Feel sorry for her reading this thread
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 Hey...who are we to judge? She is super talented and she can have her own life.
I enjoyed the honesty and that she spoke her mind
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 Great interview,I like her attitude,she'll go far...and fast
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 Soo Stoked on girls like this comming from b.c! Such a beatiful girl that nows how to kill it on a bike. Hoping to see this beauty on the trails!
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 for me, this is the most interesting thread here in PB with regards to comments/opinions. she's hot and she rides a bike and she's good at it. props to her. get over it.
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 Everybody relax. I'm pretty sure Ian did a similar photoshoot with Schley some years back. Wink Keep up the good work, Ian.
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 Actually it was Kirt Voreis back in 2007 for TwentySix Magazine, you can find the photos here and here in my Voreis gallery. I wasn't going to say anything about it, there are those who will still say things like "You gonna tell me you would take a photo of any male rider in the same 'atmosphere' as that shot of this young girl in the water. Bullshit." without having any idea about what I would or wouldn't do...

thanks!
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 Now that's a monday pb! Beer and tasty roasted pig followed by a pretty girl. What's next?
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 Some one should launch "Brownbike.com"..... pure unadulterated bike hardcore for such threads ;-)
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 AMAZING riding shots! And absolutely killing the races obviously. I love your cornering style Holly. Good luck in the World Champs! You'll kill it.
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 she's only 16? damn
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 16 and faster than a good number of the boys!
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 16 and faster than most of Germany
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 Yeah, quite a shocker. I figured she'd be 20-ish. :p
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 I am strangely aroused. Tough to find a cool girl that rides DH.
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 She doesn't even look that good on a bike? Manon will destroy her at the champs anyway Wink
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 Really down to earth kind of girl. Also rides bikes, most likely better than I can! Crazy...
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 They sell Kranked bikes, helmets and gloves at Canadian Tire lol... Anyways, I can't even get sponsored in the first place, so props i guess!
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 and..... Junior World Champ 2012!!!! what an epilogue to a great story. hopefully it's just the beginning for this young ripper! well done, congrats Holly!
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 Nice to see more young Canadian talent ripping it up like that...maybe the next big thing since Atherton jumped onto the scene
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 seriously she's 16 why is her first picture her soaking wet in riding clothes? If you want to promote her being a good rider let's see that instead.
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 Maybee she likes being in the spot light, aint nothin wrong with that. She deserves it
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 Hey Holly, I meant no disrespect to you when I said "sweet sixteen", it was more of a compliment. Words of wisdom: stay grounded, keep to your morals and what you believe in, use good judgement (that way in won't come back to haunt you), don't sell your soul to the devil, and be the role model that other young women can proudly look up to. Your already on the right path so just be yourself and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. BTW; never mind the catcalls and the haters because your better than that. Now go for it!!!!
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 super smack in the face hot!!!!! Natural beauty that hauls ass down mountainsBig Grin
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 i think anybody saying bad things about holly are just jealous cos shes better than them! Smile
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 wow lots of leg humpers in here.
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 Good to see Cove in there... I miss my Shocker, and my G-Spot for that matter...sigh...
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 absolutely love your helmet decals don't know how you made them light up so sick!
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 those aren't decals, its custom painted by Stacy Glaser from Painthouse Customs. painthousecustoms.blogspot.ca He does amazing work.
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 Wow that is cool! I wonder if it would be worth it to do that to my helmet except maybe in a neon blue since im a guy. Cool job nevertheless! : )
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 She rides so much like a guy! I dont think i would guess it was a girl riding in the video if i didn't know!
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 Wow. Hot girl. Smile
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 I think she should maybe live her life as a 16 yr old girl a little more than to have to many sexual inuendos.
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 dammmnnn wanna go out sometime?? lol Wink
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 she looks so stylish on the bike.....shes in for a rooting at her first world cup....
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 I don't feel comfortable with the way you all are talking about my i mean come on guys really!!
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 MARRY ME!!! I'm 16 so it's okay
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 Not gunna lie... basically just looked through the pictures, too distracted to read anything! Wink
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 Awesome article also check out my girl's video Smile
www.pinkbike.com/video/259116
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 dude she rips! so cool =) awesome job PB on the women who ride articles, they deserve some recognition!
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 fit bike....the girls alright to!
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 Woman or man, the person I saw in the vid was fast and controlling those bikes like they were one unit!!! Rock on Holly!!!!
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 that helmet is rad
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 Painthouse Customs!
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 Yes very nice helmet for Holly, but since im your average joe my matt black "Deviant" suits me just fine.
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 dont really understand why she is posing like that in the water but hey ho...
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 What a beautiful eyes look through these goggles!
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 I ride bikes, you ride bikes... catch my drift ? (;
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 amazing style of ridding with great confidence and skill, this girl is gonna go far FACT!! Good luck holly and hopefully you will make it to the world cup.
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 thats my type of dream girl, great smile, hot, an rides downhill. when can we meet? haha
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 Super stylish. That's some solid riding right there.
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 The Dream girl Frown
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 you have a sad face because you know that you could never get a girl like her
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 ohhh is really beautful Smile
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 Does anyone else find it a little bit funny that she rides a shocker? lol
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 good to see girls doing this
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 This is amusing.. Don't tell me the first photo is not specifically made to be "sexy". I see no MTB photo's of men all wet in water (thank god), haha.. Yes wet sexy "women" are nice to see but this is an MTB website and she's 16 ?? At 28 I'm feeling old right now.. Perhaps too old for this site after seeing this.
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 she should come and ride in fernie.
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 I notice she prefers the 'shocker'
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 can't wait to see her in the next kranked video.
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 i think she is awesome! there shold be more girls like her! Smile
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 Go Holly....future champ!
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 how do these girls maintain their appeal while riding that rough!?...
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 I ... LOVE ... HER. AND HER BIKE! COVE ALL THE WAY.
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 Looks like a girl for troy brosnan or anthony messere
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 So true. I bet theyre too bussy winning though TO check her out.
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 man shes a babe her bike and vid names fit her perfectly...
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 Shes so sick!
'In 5 years..' WC podium?
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 this one actually rips. nice!
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 sick article Holly Smile
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 Now thats my kinda chic, fast as hell and mega hot!
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 Go girl go go gooooooooooo woop woop
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 I bet this girl is getting so many likes on Facebook. Nice rid'n Style
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 nice interview, sick riding in great pictures.
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 I want to get married with a girl like that, maybe a bit older..
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 If you wrote it twice she stil wont get older twice as faster than normal Smile
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 "The g spot feels amazing!" casi m muero....
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 Really wish I lived on the sunshine coast...
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 ok i havent seen this comment yet: who the hell would ride DH or freeride WITHOUT eye protection? she may be cute, but smart...? nope
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 Great Write up! Good to see a chick so young so into the sport.
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 Seriously?? An amazing article, an ispiring DH girl.....and yet you throw in a photoshoot a few clothes short of a playboy article. Oh dear...flop.
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 Now this girl can rip!
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 I feel you have left one detail from this article: her number.
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 I'm 15 your 16 i think Hhaha I'm moving to Canada when I'm 18 yer we should hook up Hhahha
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 legal in the us, omg she is perfect
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 Wow..I think i'm inlove Smile
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 She´s really 16? MOG!
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