Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto - Video and Interview

Jan 12, 2016
by Diamondback Bikes  
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With the new year brings new faces to teams all across the sport and we're super excited to announce the addition of Micayla Gatto to Diamondback's 2016 roster. MIcyala, best known for her downhill racing prowess on the World Cup circuit, Crankworx, and all over Canada, is starting the next chapter of her career with a focus on seeking far off adventures on two wheels.

Micayla's talents run far beyond just biking. She's an accomplished artist, a very talented musician, and a super ambassador for the sport. Her resume includes coaching for Summer Gravity Camps in Whistler, local camps on the North Shore, and cycling advocacy well beyond the local scene. We're excited to have Micayla's infectious energy on our team and look forward to working with her to bring unique, humorous, artistic and exciting content for everyone to enjoy throughout the year. Welcome to the team Mic!

DB: Micayla! Welcome to Diamondback for the 2016 season. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Hello and thanks! I’m so excited to start a new chapter of my riding career with an awesome new family! I’d say I’m most looking forward to the creativity and flexibility the team has, and to be working with Mike Hopkins on some projects. Never met the guy but judging by his edits we’ll get along juuust fine. Also having Lacy Kemp as my “boss” is probably one of the best things ever.

Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto

DB: Diamondback has kind of an adventure bike vibe going these days. How does that fit in with what you do?

I stopped racing World Cups at the end of my 2014 season and actually took a year “off” to really reconnect to why I ride bikes. I realized that my love for riding didn’t come from race results, so for 2016 I’ve shifted my focus from what I think everyone else wants me to do, to what I want to do. Nothing is more appealing to me than setting out on an epic ride with a good crew to tell a rad story and gain new perspectives. Although my racing really played a huge role in who I am today, I want to discover more of the places, people, and cultures of mountain biking, not just one race track with the same people in a different location each week.

Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto

DB: You're primarily known in the bike world as a downhill racer. Will you still compete?

Haha, yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever stop competing, whether that’s against myself or the clock. Although I’m not results-based anymore, I do still love to push myself and go fast, so you might see me drop in to an event or two this season, just to see how I stack up. Now that I’m not required to race, I like to play around with my training a bit more, and see what still produces results. Racing is more of an experiment for me now, and I like that. The girls are always pushing the envelope so it’s a good wake up call to get thrown into that! Plus it’s been such a huge part of my life for so long, it’s nice to see familiar faces and old friends again! I don’t miss the constant traveling and the lack of exploration World Cups demand, but I do miss the vibe and going fast on a bike.

Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto

DB: So far you've been riding the 2016 Mission Pro. How is the bike treating you and were you surprised by its ability at all?

I’m going to be completely honest here. The bike I had before the Mission was my most favourite bike I’ve ever had, so I was a bit hesitant to try something new, no matter what the brand. When I hopped on the Mission Pro, I was riding with a bit of skepticism, but even with that mindset I was blown away.The thing is an absolute BEAST on the downhill!! Not having a downhill bike for over a year, I felt that rush of going legitimately fast again, but on a trail bike!! Scared me a little! I also thought that the climbing would be much harder seeing as it was such an awesome performer on the descents, but, with no lockouts or adjustments, I climbed up all my regular trails just fine. Definitely in love with this bike. I’ve only ridden it a handful of times but already I’m riding harder lines, and I know it’s only going to open more doors to
what I’m capable of doing on a trail bike. SO excited!


Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto

DB: What do you think you can bring to Diamondback and its audience that will continue to help grow our brand and get more people riding our bikes?

Well, I’m a girl, so that’s different haha. But for serious, I am truly passionate about reaching out to the community of cycling and inspiring people of all genders and ages to get on a bike and enjoy the ride. I can’t even begin to explain how much joy I get from seeing people live their dreams and realize their potential. Especially kids. I remember growing up and looking to the pros to guide me, to inspire me and make me dream big. By living my life to the fullest and playing out my dreams to be shared with everyone, I hope maybe I too can be a role model for a kid looking for dreams to chase!

Diamondback Welcomes Micayla Gatto

DB: Why do you think Diamondback is a good fit for you?

I like bikes, they like bikes, we all like to ride and have fun… y’know. Haha but what I feel is different with Diamondback is their ability to really mix approachability and fun with performance and function. I like to have a great time on great gear and tell great stories, and I feel that’s exactly what Diamondback likes too. Like you said earlier, the whole riding adventure-vibe. It’s a lifestyle. It’s trending, and I’m into it.


MENTIONS: @diamondbackbikes / @micaylagatto




51 Comments

  • 57 0
 Great rider and artist! Smart move by Diamondback! #gattobooty
  • 17 0
 Follow her on Instagram! Hope we'll see more riding than hiking now....
#gattobooty
  • 2 0
 Coolest style and the best heart.. I dont even know her and all I get is positive vibes from anything related to her.
And youre right, shes a wicked artist, with a pen and on wheels!
Keep at it Mica. Youre killing itttttt!! (Y)
#gattobooty
  • 33 0
 Good to see her back on the bike (sponsored that is).
  • 16 1
 Yeah for sure, will miss her racing world cups though
  • 1 0
 what was she on before?
  • 1 0
 oh yeah, thanks.
  • 2 1
 Nice...you missd a year but now you back baby!
  • 11 18
flag Kre1985 (Jan 13, 2016 at 7:38) (Below Threshold)
 Sssooooo hot!
  • 2 0
 Good to see her back!!
  • 26 4
 So she's getting paid to mess around/"do whatever she feels like" on their bikes? Sounds awesome..
  • 18 3
 Such a good news! And pleased not to hear "I will concentrate on enduro" Smile Happy trails Micayla!
  • 7 0
 im also pleased with the headline of "Welcomes" instead of "Signs with" which makes it sound too corporate business. bikes is srs biznss
  • 3 0
 For what it's worth micaylas beyond the bike episode with dirt tv was pretty inspiring, felt good to relate to the 10 hour work days (nights) as well as training daily without a break, after a pretty successful season last year it was sick to know all the gruelling night work and gym sessions were worth it and paid off, she's defiantly an inspiration
  • 3 0
 Hey Andrew, cheers!! Always makes me super stoked to hear other people's stories of finding success, and to feel like I helped inspire you to keep pushing through the daily grind makes me even more happy! Keep doing what you're doing, and never leave your goals behind Smile
  • 6 2
 Was this an interview questionnaire to know if she got the gig or not?? All good for her, but I'm sure they could have managed some more insightful questions...
  • 4 0
 More Ladies to the Freeride please !
  • 3 3
 That was a cool interview, she seems like an awesome person. Despite the fact that I've never owned a Diamondback, I don't have anything against them, really. We've seen several companies cross over from "sporting goods" to high level IBD bikes. Seems like a good fit for both.
  • 1 4
 ? She was on Pivot previously...?
  • 4 2
 And DB has already had a rather full handful of higher level riders, currently they have Mike Hopkins as well. Actually, i think they've always had known riders...
  • 2 1
 My wife's on a decent DB mission that I bought for her a few years ago. She complains it's too heavy but it's a serious bike compared to her friends' entry-level hard tails.Tthe spec package was better than my current bike at the time for a very competitive price. She's lucky I upgraded or the next time she goes for a ride she'd find a stripped frame in the garage!
  • 2 1
 yeah, DB makes some pretty sweet bikes. I have the sortie and I love it. although I ended up switching out a lot of the components to make it as much of a mini downhill bike that a trail bike can be.
  • 3 1
 Really don't get why I'm being neg propped... For saying I'm cool with DB, and don't have a problem with the brands that many disdain because they're not overly niche or expensive?
  • 2 5
 welcome to PB, where you get neg propped for no reason
  • 2 6
flag doek (Jan 14, 2016 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 sorry dropoffsticks I had neg you for that comment Smile
  • 3 5
 favor returned
  • 1 4
 touche
  • 3 0
 Awesome for Diamondback and Micayla! I'd also like to see Holly Feniak back at it too!
  • 3 0
 Sounds like a fun lass. Looking forward to seeing what she has to offer.
  • 4 1
 Sweet music??? Hotline bling... hmmm
  • 4 0
 That was great.
  • 4 0
 Wooo. Go Diamondback!
  • 3 0
 That intro was a bit corny.. I loved it.. congrats on the new gig..
  • 2 0
 My favourite rider ♥ Fingers crossed!
  • 3 0
 Nice one!
  • 2 0
 I ride a 2015 mission pro and it´s an awesome ride!
  • 1 0
 Crushing some Freeride, it suites you well.
  • 1 0
 When will diamondback bike available in asia region?
  • 1 0
 She is an awesome person! I'm happy to see her smiling on the bike again!
  • 1 0
 Ha, that intro! She's my new hero.
  • 3 3
 silly lady.
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