Getting to Know: Junior World Champs Bronze Medallist Gracey Hemstreet

Sep 7, 2021
by Sarah Moore  
Izabela Yankova Kine Haugom Gracey Hemstreet with the gold silver and bronze medals for the Junior Women

Gracey Hemstreet grew up on the Sunshine Coast and started riding bikes at the Coast Gravity Park in Sechelt, BC in 2014. This year, she burst onto the international downhill scene in the Junior category with a 5th place in her first-ever World Cup race in Maribor followed by a third place at World Championships in Val di Sole and, most recently, a second place at Lenzerheide. After her World Cup DH stint, she's heading to Oregon for Proving Grounds September 10th-11th. We caught up with Gracey ahead of the event.

Who is Gracey Hemstreet?

Hi, I’m Gracey. I enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures in the wilderness, especially if it involves riding bikes.

Where are you from?

I am from the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia!!

Who do I ride for?

I ride for Commencal Canada.

What are accomplishments that I’m proud of?

In 2019, I won the Canadian National Champs, and had a pretty good results record that year. This year, 2021 I started racing World Cups and recently got 3rd at the World Championships in Italy!

Gracey Hemstreet took the final medal position in the junior women.

What are highlights from 2020/2021?

Travelling around Europe has been one of the biggest highlights of my life ! It has been the best experience, racing my bike and travelling with family and friends.

What are you mostly looking forward to at Proving Grounds?

I am really looking forward to pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new things and meeting new people.

You've been invited to Proving Grounds this year. How are you preparing for that?

Honestly, I’m not really preparing for Proving Grounds at the moment, just because I am in Europe racing World Cups. But before I left I was jumping a lot.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Well, when I'm in school, I wake up at 6:30 go to the gym then get ready go to school, then after I go home and go for a pedal or shuttle laps!

How did you get into mountain biking?

Well my dad (Darren Hemstreet) and a few others created the Coast Gravity Park in Sechelt, BC in 2014 so I started riding there and never stopped!

Photo by Jake Davidson in the Coast Gravity Park.

What’s the hardest part about being a mountain biker?

Honestly, I think it’s just staying focused and remembering what my goals are and how I want to achieve them and to keep pushing and working hard.

Whats the best part about being a mountain biker?

The best part is riding my bike because it’s so much fun, and also making goals and achieving them.

What are your strengths?

I’m pretty decent and jumping and cornering, from riding bike park my entire life.

What are your weaknesses?

When I’m racing I’d say my weakness is not being able to push myself past my comfort zone, so I have to work on that.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Coast Gravity Park of course!

Photo by Jake Davidson in the Coast Gravity Park.

What was your worst crash?

I’d say it was in Silver Star when I crashed into a tree in my race run in 2019. I injured my knee really bad.

Who is your favourite rider?

Brendan Howey is one of my favourite riders. He is super chill and is always happy, And he’s super talented on a bike.

What is your favourite motto?

Race your race.

Last rider down and straight into the top spot for tomorrow. Gracey Hemstreet was on it today.

What’s your favourite food?

I’d have to say grilled cheese!

What annoys you?

When I can’t nail down a feature on a trail.

What makes you happy?

I enjoy going on long rides with my friends.

What do you enjoy away from bikes?

I enjoy hanging out in the outdoors and going on hikes, and camping.

Gracey Hemstreet gets to grips with the new technical rock section.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as World Champion one day.

What does your future hold for you?

More racing and good times ahead!

Follow Gracey Hemstreet on Instagram @graceyhemstreet

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  • 53 2
 you better do a Izabela Yankova as well, we are used to see canadian do great on the circuit, not so much a Bulgarian...
  • 10 1
 She said in an interview that this is her countries first ever medal!! Not sure if she meant in a cycling discipline of in any sport but it certainly deserves some recognition.
  • 27 1
 Can't agree more
She even matched the TOP 10 of the elite category in Lentzrheyde.
Please PB - give her a little push. She's coming in snowshoe (on her own funds) - so the best moment to meet her
  • 7 0
 I totally agree! Great attitude and undeniable skill on the bike. Great to see Wyn recognize that with the privateer award. The women's field gets more exciting every year. My daughter and I love watching the world cup together!
  • 6 0
 Yeah she is killing it all year and no one said nothing about her, only Ben Cathro for a second, cheers to Wyn for giving her the privateer award.
  • 9 0
 Met her on the CGP shuttle a few years ago, she was really polite and nice, started talking (mansplaining) with her about something to do with biking... then I saw her rip. That’ll teach me for thinking I knew a thing or two about a thing or two.
  • 8 0
 Gracey is awesome! Nice Canadian girl who SHREDS! A sponsors dream. Go Gracey!!
  • 12 6
 Will there be a feature on every Junior World Champs Medallist?
  • 14 1
 Yes. For years now, this series showcases both up and comers and seasoned pros.

PS - I guarantee Gracey would ride circles around you and I both.
  • 5 0
 Saw her a few times at CGP and she is great on and off the bike, her future is bright.
  • 6 0
 Future is bright! #longlivechainsaw #CanadaDH
  • 6 0
 the kids are alright
  • 4 0
 Future World Champ!
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 Having a great season! Keep up the good work. Stay safe/healthy, positive, focused, and FAST!
  • 1 0
 Keep crushing is Gracey!!!!!!

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