Getting to Know: XC Turned DH Racer Rachel Pageau

Dec 17, 2018
by Harrison Fetter  

Rachel Pageau
Rachel's motto "whistle while you hustle" explains a lot about her attitude and mindset as a racer. A Kinesiology student from Quebec City, Rachel Pageau enjoys techy steeps and consuming large quantities of veggies. After having a successful year racing for Cycles Devinci, the French Canadian is currently in between contracts but keep an eye out for Rachel at World Cup and EWS races this upcoming year.



Describe yourself.


Small but feisty little French Canadian. An XC racer turned enduro racer a couple years back, now in love with downhill. I’ve always been into speed and tech sections but it took me a few years to find the courage to actually switch to big bikes, absolutely buzzing to finally do it now.

Boris Beyer Photo.
Boris Beyer Photo.

Where are you from and where do you live?


I’m from Saguenay, a small town in Quebec. I now live in Quebec City to attend University.


Who do you ride for?


I am currently in between contracts so it shall be a surprise for a little longer.


What are your strengths?


Techy rooty steeps I’d say!? I actually enjoy gnar a lot more than bike park stuff. I think Val di Sole was a perfect first World Cup track for me.

Boris Beyer Photo.
Boris Beyer Photo.

What are your weaknesses?


Basic skills like turns and jumps... really need to ride the pumptrack and the green trails more.


What does a typical day look like for you?


Depends on the season, but most of the year I’m hard at work. I’m a full-time Kinesiology student at Laval University in Quebec. I train in the gym and on the trainer because of the snow and lack of time. A typical weekday would be class or studying from 8 to 5, followed by gym from 6 to 8 and then either chill time or good ole “adult tasks” such as cleaning, cooking and shoveling snow off my car. On weekends I try to go out to do more fun training like XC skiing, snowshoeing or the occasional bike trip.


What’s been your worst crash over the years?


I’ve been pretty lucky over the years (knock on wood). My worst bike related injury was a broken wrist at the XC World Cup a few years back and a couple concussions. Not gonna lie, I do take diggers though, lots of them.

Lee Trumpore Photo.
Lee Trumpore Photo.

Where’s your favorite place to ride?


Many places including Mountain Creek for the super quick lifts and the variety of different riding style it offers, Morzine for the steeps and good memories, Val di Sole because it’s gnarly, Whistler because Whistler and Mont-Sainte-Anne because it’s legendary and Canadian.


Do you have any big projects or trips planned for 2019?


Hell yeah! Planning a very big season of World Cup and EWS racing!


How did you get involved with Cycles Devinci?


Their factory is based in my hometown and I’ve always ridden their bikes. I started riding for them in my junior days and we worked together until 2018, it’s been a great ride.


Sven Martin Photo.
Sven Martin Photo.


Sven Martin Photo.


How did you get into racing?


I initially got interested in mountain biking because I had a crush on a boy. I quickly got hooked and started racing because I’m an adrenaline junky.


Who’s your favorite rider?


Stevie Smith.


Who or what inspires you?


I strive to be the best in everything I am and everything I do.

Sven Martin Photo.
Sven Martin Photo.

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?


Road trips, coffee, snacks, lakes, hikes, breakfast.


What’s something you believe that other people think is crazy?


Animals are friends not food.


What’s your favorite motto or saying?


Whistle while you hustle.

Klemen Humar Photo.
Klemen Humar Photo.

What annoys you?


Overthinking.


What makes you happy?


Hugs and puppies. And veggies.


If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?


Soigneur! A masseuse, nanny, coach, cook for pro cyclists.


Where do you think the future of racing is headed?


Not quite sure, but women are definitely a big part of it!

How do you want to be remembered?


As someone real, kind and fun to be around.


Sven Martin Photo.
Sven Martin Photo.


What does the future hold for you?


Who knows! Something rad for sure.

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31 Comments

  • + 32
 No gloves, no gloves, crash, gloves, gloves, gloves ... coincidence? Wink
Jokes aside, huge respect for her!
  • + 7
 Yea Rachel!
  • + 1
 Don’t think that was the first time she crashed without gloves
  • + 14
 When I was new to the sport I made the mistake of getting finger-less gloves, its just to prevent blisters/rubbing of the palms on the bars right? Um no. Made the change after an OTB super man into shale like mining tailings that cut my hands like diving into broken glass.

Since then, many more OTB and many, MANY "Damn that would have been bad without gloves" moments.

PS. One of my favorite pinkbike comments ever:

"fingerless gloves are as useful as condoms with holes on both ends"
  • + 3
 Also wearing rings at the same time! Never do that unless you want to risk degloving your finger (search google images).
  • + 8
 DON'T image search deglovings. Just know that they're real bad.
  • + 1
 @immature: So true. Also, swollen fingers can happen quickly after a crash, making it impossible to remove a ring, which can be very dangerous.
  • + 20
 Loving these features on the new faces to watch for! Oh, and that Lee Trumpore faceplant photo is beyond cool!!
  • + 17
 Why is there a power ranger in the background on second to last picture? Oh wait no...
  • + 7
 Proud to have ridden some of the same ESC events as Rachel. One of the many female riders I look up to – talented and hard working but also a super nice person! Best of luck for your EWS and WC adventures!!!!
  • + 6
 I remember racing Victory Hill Enduro back in 2017 and scoping this line over this rock roll and into some roots. There were a dozen people standing around just scratching their heads and mulling about. THEN CHELLY COMES FLYING DOWN THE TRAIL, TAKES THE LINE NO ONE PICKS, MAKES IT LOOK SOOO EAASYY I will never forget that moment. Then she went on to win the race. Very glad she's getting some recognition!
  • + 8
 Enjoyed watching her tear up the ESC. Glad to see her going on to bigger and better things this season.
  • + 2
 Right! Keep killin it Shelly!
  • + 4
 That first shot by Boris is amazing as well!
  • + 4
 Love it! Great feature on such a talented and health conscious athlete!
  • + 1
 "DON'T image search deglovings. Just know that they're real bad."
thinking....thinking again....typing into google: degloving, images

DON´T image search deglovings. Just know that they're real bad! honestly!
  • + 1
 After reading the recent articles about handlebars being too wide for most people. I think Rachel could really benefit from narrowing up her bars.
  • + 1
 Met her at ESC events this past season. Nice lady. My whole family rides and we’re also running on plant based power! Go Rach.
  • + 1
 It’s been a pleasure getting to know you at the Eastern States Cup events. Hope to see you at more in the years to come, best of luck.
  • + 2
 Not gonna lie, I do take diggers though, lots of them.

can you translate in french ?
  • + 1
 "Ça m'arrive de me planter, assez souvent en fait"
DIggers=face plant en général.
  • + 2
 Awesome attitude.Please get a glove sponsor. Smile
  • + 3
 She loves gnar Smile
  • + 3
 Sick!!!
  • + 1
 Coolest chick on two wheels I know. Keep it up RayRay
  • + 2
 Hell yeah, Rachel!
  • + 1
 That first photo by Boris Beyer! Take a bow.
  • + 1
 Frenchie !
  • + 1
 MCBP shout-out, yeah!
  • + 1
 You go Rachel Cool
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