At 26 years old, Tracey Hannah has already come out of retirement, been riding bikes pretty much since she could walk, and has been racing pro downhill for 9 years. After winning her first BMX race at only 4 years old, Tracey made the jump to mountain biking at 13, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Mick. With a 'never give up' mantra, she has since surmounted injuries, overcome inequalities in our industry, and come out of retirement to be back on the podium. Her strength in expressing her experiences - challenges and successes - through her writing provides inspiration for racers across the world, age groups, and genders. Her column, The Hannah Report, has been a welcome and quality addition to Pinkbike's repertoire.

We are pleased to announce that Tracey Hannah will be racing in partnership with Pinkbike this season, we look forward to supporting Tracey in her adventures.


NEVER GIVE UP


How did you discover mountain biking?
We started out riding a bit of BMX and it was Mick who was first introduced me to mountain bikes and that’s how I got into it. My first bike was a hard-tail Merida and I used to hit everything I could on it.

What made you focus on DH Racing?
I loved DH from the beginning, I love going fast, I tried a few XC races when I was too young for DH but I hated it, haha.

Who has influenced your racing career the most?
My dad has been the biggest influence in my career, he is smart and he knows a lot about skills and training. He is a freak when it comes to riding motorbikes and driving cars. We will never go as fast as he did so we will always have something to learn from him. No matter what I’ve been through he knows how to overcome it.

What caused you to decide to retire from racing in 2008? And what brought you back into it?
At that time women didn’t have the support that they are getting now, it was almost impossible to continue racing overseas and living in Europe 5 months of the year. So I stayed home and got a pretty cool job.

Tracey Hannah firth in Qualies today.
Just seventeen days ago Greg Minnaar posted an Instagram photo of the World Cup venue here in Pietermaritzburg with the little creek that runs quietly through the backside of the pits roaring like the Congo swollen from monsoon rains. Now the conditions are back to hard packed dry and dusty as Tracey Hannah demonstrates. The forecast at this point is calling for sunny skies and warm temps particularly appealing to those of us coming off an unusually frigid winter.
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What would you be doing if you had never taken up mountain biking?
Before getting back into racing I had a great job in a sand mine, it was my dream job. I learnt how to drive trucks, excavators, forklifts, barges, cranes, and more. I was also trained in the control room where you ran the plant via computers. So I would probably be doing that. And I just love going fast – on my jet ski, my motorbike, and in my car – so I’d probably have no licence either.

What is it that you love about riding jet skis?
What’s not to love? I can get to the reef in less than 30 minutes or go for breakfast on an island and jump massive waves. The thing I love the most is that you can go really, really fast. There is nothing like going 100kms on water.

How do you find your personality and racing style sets you apart from the other racers in your field?
Well, I’m Australian and that makes me pretty cool! I’d say my style is different because my goal from the beginning was to ride like my big brothers. Now I’m like this small girl that rides like her big bro. My personality is fun; I try to be friends with everyone and make it fun at the top before our race runs. I have to feel relaxed and to do that I have to be with friends.

World Champs 2013
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What are some of your top mountain biking highlights?
Coming back to racing after a five-year break was a huge highlight for me, I was so excited to have the opportunity to race overseas again. Racing and winning my first race back was one of the best memories in my whole career.

What was your experience like racing the Urban DH?
I only raced the one last year in Slovakia and I thought it was awesome. However the organisers want to go bigger and better and I think I was already at my limit. It’s pretty scary.

What was your trip to Indonesia all about? What was your experience there?
Polygon bikes is based out of Indonesia so we take a trip over there every offseason to visit them and a few shops. We race the Asia pacific race and then have a sweet holiday surfing and shopping. They always love having us visit and we get to see some really good places with the guys and meet really cool people that support us.
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Tracey Hannah Indonesia

How has it been travelling and racing with your brother? Most brothers and sisters experience various levels of sibling rivalry, do you two ever experience it or do you find you have a unique relationship?
Travelling with Michael and, his wife, Kim is super cool. There is always someone there when I miss home or am feeling down, and he helps me to race my best and get the best out of my bike and equipment. We only have rivalry outside of biking; within the industry I look up to and respect him 100%.

Mick and Tracey Hannah have been stars of the track this week. Lot s of media coverage of the two including a reptile handling show for the local TV.
Tracey Hannah guided some of the girls through some sections today. True sport. LittleTrace13

How are you enjoying writing for Pinkbike? Have you always been passionate about writing?
To be honest I never, ever saw myself as a writer. I used to write random stories and a few things that were never made public. It all started because I began writing race reports on my website and people found them fun and interesting. Pinkbike's publisher got in touch and now I write for Pinkbike. I could definitely see myself doing more and more, I like writing for people to enjoy the story.

Hannah Report: On Being Fearless
Hannah Report: Recovery and Racing
Hannah Report: Season Ender
Hannah Report: Reflections on Racing

Read more Hannah Reports here.


TRACEY'S CUSTOM PINKBIKE HELMET:
When we asked Tracey what themes she wanted incorporated into her custom Pinkbike helmet artwork, she asked for roses, skulls, dead trees, crows, and some pink. Inspired by the request for flowers and skulls, we went with a Scarlet Begonias vibe (a song written by the Grateful Dead and famously covered by Sublime) - a sort of Day of the Dead meets mountain biking theme. A big thanks to Stacy Glaser at Painthouse Customs for the beautifully executed and intricate details.


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Grip and rip it.
Tracey Hannah last run berming LittleTrace13
Hutchinson United Ride at Val D Is re Wold Cup
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You have had a laundry list of injuries, how do you stay positive and motivate while recovering?
Yeah, to be honest staying positive isn’t easy when you keep getting knocked down. I tried to take the positives out of each achievement. When I broke my leg I made a goal to walk by the same weekend as world champs, then my next goal was to ride 20kms and on and on. I was proud of each achievement and I worked hard toward each small goal and now I’m here. ‘Never give up’ is the most important life quote.

Do you work while training and racing?
This offseason was the first one that I didn’t spend time having to work and train. It was really cool to have the time to train and rest as well; it was all thanks to the support from the UR Team.

Describe your last season.
My goal for last season was to finish without injury and finish in the top 5. I finished the season in 4th overall. I couldn’t have been happier to go into the offseason with a solid season behind me.

What does a typical off-season day look like for you?
One of my last days at home I went downhilling, then I smashed my friend in a gym workout at my house and then we rode the pump track. Anything fun and outdoors is my kind of day. I ALWAYS have a cappuccino to start the day.

After two seasons plagued with serious injuries it was great to see Tracey Hannah back on the podium today in 3rd.
Happy Friday the 13th birthday to Tracey Hannah. Perhaps she will have a some birthday luck and climb up on the podium this weekend.

What are your goals for racing this year? How are you making them happen?
I want my confidence to shine this year, I want to ride like Tracey Hannah, to have fun and get great results. The main support is from the UR Team and our sponsors who support me year round to train and race. My sports mental coach from Coach Central in Cairns, John Carr, helps me get my head around being confident, and my Dad and Stew Carr from Coach central help me train hard.

Can you elaborate on what your sports mental coach does and how he helps you train?
It was a pretty long road back from injury, recovering physically but the hardest recovery was mentally. I started working with him at the start of last year. He helps me overcome fear of injury and crashing and he’s taught me how to be confident in myself and in my riding again. We had a consistent year last year and this year we want to smash it. I don’t know where I would be at without John’s help.

Tracey Hannah s day did not have the best start. A massive crash on her first run left her pretty shaken but she pulled herself back up to finish 3th in the afternoon s timed runs.
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Elite Women - Tracey Hannah 5th
Tracey Hannah speedtrap.

Who are your sponsors and how do they align with who you are and what your professional goals are?
This is a list of my main sponsors, I would say they align really well with my goals as they are professional, fun, and want to win. The UR Team has been by my side for the last three years through both injury and success; I could never thank them enough for the support that they provide. They have a dream and a passion, and all of the team’s sponsors align with that.

Polygon Bikes, Kenda Tires, BOS Suspension, E*thirteen, VP Components, Spank, BOX, KMC, Alpinestars, IXS, Zefal, Ride 100%, ODI, Skyline Queenstown, Camelbak, JetBlack, Reverse, Unior, ClearProtect, Shimano, Moonlight, TiSprings, FiveTen, Pinkbike

What do you do when you’re not riding bikes?
Well my dad and I own jet skis and I try to ride them whenever it’s possible. I have a sweet trail motorbike and I go out in the bush and bash around on that. Hanging out with friends doing activities is the best.

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  • + 159
 Awsome Pinkbike! The perfect rider to sponsor. Love the helmet too Smile
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 I love her
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 I dont think PB sponsors Emilie Raggot..but i would love a similar interview with her. That smile....
  • + 26
 That helmet is a masterpiece.
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 And she just smashed everyone at qualifying haha!
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 And then she smashed this helmet in the race. We need before/after photos!

And wow, she popped up from that massive crash, hopped on the bike and still got 5th. That's a tough woman, especially considering it separated her shoulder! Here's to a speedy recovery.
  • + 117
 Dear Tracey, Allow me to be the first to welcome you to the merry band of retards that is the PB family. Much love, An MTB Fanatic
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flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 10, 2015 at 3:54) (Below Threshold)
 Try to get a job with this attitude hahaha
  • + 25
 How did she get a job writing for pinkbike and WAKI didn't? Haha
  • + 12
 have you missed all his posts on the front page @philhoward96 ?
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 Not many of them haha
  • + 2
 WAKI you may have misunderstood me. I was referring to those of us who comment on PB, not the actual staff and regular or official posters!
  • + 7
 don't worry I don't even remember what I meant. just depressed and butthurt due to displaced pinky finge. Sorry Big Grin
  • + 43
 Go girl.
  • + 34
 AWESOME!! I hope more women ride. This will help me get my GF to ride DH with me. Thank you.
  • + 29
 Congrats Tracey, good luck this weekend. #onpolygonbikes
  • + 21
 Bravo Pinkbike! Tracey is awesome rier and deserves it. This helmet is sick.
  • + 19
 Those photos that enlarge when you scroll past them always trip me out for a second
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 That's the best helmet I've ever seen.
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  • + 12
 waw you can copy paste pretty impressive
  • + 9
 That's what the Chinese do best!
  • + 12
 Her dream job was operating heavy machinery. There aren't many guys left in this world who could even fire up a chainsaw. Badass.
  • + 12
 Very Goood choice, Great athlete, great competitor , fully pationated and .....lovely
  • + 13
 YEAH TRACEY! Stoked to hear the news!
  • + 10
 never seen an helmet like this on e!! it's absolutely SICK!!!!
  • + 9
 What a contribution Tracey. Well done . Keep up the good work !
  • + 6
 i always love reading about women in dh! being the father of 3 girls its very inspiring for them as well as me cause i get to see how hard they push themselves and the sport for women !
  • + 5
 I have a girlfriend who will never ride with me. I give up, its hopeless. She thinks its stupid. However we have a 16 month old daughter and I can't wait for the day I can start putting her on a bike and hope one day she ends up like this chick. Great article. Great Athlete.
  • + 7
 Excellent. Now she's ready to join the wheelsize argument. Good job sponsoring one of the top girls from downnunder PB! Big Grin
  • + 8
 Game on ladies.... And well played pink bike
  • + 4
 Wow! When will I meet a woman like Tracey... I lose all my girlfriends b'cuz of my lifestyle.

"You drive too fast, it's making me nauseous" -- "Let's stay inside today and watch Netflix" -- "Are you really going on another trip with your friends?" -- "Do you have to wear goggles year round?"
  • + 5
 Awesome. Tracy is such an inspiration! She's fast as hell, incredibly resilient, has personality, and well spoken. Way to choose an awesome athlete, PB!
  • + 6
 Can I borrow your mental coach, so I can stop crapping myself whenever things get too big ?
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flag tyler555g (Apr 10, 2015 at 7:00) (Below Threshold)
 That's what she said Big Grin
  • + 3
 Well done Pinkbike. Trace is the most marketable athlete on the DH circuit. Not only is she top of her game, she's also articulate and a fine ambassador.
  • + 2
 Nice! I quite like Tracy's writing and now we get more! I had forgotten she had been away from racing for so long. Makes it that much more impressive. Love her attitude. Best of luck this season Tracy!
  • + 4
 This helmet is a masterpiece of art and I hope to see this on all podiums this year! Great choise PB.
  • + 5
 awesome! congratulations
  • + 3
 No other rider winning races would make me happier. Nothing but love and respect for her.
  • + 1
 Awesome job Guys! Tracey it's an awesome rider, and after watching this doco she won a few more points on the cool chick side. She is a true champ! Well done Tracey you deserve it. freakin awesome helmet too!!!!
  • + 0
 Playing devil's advocate here. As a media outlet, PB really shouldn't be sponsoring athletes. Theoretically, they could be giving more favorable coverage to their own athletes and sponsoring does imply a certain amount of support and bias for an athlete. Sports Illustrated doesn't sponsor them, Thrasher doesn't, nor do Transworld publications (Bike & Surfer among them, I believe). I'm stoked for Tracey to have such a rad sponsor, but PB really should only hire her to write articles in order to maintain their editorial neutrality in the sport.
  • + 2
 Life is not equal. ..whether ur man, woman, bald, hairy, blah blah blah. Its business. Who can sell to whom...
  • + 1
 "The thing I love the most is that you can go really, really fast. There is nothing like going 100kms on water." Now that IS fast!
  • + 3
 Love it Trace, Nice work! Stoked for ya!
  • + 3
 T-Han rocks, best of luck for 2015 !!
  • + 2
 Congratulations to Pink Bike, surrounding yourselves with great people like Tracey makes you a better organization.
  • + 1
 I would love to buy one of the riders old helmets as a piece of memorabilia and have it on the wall of my man cave. They always have amazing custom designs.
  • + 1
 There is one question you completely forgot is she single? Lol jk great article can't wait to read more from her. Welcome to Pb!!!
  • + 3
 Im a bloke and i want that lid !!
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 Love Tracey, give it some beans this year hen!
  • + 1
 Way to go PB!, Tracey's a terrific ambassador to the sport,you wont regret it, and just saying, Painthouse Customs Rock!!, that a "sik" lid!
  • + 4
 Damn, that X-Ray!
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 that's a sick lid i want one like it.
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 Oh yeah and she is a fearless sender - her and ragot lay it on the line like noone else
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 Awesome, I've always like traceys posts so this is a great fit. That helmet rules too!
  • + 1
 Holly fuck this chick is like the female terminator T-X just keeps coming back for more and won't stop !. Very motivational video
  • + 2
 I think I'm starting to fancy this woman!
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 mint...loved the video.......
  • + 3
 Diosa...!
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 Pretty helmet+awesome girl!
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 Awesome! That helmet design is killer!
  • + 2
 good luck this season @littletrace13 Smile
  • + 2
 My wife wants that helmet pattern.
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 Now I'll wear my pb T shirt with an even bigger smile on my face ! :O)
  • + 1
 好漂亮 好厉害;IXS PB版的头盔太好看了
  • + 1
 Great stuff, both PB and Tracey.
  • + 1
 put that logo on a t-shirt and it will sell
  • + 1
 Good choice - she's a peach!
  • + 1
 does this mean we'll be seeing tracy up vedder mtn?
  • + 1
 Hey my leg xray looks exactly the same! Yeah that wasnt a fun time...
  • + 1
 this is my favorite mtb movie of all time, that is the dream team!
  • + 1
 I LOVE HANNAH.............
  • + 1
 so gorgeous wear Batik. Love it.
  • + 1
 That broken bone photo, is... ouch.
  • + 1
 Pink bike is killing it with the interviews Latly! Keep it up
  • + 1
 I've got Pinkbike socks, so in a certain way PB sponsonrs me too !
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 In a way that you bought those socks with their money? :-)
  • + 0
 Any preference of brother-in-law Mick has?
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 ya this is cool
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 High level !
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 Nice helmet
  • + 0
 Cool, might spell her name right on the top graphic though
  • + 1
 Full DH Resolution ^^
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 Good on you Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 Good!
  • + 1
 Nice one PB!!
  • - 2
 Well, well done PB for sponsoring the raddest chick on the circuit. Now get to work on figuring out how to clone her.
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