Round Up: Women's MTB Wednesdays - Issue 2

Aug 18, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Welcome to the second issue of the Women's Wednesday round up, a monthly digest of some of the most notable achievements from women in the bike world. We want to highlight all of the women who work to push our sport forward, so we plan to share news, race results, our favorite video clips, and more. You can help us find more content from rad women by using the Instagram tag #PBWMN.


Former World Champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Maja Włoszczowska announced that she will retire from World Cup racing at the end of the 2021 season, capping off an incredible career that spanned nearly 20 years at the elite level. In addition to her 2010 World Championship victory at Mont-Sainte-Anne, she has collected four silver World Championship medals and numerous other top-level podiums. "I will not be flirting anymore, this year I am finishing my career," she told Red Bull Poland. "I will not part with MTB, I will stay with the bikes, I will definitely train and compete as an amateur, but it will be over with great racing."

In freeride news, Proving Grounds has added young (read: wildly impressive teenage) up-and-comers Brooke Anderson and Gracey Hemstreet to the already stacked women's roster, bringing the field up to nine accomplished riders. Even better, we don't have to wait 'til Proving Grounds for a top-notch freeride event. Dark Horse is now underway and our very own correspondent Christina Chappetta is there to capture all the action as the freeride women continue to up the ante.

Also on the freeride front, Audi Nines announced yesterday that it will add Alma Wiggberg, Gemma Corbera, and Patricia Duwen to the rider list as wildcards, meaning that nine women will take on the massive course starting August 24. Hannah Bergemann also announced that she'll be hosting a jump jam in Bellingham on September 3-4 that she's calling Hang Time. She says that it's a "2-day event where some of the best female freeriders will come together, ride, progress, and strengthen this community. The invited athletes will also be taking time to work with a small group of up and coming girls, helping them unlock their next level."

On the BMX side of things, Charlotte Worthington became the first ever woman to land a backflip 360 in competition in her Olympic freestyle BMX run, which is a huge progression for the sport.

Next, we've been following the controversy around Canada's downhill World Champs team, which originally had no elite women. The decision seems to be the result of poor planning and little foresight, and after a loud outcry from the mountain biking community, Cycling Canada changed course and named Jennifer McHugh, Rachel Pageau, and Vaea Verbeeck to the team.

Finally, we'd like to extend a big congratulations to Rachel Atherton for the birth of her baby daughter, Arna. Rachel, we look forward to seeing the Atherton balance bike and the little ripper you and Olly raise.

A gutsy ride for Andreane Lathier Nadeau who was in the hospital late into the night after dislocating an ankle on Saturday s pro stage
ALN put in an incredible ride after dislocating her ankle the evening before.

Racing & Events

We saw a pause in World Cup and EWS racing for a few weeks before Maribor, but the Olympics gave us more than enough excitement in the meantime. In the XC race, Jolanda Neff took a commanding victory, using her technical skills to keep an edge on her opponents for most of the race while racing on "legs and heart" without a bike computer or heart rate monitor. Then, at Maribor, Myriam Nicole took a commanding win and is now tied for the overall with Camile Balanche. Eleonora Farina finished next with a career-best second, and Camille Balanche once again showed that she's a regular podium contender by slotting into third.

Enduro World Series

Harriet Harnden has arrived... 1st today for the young Brit
Hattie Harnden, your youngest women's elite EWS winner ever.

EWS La Thuile Race 2 - Round 4

1st. Harriet Harnden: 33:42.29
2nd. Melanie Pugin: 33:43.27
3rd. Isabeau Courdurier: 33:51.54
4th. Noga Korem: 33:57.96
5th. Morgane Charre: 34:25.62
Melanie Pugin traded stage wins with Courdurier throughout the day.
Melanie Pugin leads the overall.

Enduro World Series Standings:

1st. Melanie Pugin 2005
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier 1665
3rd. Harriet Harnden 1665
4th. Morgane Charre 1645
5th. Noga Korem 1355

Downhill World Cup

Second place for Eleonora Farina. She s been looking strong this season thus far.
A career-best 2nd place for Eleonora Farina.

DH World Cup Maribor - Round 3

1st. Myriam Nicole: 3:35.909
2nd. Eleonora Farina: 3:37.231
3rd. Camille Balanche: 3:39.103
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 3:40.402
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:40.406
Myriam Nicole rose to the occasion after yesterday s qualifier. No amount of heat or dust was going to stop her today.
Myriam Nicole rose to the occasion and rode an excellent race on the blown-out track, tying her with Camille Balanche for the overall lead.

DH World Cup Overall Standings:

1st. Myriam Nicole 560
2nd. Camille Balanche 560
3rd. Valentina Höll 475
4th. Tahnee Seagrave 462
5th. Monika Hrastnik 427

World Cup XC

Loana Lecomte wasn t in the mood for hanging about today. Again.
Loana Lecomte has been dominating World Cup XC.

XC World Cup Les Gets - Round 4:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:27:23
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +51
3rd. Evie Richards: +1:10
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:51
5th. Rebecca McConnell: +1:55

Loana Lecomte certainly put the disappointment of short track well behind her.
Loana's overall lead is secure.

XC World Cup Overall Standings:

1st. Loana Lecomte 1330
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 955
3rd. Jenny Rissveds 780
4th. Haley Batten 755
5th. Rebecca McConnell 710


Olympic XC:

1st. Jolanda Neff 1:15:46
2nd. Sina Frei +1:11
3rd. Linda Indergand +1:16
4th. Kata Blanka Vas: +2:09
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:35

Olympic BMX racing:

1st. Bethany Shriever 44.358
2nd. Mariana Pajon 44.448
3rd. Merel Smulders 44.721
4th. Felicia Stancil 45.131
5th. Lauren Reynolds 45.401

Olympic freestyle BMX:

1st. Charlotte Worthington 97.50
2nd. Hannah Roberts 96.10
3rd. Nikita Ducarroz 89.20
4th. Perris Benegas 88.50
5th. Natalya Diehm 86.00

Daisy Harper Brown and her Forbidden Dreadnaught.

With events all across the board this month, from the Olympics to 'Ard Rock and Dark Horse, we have a whole range of bikes to check out, plus some gear designed for and reviewed by women.

Gear Guide: 10 Summer Riding Kits for Women
6 Women's Enduro Bikes from 'Ard Rock
Bike Check: The Absolute-Absalon BMC Team's Olympic XC Bikes

Hattie Harnden is the real deal. Photo: Boris Beyer


There's nothing like getting to know someone in a long-form interview. Here were some of the podcasts that we listened to in the past month.

Hattie Harnden Talks About Her First EWS Win, Being a Multi-Discipline Athlete & More
Podcast: Managing Work, Travel & Bike Park Laps with Karin Christen
All Things Training with Sian A'Hern
Brooke Goudy on Bringing Diversity to the Trails
Micayla Gatto on the Brett Tippie Podcast
Haley Batten on the Adventure Stache

Hannah Bergemann poses for a portrait at Red Bull Formation in Virgin Utah USA on 24 May 2021.
Photo: Catherine Aeppel / Red Bull


We caught up with Hattie Harnden, who made history as the youngest woman ever to win an elite EWS race and Hannah Bergemann, who has made a name for herself as one of the brightest rising stars in freeride.

Getting to Know Hattie Harnden, the Youngest Elite Women's EWS Winner in History
Hannah Bergemann on Her Visualization Process, Formation, & the Future of Women's freeride


Social Highlights

As always, there's a lot to celebrate this month, and we love to see it. Shoutout to Kaylee Gibb for landing her first underflip to dirt on her downhill bike, Alma Wiggberg for becoming one of the Audi Nines wildcards, Rachel Atherton for growing a whole 'nother human, and of course Jolanda Neff for the momentous achievement of winning the Olympics. Remember to tag #pbwmn on Instagram to help us find more content from all the rad ladies out there.

Celebrating all the female riders out there working together to push our sport forward. Remember to use #PBWMN on Instagram so that we can find your content and engage with it. We look forward to sharing some of our favourites on our social media and in monthly women’s round ups.


  • 26 0
 Many thanks for putting all this info together. Very interesting!
  • 1 0
 Loved the Vero vid. She makes me want to ride.
  • 18 0
 I think women are at least 50% of all the happenings on this planet, pretty sure anyways.
  • 7 0
 51% to be accurate
  • 17 0
 This is so awesome content and more importantly progression! Thanks PB and Alicia for the enhanced visibility.
  • 17 1
 Women's Wednesdays!!! I like it!!!!
  • 5 0
 All this stuff is awesome, but as a biased Brit I gotta say Charlotte Worthington's gold medal for freestyle BMX was particularly rad! Also enjoyed the Oregon Coast edit since I live in Oregon!
  • 3 2
 I think I was more impressed by Bethany Shriever's gold in racing - wish they put the racing finals on primetime TV. They are such more more exciting & brutal to watch than some swimmers doing a backstroke slower than a toddler can run.
  • 1 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Yeah, that was pretty epic too!
  • 6 0
 Yes, more WW! Maybe expand a section of this idea beyond pro's?
  • 3 1
 Great content here. I am excited to see the direction that the womens riding movement is going. I live in BC and have seen a significant increase in women riders out on the trails in the last few years. The future looks bright.
  • 3 0
 Love this, but question; shouldn't more events be Open and not invitational only? Seems like they might be missing out on even more young talent... just a thought.
  • 7 1
 If Audi Nines became an open event it would require a lot of body bags.
  • 2 0
 @DirkMcClerkin: I was referring to the womens events.
  • 1 0
 @superttrinier: Ah, gotcha. But I think my response would be the same?

Audi Nines has women on the invite list that are on the pointy end of talent worldwide.

If they opened up events like that to say you or I the medics would be very busy...
  • 2 0
 @alicia - the BMX Freestyle video is bogus .... this one's got the full winning run: (winning run starts around 4min mark)
  • 4 0
 Congrats Rachel!!
  • 3 0
 This post has SOOOOO much content. love it! Smile
  • 1 0
 Psyched to see the content from Darkhorse Invitational at Revy on PB Insta stories. Super impressive progression going on there, as well as the events mentioned here.
  • 2 0
 Can we see some of the stuff amazing women like Lael are doing to push boundaries in ultra endurance races?
  • 1 0
 We interviewed Natalya Diehm who came 5th on the Freestyle. Awesome person, thought I would share -
  • 3 0
 Need more WW
  • 2 0
 Love this!!!
  • 2 0
 Great work Alicia!!!
  • 2 1
 what about KAtie Compton's notable achievement?
  • 2 1
 Compton is innocent though.
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: at first i thought you were serious. I read your posts and saw you're of sound mind and am thus much relieved. poes law these days
  • 1 0
 Awesome and inspirational..
  • 1 0
 The Video of Vali Höll is so good! Keep going Vali
  • 1 0
 Yes Daisy!
  • 1 2
 Uhhh. She crashed? I don’t get it? Nice try though.
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