Video: Emily Batty is Back with a New Team in Season 2 of 'Ambitions'

Apr 29, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


Words by Molly Hurford / Canyon MTB Racing Team
Photos by Adam Morka


It's a new season of Ambitions with Emily Batty and this second season introduces her new teammate on the Canyon MTB Racing Team, Laurie Arsenault. Heading into the unknowns of the 2021 season, the team recently navigated a training camp together in British Columbia and are now preparing to kick off racing in coming weeks.

"We're coming out in full force for the first two World Cups," Batty says—with those two races being Olympic qualifiers, the stakes have never been higher. Assembling a team with the best support, from the gear itself to the people involved, was critical. The new Canyon MTB Racing Team will be managed by Adam Morka, with Batty's brother Mark serving as the team's lead mechanic as they tackle a full World Cup circuit.

Arsenault, a former cross-country skier, fell in love with mountain biking when she was training in the offseason. I love mountain biking because it's it's so liberating for me," she says. "I was training with a lot of boys who are so much in shape and growing so fast. And I was always like crashing everywhere. And I remember crying after the trainings and I don't know I just like triggers something that I want more with that sport. And eventually it just clicked."

For Emily Batty, the new team is a big step in her career both as an athlete and as a woman in the cycling industry. "I get to be a voice at the table now," she says. "In a very male-dominated sport, that is really important for me. There are so many ideas and visions that I want to bring to the table. And I really want to make my mark in this industry. This program is allowing me to do that."

In this episode of Ambitions, the German-engineered Canyon Lux bikes are getting their first test rides in BC, complete with Shimano, Fox, Ergon, Schwalbe, and DT Swiss components. Fans of Ambitions will remember Emily and Adam from previous seasons, of course, but it's the first time fans are getting to know Arsenault and Mark Batty—and get up close and personal with the team bikes!

Check out MTBracing.com for more up-to-the-minute team news, best tips, and tons of content from Emily and the team!

Full Canyon MTB Racing sponsor list: Canyon, Bio Racer, Wahoo, Shimano, Abus, Fox, Schwalbe, DT Swiss, Lululemon, 100%, Vital Proteins, 4iiiis, Ergon, Hyperice, UniorTools, The Feed.com

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team
Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team
Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team
Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team

Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team
Photos by Adam Morka Canyon MTB Race Team



50 Comments

  • 29 2
 I don’t agree that the world of XC racing is a male dominated sport. The women’s field is very competitive and a lot of fun to watch. Perhaps she is speaking about the biking industry in general?
  • 2 0
 No that can't be right. She definitely referring to the women's world cup.
  • 13 0
 Think she means management.

Agree with you the women's racing field is absolutely incredible. So many high level and closely matched athletes all on factory rides who are battling for wins/podiums every race.

Certainly made for great entertainment when Nino was just dominating the men's field year after year (as much of a beast he is, watching him, Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher win is boring. Though at least with Nino it's not so equipment related).
  • 2 1
 @Ktron: You must not have seen the last couple of years of World Cup. Plenty of guys mixing up the top-10 these days. Nino will be working hard to win any World Cups this year.
  • 3 1
 If the ladies field wasn’t as competitive as it is then maybe she would be on the podium
  • 2 0
 I do think she means the industry as a whole. I would agree that the women's field has been more entertaining than the men's. I wish it was still just as entertaining when 1st place rarely changes, but it's hard to get into watching for the rest of the podium when it feels most like a race of if anyone can beet Nino. Sure a couple have, and there have been some close races, but tell me that you'd feel like a world cup race was "complete" if Nino wasn't there.
  • 29 4
 Great pictures, even color matching ice cream. Impressive video, charging through the rock gardens and showing great bike handling skills. Emily is a great ambassador for the solid brands she represents, look forward to seeing them race this year.
  • 12 1
 Their XC rigs need a double crown and a gearbox.
  • 6 2
 @extratalldirtrider: And a battery. Don’t forget a battery.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: with @DoubleCrownAddict involved, we'd be remiss if we didn't include a class action suit.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: I've ended that and deleted it from my derailleur hater blog. Only had one reply and it was sarcastic.
  • 3 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Does that mean you are back on your meds?
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: No shit? You mean you aren't going to put Shimano out of business after all? Disappointed.
  • 13 0
 Hey Pinkbike,

We are at one week of the opening of the XCO season, will you update the rider list for the fantasy league?

Because the list is two years old and for exemple, Helen Grobert stop mtb after a scandal of dopage.

Laura Stigger or Loana Lecomte are not on the list too, quite a shame.
  • 2 0
 Whoa! Where is the link to the 2021 fantasy league?!?! I can't find that anywhere and have been checking everyday. Defo an updated list required!
  • 14 0
 Kudos to Laurie. She's holding her own in this edit, next to Emily's star power. Infectious enthusiasm!
  • 7 42
flag makripper (Apr 29, 2021 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 It's emily's makeup slowing her down. She can probably drop 5lbs by not wearing any. It's wierd how much makeup the xc girls wear in general.
  • 11 2
 90% of Pinkbike has been convinced that you need a raked out limousine with a Fox 38 to ride that kind of terrain.
  • 9 0
 Some of us need all the help we can get.
  • 2 2
 Was there riding in the video? I kept jumping forward a minute or two at a time and didn't see any.
  • 2 0
 @DJ-24: Pretty funny comment from someone who lives in Ontario. Come ride the shore and let me know if you'd like an XC or long travel trail bike.
  • 7 1
 Good stuff and I'll be pulling for these 2 women.

Love to play this sort of stuff for my 9 year old daughter so that she can be exposed to healthy & motivated female role models.
  • 5 1
 Canyon have gone for progressive geometry by making the head angle steeper... That bike looks so nice, who wouldnt want to ride one of them on their local XC, looks fast just sat there.
  • 3 2
 Lots of people want to ride/buy a Canyon, but they just can't get one. Just like YT. Lol.
  • 1 0
 The HTA is 70 degrees. Haven't seen those numbers in a HTA in a long time. The Lux is a climber for sure.
  • 1 0
 The other big oversight on these bikes is a high standover height. Lux is 786 mm in a small, Exceed is 781 in an XS and 803 mm in a small. A lot of riders whom these bikes fit for reach will be in for some painful bails.
  • 5 1
 Great job Emily, Laurie and Matt! Can’t wait for racing!!! Kick ass for Canada!
  • 2 1
 Loved the comment about Laurie "her style is very Yolanda'ish"!!! Just shows you how much respect they have for their competitors and it's a really big complement. I hope Emily and Laurie are very successful! (and Emily, you have and are very much making an impact on this sport!)
  • 2 0
 Bring on race season! This kind of content especially displaying the hunger of the athletes and team members to perform is what gets me excited.
  • 4 0
 Yes ! Can't wait to see all these amazing riders fighting for the win !
  • 2 2
 I’m looking forward to the racing but don’t expect to see Emily on the podium
  • 2 0
 Oh and I'd love the jersey, so colorful ! Hope it's gone be available to the masses...
  • 2 0
 Have I been saying Shimano wrong for the last 20 years? Is it Shimano or Shimano?
  • 3 2
 Cut her some slack. She’s Canadian.
  • 7 2
 @TheR: lol we aren't all wierdos from ontario who speak like that
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Where’s Levy from? He has some peculiar pronunciations, too. I can’t decide if they’re unique to him, or if it’s just because he’s Canadian.
  • 1 3
 @TheR: ontario or alberta or something. Can't remember.
  • 3 0
 Ice Cream moustache or it didn't happen.
  • 1 0
 The team looks dialed. Everyone looks really pumped and hungry for the upcoming season and their bids for the Olympics. The bike looks awesome.
  • 4 3
 If given a choice, I bet they would have gotten different ice cream that did not match. Lol.
  • 2 0
 A Knock-block!!!! OH nooooooooo!!! How on earth can they even ride it!?
  • 3 1
 Best of luck girls.
  • 2 2
 No CHance they actually ate those ice cream cones..
  • 1 0
 Amazing photos.
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