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Video: XC's Fastest Female Riders Tell You Why They Love MTB

Sep 11, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

The best XC MTB female athletes tell you why they love what they do! Watch Jolanda Neff, Maja Włoszczowska, Emily Batty, Annika Langvad, Anne Tauber, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, Yana Belomoina, Catherine Pendrel, Julie Bresset and Raiza Goulao talk about their sport.

Why do we love it?
It’s energy.
It’s nature.
It makes you fit and healthy.
It’s social.
It’s freedom.
It’s fun.
Whatever nation you are, whatever age you are, whatever occupation you have, go and ride your bike.
Like we do. Every day.

Video created by: ASF Studio

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  • 61 2
 that is awesome. going to show my daughter Smile
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  • 24 2
 And they say, you will look like a guy.
Do we?
hahahah... you sure don't!
Very good video, fun and inspirational. Forwarding to my wife right now! Smile
  • 2 0
 Those farmer tans tough! haha I love seeing people in public dressed in street clothes and you can immediately pick out the cyclist in the group!
  • 21 4
 The Xc girls already have our support we all know the last couple of races have been awesome - there is no need for this. I can see what you are trying to do but this video is aimed at the wrong demographic. The Xc girls are killing it and In my view the roadies have some catching up to do. MTB rules!!!!
  • 7 0
 I have never been very engaged in competitive cycling, but the Women's XC field of 2018 is nothing short of amazing. Every race, I've been sitting on the edge of my seat. These women are at the top of their game, world-class athletes and spectacular role models.
  • 9 4
 Two very different sides to this coin, shiny and sadly tarnished. Fantastic to evangelize and spread love and participation for women in the MTB community (shiny). Such a bummer that current lack of support, sponsorship, and equal coverage for women in the scene prompts the need for a vid like this (tarnished).
  • 25 20
 I'm 42, riding bikes since i was 10 and i have never listen anybody about this "they say ..." about girls who ride...

Good commercial but for small brained people (sorry about this), but it is more sexist than any other.
  • 10 5
 my grandma used to say "it takes one to know one". Smile
  • 7 11
flag Pascual-Budejas (Sep 11, 2018 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 @ugez: Love you too! "Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite"
  • 9 14
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 11, 2018 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 I wonder why you feel this way Pascual, because you speak like someone who doesn’t ride with girls too much. Or at least doesn’t listen to them.
  • 31 14
 @WAKIdesigns: Rob Warner, well known for his sexist comments at world cups saying on a "girls" comercial:

"they way mtb biking isnt a sport for women", who say that?, where? when?...

"they say, is only for young people", showing a 37 and 45 years old riders (i think they are quite young. Old is "old").

"they say, you would look like a guy", as if looks like a guy would be something wrong or bad. Plus they show two of the pretiest blondies of the peloton on a dress at a pool.

"they say it risky, you can brake more than a fingernail", again a very sexist thing about girls.

I could continue with more small details,,, but i spent more time on this that i have.

Go and ride your bike, men, woman, young, old... and support the rider, the person, not the gender.
  • 11 6
 Pacual, nobody's going to get it.

"he's the first African American to win the event", said every media outlet everywhere, but they are not racist, right? What a joke.

He's saying you should be blind to age, gender, race, etc but that is not reality and thus this is sexist. He has a valid point; no justification to negative prop him.
  • 16 2
 I have to agree, who is “they” we do always hear “they say this” or “they say that” but I always wonder who is “they” because I’ve never hear any of my biking friends disparage female riders......
  • 1 9
flag Prof (Sep 11, 2018 at 15:14) (Below Threshold)
 @ugez: thats because she is stupid like you!
  • 15 1
 @Pascual-Budejas: Why are you taking something obviously meant to be positive and putting this spin on it?

Is it possible to view this for what it is - showing the world that women also rip on mountain bikes! (a sport predominately occupied by men...). Maybe, just maybe, the creators of this video are trying to do exactly what you're saying - supporting riders?

Is it really that offensive to depict women showing their love for the sport?
  • 18 4
 @Pascual-Budejas: Well I see your point, but I think it’s not so simple.

« Who says that ? », I’d venture to say that no one even has to say it, as there’s basically not much women riding MTB, it’s so blatant that you don’t have to say it. On a sexist point of view, MTB is a men thing just as laundry is a women thing, driving a truck is a men thing, being a nurse is a women thing. Messing with a derailleur and having grease on your fingers is a men thing (in the collective unconscious I mean, not in my mind).
It takes times for those preconceptions to change, even if some women drive trucks already and men are nurses.

The young point, you’re taking it literally. We all consider Gwin, Minnaar, Gee, as rather « old » for the sport, Pierron, Bruni, Greenland as young guns.

The fingernail point is indeed a sexist cliché, but it’s tongue in cheek as it’s basically obliterated right after as you have a women showing her many scars, which intrinsically mens that women worrying about nails is a cliché. I’d say that for a lot of people not as advanced as you on this question you have to go through this kind of cliché to make them open their mind as it’s so deeply rooted.

The « look like a women » point, I agree I thought it was a bit clumsy as having a slender body in a nice dress shouldn’t define what a women is. You could as well be a women with large shoulders chopping trees.

I think you’re not fair with Rob, I find he’s evolved on that point though, since the whole « feud » with Rachel Atherton (well I guess her times — the last one particularly — just call for respect). Claudio and him often correct themselves to include women. Those are life long automatisms that are slow to change. Ben Cathro did it too (something like « those guys have balls… the women too »), this isn’t even sexism sometimes, just automatisms. Even women probably say you’ve got « to have balls » to do something big. It’s do deeply rooted, it takes time, but it’s moving in the right direction.

I don’t know, overall I find it rather paradoxal how few women ride (in my area) but it’s rather paradoxal as I think the MTB world does rather well in giving media space to women, even if the men’s race is still the big event. It takes time but things are evolving.

I remember I took some slack on my local messageboard for saying a jersey label was sexist as it said « if you don’t know how to wash it, give it to your mom ». Many said « it’s a joke », « it’s fun », « you’re a white knight », again, it’s so deeply rooted they don’t even get it.

Just as how most insults or slurs are homophobic, racist, sexist, discriminating ill people, disabled people, etc…

I'd say consider yourself in advance on this sexism question, than others being small brained Smile
  • 5 12
flag Prof (Sep 11, 2018 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Will-narayan: Yawn
  • 11 4
 @Prof: Yeah I know, sorry but it takes time to elaborate on serious subjects. Then you have trump on twitter.
  • 5 6
 @Will-narayan: dude...get over it and be stoked for the women in the video. They are expressing themselves in a positive manner that's it.
  • 5 3
 @enger: erm... he tried to explain that the video is cool? And it all went over Pascuals head?
  • 3 0
 @Will-narayan: I agree with every single sentence you wrote. Btw, my first reaction after seeing this video was "omg how cheesy is this!" But I guess we need to start somewhere Smile And those girls are definitely awesome!
  • 1 0
 @Will-narayan: Yes, I think there's plenty of scope for MTBing to take a long look at the language it uses (as opposed to the people who use it), but quite frankly if this video makes one person regardless of gender and age see that riding is a possibility for them, then I'm happier than a dug with two tails... and possibly some balls.
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: lol no you didn’t understand pascals post, tried to call him sexist even though he is the opposite, you dumb troll can’t even make sense of a statement someone makes, have you ever contributed anything useful to this site?
  • 2 0
 @mkotowski1: what? So now you have beef with my interpretation of what Pascal wrote and what Will wrote? Maybe you are a sexist?
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: yah that’s the key problem, it’s your interpretation, you wrongly interpreted pascals post.
  • 6 1
 @mkotowski1: oh, I will write down your username to remember that you are the one that knows how to interpret things in a right way. I have reread his comment and I still think he says some weird stuff unlike Will Narayan. We should run a poll if you don't mind me questioning your judgement. Let's do it.

I am in the team: "if you think this commercial is sexist or pseudo feminist you should get your head checked"

If he thinks that women don't get those comments that Rob is mentioning, then he should meet more girls and women, and fkng LISTEN to them. Also it does not speak only to what girls are told, but also what they may be thinking. All humans in puberty, including girls have group association issues. Again, learn a thing or two about women before you comment on content for women.
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: you say he said some weird stuff.... and the poll was taken look at his upvotes vs. yours buddy ol troll
  • 2 2
 @WAKIdesigns: this guy claims on the internet “he knows women.” Bravo waki bravo, I’m glad you think you know women
  • 1 1
 @Pascual-Budejas: Calm down Serena...
  • 4 2
 Love it!! Was watching the world champs XC race with my 2yr old daughter when they previewed this! My daughter is so inspired by all riders, as she tears around the kitchen table on her run bike saying “look mum, i’m so fast!” And an inspiration for us Mums too....can’t believe Gunn-Rita is a mother of 2, how does she do it??!! Thanks Jolanda and Maja for making this happen!
  • 2 0
 I keep hearing about how there are not enough women in the sport....where I ride there are as many women as men and they are riding everything the men ride, I don't see it and definitely believe they are all equal on the trails. If you don't believe me you should ride Fernie and West Bragg Creek more often, I guarantee you'll see for yourself that given a supportive community there are plenty of females of all levels on the trails and can assure you there are many that'll likely kick most rider's butt's. My observation FWIW.
  • 6 0
 I love these women!♥
  • 6 0
 Keep shredding ladies!
  • 5 0
 “They say if you race mtb’s, you MAY get a mean farmers tan”
  • 6 3
 Every elementary school around the world should show this video to empower woman.
  • 2 1
 Middle and high schools already do. I was in a high school xc race team last year. Your team will LOSE points if there is not one girl there. Kinda a problem for small towns.
  • 3 0
 @Chingus-Dude: @Chingus-Dude: How fascist. Next you will get dinged if you don't have every ethnic group represented as well. JC, let the people who want to ride bikes ride bikes. If gals want to ride bikes great its not my job to encourage them as long as I don't discourage them. In 30 years I have never seen a biker discourage or disparage female (or ethnic group) participation.That kind of mandated quotas really bothers me.
  • 2 0
 You ride XC worldcups and your job is ... speed skater? This is your hobby sport? And your job is another sport? Mad respect.
  • 1 0
 What a wonderful video. Excellent script. Well narrated ladies. Love that it's XC, hard as nails yet soft and relatable. Totally gets the stoked going. There's a ground swell in all forms of MTB for women. It's so rad \m/
  • 3 0
 Just forwarded to my GF Smile
  • 4 1
 Awesome, fun, inspirational... lovely ladies!
  • 5 2
 #mtbgirls are O-ZOM! Fantastic initiative.
  • 3 0
 Good work!
  • 3 1
 Hell yes!
  • 3 1
 Cool campaign!!
  • 3 2
 All the ''they say''s Literally nobody ever says that
  • 1 0
 One notable and VERY fast XCO female missing..... : )
  • 1 0
 Girls, or ladies, you are top...however, go on, we love you!
  • 2 1
 Nham Nham!!!
  • 2 1
  • 2 1
 Great video!
  • 3 2
 Lovin these girls.
  • 5 7
 Love the video, but if you want to show injuries show the DH girls would have been gnarlier!
  • 3 0
 Broken bones and bruises everywhere isn't enough? They don't have any protection like kneepads, back protectors or fullface helmets and ride very gnarly stuffs
  • 2 0
 Do a worldcup XC downhilling section on an XC bike, xc helmet, xc shoes/pedals AND no dropper (lot of xc-girls don't use it)... Then you come back and say us how you are.
  • 1 0
 @Fenrisvarg: Chill i didn't say they werent Gnarly, I was just stating it would have been more Gnarlier to see the DH girls injuries. did you see Myriam Nicoles back ? if not check her instagram its horrific!
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