Women's MTB Highlights from the Past Year

Mar 8, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

From racing, to freeride, to adventure—the women's MTB scene is more vibrant and badass than ever. Looking back at the past year, here are some of our favourite moments.

Miranda Miller stands on the top step of the podium at the international level for the first time, and it just so happens to be at the World Championships. Myriam Nicole the silver in addition to the World Cup overall title, while Tracey Hannah takes second on home turf.

Commencal Vallnord DH Team 2017

Cecile took top honors once again this year while Isabeau and Katy fought a close battle just behind for second and third.

Cecile Ravanel has a near-perfect season, winning every round of the Enduro World Series but Tasmania. She wins the EWS overall, with Isabeau Cordurier in second and Katy Winton in third.

Casey Brown sends it down Corbet's Couloir in the first-ever Mountain Bike descent of the double black diamond ski run.

Jill Kintner Pumptrack

Jill Kintner is crowned Queen of Crankworx for the second year in a row, edging out Caroline Buchanan and receiving equal prize money to her male counterpart.

Dust and Bone - Elite Women Photo Epic - Cairns XC World Champs 2017

After a rough start to the season, Jolanda Neff comes away with the World Championships stripes. Yana Belomoina wins her first ever World Cup, and then proceeds to finish in the top-5 at every World Cup in 2017 to win the World Cup overall.
Yana just needed to ride consistently today but she did one beter than consistent.

Ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch has won competitions all around the world, however, she faced her toughest challenge yet in the Red Bull Media House documentary Blood Road.
Huyen Nguyen and Rebecca Rusch ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail for the feature film project Blood Road in Vietnam Laos and Cambodia in March 2015. Josh Letchworth Red Bull Content Pool P-20170523-00079 Usage for editorial use only Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information.

One of the biggest ever viral sensations to come out of Dirt Diaries at Crankworx, Micayla Gatto teamed up with IFHT to make "Ferda Girls."


Katy Winton steps in for Rachel Atherton at the Red Bull Foxhunt.

Rachel Atherton's AMAZING save at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Views: 24,422    Faves: 347    Comments: 9

With singletrack for days, winter sledding, and big mountain heli drops, it's awesome to dig into where Casey gets her motivation.

Kate Courtney on balancing racing at the World Cup level with being a student at Stanford.

Lorraine Blancher embarks on a multi-day bikepacking expedition through unmapped trails and canyons in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile.

What were your favorite moments from the past year? Leave a comment below and let us know!


  • 49 2
 Now let's continue to see more coverage of women's riding the other 364 days a year too!
  • 13 1
  • 40 2
 Huge props to all ya women shredders!
  • 21 2
 Heck yea...more ladies riding is good for everyone.
  • 16 0
 @DH-Angel: I want to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were saying all these women are beautiful and everyone else is taking it wrong.
  • 6 1
 @cdmbmw: you're a charitable soul
  • 1 0
 I wanted to get sprung but not happening this season
  • 6 0
 Canadian woman kick ass!!! Casey Browns drop and steep run was sick! I meet woman on the Shore and Squamtom that ride with mucho talent. Emily Batty hicks drops even if she is an XC racer.
  • 9 1
 The women's downhill this year is going to be awesome
  • 11 1
 I'd like to think Tahnee will win some more this yeah.
  • 6 1
 Heck I wish my legs looked like they had as much power as Tracey Hannah's/
  • 7 1
 I wish I had as convincing of a smile after they'd just ripped second place away from me after a timing error.
  • 3 0
 "Tracey Hannah takes second on home turf, and Myriam Nicole the bronze"

Isn't it the other way around Pinkbike?
  • 1 0
 It sure was! Corrected now.
  • 2 0
 Looking forward to seeing Cecile Ravenel aboard the big bike at some World Cup DH events! She will give them a run for the money. Sam Hill storyline in reverse here?
  • 4 1
 Hope someone fixed that dodgy clock from the world champs!!
  • 3 0
 Ya know predictive text can be a bummer at the pest of times
  • 2 0
 Ahh, predictive text...So that's why I got called a ducking aunt.
  • 1 0
 That Blood Road is a really good watch. Must have been mentally and emotionally draining. Hats off to you Rebecca! Rachel Atherton save... Maaaaaaaaate...
  • 1 0
 I love womens mountain biking, its so nice they don't have to slow down the footage because they're already moving so slowly!
  • 1 0
 Women's only Enduro series (sturdy dirty) showing us all that racing and riding are still fun
  • 2 0
 He is not telling a lie so why the hate?
  • 1 0
 f*ck yea

Rach's save is still one of the best things ever caught on camera Big Grin
  • 1 0
 As a Canuck I gotta say watching Miranda bring home the gold at the Cairns WC was the highlight. Smile
  • 4 2
 Love me some Pompon Smile 3
  • 1 0
 Kate Courtney is awesome!
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