Video: Micayla Gatto - Athlete Profile

Sep 6, 2012 at 21:25
by Byron Kopman  

Views: 64,919    Faves: 1,058    Comments: 92



We spent one week with Micayla Gatto, learning what it takes to compete at a world cup level. She is a Vancouver based racer who's main focus is downhill. Here's a behind the scenes look of how things unfolded.

Sexy goggle removal and some bag action.

Our Downhill shoot adventure started in true Vancouver spirits, with torrential rain. The weather eventually lifted and gave us the perfect shooting conditions with tacky trail and dense fog.

DH shredding in the fog.
Hair ties and steep loam.
No idea what this is about. Green branches on the right.
Ambition in a single shot.

After a good day of downhill we took a hiatus from mountain bikes and focused on the peripheral activities of the gym and road riding.

Behind the scenes on road bikes studio and boats.

A few ghost rides and boat trip later we found ourselves back on 26" wheels ready for some low elevation xc loops.

Some very rad single track on low elevation xc.
Helmet tossing and some behind the scenes.
Inter-tidal zone with Marine Micayla.
Snake in my boot and a footy review and some low angle shots.
Sailing away and some rock rolling at the waterfront.

Our week with Micayla was short and exciting. The very next day she hopped on a plane with bike box in tow, and a hand full of international boarding passes to round up some UCI points.

Huge thanks to all who had a hand in this:

Production Company: Alterna Films
Director/DP: Byron Kopman
Steady cam operator: Chris Moone
Gaffer/Key Grip: Carlos Fetherstonhaugh
Sound Design: Luke Bohonis
Graphic Designer: Natalia Wein
Hair/Make-up: Kyla Giesbrecht
Photographers: Derek Dix & Ryan Shabacon

Music: The World's End Press - Second Day Uptown
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112 Comments

  • + 53
 *Micayla sees comments on Pinkbike*

*Micayla is not impressed*
  • + 38
 Pretty damn stoked to be her boyfriend! She is the best!!!!
  • + 8
 hahahahahahaha I guess you're pretty lucky guy
  • + 24
 You are one lucky dude! In all seriousness....is it weird when your girlfriend passes you?
  • + 37
 You let her go first to save the embarrassment.
  • + 2
 hahaha yeah riding with her at coc was a blast, she's so much faster in real life. (I'm barbie- remember? hahahaha)
  • + 1
 Barbie!!! hope your still shreddin!!
  • + 2
 ohh yeah all the local trails are so easy now, I already want to go back. Plus my POS does not compare to that carbon v10 at all... Hopefully be back next year!
  • + 30
 Quality video, loved it. Micayla kills it, hopefully she's at a few more WC's next season.
  • + 16
 Yeah, rad video..... but god damn Canadians thinking its 'ok' to just pick up snakes and then they come to Australia. Stop it already! Great article, and awesome profile of Micayla.... also, you're mum is a boss! Met her many crankworks ago, total legend
  • + 4
 Great Concept. Now one with more brown pow shredding?
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what bike is she riding at 2:17?
  • + 1
 Doesn't she ride for Commencal? It's probably an Absolut...
  • + 1
 Yeah.. Because Australia doesn't have venomous snakes or anything.
  • + 12
 I cant stop thinking of the Mick Gatto reference. Aussies will understand lol.
  • + 13
 please. marry. me.
  • + 8
 Gentlemen, i think it is time to bring out the Play Book. May the best man win.
  • + 7
 still can't get over that your username is angrynipples
  • + 2
 hey all of our nipples get a little angry from time to time. just gotta embrace it haha
  • + 12
 IVE HAD AN ACCIDENT!!..................
  • + 6
 I thought Micayla, and all the Canadian Women, did fantastic at worlds and I'm really excited to see her compete next year. It always blows me away that such top notch athletes seem to need to scrape so hard to compete on the world stage without the support athletes in other countrys seem to enjoy. As a country we need to step it up in how we support our athletes. I've seen a few plea's, Holly Feniuk's (Who did amzing at Worlds!) being the most recent and Buchar's behind that, for support to even attend these races. I get that the series is fairly Eurocentric and that it requires far more support for a North American athlete to attend but we have such committed and skilled athletes its a shame to not see them supported the way they could be. I think the fact that the Canadian women, especially Micayla, performed so well is really a monster accomplishment and a big nod to their strenght as individuals and a riding community.
  • + 8
 I would love to see more out takes of rolling bikes going everywhere Smile
  • + 7
 Still looking for ladies like that out on the trails. If I see one I will be sure to buy a lottery ticket
  • + 3
 This vid was excellent, everyone from the boys filming, writing, and editing to the the rider did a great job. On another note it's depressing to see how hard she trains in the gym and on the road bike and realizing I'll never do those things; content in my mediocrity Smile
  • + 3
 She's so HOT, she gave another meaning to Cycle world...Sex Appeal 10/10, Stamina 10/10, Talent 10/10, Blue high heels 10/10 lol...
  • + 13
 Her sex appeal and the fact that she is hot shouldn't be mentioned, this a mtb forum. Bring on the neg props.
  • - 3
 @Allan-taylor : Sir you are absolutely right , we need to stop being that kind of primitive men !

But we are legion to can't stop watching a woman on a bike because in the fact of riding his bike she becomes more sexy / attractive / hot / whateveryouwant that she actually is !

So when Micayla , a talented rider ( and beautiful woman ) ride his bike .... Big Grin
  • + 0
 His bike?
  • + 3
 her * ... i'm really tired Big Grin
  • + 7
 We all know that this is a MTB forum!......and she's an awesome rider, but if she didn't want this sort of reaction then y was she wearing a skin tight dress with big blue high heels????
The girl is HOOOTTTT and she knows it! So let her flaunt it because I don't know about u? But I'm more than happy to watch!!
  • + 13
 this is pinkbike. Bikes are cool. She is hot. This is my comment. Go Go Gatto Go!
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flag Rider-of-many-bikes (Sep 10, 2012 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 Haywood Jablowme?
  • + 3
 @Allan--I find it interesting you feel it necessary to say her sex appeal shouldn't be mentioned on a mtb forum. Then according to your standards, there is no place for the opening scene in this video with her in a shirt/skirt combo and then some random sexual poses and then high heels. The entire imagery of that was to show how sexy she is... And also that she can shred, or the other way around if you will. So, considering she set the standards with her opening shots I would like to say, damn she is one sexy chick and I'd ride with her any day.
  • + 2
 @ Allan If I say that to a Man maybe I am on the wrong forum hehehe, about the props you can have it all I not botheredSmile I am sure deep inside you feel like saying it too unless you like to say it to Dan or Gee Atherton it is up to youSmile
  • + 1
 iam super stoked i got to have her as my coach at camp to bad it was for only a day and a half then i broke my collarbone but i still had a blast this edit was awesome in stoked for u micayla we should ride some bicycles some time
  • + 3
 such a sick video! and I love it when female mountain bikers have a real girly side to them, its hot.
  • + 4
 WHY can't she downhill in that dress? Please?
  • - 1
 And the heels, too? I mean if she really had talent then downhilling in a dress and heels would be easy. I wonder why they don't make women compete in dress and heels and then make a sandwich after the race? Oh yeah, because it is not the 1960s!
  • + 3
 Such a great video. It was so fun having her at camp coaching everyone on how to go fast and have fun. Thanks Micayla! Ken
  • + 2
 Great video. Riding with her at Camp of Champions was a blast, she's incredibly fast, super funny and nice and a great coach as well!
  • + 2
 Rolling the rigs between scenes was pretty neat. Micayla, I think your DH bars are too wide :p
  • + 1
 very fast in all the bike style we need more of girl like this in montain bike ! keep the good work micayla its show that you work hard !
  • + 3
 Would love to meet Micayla!
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  • + 2
 Being coached by Micayla and Tippie in Whistler was one of the best experiences of my life!
  • + 3
 I've met Micayla. She's suuuuper nice.
  • + 1
 This video is going now for my favorites list, so sick, she´s so hot gosh Big Grin
  • + 1
 I'm gonna be the mature one and say that her talent on all of her sweet rides don't give me a huge erection.
  • + 1
 Makes me think WHY she has no sponsors that could bring her to the world cups races?
  • + 1
 i hope and i feel that it will be the most faved video 2012, and also serious candidate VOY.
Alterna Films? ohoh.... lol
  • + 2
 Mmmmmm.......... Gatto..... I love cake!!
  • + 1
 Thats awsome. Good for her for setting her goals high. So cool to see the all women sports growing. Especially mtnbiking
  • + 1
 The videos coming out these days are amazing. Congrats on a really original, cool stylish video
  • + 1
 Sick video Micayla. Hopefully it will inspire a few more girls to hop on a bike!
  • + 1
 that was very impressive. the whole bike rolling thing was vary original and the riding was hella good. well done. vod
  • + 2
 one of the sexyest downhill racer ever =D
  • + 1
 f*** shes hot.... sweet vid too. i like the whole rolling the bike between scenes thing. very cool touch
  • + 1
 WoW! this girl blow my mind! ahahahah and of all the guys in pinkbike! haha
  • + 2
 she is a beauty on wheels
  • + 2
 Iv made a right mess here .........
  • + 1
 Great video. Micayla is a badazz!
  • + 1
 shame it didnt mention anything about her artwork. truely talented.
  • + 1
 if only every girl had a passion for bikes like she does...
  • + 1
 Faved for all the wrong reasons, I'll now go into hiding.
  • + 1
 sick video, great riding and variation
  • + 0
 Sick edit ! Captures all the aspects of what being a bike lover & athlete means. And the photo is marvelous
  • + 1
 I would let her take my bike for a spin every day!
  • + 1
 awesome video, i remember when i rode with micayla on the for a team ride.
  • + 0
 Great video. Anybody knows how to train in off season? Any links to training for downhillers?
  • + 1
 Anyone know where the xc part on the rock is? Would love to go there.
  • + 1
 What bike is she riding at 2:17 ? (white HT) ???
  • + 1
 Great work guys loved it!
  • + 1
 Awesome video. Micayla rips
  • + 1
 One of the creative videos I sawBig Grin Nice 1
  • + 1
 Very well produced video, and she's hot! not to mention sick
  • + 1
 she's awesome. sick video!!
  • + 1
 Nice video and quite different than the usual, my vote for VOD.
  • + 1
 yeah micayla! now I see what the Bobsled footage was for. Great vid!
  • + 1
 did you want the glossy prints?
  • + 1
 Why are there not there more girls like her Frown
  • + 1
 Haha sweet vid! Very well thought out!
  • + 0
 The only person I'll ride behind, as she is in the attack position...bent over..sweating, working hard.
  • + 1
 Wow wow wow wow wow wow
  • + 1
 Coolest girl ever
  • + 1
 great little vid
  • + 1
 My new lover.
  • + 1
 Song anyone?
  • + 2
 World's End Press - Second Day Uptown
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 Cheers!
  • + 0
 Awesome idea! Those transitions between bikes were cool.
  • + 1
 I'm in love!! Smile
  • + 0
 ohh myy godd.....Big Grin im in love.
  • + 1
 iiim in love
  • + 0
 that smile..
  • + 0
 That was awesome!
  • + 0
 i would marry her
  • + 0
 me too, she has it all
  • + 0
 holla!!!!!!!!
  • - 1
 wow micayla gatto- KCCO!
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