Rider Perspective: When It Rains It Pours

Apr 30, 2014 at 15:33
by Emily Batty  
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Emily Batty in Australia in 2014

Straight from the World Cup opener in South Africa, the entire team traveled to Cairns, Australia, for round two of the cross-country series rather than flying home and losing another handful of days due to travel. We had quite the twist to start the trip, with luggage fees totalling over six thousand dollars due to all of us - two riders and three mechanics - not being Star Alliance members. Insane! We had a weekend free from racing between the two events, though, which had everyone super keen on spending that time at the new location - the rain forest. We found ourselves going for a lot of walks to try and spot the crocodiles, snakes, lizards etc. that the signs posted everywhere warmed us to be aware of.

Yeah just one question which trees are the f ing stinging trees It s ok if you get stung although the pain can last for months apparently up to 6 months you can be treated using hydrochloric acid. Easy.

There's all sorts of dangerous things in the Australian bush.

Athletes onboard Dan McConnell Jolanda Neff Sabine Spitz Georgia Gould Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez Bec Henderson amp Kathrin Stirnemann and I. Staff Dusty Labarr Tory Lavigne Gary Wolff Matt Opperman Ralph

Early in the week a big group of us athletes and staff went to check out the Great Barrier Reef to do some snorkeling.

Matt Opperman Mechanic and Emily Batty

Dan McConnell and I even saw a massive sea turtle, which we were pretty happy about!

The slightly more relaxed week flew by and it wasn't long before we were right back into the swing of things by pre-riding the new cross-country race course. As any competitor knows, no race is ever going to be perfect - there are going to be bumps and hiccups along the way, and I think we were all in the same boat (literally) for the week leading into round two. Relentless monsoon rains had pretty much everyone second guessing what was to be of the course, and although the athletes and staff were trying to stay positive, I'm pretty sure that we all got a little tired of training in the crazy mud. Not only that, I'm also sure that the mechanics got a tired of changing bottom brackets and headset bearings nearly every day.

Emily Batty in Australia in 2014

Making friends with the young fans in Australia.

Mother Nature didn't disappoint by the time Saturday rolled around, though, with the clouds breaking and the exposed sun obliterating the deep red mud. We ended up having perfect conditions for Sunday's race, and it must have been over 40 degrees with the humidity and not a single cloud in the sky. I felt like I was on a bit of a mission, and the constant talking to my coach back home saw me fine tune my training throughout the week in an effort to get my legs back under me by Friday. The goal was to build on the result that I had in South Africa, and I quickly found myself making a great start to find my way into the top five. The course in Australia really was a game changer, allowing top riders to quickly separate themselves from their competitors with multiple A and B line technical options, not to mention 180+ meters of technical climbing per lap.

Emily in Cairns as WC XC 2 2014

Emily Batty in Australia in 2014

Emily Batty in Australia in 2014

Aside from a front wheel change mid-race, I had a really clean performance and as good of a race as I could have asked for. I finished 2nd and feel really happy with how everything went - I'm now ranked 3rd overall. Fast forward through 48+ hours of exhausting travel and I'm all settled back home. I'm taking a few days to come down from the travel-high before getting back into a good training routine and prepping for the European World Cup rounds. I'm going to try and take a page from the Supercross boys this year by seeking consistency at each event rather being exceptional at only one or two, so let's hope that the European campaign offers another podium.

Emily in Cairns as WC XC 2 2014

Action shots by Matt Delorme.



  • 495 6
 She should marry steve smith and produce the ultimate enduro children.
  • 93 3
 With strong ankles
  • 23 34
flag drivereight (May 2, 2014 at 14:15) (Below Threshold)
 i'm like a deer caught on headlights! i'm enjoying the moment!
  • 66 2
 comment of the year?
  • 12 3
  • 6 5
 I think she's already engaged to her coach Frown
  • 21 1
 The Enduro Children would make a great team name
  • 18 0
 Or a Band name....
  • 10 25
flag bmxrace121 (May 2, 2014 at 22:12) (Below Threshold)
 They would be the next Athertons
  • 12 27
flag chyu (May 3, 2014 at 1:51) (Below Threshold)
 She's definitely looks like a good mother.
  • 15 133
flag christianown242 (May 3, 2014 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 Whats up with all the boring XC articles filling up my new feed. pinkbike is turning into a big fag page of dissapointment.
  • 14 56
flag drivereight (May 3, 2014 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 XC riders complaining about the MTB race course being too rough, what they think they are racing road bikes?
  • 17 76
flag drivereight (May 3, 2014 at 8:19) (Below Threshold)
  • 28 3
 driveright- what the fuck.
  • 9 53
flag Eco51stLRS (May 3, 2014 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 drivereight.......yes! MILF!
  • 29 1
 there's some odd people who use pinkbike
  • 16 0
 @drewstinky...they are just children, expressing themselves the only way they know how--youtube style
  • 8 1
 sicsoma that's what you'd think but that dude is 42 (the other two don't list their ages)
  • 5 0
 I'm definitely a 'batty boy'
  • 6 2
 The next time an article about Steve Smith comes up, will every please start talking immediately about who he should marry? Because that would make my day.
  • 1 0
 Nobody asked but thanks.
  • 139 5
 Saw Emily Betty and clicked on the article, without hesitation.
  • 34 0
 That's actually what happens with everyone (I guess...)
  • 102 0
 What article?
  • 15 1
 That is why Pinkbike does it, click through rates go through the roof.
  • 3 2
 Haha yup, Fully wasn't going to open the article then I saw her
  • 12 1
  • 11 2
 I just came for the pictures, they have some serious 80's fashion going on with the pic of them on the boat before snorkeling.
  • 1 0
 Didn't even read the article.... just the photos.
  • 2 0
 Benread, typo duh.
  • 51 3
 Saying she's purdy is one thing. The more important thing is she can shred. Go Emily, go Canada!
  • 16 0
 She brakes with the middle fingers. I did not think there were still some people doing that.
  • 8 1
 Gotta use the index to shift amirite?
  • 8 0
 Also, 'badfinger" braking gives the hand a wider area of purchase on the grip (pinky-index finger, as opposed to pinky-middle finger).
I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it seems to give me a tad more stability and control.
  • 4 0
 Im definitely going to have to second that. Braking with the middle finger seems to give better control on the brake as well as better purchase on the grip. With the index i found I would reef the lever. Thats just me though...
  • 2 0
 that's how I've always braked...felt the most comfortable
  • 2 0
 You don't read Dirtmag then? Steve Jones also does it.
  • 1 2
 It's a clear statement. Fcuck braking! Ride hard!
  • 1 3
 I use my pointer fingers and I agree try not to use brakes at all just use your hips to side swipe your back wheel a lil bit to lose some of your momentum if you feel your going a lil to fast.
  • 13 0
 I'm always amazed to see how fast pro racers are able to recover from one race and get ready for the next one. Getting twice the 2nd position is definitly a big performance. Even after that, just a few days off and back to training and preparation for the next race... That sounds pretty harsh, but that's is the way you build such performances. Very impressive overall.
  • 16 1
 Clicked for Emily Batty, came for the comments. Was not disappointed
  • 3 2
 Surprised no one has said "I clicked and came for both" yet
  • 8 0
 The people that say helmets make you look goofy haven't seen the first picture in this album. Lids on kids.
  • 15 0
 Dunno if that is a good example though. Emily Batty could just wear pretty much anything and still look classy.
  • 2 0
 She needs to tighten the straps though.
  • 5 0
 These (and other) articles and shots leave relatively uninitiated people like me with the impression that XC is a much more challenging discipline than Enduro. The terrain appears to be almost the same, and in XC they have to power uphill too.

Just sayin....
  • 5 0
 Great story Em! So happy for your 2nd Plc finish. Looking forward to seeing your next result and hearing all sbout this WC experience
  • 6 4
 Doesnt seem right they have the ability these days to use mechanics and team support during the race.. the old once you start "its up to you" defined the genre and kept it close enough to normal weekend mtb riders to then spark interest in the majority. The skills, the fitness and dedication is uber impressive. But the activity is more removed from the day to day MTBer then world cup DH IMO. No dis, great article, keep em coming
  • 5 4
 Agreed totally. Nothing against her at all. However, having a "pit" is not the essence of XC mountain biking. The original spirit was opposite of roadies. You flat, you fix it as a rider, you blow a chain, have a chain tool, etc. Having a pit for a full on wheel change isn't very independent. Precisely why choosing sew ups (tubular) tires should be considered foolish in mountain bikes.
  • 6 0
 I like this comment from the article:

"I'm pretty sure that we all got a little tired of training in the crazy mud. Not only that, I'm also sure that the mechanics got a tired of changing bottom brackets and headset bearings nearly every day."

Certainly tells you something about how poorly modern press fit systems and "sealed bearings" in the integrated headsets tend to deal with bad weather...no wonder so many customers come back after weeks or short months complaining about the bearings which have already cr*pped themselves Frown
  • 4 0
 I would like to see more of what the track looked like.
  • 11 1
 But then this article wouldn't be click bait, which is the whole point of its existence.
  • 3 0
 ^Correct answer
  • 1 0
 If you have ever had the good fortune to meet and talk to Emily Batty, you soon realize that her true beauty comes from within. First class person and a great ambassador to the sport.
  • 2 0
 It seems Pinkbike have clocked on to the popularity of articles featuring Emily Batty, and I can't say I'm complaining!
  • 1 1
 What's with the necklace?
I hadn't heard of her (a great miss, I see that now) and googled a lot of pictures to catch up.
On nine out of ten pictures she wears that white thing around her neck.
  • 1 0
 Wikipedia says it was her mother's, and I guess she just feels like it.
  • 1 0
 Way to go Emily, Go get them. As you well know, its not about winning the "battles", its about winning the "war".
  • 3 0
 maiden Canada.Eh.
  • 2 0
 Killing it this season Emily!Canada loves you!
  • 7 6
 Dan Mconnell's got a pretty hefty rape face in that 4th picture..
  • 2 1
 That is not Dan McConnell... it is one of the Trek Facory Racing Soigneurs Troy Lavigne I believe.
  • 1 0
 I know a young fan who'd love to be friends with her!
  • 2 0
 Everybody loves Emily...
  • 1 0
 Why is her number plate upside down?
  • 1 2
 Who doesn't want our chicks to be a lil more like Emily
  • 1 1
 marry me!
  • 3 0
 Better talk to her husband.
  • 10 13
 So sick of the "omg shes hot" comments. You aren't clever, shut the f*ck up.
  • 29 3
 OMG she's hot
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