2022 Pinkbike Awards: Athlete of the Year Winner

Dec 22, 2022 at 7:22
by Ed Spratt  

Athlete of the Year Winner

2022 provided a classic year of racing with no shortage of drama and excitement. With plenty of nail-biting finishes and huge sends across all forms of racing and competition it was pretty difficult to not only pick our nominees but also our worthy winner.

So while we were impressed with plenty of riders this year, the 2022 Athlete of the Year award goes to...

Why she's the winner

While there were plenty of outstanding athletes in 2022 it's impossible to overlook the sheer historic achievement of becoming the World Champion of four disciplines at the same time. From XC to XC to XCM and Gravel, Pauline has proven she is the best in the world across a range of conditions, a feat that is unlikely to be beaten or matched by any other rider for quite some time. It's important to add that Pauline not only achieved at World Champs but also won a perfect weekend at the final World Cup of the year in Val di Sole winning the XC and XCC races.

Any rider that can achieve such dominance in a single year is well deserving of the Athlete of the Year title.

A late tactical move had Pauline jet to the front and pull far away from the rest.

This was Pauline Ferrand Prevot s race to loose and that became immediately clear from lap one.

Vive la France. Pauline Ferrand Prevot takes yet another World Championship title.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot takes gold in front of Alessandra Keller and Gwendalyn Gibson.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot adds another gold medal to her collection as Jolanda Neff picks up silver and Haley Batten the bronze.


  • 166 1
 Truly well-deserved, a phenomenal athlete.
  • 25 1
 PFP rules. Still the only cyclist to hold all three major world titles in the same year.
  • 33 72
flag KeithShred (Dec 26, 2022 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 Phenomenally sexy indeed
  • 19 40
flag cool3 (Dec 26, 2022 at 18:20) (Below Threshold)
 Why the hate? Have we all been drinking the woke Kool-Aid? Come on!
  • 17 18
 @KeithShred: I agreed. She's phenomenally sexy indeed! I'm confused with the down votes.
  • 21 11
 @matyk: Google 'male gaze' or talk to literally any female human.
  • 10 8
 @matyk: ps your blow up doll doesn't count
  • 20 13
 @samanual: Well, my wife thinks she's sexy too. It's called a compliment. But you go ahead and continue being a white knight if that makes you happy.
  • 9 5
 @matyk: sorry, blow up doll thing was harsh and unfair. Seriously though, have a little think about it. Would you say it if it was man?
  • 11 5
 @matyk: "Confused with the down votes"? Really? I think a good test before writing something on an internet forum is would you say the same thing to a person's face? If you someday have the opportunity to meet PFP in person are you really going to say "I think you're phenomenally sexy."?Cringe dude you her and everyone within hearing distance. Did he really just say that?
  • 6 6
 @HughBonero: Aww look. Another white knight. Good for you.
  • 53 20
 4 disciplines that are the same discipline!

Fr tho she’s a savage, I can’t stand to pedal that much
  • 39 1
 She’s a monster. Outpacing a ton of athletes who likely focused on each event as their goal / peaking point for the season.
  • 85 2
 Cross country, long cross country, extra long cross country, cross country with the wrong bike! lol

They really are quite different though. Generally, athletes are quite specialized in their preferred cardio range. To be World Champ in both XCC and XCM shows some extreme adaptability. It is such a wide range I can hardly think of an equivalent in sports. Even Katie Ledecky, the GOAT of swimming, isn't winning both the 100m and the 1500m.
  • 18 26
flag jclnv (Dec 26, 2022 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 She’s currently getting thrashed in cyclocross.
  • 5 57
flag 5afety3rd (Dec 26, 2022 at 9:29) (Below Threshold)
 @ryanandrewrogers: you’re annoying, probably not fun at parties.
  • 18 0
 @5afety3rd: you write the comments, don't get pissy when you get replies now.

Mr. Madder here lmao
  • 2 33
flag 5afety3rd (Dec 26, 2022 at 9:38) (Below Threshold)
 @ryanandrewrogers: only towards you, franger.
  • 19 6
 @jclnv:But she'd thrash you on anything (bicycle, moto, heelys, saucer sled, anything) so that's nice to remember.
  • 13 3
 @jclnv: way to tear down someone instead of celebrate what they've accomplished over one thing.
  • 8 2
 @jclnv: and how's your cross season going? and your Mountain Biking palmarès?
  • 2 5
 @no-good-ideas: Uhhh... She skipped world cup xcc/xco rounds to peak for certain events
  • 3 2
 @jclnv: she’s also getting used to new equipment — that takes a minute, and she’s had some pretty poor luck on her new Shimano stuff right out of the gate.
  • 1 0
 @ksilvey10: Yes...multiple events is exactly my point. Most athletes peak for 1 or 2 in that same time period.
  • 2 0
 @no-good-ideas:I might be misunderstanding you, but it's a lot harder to peak for that one-day "World Champs" when you're not doing all the series events leading up to it like Keller and everyone else. You can't "peak" for every race in the series but if you want to be "World Champ" you can totally skip out in order to have a big advantage (if your contracts will allow it...)
  • 3 3
 @jclnv: Not sure why people are getting so butthurt over a truthful statement. Shed being kept humble CXing.
  • 2 0
 @ksilvey10: My point is, while a lot of those athletes are racing in all the other races, many do not truly peak until world champs, olympics, or a specific target race they believe they can have great results in. The Championships of all the disciplines attract many who specifically peak for 1 or maybe 2 of the 4, but not all 4. Hence she's beating athletes who are making any one of the four events their "A" race for hitting peak form and finding best results.
  • 4 3
 @jclnv: LOL! They don't get the sarcasm... Wink
  • 11 0
 @ksilvey10: She raced 6 out of the 9 WC races... She missed Leogang because of an injury and decided to skip the 2 North American races for logistical reasons.

She also had one of the busiest and most successful racing schedules in 2022 than almost anybody:

Cape Epic (third)
6 out of the 9 WC events (one XCO win and two XCC wins)
XCC World Championships (first)
XCO World Championships (first)
XCM World Championships (first)
European XCO Championships (second)
French National XCO Championships (second)
French National XCC Championships (first)
French National XCM Championships (second)
French Cup Superdevoluy (second)
Roc d'Azur (first)
ÖKK Bike Revolution Huttwil (first)
Gravel World Championships (first)

I don't think you can say that she just "peaked for certain events".
  • 5 1
 @billreilly: you forgot that she's got 500k followers in Insta. That owns all racing stats. Content is KING! Hopefully she shares this prestigious award on her channels and gives Pinkbike some LOVE!
  • 6 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: You have to remember that this is pinkbike. A majority of the 'riders' on here are too lazy to actually pedal their bikes, so they don't understand sports outside of taking their long travel scooters up the chairlift while pounding redbull.
  • 25 1
 Only Pink Bike commentators can take a post about achievement and turn it into an argument... Wait... No. Every internet forum is the exact same thing. Carry on. Congrats to the winner. Never heard of them. I'm sure they train hard.
  • 2 0
 This is true. One cannot simply post a congratulatory statement or an opinion without a good argument ensuing. I kinda like it tho..
  • 6 0
 It never ceases to amaze me how bitter and salty the pb commenters are in general. Like do they even enjoy cycling or do they just get off on complaining about anything and everything that gets posted here?
  • 26 0
 Fuck auto play.
  • 6 0
 yeah, I honestly dont understand why people went for it.
  • 9 0
 So good!
  • 8 0
 Well deserved
  • 8 0
 On a Hardtail!!!
  • 9 2
 With a fucking pencil!
  • 2 0
 Anyhow, on the topic of PFP, she came back after a year with some failures and to me, that's impressive, y'know, to have to pick yourself up, go back to the drawing board and come out on top, that shows a lot about who she is. They're probably all on some peds, so it's even afaic.
  • 3 1
 One thing I've learned in life is that with a few exceptions,.most people appreciate a sincere compliment. I wasn't sexualizing, I'm not objectifying, I have no motive, and I am sorry there are those so fragile that they are offended by not receiving the same attention. Grow up. Quit being hypersensitive to the possibility. And get real, intelligent people with attractive physical features tend to have more opportunities to succeed. She could be a great sport ambassador if she chooses.
  • 91 86
 She's awesome! Beautiful too.
  • 64 40
 Judging by the dislikes, apparently you're not allowed to provide positive comments about a female rider being awesome and attractive on pinkbike...
  • 66 79
flag mrift04 (Dec 26, 2022 at 7:14) (Below Threshold)
 @VPS13: Too many woke simps on here
  • 103 23
 Although I agree that attractive people are attractive (and I didn’t down vote you) I think the fact that this wasn’t a beauty contest makes your remark less relevant and draws attention away from her accomplishments, which is what we are trying to celebrate here. I mean that as respectfully as possible and I hope you have a nice day.
  • 18 12
 Honestly, RedBull sometimes pick good-looking people alot of the time, regardless of results. Not in this case obviously. Nothing taken away from her results, she's an absolute weapon and being good looking is only the tip of the iceberg. Hard working with a good gene pool. She's a superstar. I don't see the harm in stating she's good looking, as long as credit for her extreme commitment and sacrifices she and all the athletes of the world deserve.
  • 6 7
 @mrift04: speed10 just made your comment very spot on.
  • 24 14
 @VPS13: I wonder if it would be the same reaction if a female member pointed out how attractive Gee Atherton was.... probably not. #equality
  • 37 39
 @speed10: Ahhhh f*ck off with these kind of comments. Seriously?! Draws attention away? For f*ck sake South Park was right about thhe stupid PC people.
Is she an awesome rider? Yes. Is she on a league of her own? Yes. Is she a role model? Yes! Is her cycling career noteworthy? Yes! Does she deserves rider of the year? Yes, Yes, Yes! Is she beautiful? Absolutely.
I don´t think any of these statements diminishes her in any level nor have any form of sexism imbued in them or draw attention to anything else that she deserves. If you find it sexist, the sexism is in your own mind.
  • 15 32
flag jclnv (Dec 26, 2022 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 You gotta love the Pinkbike comments fight for social justice. So desperate to suppress their biological urges. I bet Pauline wishes she was ugly to avoid this constant sexism from the Pinkbike patriarchy

IMO she’s got a ridiculous engine but she’s a boring racer. Cautious on the descents and mentally fragile if things aren’t going her way.
  • 13 0
 Amazing athlete.
  • 31 8
 @mr-fabio: Well he didn't find it sexist, just misrepresentative of Pauline's achievements, @speed10 didn't even mention it. You're the one conflating that with sexism.

If you had won 4 World Championships in a single year and the second thing someone had to say about you was how handsome you were, you'd find it odd, right?

I'm not some PC crybaby proclaiming this comment is some kind of awful outright misogyny. It's just a weird thing to say all things considered.
  • 17 19
 @ryanandrewrogers: "If you had won 4 World Championships in a single year and the second thing someone had to say about you was how handsome you were, you'd find it odd, right?"

I would say no because 99.9 percent of the worlds population would look at her and have no clue what she does for a living let alone know shes a multiple world champ, they would however find her attractive though. No matter what I do for a living, if the second thing anyone had to say about me was he sure is good looking, I would have no problem with that. Better than hearing, hes a great bike rider but my f*ck is he ugly.
  • 10 2
 @VPS13: Dunno what point you're trying to make when this is literally a comment section below an article about her achievements. You're not wrong, but it doesn't matter, 100% of the people here are at least aware of her athletic achievements this year.
  • 25 6
 Yes she is! Society is completely f*cked up if everyone gets offended by all this! Great athlete, amazing achievements and a beautiful woman. Damm, I’m too old for this shit
  • 20 16
 @VPS13: I get that you are upset and confused by culture changes that have happened in your lifetime. Once upon a time calling a woman beautiful was a compliment, but now in this context it’s seen as objectification. Culture changes and it’s understandable that you are sensitive about it. But instead of being defensive, try to ask questions. If knowledge is power, the more you understand the stronger your position will be. Smile
  • 12 8
 @VPS13: I think this ignores the fact that women are constantly objectified, whereas men are not. As a women you can't just be athletic, smart, creative etc... you also have to fit the stereotypical idea of beauty. Unless it is a beauty pagent, a person's looks shouldn't factor into the discussion.
  • 9 11
 @speed10: You genuinely believe cultural appropriation trumps basic evolutionary sexual desires?

What else would you list as a cultural change? Going along with men who decide to call themselves women? Calling pregnant women ‘pregnant people’? Agreeing that all cultures are compatible? Accepting peadophillia as sexual preference?
  • 13 14

White Male!

How dare you.

@MDW83: My wife use to comment on Greg Minnaar being hot. I had to beat her to make her stop.
  • 8 7
 @ryanandrewrogers: I beg to differ. If someone told me I´m handsome after winning 4 WCs, I would be flattered. It is a form of compliment as well. Nothing odd about it. Compliments are always welcome.

I see your point of view, but I respectfully disagree. You might be comparing apples to gas leaks when you think that flattering someone by saying that he/she is gorgeous is misrepresentating their accomplishments.

She is a phenomenal rider, I am a fan of her for a long time. I remember when she won Road, Cyclocross and XC at the same year. Quite a feat most dickweeds tend to disregard. If I recall correctly that year she was nominated rider of the year too but I don´t think she got the award.
  • 5 5
 @speed10: couldn't have said it better.
  • 7 10
 @jclnv: yeah man I do. I believe in respecting people. I believe in consensual relationships too. I’m pretty advanced from our prehistoric ancestors. lol
  • 8 6
 @jclnv: "cultural appropriation trumps basic evolutionary sexual desires" What the hell is this guy talkin' about lol
  • 10 8
 @mrift04:Too many rightwing snowflake cucks, actually.
  • 7 5
 @jclnv:I love how your writing fully conveys the whininess of your speaking voice! Heard you at solo karaoke last night, squeaking out "Don't Stop Believing" in between sobs to an empty P.F Changs. You are truly a sight to behold.
  • 4 4
White Male!

You hit them all! Truly the worst BINGO.
  • 4 1
 @mr-fabio: Agree to respectfully disagree then ( :

I'm just glad we each were able to have meaningful deliberation. I get your perspective, even if it perhaps isn't my own. Contextually, this comment strikes me as odd still, nonetheless inoffensive. I'm certain @Geochemistry meant it as you said, a compliment.
  • 9 6
 @speed10: Not sure why you think I'm upset, I laugh at the fact that people (seemingly yourself included) think that saying a woman is good looking is offensive or objectifying... Thanks for the passive aggressive life lesson though, it means a lot you care so much. The world doesn't operate the way your college campus did bud but I'm sure one day if you keep trying hard, you will manifest your utopian paradise.

@MDW83: I didn't realize that you were the person who dictates what factors into the discussion, I didn't even bring this shit up, I merely spoke to the amount of downvotes the original comment got for providing two positive statements.

Look boys I'm just gonna remove myself from engaging this further with either of you two sexy mofos as this is going nowhere. You have your interpretation of the state of the world which I find funny and that's just fine! I hope you good looking dudes keep fighting the good fight and realize that no matter what you do, people will always be judging you based on your looks (human nature). Hope you Adonis like gentlemen have a great day.
  • 6 3
 @VPS13: wait come back! I want your guns too
  • 5 1
 @speed10: The ones I didn't sell to Mike in Canmore I lost in a boating accident many years ago, terrible tragedy. Sorry babe
  • 8 4
 @ryanandrewrogers: What’s meant by that is you can pretend to be anything (culture) but at some level (sexual attraction for example) your genes define you. If you think can look at a typically attractive athlete and separate their looks from athletic ability, you’re lying.

It’s a fact that women of the same ability earn more if they’re attractive. You can be culturally outraged by that but it remains a fact. Maybe we should castrate all men?
  • 7 2
 @scott-townes: Only men are stupid enough to white knight like that.
Women will not only comment when a guy looks good, but they'll all join in and make it a way of belonging. If a woman tried poo-pooing that kind of thing, she would be ostracized from her female ranks forever.
  • 3 3
 @VPS13: well I guess this is goodbye then? I hope to see on next installment of arguing with strangers about world views on pinkbike. #tarmowasrobbed
  • 10 12
 @MDW83: A LOT of women like being able to be objectified. They can use it to their advantage.
How many guys do you know of who can get a job as an assistant because he looks good?
How many guys do you know of who can convince women to give them money for posting provocative pictures?
How many dudes do you know of who wear makeup to look better?
Being attractive is a form of currency, and no one collects that currency better than women.
How can you not know this? Are you a child???
  • 1 2
 @speed10: We can make smores and sing songs! We can agree that Tarmo got robbed though, raw speed and bike skill wasn't enough to meet the Orbea desires to hire a social media "brand ambassador". I guess they really need one considering I never see anyone riding Orbea bikes.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: I agree Jamie. It's just a shame that you only show one knee on your profile photo for that trendy company that you work for. If it was two knees, my wang would fire my laptop across my living room like a trebuchet Wink
  • 5 1
 @wake-n-rake: lol You’re still alive! I thought the great Covid 19 killed you off.
  • 5 5
 @sonuvagun: Go back to the basement of your mom's house, incel. You're pathetic.
  • 6 4
 @jclnv: Tell me you own truck nuts without telling me you own truck nuts.
  • 5 0
 @jclnv: no, my glorious vaccines have saved me and only got a mild dose Wink It's Flu that's trying to kill me at the moment....
  • 5 2
 @skywalkdontrun: He’s 100% right. You seem bizarrely naive to the human condition. You must find the fact that 99% of female film stars being attractive utterly baffling lol .
  • 6 6
 @jclnv: the issue is that every single day women have to deal with random male strangers telling them, entirely unsolicited, either implicitly or explicitly, that they want to f*ck them. Commenting on this athlete's looks is just an extension of that. "Great performance, darling, but damn would I love to see more of your body and maybe do what I like to it. Hope that doesn't make you feel as uncomfortable as when it happens in the street." So let's maybe refrain from constantly pushing those buttons every time a woman enters the limelight. Similar comments made about men are different in that they don't come with the baggage of the physical threat that any hungry male potentially poses to a woman. And you'll ways find women who will say it's not a problem, just like you'll always find a Kanye to deny the existence of racism.
  • 5 5
You took an online compliment calling a woman "awesome and beautiful too,"and conflated it with sexual requests, harassment in the street, and, of course, racism.
The only thing more frightening than your stupidity is your confidence in it.
  • 8 3
 @BenPea: I just asked my wife if that has ever happened to her and she said “maybe at a trashy club 25 years ago by a drunk douche”. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but perhaps it‘s being blown out of proportion by green haired feminists who always seem keen to further their victim status narrative?
  • 3 5
 @jclnv: "And you'll ways find women who will say it's not a problem, just like you'll always find a Kanye to deny the existence of racism." It's almost like you didn't read this. Your sample size of 1 is much appreciated though. Maybe go for 2 or 3 next time.
  • 4 6
 @sonuvagun: It's all connected, you just don't want it to be.
  • 4 2
 @BenPea: One could conceivably argue EVERYTHING is connected.
But if you make such arguments, then the onus is on you to demonstrate it is so.
Your thinking indicates that because you saw something was the case once, it must be the case every time.
  • 7 2
 @BenPea: What defines sexual harassment? How low is that threshold for some women? I suspect being called ‘beautiful’ as PFP did in the comments would be defined as sexual harassment to some women these days. To others it might be a compliment.

How do you suggest we fix this dreadful situation? Male castration? Ban men from talking to women? Signing a petition?
  • 2 5
 @BenPea: The numbers seem shocking until you scroll through PB comments on any article involving female athletes. Lots of male privilege here.
  • 1 6
flag BenPea (Dec 27, 2022 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: I don't know, you seem to think you're an intelligent guy, you work it out.
  • 1 2
 @MDW83 is correct though. The number of people who commented about Cami being a woman for the reason she won comeback of the year is astounding and embarrassing. That is simply not the reason.

@jclnv how about we just don't comment on looks when that isn't the topic at hand? Again, not proclaiming this comment some act of pure misogyny, it is merely off-topic and a little tone-deaf. You (and many others on this site) are so worked up to politicize the comments that you've all missed the point.

And although I'm sure Geochemistry meant it as a compliment, PFP is not here, she will not see it so who is the audience? The audience is people who are reading this article and (supposed to be) celebrating an astounding athlete's athletic accomplishments.
  • 5 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: How about none of that?
The reason you and others seek to make an issue out of these things is because you belong to the vocal minority of holier-than-thou narcissists who see themselves fit to declare what others are allowed to communicate.
  • 1 3
 @sonuvagun: If I'm one then what are you? lol Again, in case you haven't read the thread, I don't find this comment offensive. Off-mark perhaps. @mr-fabio and I have been the only people to have a reasonable discussion here so far, probably because we don't go about personally insulting people in PB comments by calling them "narcissists". Who is the one really trying to cause issues here?

By your own line of logic, I ought to be able to speak my mind. Just as the guy at the top of this thread spoke his, just as you spoke yours. If the foundation of @jclnv 's argument is essentially "this shouldn't be controversial" then my answer is that commenting on looks as a compliment when the subject isn't present, nor was that within what was being discussed, is absolutely going to cause controversy.

Your argument is probably worse than Jamie's, directive ad hominem that had nothing to do with what was being discussed.
  • 3 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: I'm someone who's sick of people like you censuring others for whatever you deem "offensive."
You're speaking your mind in arguing no one else be free to do so unless their comments pass your scrutiny. But go on, pretend you're a hero for all the down-trodden female athletes who've ever been complimented on their looks.
  • 1 3
 @sonuvagun: Rolleyes Again, not me, but here you are back with the ad hominem. Not once in this thread have I claimed this comment was offensive, inappropriate, or misogynistic.

Please, just go read the rest of the thread I'm not arguing with you about your misinterpretation of my opinions.

Misrepresentative of her accomplishments was what I said. "Awesome" and "beautiful" describe a lot of women, but seem to under-sell what this article was about.
  • 3 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Ad hominem? I don't like what you're saying and now you feel you're under attack?
As far as saying PFP is awesome, and really good-looking, to whom exactly is such a comment "misrepresentative her accomplishments?" And why is that important to you enough to tell others to stop?
  • 2 4
 @sonuvagun: Being good looking is not an accomplishment. And you're essentially saying you like her DNA and want to fill her with babies.
  • 2 3
 @sonuvagun: happy holidays mf!
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: That's a dysfunctional way to interpret such a comment. You may be guilty of projecting your own inclinations here. It may surprise you to learn that some of us actually get to know a woman before deciding how we feel about her.
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: happy holidays to you too ah!
  • 1 4
 @jclnv: I’m sorry, I can’t hear you through your stupidity.
  • 4 0
 @BenPea: That’s kind of my argument, we can’t. It’s unrealistic to even think it’s possible for people (particularly men) to act asexually around people they find attractive. I’m obviously not advocating for women being sexually assaulted in public, but your idea is to reduce humans to unemotional drones.
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 @sonuvagun: Ad hominem is an argumentative strategy to shift the focus of the debate from the actual topic to the person debating. Exactly what you do. Rather than arguing with what I said you instead chose to call me a narcissist and claiming I'm attempting to censor people on this site.

My opine is that given what this article is about calling her awesome and beautiful is a bit irrelevant and misrepresentative.

What this debate is not about what @Geochemistry can or cannot say, that was you pivoting your argument. He, alike anyone else, can say what he pleases, and we all have the freedom to say what we like about it.

I'm not in league with @BenPea @skywalkdontrun @jclnv etc., I actually quite despise the way you all turn immediately to personal attacks rather than reasoned debate. I'm not here for these elementary name-calling antics. It's purely non-constructive.
  • 4 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Everything is political now isn’t it? I don’t mean left or right nonsense, but the woke ideology of social justice, victim status, hate speech, cancel culture etc that has systematically ruined the way humans interact.

That’s what I personally despise and I think the outrageous reactions in this thread to someone stating that someone is beautiful typifies this woke insanity.
  • 4 0
 @BenPea: I just looked at your sexual harassment link. As a guy who spent the first 35 years of his life in the UK, I doubt there's a guy alive who's been to a cheesy nightclub or worked in a female dominated office who's never been sexually harassed Big Grin

My favourite was being at a mates house party when I was around 28. For whatever reason there was a schoolgirl there..... I'd not even looked at her but she started making extremely sexually suggestive comments to me involving the consumption of 'Gentlemans Relish' amongst other things.... I had no choice but to literally run out of the party as soon as she looked the other way. I kept running down the stairs and out of the building to the screams of "WIIIIIIILLLLLL!!!!!" from behind me. Imagine this story but the other way around and me being aggressive to a school girl and where I wanted my sauce to go? I'd be locked up for life!!
Anyway, carry on with this unwinnable debate everyone Wink
  • 3 0
 @jclnv: This is the kind of reasoned debate I can work with. I actually agree with you here, there is no basis to call the commenter a misogynist or a sexist, that's just driven by false over-the-top political correctness.

I think there is merit to political correctness so long as it doesn't overstep its boundaries. To over-apply critical ideology is wasting its merits.

I also think there is room to understand this comment as a compliment but acknowledge it was bound to miss the mark given the audience that was going to see it.
  • 1 3
 @ryanandrewrogers: Listen man, ad hominem is the only type of argument that these people understand. There's no legitimate attempt at discourse, that's not their goal. Their goal is to belittle and denigrate, not spark conversation, regardless of what they repeatedly say. They choose their targets and their topics carefully, knowing that someone is going to feel the need to stand up to their punching down. I don't particularly care if you don't like that I'm not here to reasonably debate any of the bottom feeders. And please, my insults are far more didactic than any elementary schooler could manage. Middle schooler at worst.
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 @ryanandrewrogers: Fair points. My only issue with political correctness, hate speech, compelled speech, etc is who gets to set the boundaries for where they begin? I’m much more of an absolutist in that regard and believe that people are sensible enough to understand what constitutes an acceptable opinion or view. If someone wants to publicly bury themselves (like I do on here :lolSmile with opinions that are outside the Overton Window, that’s their choice. We don’t need interest groups or governments getting involved to define what can or can’t say.

I may be wrong but I think the majority of people in the western nations would probably think it was acceptable to call PFP beautiful, regardless of context.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: So the reason you've written paragraph upon paragraph is because you feel any positive comments on her appearance is irrelevant? That's it?
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Censure, not censor.
Personal attack?
You write that much in an attempt to give counsel to strangers on what is permissible expression. To me that looks like it's coming from someone with an inflated sense of themselves.
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 @jclnv: I'm not wrong in saying that most people in the western hemisphere would probably think you're a useless sack of crap.
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 @skywalkdontrun: I think you need your 4th booster lol
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 @sonuvagun: Yes, the reason I've written paragraph upon paragraph is that I'm a passionate and aggressive moderate. There's nothing wrong with defending my position. I wrote paragraph after paragraph responding to you because you seemingly couldn't understand that, and I wasn't going to have you accuse me of holding a position I don't hold. You've also accused me of unsavory personal character, is it really surprising I responded?

You keep looking for a fight, neither of these last couple of comments have anything to do with what is being discussed. You can keep looking for one, I'm done replying, feel free to write pages about my character since you seem so obsessed, and I won't "censure" you.
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 @ryanandrewrogers:I've accused you "of unsavory personal character???" Oh get over yourself.
It seems as though you've realized how silly your position essentially is.
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 @jclnv: Such wit! Such delivery! Veritably the “Nude Descending a Staircase” of innovative liberal ownership! Voila and presto ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of rhetorical riposte! Also there was an emoji. Slow clap, dear boy, slow clap. And so I shall diminish, and go into the West, borne upon the waves of mine own tears, with only the ragged coats of old age to anticipate, to sleep, to die, and be heard no more. And then I’ll have a snack.
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 @jclnv: it was really good if you to remind everyone to get their bivalvent booster, though!
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 @wake-n-rake: ah yes, the unimpeachable “this one thing happened to me one time so it completely invalidates years of empirical evidence” response. Well said.
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 @skywalkdontrun: Actually something similar happens to me at work. She was ten years older than me and sent erotic texts to my work phone but didn’t realize I’d handed it to HR for an upgrade. Chaos ensued.

Maybe you haven’t experienced something like that because your woke indoctrination has emasculated you to the point that you don’t know how to behave around women?
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 @jclnv: sorry you’ve been abused at your workplace, seems like it really had a negative impact on your worldview. Trauma manifests in unexpected ways. Really calls your whole ouevre into focus. Hope you’re getting the help you obviously need.
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 @skywalkdontrun: lol Seriously, lay off the Tofu and green hair dye for a few months and see what happens. Best of luck.
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 @jclnv: I know it’s hard to admit you’re hurting. I’ll attach some resources here for you to look into. You’re not alone, someone is listening, you are valued by someone. People care .

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 Yes! It’s about time she got the recognition she deserves.

She’s been overlooked because Chanel West Coast gets all the media attention.
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 Well deserved award for PFP!

I think we see a bit of the PB community bias towards descent oriented riding in the comments about these disciplines all bring the same field, but I think this feels a bit narrow minded. It takes some impressive athleticism to be world champ in all, even if there are similarities!

Also, is it really so controversial to say it is not an appropriate time to comment on somebody's appearance when talking about their professional achievements? Jeez...
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 Well deserved!
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 Pauline got robb... O she won? Well, great job by both Pauline and PB then!
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 Bien sûr ! Sans discussion.
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 She won XC and XC?! Incredible!
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 Nyjah got Robbed
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 I don’t know who that is.
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 He did get robbed for SOTY.
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 @LeDuke: skateboarder?
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 Well deserved,congratulations
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 Zoe Backstead did it first?
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 Yes she did, and more varied disciplines.
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 Great achievement and a phenomenal athlete. Why the down votes for comments regarding her "beauty" ? I believe most are sincere with good intentions. Bad mouthing people seems accepted though, strange times. I probably should have omitted the question mark as I'm genuinely not interested in the reasons, had to sit through discrimination training at work, one sided bullshit is all I came away with.
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 I thought Messi deserved it, but I’ll settle on PFP.
*enter French commenters
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 Well deserved!
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 Those cables look like a mess Smile
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 It's great for a woman to get the spotlight. Way to go Pinkbike.
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 Amazing athlete, yes. But I don't love that she skipped out on World Cups to peak for World Champs
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 @ksilvey10: She raced 6 out of the 9 WC races... She missed Leogang because of an injury and decided to skip the 2 North American races for logistical reasons.

She also had one of the busiest and most successful racing schedules in 2022 than almost anybody:

Cape Epic (third)
6 out of the 9 WC events (one XCO win and two XCC wins)
XCC World Championships (first)
XCO World Championships (first)
XCM World Championships (first)
European XCO Championships (second)
French National XCO Championships (second)
French National XCC Championships (first)
French National XCM Championships (second)
French Cup Superdevoluy (second)
Roc d'Azur (first)
ÖKK Bike Revolution Huttwil (first)
Gravel World Championships (first)

I don't think you can say that she "skipped out on World Cups to peak for World Champs".
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