Emily Batty and Trek Part Ways After 12 Years

Dec 11, 2020 at 7:17
by James Smurthwaite  
Emily Batty speeds through the Spanish pines.

Emily Batty and Trek have parted ways, Trek has confirmed in a social media post and long-form post on their website today.

Batty first joined Trek Factory Racing more than 12 years ago when she was still an Under 23 racer on the World Cup circuit. Before then she raced for Trek Store Toronto and she has also raced for the Subaru Trek team in the past but the Wisconsin brand has remained her frame sponsor for nearly all her racing career. In her time with the team, she has earned 15 World Cup podiums and twice finished third at the World Championships.

Emily Batty racing on Trek in the U23 category at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Championships in 2010.

bigquotesAfter 12 years with Trek, Emily Batty is on to a new adventure

For more than 12 years, the Trek family has been incredibly privileged to call Emily Batty one of our own. She is a role model and fierce competitor who worked tirelessly to put more kids on bikes, all while securing World Cup podiums.

Though Emily will be seeking adventures elsewhere, her tenure with Trek will always be remembered for the passion and spirit she brought to every race. Emily is one of the greatest advocates of our sport and it has been an honor to have her aboard for so many years.

We wish her all the best in the coming seasons of racing and beyond!
Trek Bikes




bigquotesIt’s been a wild ride. So excited for the next chapter in my career. I’ll see everyone at the races in 2021.Emily Batty

There's no word yet on where she will be racing in the future but we'll keep you updated with all the racing rumours news as it comes in.


177 Comments

  • 129 8
 I watched a video of hers on YouTube about her training and diet, and she said she was doing keto. It didn't add up to me at the time. And then she went on to have her worst year ever.
  • 26 3
 Make sense.
  • 41 7
 To be fair, I feel like shit on Keto, but some people feel amazing. Everyone is different.
  • 13 9
 There’s an ultra endurance runner who eats mostly keto and only carbs for running

I think everyone is different and you just need to find what works for you
  • 29 1
 @toad321: if you eat carbs for running that's not keto then. That's the point of keto for endurance the lack of carbs.
  • 1 0
 Makes sense as want to be as light as possible (no carbs when not exercising so wont build fat) and also wont go into red with sprints as an endurance runner so wont have negative effects of keto diet @toad321:
  • 6 0
 Was she fully keto or doing the carb loading before high intensity variation? I did keto for 6-9 months and there were some big positives for me. However, I felt like any effort above a 7/10 would fizzle out shortly. I am just low refined carbs now and feel like I have an extra gear again for some higher energy efforts.
  • 75 1
 @JayUpNorth: Is beer a low refined carb? Asking for a friend...
  • 2 0
 @krka73: Sadly yes. I still have a couple every few weeks though. I was drinking the Sleeman's 2.0 or molson 67 while on keto, but I probably only have 4-8 drinks a month so I just get what I want now. Low carb beer is pretty disappointing. Most keto people do the hard alcohols thing.
  • 8 1
 @ybsurf: wrong. Point of keto on endurance athletes is to become adapted to burning fat as fuel. Carbing up before event is perfectly fine - you benefit from instant glucose from carbs and keto adaptation when you run out of them. Keto doesn’t mean no carbs, but the acceptable carb threshold is dependent on many factors (genetics, whether we have training/no training/actual event day)
  • 3 0
 It could be a variety of things. Diet, training, strength training, preparation, mental, physical, equipment, etc. The reasons are numerous that is why only a handful of people are racing at the world class level.
  • 4 0
 She was getting thinner and thinner from 2018 to 2019. I was thinking that she did something on purpose to loose a lot of fat. Change in diet is obvious it was the difference from past years. Maybe at the beginning the diet was good but not so good in long term.
  • 19 2
 @fullendurbro: basically no science supports a keto diet
  • 4 0
 @Noah353: yeah I've listened to the trainer road podcasts that at least try to be science based and they seem to be really against keto if you're trying to be a fast rider
  • 1 2
 I see cannondale
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: Exactly, an Ultra runner is running all the time therefore eating carbs all the time lollol
  • 3 0
 @gcrider: Do you think the calories from fat can't make you fat?
  • 3 2
 She has looked a little to lean, for a couple years now...eat yer food girl.
  • 4 0
 @grizwald: Batty is not nearly as lean as most of the XC women riders. She is shorter and a lot of muscle. I believe shorter riders have to have more muscle because they don't generate as much leverage with shorter legs, but that is another story. Compare to Neff, Belomoina, and even Courtney.
  • 2 0
 @Bedeye: glad someone else pointed this out
  • 9 0
 The low carb meals Batty prepared in no way put her into ketosis as the macros weren't right for keto. To say she was doing keto is misinformed (perhaps even she may have been). What she was doing (or attempting) was a cyclic, low carb diet in the off-season, just like top WorldTour riders have done. For race season she fueled traditionally. Agenda-driven individuals ran with a sensationalized keto headlines for clickbait.

Everyone wants to speculate and find a scapegoat, but there a probably multitude of reasons why things happened.... From olympic monies being reduced, to untraditional winter prep (hanging out in the SW desert while your competitors are doing early spring races in europe), to the elephant of separating husband from coach.
  • 3 1
 So your saying I should give up my deep fried mutton bird habbit. Smile @Bedeye:
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: I had to google that.
  • 8 0
 on keto? no. you need glucose to build fat cells. low blood sugar = not enough glucose to support building fat cells. "eating fat will make you fat" is the biggest lie of modern nutrition.
  • 1 0
 @krka73: Yes, in limited quantities, it is a low refined carb. BUT, in greater quantities YOU become UNrefined! :-)
  • 3 3
 @toad321: While my active race years I did a Keto combination, the only carb that I had was Sweet Potatoes, I actually stayed away from sugar as well. The body adjusts, it takes a couple of very grueling months for it to adjust but once you crossed that line and your body is dialed in, it's insane..sometimes I would have like a piece of chocolate and get the total sugar rush.. that's when you know you are there. I could do 50 milers just on a sweet potato.... while I miss those times, I won't go back there.. I rather stick with Cheese Burger and Beer after a good group ride Smile
  • 7 1
 This has nothing to do with her dietary choices however controversial. My two cents Batty to Canyon as PVP will go to Absolute Absalon. Everyone needs to go somewhere eventually. I think this is a good thing for Emily. So many riders at the elite level keep doing the same thing and then end up confused when they don't end up with the same result as the previous years. Change is good. It is cleansing and invigorating. I wish her nothing but the very best. (braces for all the downvotes)
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: Keto works best if you're already overweight. It's not a good diet for someone who is training and is already somewhat fit.
  • 2 1
 Never tried Keto - other than ensuring i eat enough BBQ to go with my beers -- but in reading all these comments is sounds like we don't have much 'scientific truth' in terms of predicting how anyone will respond to it - which is sort of like saying 'we have no idea how it actually works, or when, or with who'. There seems to be a there - there -- but no one can really put their finger on a repeatable methodology -- lots of opinions and personal stories, but they don't seem so translatable.
  • 2 0
 @jbculligan:that's because eating keto can include healthy foods like lots of fish and low carb density veggies or it can be bacon and a ton of garbage foods. I ate pretty healthy with lots of salads. Dinners were usually a meat with a big veggie side. My blood pressure went way down and so did my blood sugar levels which had been meh. For me, I felt quite healthy and I dropped 60-70lbs. Lots of energy for most things and more consistent energy in life, just didn't have power for bursts. I gave it up because I was getting a regular pain in my right side. It seemed like I was eating too much fat for my gal bladders liking? I usually recommend people to give keto a try if they are carb freaks. It resets your taste buds and a lot of junk foods I used to love are now too sweet. Anything sweeter than a banana tastes kind of gross. Now, I just eat lots of fruits and veggies, meat, and a few small servings of grains. And treats like beer etc are back on the menu. Low carb beer just tastes like despair.
  • 2 0
 @toad321: you're right. ultra endurance running and World Cup XC racing are VERY different.
  • 114 7
 She lost me way back in 2016.

That year Emily finished 4th in the Olympics. She had a big pity party in front of the cameras about how she so wanted to win a Bronze for Canada and how she worked so hard. If only she could have put it together to chase down third place, for CANADA!

Except Canada DID win the Bronze. Catharine Pendrel was the rider Emily was trying to beat, her Canadian teammate. Emily never congratulated Catherine nor even mentioned her (at least not on camera.)

Catherine is the class act in this story. And she's a World Champion and a World Cup Champion...etc.
  • 20 1
 Yeah, she also loudly celebrated getting Bronze at Worlds that year after Maja flatted in the last half of the last lap, which felt like poor taste. I get that flats happen in MTB racing, but still.

I actually asked Emily about that at Sea Otter 2017 and she was like "well, she got me back at the Olympics" which was a pretty good answer.
  • 25 1
 This. Emily's whining that if only she had 100 meters more she would've had the bronze, as if Catharine hadn't passed Emily for the bronze after crashing.
  • 63 2
 One of the longest lines to meet an athlete at the World Cup races will be found at the Trek tent with Emily Batty meeting her fans. Most of which are young girls. I personally witnessed one girl crying when she got to meet her hero. Emily may not be winning races lately but she is a role model and helps empower girls to know they can do anything they set their mind to. Good luck in your next chapter Emily. I am sure you will continue to inspire and have the longest lines to meet you after the races.
  • 51 2
 Porsche pays better.
  • 41 10
 Wow! My immediate reaction is that's a shame, thought she was a lifer for them. Guess they needed some money for Vergier. Hopefully the change will bring Emily the win she so desperately deserves.
  • 28 5
 She hasn’t been preforming, but still has a lot to offer in other way. I’m sure that she’s found a solid new place to land
  • 35 47
flag RowdyAirTime (Dec 11, 2020 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 WTF, has Trek gone all "batty". Doesn't matter, Emily will look great on any bike. Trek's loss...
  • 56 24
 Her and her husband were giant PITA to deal with. Neither party had been happy for a bit now. Good riddance.
  • 46 4
 @wako29: You on the Trek team?
  • 7 3
 @wako29: we want the juice ! Makes me see her quote in a different light
" It’s been a wild ride. So excited for the next chapter in my career."
Translation ?
  • 51 12
 @wako29: Her exit statement is less than stellar. Company supported her for 12 years, at least show a little gratitude. How someone treats their ex's says a lot about their personality and profesionalism.
  • 60 2
 There have been signs for awhile that this was going to happen. For one, Trek has two marquee riders under contract in Evie Richards and Jolanda Neff. But, there’s also been evidence of discord with Trek. Seems like Emily and her coach/husband are sorta their own operation and she gave hints in an interview awhile back that they ran afoul of either team rules or UCI rules for some reason, which forced them to be apart in, I believe, the 2017 season.

I can’t help but wondering if her coaching situation has hurt her career. Her talent is undeniable—she’s one of the best technical riders in the field, and there have been periods of time (e.g. half the 2018 season) where she looks like strongest rider in the world, but she’s struggled with inconsistency, and disappeared for most of the last two years. The PinkBike article on Trek team Supercaliber setups made it clear that she’s an outlier, running higher tire pressure and suspension than men who weigh much more than her. Seems like maybe her coaching is a bit behind the times? Normally when a rider is this close to a huge win for so long but can’t quite break through, they can mix things up with their coaching, but alas, not likely in her situation.

She’s a great athlete and a nice person, so I wish her the best!
  • 45 2
 @nattyd: The husband/wife coaching dynamic is super interesting to me. To each their own (and every relationship is different), but I feel like that would introduce so much stress to the relationship. I definitely wouldn't be interested in managing my wife's program or vice-versa.
  • 7 2
 @nattyd: Great insights. Not sure how long hubby has been coaching her, but in general if 3-4 years of near misses, it's time for change. "Insanity is the the doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result..."

Counterpoint though. Look up Tia Clair Toomey (4 time consecutive reigning CrossFit champion) and her husband/coach Shane Orr.
  • 2 1
 @smoothmoose: He's been coaching her forever.
  • 5 1
 @wako29: I'll echo this as well - they dynamic of working with an athlete but then also with their spouse/coach put a lot of strain on everyone
  • 12 1
 @smoothmoose: Yeah, it’s been since she was a teenager, I believe. There are lots of coach/athlete relationships out there, and if it works, it works. But she’s been a top-5 to top-10 rider for a decade and can’t quite make it happen in the big races. Maybe she’s just maxed out at a very high level in a very competitive field, but when she has a history of unconventional choices (e.g. the bike setups, being the last rider on 27.5, or running a hardtail at MSA), I wonder if marginal losses have cost her.
  • 28 13
 @DGWW: translation is: I am an absolute nut case, got pissy when I couldn't get the UCI to cover my husbands travel expenses to the races. This made my sponsor look bad and they shit canned me.
  • 3 13
flag Paddock22 (Dec 11, 2020 at 9:57) (Below Threshold)
 @nattyd: I think it comes down to raw power at the right moment to win the biggest races. She is only 5'3" / 108lbs so it's probably difficult to match the other riders when the hammer drops.
  • 19 2
 @Paddock22: Maja Wojcikowska, Leona Lecomte, Irina Kalentieva, Sina Frei, Yana Belomoina... all smaller riders than Emily who have excelled. Got another theory?
  • 4 2
 @nattyd: Small riders can succeed, that's not what I intended to imply.

Different riders have different skill sets and power profiles. I just wondered if at deciding moments in the races where she has come up a little short, if she couldn't match the raw power of the riders that beat her.
  • 4 1
 @Paddock22: Yeah, it's hard to say. In most of the races where she was close (especially late 201Cool , it just came down to tactics or another rider looking a little fresher late in the race. She got 2nd or 3rd in four straight races that year:

Val di Sol: Emily looked like the strongest rider late in the race but the two Kross riders (Maja and Jolanda) played team tactics to create a gap and beat her. Not much she could have done

Vallnord: If I remember right she had a chain drop early in the race that put her at a deficit. Mostly a pure aerobic course anyway with altitude+long climbs

MSA: Don't remember exactly the dynamics, but Jolanda in top form on the most technical course is probably hard to overcome.

La Bresse: she was in the lead very late in the race after Jolanda's second flat, but Jolanda was just unstoppable that day and came back.
  • 4 3
 @conoat: Sounds like it drove her Batty.
  • 6 1
 @fullendurbro: we have gone canoeing once.
Never again.
  • 1 1
 @nattyd: where can I see these details about the shock/tire pressure
  • 1 1
 @ipreferdirt: www.pinkbike.com/news/bike-check-comparing-trek-factory-racings-supercaliber-setups.html

1,5bar seems a bit high for the rear tire but around 1,3bar +/- 0,1bar is usually the go to depending on the track. Everything lower is just taking chances. Even with a tire insert.
  • 1 0
 @prevail: Yeah, that's the consensus for everyone else on her team.
  • 28 1
 CCM?
  • 6 1
 That would give her an unfair advantage!
  • 14 1
 Nice! Have never heard CCM on PB before! family's first quiver of "mountain bikes" were CCM back in the day....
  • 14 1
 I heard CCM XC / Supercycle DH team in the works
  • 5 1
 With a bike named The Anvil they should definitely go the DH route.
  • 22 3
 teamBabies ya I said it.
  • 16 1
 Didn’t expect to read that this morning, always thought of Emily and the Trek XC team as being pretty synonymous... Good luck and all the best for the future!
  • 25 9
 Gawd people, get a life, enough with the soap opera, it’s a damn job.
  • 10 3
 It's a sport where people spin their legs and move their arms back and forth.
  • 8 2
 Basketball is just a bunch of dudes doing the fitnessgram pacer test with a ball involved.
  • 25 12
 The "fire in the belly" is gone. More worried about IG modeling like posts...I'd rather see regular posts of her burying herself in the gym to get back on the podium. Meh.
  • 5 2
 In fairness, fashion pays way better...
  • 5 5
 I only follow her for the fashion.

www.instagram.com/p/CDgg_VVn0_Y
  • 16 5
 With Jolanda coming in last season, taking the #1 on the team. That was a blow to Emily who had shown so much loyalty to the brand through her career.. The nail in the coffin must've been Evie's performance this year. Who even bested Jolanda's performance by a far margin. I can imagine a former #1 on the team being demoted to #3 on the team is a tough pill to swallow.

Why do I think Jolanda is #1 on the team? In the Strava Trek Challenge this spring, Jolanda was the only MTB caricature on their complimentary coffee mug for participants (the rest were from other disciplines). Clearly the marketing team believes Jolanda is (was) the poster-child of the Trek Factory Racing MTB UCI Team.
  • 6 2
 The mug only had world champs on it. If they do another next year, Reece will be on it.
  • 29 2
 Results gets you marketing. Emily certainly knows that after 12 years, but she also doesn't seem to be a huge team player. Just look at the interview from end of last year, when she said she didn't even room with Jolanda and the rest of the team, because once her husband got their they "just did our own thing again. Because I would rather be with him and my normal. So we stayed on our own and not with the Trek team." I totally understand wanting to be close to your family (I'm feeding my infant daughter while typing this), but you also can put in a little effort and at least stay with your team, especially when you just got a new teammate.

RE: how is it with Jolanda on the team?: "We just haven’t had a lot of opportunities to get to know each other." Well, yeah, because you didn't stay with the team! She removed opportunities to get to know the team, then lamented not having said opportunities. Not surprising Trek would want to put more effort and money into Jolanda and the rest of the team.
  • 3 1
 @just6979: I wonder if having a husband for your coach came off as a budget double dip as well. That is if he was eventually seeing Trek team money through her. There's nothing inherently wrong with hiring someone competent regardless of the relationship, but it could be perceived as a conflict if the money ends up in the same account. Not sure who else he coaches or if she's his one client.

All speculation. I wish her luck and I suspect she'll do reasonably well anywhere she goes. I've really enjoyed watching the level of competition in the women's XC these last few years. Very exciting racing from them.
  • 13 1
 ....her husband adam morka is starting a uci trade team .....
cyclingmagazine.ca/mtb/is-emily-batty-leaving-trek-factory-racing
  • 4 1
 This will be interesting to see who else they sign. Maxime Morotte is still without a team as far as I know and would fit the World Cup/Olympic type rider the article mentions.
  • 6 1
 @Offrhodes: Maxime to Santa Cruz for their new XC bike.
  • 1 3
 @btjenki: what bike is new?
  • 1 0
 @mm732: hasn't been announced yet.
  • 15 2
 is SC starting an XC team?
  • 22 1
 Yeah, but she doesn't fit the Santa Cruz vibes imo. Too straight edge.
  • 14 3
 Spent 3x as long on Trek than LV on The Syndicate...1/3 the sentiment for leaving...
  • 10 1
 Judging by Emilies statement not thanking Trek for the past 12 years I would say it appears it's either unexpected or she has had enough....
  • 69 8
 Or poor manners
  • 3 0
 did you see Geoff Kabush's tweet?
"Pro Tip #214: If a long term sponsor relationship ends make sure to thank everyone involved no matter what happened. It's a small industry and people notice. A few words of appreciation, or lack thereof, make a big difference in the long run. #saturdaynightdeepthoughtswithCoachK"
  • 13 3
 Gwinner left Trek in strange circumstances. Maybe its trek..
  • 15 1
 Or maybe Trek isn't obligated to give riders lifetime contracts.
  • 8 1
 @mtb1101: Unless your name is Semenuk!
  • 3 0
 @MisterChow: unless you're an alien from another planet
  • 2 0
 Sometimes it’s just best for both parties if everyone just moves on.
  • 12 3
 Not to sound like a hater, but Emily hasn't really been repping the brand that well lately by doing a lot of losing ????
  • 9 0
 This was a great TMZ comment section.
  • 8 1
 All the best Emily! A Big Thanks for all Racers for inspiring my daughters MTBiking and getting dirty!
  • 12 6
 Speculating about Emily's behavior and marriage is simply just that, or worse it's mere goose[p. Why put any energy into that?
  • 19 3
 Why put energy into anything? Riding a loop in the woods several times a week is also pretty pointless, some people just find it enjoyable.
  • 4 0
 She had poor results in 2019, but her results were abysmal in 2020.

With Jolanda and now Evie on the top step in both 2019 and 2020, and with Emily's demands that Trek and/or UCI cover her husbands' travel expenses, that was all she wrote.
  • 6 1
 Frankly makes sense, she had a terrible year.
  • 6 1
 So few races in 2020, it's hard to call it a terrible year for anyone. Or maybe it was a terrible year for everyone. Yea, probably that.
  • 6 1
 pretty sure the world has had a rough go of 2020
  • 3 1
 She avoided the indignation of not making the Canadian Olympic Team.
  • 8 5
 Kept up with her on a quick downhill (thanks to an extra 80-100 pounds). Then she was gone like a rocket ship. The view was good while it lasted.....
  • 3 2
 she basically S$%& all over the Supercaliber right? not the best move if you're not pulling results. especially when your marquis rider is singing its praises (authentically or not).
  • 5 2
 Why is she braking with her middle fingers in that 2010 picture
  • 5 1
 probs just like missy giove: learned that as a kid when index finger was too short for the hanlde, takes some time to change that habit
  • 1 0
 She had trouble reaching the levers when she was younger and learned to use her middle fingers to compensate. It stuck with her ever since.
  • 3 0
 @fpvteg: interesting never thought of that
  • 1 0
 @skimons: interesting
  • 1 0
 Back in the day when I had grip shift, I would brake with my middle finger too so I wouldn't have to keep moving my fingers around.
  • 4 5
 Speculation Reasons for this... she wants to start a family... she comes from a large family herself...she does all sorts of initiatives for kids and youth groups so she might feel like after 12 years of racing its time to pop out some babies. She's also been getting into adventure riding, like a lot of other former pro riders did before her.. that trek across iceland this summer was not a ride the majority of the pinkbike "experts" could have managed.
  • 2 0
 Best of luck Emily! Have really enjoyed watching my fellow Ontarian race over the years. Keep at it!
  • 1 0
 I knew Emily's time was drawing near with Trek the moment they signed Jolanda. Hopefully she gets another sponsor soon so she can continue her quest.
  • 4 1
 Canyon?
  • 1 1
 That is the rumour.
  • 2 0
 @kclw: I know one shouldn't take any notice of 'Likes' on social media, but it was interesting that a certain Dutchman, who rides a Canyon, liked her post about leaving Trek.....
  • 5 2
 Norco
  • 1 0
 I'd bet she is going to Specialized or Scott. Not particular surprising after Trek signed Jolanda.
  • 5 3
 parted ways with the podium a couple years ago though, yeah?
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure it was a Norco I saw her riding last weekend on my local trails.
  • 1 0
 Not the last elite female rider to come off this team this year...
  • 1 0
 Good luck with the new team and next season Emily!
  • 2 1
 Baby factory racing nr1 rider.
  • 1 0
 Trek is just making room for Loris's Salary with this move.
  • 1 2
 I hope Rocky mountain or Devinci sponsor s her. But they don't have deep pockets like Treck. Would be nice to see her sponsored by a Canadian bike company.
  • 1 0
 How are they doing to adapt the Grim Doughnut to fit her?
  • 4 3
 Batty on YT Izzo :0
  • 2 5
 Doubtful but it’s a rad bike so why not...
  • 2 0
 The YT Izzo is a rad bike, but not close to being light enough for world class XC racing. Izzo is more like a Tallboy. They would have to make a totally different light version of the Izzo.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: i was joking...
  • 2 0
 @Staktup: Oops, thought you were was serious. LOL.
  • 1 3
 Can make more money modeling anyway (if she doesn't already). She'll be fine and will probably always at least have an ambassador deal for some bike company.
  • 2 5
 @Konyp: Lots of things that people enjoy are bad for them -- smoking, overeating, driving mountain roads like a lunatic, etc. Riding a bike in a loop in the woods improves physical and mental health. Gossip doesn't.
  • 1 2
 Let the speculating begin!
  • 1 1
 Have fun!
  • 1 2
 sorry, but this f*ck brake technology is awesome))
  • 1 3
 Intense Snipper....guessing they wouldn't have the budget given their DH squad
  • 1 2
 Does she get to keep the bikes?
  • 1 1
 I'll take care of her Wink
  • 7 9
 Basically "out to pasture"
  • 1 2
 OOPS. I meant gossip!
  • 2 3
 drrrrrroppppppped
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