Why Going Downhill Is Good With Tracey Hannah at TEDxJCUCairns - Video

Dec 7, 2016 at 12:20
by Pinkbike Staff  


In 2016 Tracey Hannah was ranked 3rd in the World for Downhill Mountain Bike Racing. In this talk Tracey explains her love of hurdling down mountains.

Title image by Matthew Delorme.


MENTIONS: @LittleTrace13 / @Polygonbikes / @urteam




49 Comments

  • 52 0
 "life isn't always about reaching the top" tracey on point.
  • 7 3
 It's all Down Hill from here
  • 36 0
 Would you believe it......

Tracy (/ˈtreɪsi/; also spelled Tracey, Traci, Tracie, or Trasci) is originally a British personal name, that refers to the family de Tracy or de Trasci from Tracy-Bocage in Normandy, France. ... The name is taken from the Irish word "treasach" meaning "war-like" or "fighter".

Definitely a fighter - Courageous as well.

Good luck in 2017 - only 4 months to go.......yeahh
  • 4 5
 Meh. :/
  • 24 0
 Great asset to biking amazing determination and a great sense of humour! A wonderful ambassador for any team!!
  • 18 2
 How sweet. And I mean that in the most un-sexist antipatriarchal way possible.
  • 8 0
 By showing crashes and the brutal effects of crashing people turn their heads and immediately think: Crazy, foolish, wreckless, unappreciative and dangerous.

I get this all the time from coworkers to friends all the time. Sometimes I wish they never knew so they wouldn't think so negatively about the sport and what I love to do so much.

I can only imagine how many more people must feel this way and give Tracey a hard time. Sure she's surrounded by other bike enthusiasts but there still are people who shun our sport.

Props to her for never giving up and continuing her passion and love for the sport.
  • 1 1
 Not to mention so many people jump to blame the rider or call them stupid for crashing. That's not the way it should be looked at IMO. Mistakes happen and are sometimes totally out of your control, by calling them "fails" and having crash compilations I think it helps perpetuate the idea that we're just throwing our bodies around without a care in the world and that looks bad to the uninformed viewer.
  • 4 0
 The most dangerous activity is spending your life on the couch watching TV. Your body decays and you slowly die of boredom and a wasted life. I'll take my occasional injuries in stride and move forward. That said, I'd like a lot less than the 2 surgeries I had last year. Smile
  • 10 0
 I'm just impressed that she can hurdle down a mountain AND ride her bike down one as well.
  • 1 0
 Hahahaha. I think he means "hurtling". Or he actually does mean hurdling in which case I'm more impressed with Tracey than ever.
  • 1 0
 not a single clue what you guys are talking about...
  • 11 1
 Mick shared this yesterday. Her humility is quite winsome.
  • 12 2
 Awesome stuff Tracey! I miss her articles.
  • 6 0
 Incredible. Our sport has made the TED circuit. Her honesty and humility are truly first class. Does anyone in mainstream sports ever acknowledge how tough this sport is? Or the amount of sheer athleticism this sport takes? Correct me if I'm wrong but I think for most professional athletes the types of injuries pro DH riders take would be career ending, let alone competing at World Cup levels several months later. All done with zero arrogance. I love this sport. Great props to you Tracy.
  • 10 0
 kick ass Tracey
  • 7 0
 I watched the polygon documentary with her signing to the team and the recovery from the that big crash. Loved her ever since. Amazingly tough and driven.
  • 8 0
 Love her!
  • 7 0
 Tracey Hannah for PM!
  • 2 0
 Ken-oath mate! better inspiration than the she devils in canberra now (and in the past)!!
  • 7 0
 *Hurtling?
  • 1 0
 You beat me to it. Maybe she likes to go full mountain-goat in her spare time?
  • 6 0
 ah yeah. Great representation. Good luck next season!
  • 4 0
 You got to love Tracey, brilliant outlook and love the way she gives some credit to her big Bro, Tracey you sum it up we all love riding our bike, ROCK ON
  • 5 0
 Very interesting and impressive. All the best for her in 2017.
  • 3 0
 Great stuff! Tracey is exactly the type of person I want my kids to see as a role model. Style, grace, intelligence, humility and a massive drive to chase her dream.
  • 1 0
 Surgery for a broken collar bone. Here in Canada, they'll give you an x-ray. "Yep, it's broken alright. Here's your figure-8 strap. Good luck." I've broken my clavicle thrice, and each time it was the same procedure. "Bzzzt! Here's y'r strap. Now get outa here." We may have [I'm gesturing air quotes] free health care, which, don't get me wrong, is bitchin' to have, however, unless you're bleeding like a sprinkler, you'll get frugal treatment.
  • 3 0
 This was awesome, nothing but respect and hopefully she'll get a win this coming season!
  • 3 0
 Tracey, Congrats on a great Ted Talk! You are an outstanding speaker and writer. Best of luck in 2017!
  • 3 0
 the always inspiring Tracy who loves to ride bicycles makes my day every time
  • 2 0
 Inspiring! Love her attitude: doing extraordinary efforts to get what you want, always considering those like "normal stuff"
Best of luck Tracey!!!
  • 4 0
 Tracy is ace!!
  • 3 0
 Fantastic talk, well done Tracy.
  • 2 0
 Beautiful, grounded and a great asset to world of MTB. Looking forward to seeing how she fairs next season, not long now.
  • 2 0
 What a great ending phrase,clap clap clap ,wish you the best.
  • 2 0
 Let's go Tracey Hannah!!!
  • 2 0
 Nice and modest person. Like her attitude.
  • 1 0
 Haha! Ratted subtitles.... But I too love riding boxes...
  • 1 0
 such an inspiration. nice work on the presentation!
  • 1 0
 Go Tracy goodluck for 2017 keep tough
  • 1 0
 Her klaus will be legendary!
  • 1 0
 Dat a cvnt lip I see in 'a 2nd X-ray 'dere? Ô.o
  • 1 0
 She had a rough journey that one fair play.
  • 1 0
 Tracey strong
  • 1 0
 i like her presentation
  • 3 5
 Where is that damn heart faced emogi when you need it......damn I'm a teenaged girl hidden in a grown "man"'s body.
  • 4 7
 that warrior face...no doubt Tracey Hannah & Conor MacFarlane should be together

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