Throwback Thursday: Inside the Pros’ Bikes – Emily Batty, 2017
The MBA Q&A
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Emily: Brooklin, Ontario
MBA: What kind of work do your parents do?
Emily: My parents were, and still are, cattle farmers—South African Simmentaler breed stock to be more specific.
MBA: When did you first learn to ride a bike?
Emily: Can’t remember [laughs].
MBA: Who taught you?
Emily: Probably mom or dad, on a hilly grass field.
MBA: What kinds of bikes have you competed on?
Emily: I’ve competed in all disciplines growing up: cyclocross, road, time trial and mountain bike. I loved them all and had to narrow it down once I began specializing in XC.
MBA: When did you get your first mountain bike?
Emily: Age 6, I believe.
MBA: When did you start competing on mountain bikes?
Emily: At the age of 13 years old.
MBA: How did you finish in your first competition?
Emily: I think I won.
MBA: What titles did you win as an amateur?
Emily: I won national championships in many different disciplines as a young athlete: CX, XCO, Provincial TT, road.
MBA: What have been your best results as a pro?
Emily: Elite world champ bronze, 2016; fourth at the Rio Olympic Games; Canadian national champion; 3rd overall, 2016 World Cup Series; Pan Am champion.
MBA: Did you attend college? Emily: I did not attend.
MBA: What awards did you win in school, if any?
Emily: Can’t remember.
MBA: Is there some other interesting fact or trivia that people might like to know about you?
Emily: We most recently started the Emily Batty Project, which is a call-to- action campaign to help get more kids on bikes through fund-raising, awareness and mentorship.