Throwback Thursday: Inside the Pros’ Bikes – Emily Batty, 2017


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.


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