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Photo Report – 2014 Season Recap

With the 2014 race season well on it’s way to being wrapped up, I can’t help myself from reflecting on all the good times had and the many successes along the way. This year was one of my best races season’s yet and not just on the racing front but also personally. Each year I get the opportunity to grow as an athlete, travel the world while racing my bike and I also I get to meet so many amazing people and fans along the way.  These are just a few of the reasons of why I love doing what I do so much.  Thank you everyone for the support and love!

Below are a few pictures with captions:

Kicking the season off in the USA with some fast racing.

Kicking the season off in the USA with some fast racing.

Coming back home to winter absolutely sucked after spending 3 months training in shorts & jersey weather.

Coming back home to winter absolutely sucked after spending 3 months training in shorts & jersey weather.

Seeing my new Pfaff | Porsche Cayenne for the first time was more then memorable.  I'm very grateful to have Pfaff Auto as a sponsor and be part of their family.

Seeing my new Pfaff | Porsche Cayenne for the first time was more then memorable. I’m very grateful to have Pfaff Auto as a sponsor and be part of their family.

Getting involved with the Heart and Stroke foundation during my spare time at home.  Health, well being and fitness can change the world for the better.

Getting involved with the Heart and Stroke foundation during my spare time at home. Health, well being and fitness can change the world for the better.

Getting back on the World Cup podium in Cairns finishing 2nd.

Getting back on the World Cup podium in Cairns finishing 2nd. The courses are reaching all new heights both technically and what they demand of you.

I love Australia.

The podium contenders flip flopped each World Cup this year.

My European race campaign absolutely sucked but I quickly got over it and regained control for the later half of the season.

My European race campaign absolutely sucked but I quickly got over it and regained control for the later half of the season.

Isn't this all athletes do anyways? Grocery shopping?

Isn’t this all athletes do anyways? Grocery shopping?

Although my legs didn't come to the party in Europe my mind did and I still fought hard for every World Cup point.

Although my legs didn’t come to the party in Europe my mind did and I still fought hard for every World Cup point.

Remembering why I started mountain biking in the first place. #fortheloveofbikes

Remembering why I started mountain biking in the first place. #fortheloveofbikes

Getting back to the basics in the Summer with a big block of training.

Getting back to the basics in the Summer with a big block of training.

Representing Canada and finishing 2nd place at Commonwealth Games in Scotland was an amazing experience to say the least.

Representing Canada and finishing 2nd place at Commonwealth Games in Scotland was an amazing experience to say the least.

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MSA is possibly one of the most fun courses to turn laps on.

MSA is possibly one of the most fun courses to turn laps on.

Hitting the podium in Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

Hitting the podium in Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

What season wouldn't be complete without good team mates that photo bomb you :) and also some quality recovery time of course.

What season wouldn’t be complete without good team mates that photo bomb you :) and also some quality recovery time of course.

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France was an amazing place to end the World Cup season.

Capping off my best season ever in France by finishing 4th overall in the World Cup series.

Capping off my best season ever in France by finishing 4th overall in the World Cup series.

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Finishing the season off in Norway with a 6th at World Championships was perfect.

Finishing the season off in Norway with a 6th at World Championships was perfect.

#OhCanada

#OhCanada

The off-season is a time to relax and enjoy after a hard fought season.

The off-season is a time to relax and enjoy after a hard fought season.

Sometimes the simplest of things can be the most relaxing after a long season. #FinallyHome

Sometimes the simplest of things can be the most relaxing after a long season. #FinallyHome

All smiles for 2014.  I was healthy, happy, amazing fans and support, family and friends. So much love for everyone and thankful for everything.

All smiles for 2014. I was healthy, happy, amazing fans and support, family and friends. So much love for everyone and thankful for everything.

 

Trek Factory Racing | 2014 World Cup season finale

Final World Cup Video from the Team.

Worlds Prep – Training or Resting in France?

Meribel World Cup

This past weekend the World Cup series concluded in Meribel, France and before I get into my race report I want to take this moment in time to offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew Annafleur Kalvenhaar. My heart aches for the friends, team mates and family of Annafleur.  An absolute tragic loss that took place in Meribel and it’s a frank reminder that sport at any level has risk. We lost an amazing talent and personality. You will be missed Annafluer.  http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/kalvenhaar-dies-after-crash-at-meribel-world-cup

Annafleur Kalvenhaar

Annafleur Kalvenhaar

Annafluer would have wanted the racing action to continue and after many meetings with riders, teams and the UCI, we all decided it would be best for the races to go forward…..  I couldn’t think of a more beautiful location to finish the series then Meribel…. pair that with the number of supportive spectators, an all natural terrain course that riders raved about, perfect weather and we had ourselves a bike race.

The race played out pretty good and it was probably the most competetive race of the season.  There really wasn’t any world ranked riders missing from the Elite Women’s field and the depth really showed in the racing.  Usually, 4-5 mins behind the winner will get you a top 10 finish in a World Cup (for the women anyways) and in Meribel, the top 20 women finished within 6 minutes of each other.. that’s roughly a rider crossing the line every 15-18 seconds which is very tight racing.  It’s normal in the men although I have never seen such depth and competitive racing in the women, it’s a real testament with how hard everyone is working and where the sport is going.

I had a pretty descent race jumping off the start line and into 2nd position, fading mid race and then hitting the jets on the last lap to move myself back into 6th position.  When I came across the line I actually thought I was in 5th and in the end, 5th was only 7 more seconds… damn!  Overall a pretty good race and in doing so, I was able to secure my 4th place overall in the series.  I was pretty focused on consistency this year and if I hadn’t had those 2 poor performances in Europe I would have easily secured 2nd overall… of course we always want more :) and I will settle to take 4th overall this year.

Thank you to all my sponsors, family and friends for the highest level of support this year.  Adam for the best coaching and guidance from WFPcoaching.    Trek Bikes for amazing support and the best equipment. Pfaff Porsche for loving cycling so much and providing me with a vehicle for the year, a huge expense off my shoulders.  Lululemon for keeping me clothed haha… seriously though, a perfect company that’s very passionate about Yoga and clothing. Of course my FANS because I couldn’t do this without everyone supporting me… you guys really make the dreams so worth it and I hope to continue inspiring more people to ride bikes and have fun.  All for now, time to get ready for World Champs in Norway.  Lots of love for everyone!

Dan finished 3rd overall and I finished 4th overall.

Dan finished 3rd overall and I finished 4th overall.

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Watch the action all over again on Redbull.com

Redbull.com

 

Music Playlist – Tracks to Keep You Rolling

Banger beats to keep you motivated and the wheels turning!

Trek Factory Racing | Mont-Sainte-Anne & Windham World Cup recap

Mid Summer Update – 4 Podiums out of 5 Races, in 5 Weeks

Wow, what a few weeks…. Windham was a push and just trying to hang onto some fitness was a task these last 2 weeks considering my last training block was well over 7 weeks ago.

My coach and I figure it never hurts to race in a slightly under-trained state and especially when the travel fatigue is heavy… you’re better off to keep the immunity strong while getting ready for some hard training with World Champs on the horizon. :) The last 5 weeks have been hectic to say the least and nonetheless I have really enjoyed them.  4 podiums out of 5 races in 5 weeks… I’m really happy with how everything has went.

The first race was the Canada Cup in Sudbury.  It was a C2 and every point counts heading towards World Champs & next year, it was a must on my calendar and I was able to take the win.

Taking the Win in Sudbury | Peter Kraiker Photo

The Commonwealth games was a really good experience for the Olympics in Rio.  Absolutely nothing can prepare you for an Olympics other then pure experience and this was a great opportunity to perform on a grand stage in an uncontrolled environment. I was fortunate enough to take home a Silver Medal for Canada.  The race was extremely fast and competitive at the front, I had to find an extra gear in the fight for silver against my team mate Bec Henderson.

Commonwealth Games Experience

Immediately after Commonwealth Games (see race results/report) in Scotland, we jumped on a jet plane Wednesday (Raced Tuesday) and headed to Quebec City for the World Cup in MSA.  I was still feeling in good from my training block in Boulder, Colorado during June but at the same time…. I was starting to loose the snappy feeling in my legs and the ability stand up and get out of the saddle when I wanted to but regardless, I still wanted to put it together on home soil…  I battled hard and was a solid 3rd place for most of the race until 2 riders nipped me for 3rd and 4th in the last lap of the race.   MSA wasn’t really a course where you would follow wheels…. if you had the legs, you would go straight to the front so I kept the pressure on and secured a 5th place podium spot when 6th and 7th were charging hard potentially snagging precious podium spots.

Matthew DeLorme - http://www.mdelorme.com/

Matthew DeLorme – http://www.mdelorme.com/

Matthew DeLorme - http://www.mdelorme.com/

Matthew DeLorme – http://www.mdelorme.com/

Matthew DeLorme - http://www.mdelorme.com/

Matthew DeLorme – http://www.mdelorme.com/

Champagne Showers & Podium in Canada :)

Champagne Showers & Podium in Canada :)

Windham was a hard race as usual.  The course is a unique layout that suites a sustained climber and also a rider that can make up some time on the descents, many free seconds to be had as Adam would say and there was.  Early in the morning (of race day) after a quick course inspection, I realized the course was completely blown out and made a last minute decision to switch my front tire from a 2.0 dry tire to a 2.2 Intermediate (Bontrager XR2 to be exact)  I gave up a little on the ascent with the added weight and made up for it & then some on the descent.  I finished 8th and made the most of what I had on the day…. I ended up finishing exactly 2 mins behind the winner which was the exact same time deficit as Mont-Sainte-Anne…. It’s been a consistent few weeks and I’m ready to get back to business and prepare for World Champs in Norway… only 4 weeks to go and I’m not looking for much more.

The @PfaffAuto Porsche Cayenne got us to Windham no problem even though we passed through a few torrential down pours...

The @PfaffAuto Porsche Cayenne got us to Windham no problem even though we passed through a few torrential down pours…

Trek meeting with the #trekfamily prototype tires :)

Trek meeting with the #trekfamily prototype tires :)

Sergio (my team mate) Photo bombing me while recovering post workout haha.

Sergio (my team mate) Photo bombing me while recovering post workout haha.

Spot the item or... may of the item's.

Spot the item or… many of the item’s haha

Frank Stacy and Carol - Tire Guru's from Trek Bikes

Frank and Carol – Tire Guru’s from Trek Bikes

Even though it was beautiful it was damn hot! 35'c to be exact.

Even though it was beautiful it was damn hot! 35’c to be exact.  Representing the #2 plate!

Thank you everyone for making this journey so well worth it.

Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

Happy to be fighting for podium spots and medals for yet another week (4 of 5)
Next up is Whindham New York, thank you everyone for all of your support.

Results from MSA World Cup
1 Jolanda Neff * (Sui) Liv Pro XC Team 1:43:03
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team at 1:03
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 1:34
4 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 1:40
5 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 2:00
6 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 2:56
7 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 4:10
8 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 4:19
9 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 5:33
10 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 5:47
11 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 5:55

Overall Standings
1 NEFF Jolanda * SUI LIV PRO XC TEAM 900
2 BATTY Emily CAN TREK FACTORY RACING 590
3 ZAKELJ Tanja SLO UNIOR TOOLS TEAM 588
4 SPITZ Sabine GER SABINE SPITZ HAIBIKE PRO TEAM 580
5 DAHLE FLESJAA Gunn-Rita NOR MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM 560

Perfect Canadian Weather

Perfect Canadian Weather

Bringing new meaning to "Elbows Out"

Bringing new meaning to “Elbows Out”

Champagne Showers

Champagne Showers

The Charlevoix region is beautiful

The Charlevoix region is beautiful

Silver Medal! Commonwealth Games – Glasgow Scotland

Pretty happy to get a medal in Glasgow 2014 and so thankful for everyone’s support!  A full report coming soon. Hugs!

Emily Batty

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Summer Has Arrived – Love La Fleur

I can’t help it, I love flowers and so do you!  I’m pretty sure I wait 250 days a year for summer to roll around… love the sun, love nature and love being outside….

Purple is one of my favs, don't you agree?

Purple is one of my favs, don’t you agree?

Lilly's are one of my favorites. Take note:

Lilly’s are one of my favorite flowers…Please take note:

This photo is pure beauty.

This photo is pure beauty… #macro

Purple seems to be trendy in July - Clematis

Purple seems to be trendy in July – Clematis