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Canadian Olympic Cyclist Emily Batty
Canadian Olympic Cyclist Emily Batty
Canadian Olympic Cyclist Emily Batty
Canadian Olympic Cyclist Emily Batty
Canadian Olympic Cyclist Emily Batty


Year of The Olympics: Digging Deep.

For most professional athletes, competing at the Olympics is the pinnacle of your career. It’s a massive accomplishment and opportunity to represent yourself, your sponsors, your sport, friends & family, supporters and your entire country.

As you guys probably picked up on in Ambitions episode 5, this season has come with its challenges both in training and in racing.  The sport of XC mountain bike racing comes with a certain amount of ups and downs.  It’s nearly a given when you’re trying to best all previous performances, workout after workout, week after week, and so forth.  It’s a fine line to ride, a massive commitment that consumes your life and every thought and decision you make can impact your recovery or performance. Quite often we push to the point in which we are guaranteed a down day.



For me, I started the training season feeling down.  I struggled with motivation early on which in turn had affected my ability to achieve consistent training patterns and impeded my efforts in building fitness. As I ramped up the training volume, I struggled to lose weight, and that continued to affect my mindset, mood, and energy significantly.  All of these minor issues added up, filling my days with self-doubt, and I began to question my abilities as an athlete and was in a way fearful to start the race season because I felt behind.

Whether the change in my mindset was due to over-reaching in the off-season and not taking an appropriate amount of downtime, exhausted adrenals which contribute to poor mood, energy, and inability to lose weight, I worked through it and figured it out. The presence of the Olympics in the back of my mind allowed me to work through the bad days and with the people around me I also found what I want to get out of this sport, and where it fits into my life.  Adam, (my husband, coach, and manager) said to me early on, that “we are either going to pull this off as a team, and we come out stronger than ever, or it’s going to break us.”  I can say, this year has been testing on all accounts and at this point, we are winning the battle thanks to both of our unbreakable efforts and making well thought out moves during crucial times.

When your life revolves around training and racing and one thing goes wrong, then everything else goes sour as well.  It’s been a big learning year, and of course, it all happens during the year of the Olympics. Challenges are meant to bring the best out in us and unfortunately, you have to push the limits to find your best.  This year has forced me to dig deep within myself and pull it together in times that are of importance and for the people that are counting on me. Breaking my collarbone three days before the 2012 London Olympics was heartbreaking, but I still gave it my absolute everything considering the circumstances.  I had a job to do, a country of people to represent and I owed it to myself.   This year is no different, and I couldn’t imagine ever putting anything less than my best foot forward in life.


The one surprising thing that has come from the weak points is realizing that my aspirations to inspire other people to ride bikes are as much a motivator as Olympic Medals are.  Our whole concept of the Ambitions video series is framed around that message, and our vision for the series has brought a lot of clarity and inspiration to me. People’s support has completely inspired and empowered me. Race results are the end goal for me; I also want to leverage those race results to encourage more people to find cycling, and hopefully this sport can influence their life in a positive way as it continues to make me a better person every day.


I owe massive thanks to all the people around me and especially those that follow along online or the people that come up and say hello in person at the races, and on the streets. Now that I’ve punched my ticket to the Olympics in Rio, I’m more motivated than ever.  Getting a bronze medal this past weekend at the World Championships was a dream come true.  It wasn’t the elusive World Cup win that I’ve been working towards, but I truly needed that moment and accomplishment.  Hopefully, I can continue to carry that momentum and motivation forward. I have a clear mind to perform and a journey to share. I’ll see you in Rio 2016.


Ambitions Ep7 – Feat. Emily Batty – Albstadt to La Bresse

Ambitions Ep6 – Feat. Emily Batty – Preparation for Cairns

Ambitions Ep5 – Feat. Emily Batty – Training In Arizona

Ambitions ep4 – Feat. Emily Batty – Staying in shape and acquiring new skills

Ambitions ep3 Feat. Emily Batty – Connecting with the community

Ambitions ep2 – Feat. Emily Batty – Unwinding after the race season

Ambitions – Feat. Emily Batty – The beginnings of a professional mountain biker ep. 1

Find out how I got my start in the sport of mountain biking while learning about some of the major cycling supporters that I represent.

Ambitions – Emily Batty – Teaser – S1 (video series)

So excited to share my journey with you guys. The video camera will be following me for most of my 2015 / 2016 mountain bike training and race season as I work towards Rio. I’m hoping to get some redemption from London after I broke my collarbone three days before the race.

Pan Am Games – Gold!!!!!!!!!!

I still can’t believe it, Winning the Gold Medal at the Pan Am games in Toronto, in front of the home crowd, and on my home course is an incredible feeling.

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they then get better. In all honesty, this last few weeks have been crazy with the amount of travel, media, racing, and particularly… getting sick. I ended up getting sick just before the US Cup in Colorado, which, I knew was bad timing considering the next block of racing was coming up. I went to Colorado to defend the US Cup leaders jersey and after having complications breathing on the first lap, I could only muster a DNF. For anyone that knows me, I haven’t DNF’ed a race since I was like Junior? (I think?) Quitting is never an option. After Colorado, I was so depressed and down. All I could think about was…. If I’m behind now, I’m screwed for the next few weeks. I was so worried about how the next few weeks would go.

But somehow, someway, Adam and I pulled things around and swung everything in the opposite direction. A direction I wanted to go so badly. It started with a 7th at the Lenzerheide World Cup in Switzerland. Not a podium although, pretty close and I surprised myself even with a couple mechanicals on the last two laps. I was finding my legs and confidence all again.

I then travelled onwards to Toronto with the hopes for at least a medal, but I knew Catherine would be very hard to beat considering her podium in Lenzerheide.

The 2015 PAN AM GAMES in Toronto was a special event for me. It’s an official “games” event, it’s right in my backyard and basically on my home course. Catherine and I battled start to finish like our life was on the line. We attacked each other lap after lap for five laps straight. Finally, over the top of the final climb (literally before it starts going downhill to the finish) I put in my final attack and got a gap on her. I gave it my everything right to the line.

What an amazing feeling, winning gold in front of my home crowd. Words can’t describe. I’m so thankful for everyone’s support. Trek Bikes, Red Bull, Pfaff Porsche, CGC Inc. Lululemon, Oakley and everyone else that makes this dream work.



















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