Canadian cyclist Emily Batty, one of the icons of mountain biking in Canada, America and the world, announced her retirement from professional mountain biking at the age of 34, in a statement published on social networks and replicated on various digital cycling sites. of the world.

Ella batty had not been linked to any team in 2023, her profile was lower than normal on social networks and she was finally not seen competing in the premiere of the XC World Cup in Nove Mesto.

Apart from her successful competitive track record, Emily Batty has managed to be one of the most prominent media phenomena of the last 10 years. Her sympathy and combative character in her competition have given us some of the best moments in the race, but they also gave the Canadian a legion of followers all over the world.

After 12 years on the Trek team, in 2021 she started her own team with Canyon, but it seems that the discreet results of recent years have made her decide to leave professional mountain biking permanently.

Now, she herself has wanted to say goodbye to professional mountain biking with a statement that we reproduce below

Dear fans, followers and friends,

Today begins a new journey that fills me with nostalgia and expectation. It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from professional mountain biking. As I reflect on my incredible career, I am grateful for the remarkable experiences, victories, and connections that have shaped me into the person I am today.

First of all, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you, my dedicated fans and supporters. You have been the driving force behind my achievements, the wind that blows under my wings. Your unwavering encouragement and faith in me have pushed me to reach the heights I have dreamed of. Whether you’re cheering me on from the sidelines or engaging with me through the digital world, your presence has made this journey truly extraordinary.

I will forever cherish the memory of standing on World Cup podiums and representing Canada at two Olympic Games, a testament to countless hours of training, sacrifice and sheer determination. Finishing third overall in the World Cup twice and having stood on the World Cup podium more than 17 times is an achievement that will forever fill my heart with pride. Bronze medals at the 2016 and 2018 World Championships, fourth place at the Rio Olympics, and 9+ victories at the Canadian National Championships have become indelible milestones woven into the fabric of my personal story.

Throughout my career as a professional athlete and as someone who has had the opportunity to experience the high of the high and the low of the low, I have come to appreciate that success goes beyond medals. The true essence of my experience lies in the invaluable lessons learned, memorable encounters, and moments of personal growth that come from facing challenges head-on.

I often think back to my first Olympic Games and representing Canada in London 2012 despite breaking my clavicle three days before the event. It holds a special place in my heart. The roller coaster ride of overcoming pain, finishing in the first round and defying the odds remains a testament to the resilience and unwavering spirit of character as an athlete. Looking back on that incredible journey, I feel immensely proud that I gave it my all despite the challenges.

Reflecting on all these moments, I am reminded that the meaning and purpose of life does not lie in the pursuit of medals and achievements, but in the path of self-improvement through unwavering dedication to our craft, our experiences and development. of our abilities. It is a testament to our character, reflecting who we are and what we strive for, and how this transformation unfolds beautifully, leading us to become better, enlightened versions of ourselves.

Every triumph, every setback, and every connection I’ve made on this remarkable journey has made me the person you see today. As I embark on this new chapter, I carry with me the invaluable lessons, the deep friendships, and the unwavering support of those who have stood by me. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of the sport and pave the way for future generations of athletes driven by endurance and passion.

Collaborating with and receiving support from extraordinary brands has been an indescribable honor. Their unwavering support and confidence in my abilities have expanded my accomplishments and helped me make a lasting impact in the industry. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me, for the partnerships that we have cultivated and continue to cultivate.

But beyond the medals, the wins and the brand affiliations, what has truly touched my soul are the people I have met on this extraordinary journey. Each encounter, whether in person or online, has enriched my life and shaped my perspective. The connections I have forged with all of you, my fans and supporters, have been the soul of my motivation. Your energy and passion have fueled mine. Over time, we have cultivated a huge digital fan base of nearly a million followers around the world and continue to do so. The unwavering support and growth I have experienced through these digital channels have been invaluable to me throughout my career, and I am forever grateful. They have provided me with a platform and a voice to express my true self, showcase the brands I have proudly represented, and share the deep connections I have forged throughout this extraordinary journey.

As I step away from professional mountain bike racing and embark on a new journey in the sport, I am faced with the excitement and uncertainty that awaits me. Having dedicated myself to cycling since the age of 13, the next chapter of my career will certainly be challenging. However, I accept this challenge with open arms and an eager heart. The possibilities are enormous, and I feel determined to explore new avenues, contribute to the sport of cycling in different ways, and continue to grow as a person.

Although I may not have all the answers right now, I am brimming with ideas and opportunities that lie ahead. The passion, determination and experiences that fueled my sports career will undoubtedly propel me into this new phase of my cycling life. I invite you all to join

In this new adventure, I will navigate uncharted territory, discover new passions and try to influence the sport in new ways.

Thank you, once again, for being part of this extraordinary journey. Your unwavering support and trust in me have been the driving force behind my success.

With love, gratitude, grace, and an unwavering spirit. Emily Batt