Canada showed a strong intent at the fourth round of the women’s XCO World Cup with Emily Batty leading a pack of three Canadians in the top 20. Batty, a resident of Brooklin, ON, came a slight nine seconds behind to finish second to Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska in the event held at Val di Sole, Italy.

She was joined in the top 20 by compatriots Sandra Walter and Haley Smith who finished in 18th and 19th position respectively.

The second place finish was arguably one of the best performances by Batty, who has shown astonishing consistency and improvement this season. Dan Proulx, the riders’ national coach, was especially pleased and quick to heap praise on Batty and the Elite women cyclists’ team in general. He praised her focus, strength and exceptional tactic as major points that helped her and her teammates claim a finish that he felt was a good thing in earning the team Olympic qualification points.

A bronze medallist at the World Championships in 2016, 30-year-old Batty will definitely feel that she is at the peak of her career and will want to make the most of her current form heading into 2020 summer Olympics in Japan.

The Trek Factory rider has been on competitive wheels since 2001. Her slender frame and unbeatable focus have made her a strong pillar for the Canadian team over the years. Many young riders pinpoit her as their role model, a tag she is proud to walk around with.

She says it has taken her a lot of discipline to remain at the top for so long but is quick to add that she is only too happy to make the sacrifice. The competitive cycling environment in Canada has also layed a huge role in bringing out the best out of the Adam Morka coached and married cyclist.