Cross country fans have a chance to own a piece of Canadian Olympic history. Emily Batty is auctioning her spare bike from the Rio 2016 Games.
Batty is also including an autographed Canadian National Champion Trek Factory Racing Jersey in the prize, as well as a photo print of her racing in the Rio Olympics.
The Brooklyn, Ont. racer finished fourth in Rio, just two seconds off the podium. While Batty continues racing at the top end of the elite women’s field, she’s looking to make sure other young riders have the opportunity to chase their own Olympic dreams. Funds from the auction will go to the Durham Shredders youth mountain bike program.
On the auction page, the Durham Shredders say:
“Funds from the Bike Auction will be used to provide opportunities for Youth to get involved in the sport of Mountain Biking in the Durham Region through investment in youth programs, trails, skills parks, and events relating to the sport. A portion of the money raised will be used to provide opportunities for children of low-income families to take part in the programs at no cost using all required equipment provided by the program”
The bike itself is one of Batty’s spare Olympic bikes, in case anything happened to her race bike while training in Rio. When you put four years into one race, you make sure you have a back-up plan! The bikes were custom made for Batty by Trek for the 2016 Rio Games. The 2016 Trek Pro Caliber 9.9 SL frame forwent paint to make it extra-light, with just the bare minimum of Canadian decals made special for Batty’s Olympic race. As expected, the race bike is decked out in a full compliment of top-end parts from Trek Factory Racing. XTR Di2, 27.5″ carbon fibre wheels, Fox 32 Stepcast fork, and a range Bontrager components.
Bidding on Emily Batty’s spare Rio Olympic race bike is open now. Bidding closes on March 18, 2019 at 9:29 pm EST.
What if you want to support the Shredders, but don’t want to go all-in on Batty’s fully custom Olympic race rig (it’s quite nice)? you can donate directly to Durham Shredders through the auction page without bidding.