For the cross-country mountain bike race at the Sea Otter Classic, Canadian champion Emily Batty opted to run the Trek Pro Caliber Race Shop Limited. The hard-tail mountain bike uses IsoSpeed decouplers that were originally developed on the Trek Domane endurance bike.
Batty was running 29″ wheels, a bit of a change up from her 27.5″ step-up she’s used in the past. She was rolling on the Bontrager Kovee XXX Boost TLR 29 wheels with team issue Bontrager XR1 tires for the dry and dusty course around Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
Batty was out riding the course on her dual suspension Trek Top-Fuel when we spotted her Pro Caliber in the pits. The race course lent itself to a hardtail with one very technical rock garden posing the greatest technical challenge to the riders.
Batty was running a pretty standard Shimano XTR Di2 set-up. Apart from wheels, she was also testing different crank lengths. The early season is a great time for riders to try out different gear adjustments and Batty will make her selection for the upcoming World Cups having raced on these different set-ups.
In 2016, Batty finished fourth at the Olympics and third at the world championships along with landing on the overall podium at the World Cup and taking the Canadian championship title. These results show her potential to content at the top end of the sport. Batty will be targeting strong results on the World Cup circuit and at the 2017 world championships in Cairns, Australia.