North Bay hosts national mountain bike champion

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Emily Batty is in North Bay on Saturday September 10 to experience the community’s network of mountain bike trails.

Emily Batty is a professional athlete who rides for Team Canyon Mountain Bike and Redbull. She has participated in two Olympic Games, is a gold medalist, Canadian national champion and two-time world champion. Batty won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is the current gold medalist at the Pan Am Games, last held in Toronto in 2015.

Batty hosted a 12:30 p.m. fan meet-and-greet at Three Tower Trails on Tower Drive. She has strong ties to Northern Ontario and has shared her experiences with over 500,000 social media followers, including over 350,000 on Instagram.

“I’ve never seen age as a limit. So riding alongside the 10s today and the 65+ it all comes down to a mindset and if you want to be in the wild and live a healthy life, biking is for you,” Batty told CTV’s Eric Taschner.

The event was organized by Northeastern Ontario Tourism, in partnership with Tourism North Bay and Destination Ontario.

Tourism North Bay features the Three Towers trails. The trails were designed and built by North Bay Mountain Bike Association volunteers and meet International Mountain Biking Association standards with unique rock features and great hiking. There is currently over 5 miles of trail plus a pump track at the trailhead on the new trail system. The trails range from beginner to difficult. The Hillside Lake Trail takes you to a beautiful lookout over Hillside Lake.

The North Bay Mountain Bike Association supports the development of mountain biking skills in the community with programs for women and youth as well as weekly social rides. Recently, they held a racing series with Angry Johnny’s Racing Club, attracting participants from Sudbury and Huntsville.

More information on the Three Tower trails can be found on the North Bay Mountain Bike Association website.

Article updated with photos and reports by Eric Taschner of CTV Northern Ontario.

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