MICAYLA GATTO

“Never lose focus of what you love most. Passion is the biggest drive you can have; if you’re passionate about something, chances are you’re going to put all your effort into it. Riding is my life. Every second I spend on my bike is a second well-lived. ”

I got into riding when I was about 12 years old. I was in awe when I met Lesley Tomlinson and Alison Sydor at an XC riding camp in Whistler. Lesley saw potential in my skills, and she mentored me for the next five years. She taught me not only how to ride and train, but how to approach sponsors, and the attitude it takes to get to the top. She is now my team manager, and although I now compete in a different discipline, we still go for rides. Every time I’m with her, I learn something new.

Micayla dreams of becoming one of the world’s fastest Pro Elite Women in Downhill Cycling. In 2009, after winning silver in BMX at the CCA BC Championships, Micayla came sixth at the UCI World Cup in Quebec and seventh at the UCI World Championships in Australia. Her ultimate goal is to win the world championships for Downhill and 4X racing as well as to represent Canada at the Olympics in BMX.

Her early success as a Junior Downhill Racer set Micayla up for a good 2007 season, followed by consecutive top ten international results on the World Cup circuit in 2008. 2009 was a successful year too. With top ten performances in both Europe and North America, including an amazing 7th place at the World Championships in Canberra, Australia.

In 2008, she discovered indoor BMX, and is now on the provincial team, racing all over North America. She also has a natural ability to ride a hardtail. She proved what a great talent she is by beating out 2008’s 4x world champion in her second dual slalom race ever at Whistler Crankworx.

Career Highlights:

4 time National DH Team Member
2 time World Championship Medalist- 2006,2007
2 time National Champion
2009 World Championships: 7th

2009 Highlights:

Valparaiso Urban DH Chile: 1st
World Cup Bromont, Canada: 6th
World Cup Fort William, Scotland: 9th
Whistler Crankworx Dual Slalom: 3rd
Whistler Crankworx Canadian Open: 2nd
Whistler Crankworx Air Downhill: 4th
World Championships, Canberra Australia: 7th

2008 Highlights:

World Championships: 12th
World Cup Andorra: 12th
World Cup Fort William, Scotland: 15th
World Cup Mont St. Anne ,Canada: 10th
World Cup Bromont, Canada: 10th
Canadian National Championships: 2nd
Canadian National Series Champion: 1st
Whistler Crankworx Air Downhill: 2nd
Valparaiso Urban DH Chile: 2nd

2007 Highlights:

Canadian National Pro DH Champion: 1st
3 Rounds Canadian National Series: 1st
Canada Cup National Series Overall: 1st
Sea Otter DH (Top Canadian): 8th
Whistler Crankworks Air Downhill: 2nd

Hobbies- Illustration, applied graphics, design, music, and anything fun!
What thrills you in life ? Pushing my limits, going fast, learning new things, moving forward.
What riding skills do you excel at ? Technical, pump tracking, jumping.
Greatest riding experience ? Dual Slalom at Crankworx, Junior World Championships in Italy.
Favorite spot? Local tracks, and the bmx track out in Abbotsford.

Website :
www.micaylagatto.blogspot.com
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www.canadiandhgirls.com
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