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One of the emotions I’ve heard from you a lot today is gratitude.

There’s nothing like an injury to give you a lot of gratitude. The first hip surgery was almost a blessing in disguise. Before the surgery, I was kind of burnt out. I didn’t know if I wanted to train. Then that happened. You know how you have training blocks? I called that the “motivation block”, followed this year by the “gratitude build”.

When you can’t race, you realize how much you love it and how thankful you are to be doing it. It’s easy to get tired during a long season, but really, I am so lucky to be doing what I love and what I am passionate about. So how can you not have gratitude for every day you wake up and every start line you roll up to? I have the opportunity to race my bike today. And that’s a great thing, no matter where you’re coming from.

It carried over during the races. At [the UCI MTB World Cup in] Mont-Saint-Anne, at first I thought, “This is great. I’m in the top 15.” And then I moved up, and I thought, “I’m in the top 10! This is awesome.” And then I’m riding in third, thinking, “This is the best place I’ve ridden in a World Cup!” Having gratitude at every step. I ended up getting fourth, and I was just freaking out with happiness. So I think that gratitude goes a long way.

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The Art of Coming Back: An Interview with Lea Davison | Bicycling

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What do you think the UCI and British Cycling could do to encourage more female riders taking part in racing?

It’s a hard one. I’m not sure it’s down to the UCI and British Cycling. Everyone always says it and there definitely are more women and girls riding these days. I love going to a bike park or uplift day and seeing girls on the bus having a great time. Downhill is getting more accessible now and it’s a very recent thing in the UK having bike parks to go to where you can get to the top of the tracks easily.

Racing wise, I guess be patient. If more girls are riding then surely more girls will get into racing eventually. It is scary how much you notice it when one of two of the top female racers gets injured and suddenly half the field is gone. [I was especially worried after] hearing that Emmeline might retire if she can’t find a team for 2015 - we need all the fast girls at the top! I love it when the racing is close, it shows that we are all pushing so close to our limits and it makes the racing exciting.

Do you think it’s fair that women don’t always get the same prize money as men in racing?

Another difficult subject. Definitely have regular debates with team mate Sam Dale about it! Yes there are less of us so in a way it’s easier to come by the prize money, but I train and try just as hard as the guys and so does Rach and many of the other girls. So in my opinion me winning a World Cup is as much of a huge thing as a World Cup win in the men’s. Also, we don’t get paid anywhere near as much as the top guys do from sponsors, (and that’s how it will be until women’s sport gets as big as men’s because you only get paid what you’re worth as with any endorsement deal) so we should at least get paid as much in prize money by the organisers and governing bodies.

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Interview: Manon Carpenter - 2014 DH World Champion - Pinkbike

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"Next year, I want to do all the mountain bike Worlds Cups. I think it will be nice," said Ferrand Prevot. "I will also do the road. It will be good to race both."

When asked how she manages changing between the two disciplines, she said, “I think it’s important to keep a good balance between the road and the mountain bike. I try to chose my races and to rest as possible.”

"Also, the position is not the same between my bikes. So to switch back and forth, I need to make sure I also train on my mountain bike and practice the technical riding."

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Ferrand Prevot to focus on mountain bike World Cup in 2015 | Cyclingnews.com

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All the stuff from 2014 cross country and downhill worlds

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"Rach Atherton was up by a second at the 1st split and I was sat watching the screen, waiting to see what was going to happen. Split two and she hadn’t made any more time on me, still only a second up. I know I always have good bottom section and Rach didn’t look super smooth on the screen and it was getting pretty tense! Coming over the bridge she had ten seconds left, and I knew it was about ten from the bridge…. I was thinking I was going to just miss out by a fraction but the time kept ticking… Coming through the line the green light switched to red and I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t even thought how I’d feel if I won, or what I’d do, I didn’t want to dare. I’d just done the Double!"

Madison Saracen 2014 - World Championships: Hafjell, Norway - Pinkbike

Click through for Manon Carpenter telling the story of her trade team at the 2014 downhill MTB Worlds, with some gorgeous photos.

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Manon Carpenter, the 2014 downhill MTB World Champion

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Manon Carpenter, the 2014 downhill MTB World Champion

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2014 Downhill MTB World Championships podium

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1. Manon Carpenter, Great Britain
2. Rachel Atherton, Great Britain
3. Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain

2014 Downhill MTB World Championships podium

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1. Manon Carpenter, Great Britain
2. Rachel Atherton, Great Britain
3. Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain

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 Manon Carpenter in the cable car to the top of the Hafjell DH course

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Manon Carpenter in the cable car to the top of the Hafjell DH course

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Manon Carpenter on the Hafjell Worlds trackwalk 

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Manon Carpenter on the Hafjell Worlds trackwalk

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UCI World Championships Downhill Finals Highlights

Including clips of Tahnée Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter’s runs, with Manon’s post-race interview.  (and OMG, remember when you watch Neko Mulally, he’s riding without a chain!)

If you want to watch the full coverage of the women’s and men’s DH MTB World Champs it’s archived here on Red Bull Bike

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"Irina Kalentieva of Russia (L), Catharine Pendrel of Canada (C), Lea Davison of the United States (R) celebrate their World’s success." - via The Best Photos from the XCO World Champs in Hafjell - click through for more

"Irina Kalentieva of Russia (L), Catharine Pendrel of Canada (C), Lea Davison of the United States (R) celebrate their World’s success." - via The Best Photos from the XCO World Champs in Hafjell - click through for more

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"Catharine Pendrel led the women’s race from the first lap to the finish. There was late drama however when the Canadian suffered a puncture on the last lap. Luckily, Pendrel had built enough of a gap over second-placed Irina Kalentieva that there was enough of a buffer for her to roll home in first." - via The Best Photos from the XCO World Champs in Hafjell - click through for more photos

"Catharine Pendrel led the women’s race from the first lap to the finish. There was late drama however when the Canadian suffered a puncture on the last lap. Luckily, Pendrel had built enough of a gap over second-placed Irina Kalentieva that there was enough of a buffer for her to roll home in first." - via The Best Photos from the XCO World Champs in Hafjell - click through for more photos

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Women’s Elite Downhill. 2014 MTB World Championships.

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Womens’ Elite XCO at #Hafjell2014.

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