USACYCLING  • Haley Batten
Mountain Bike

Haley Batten

D.O.B September 19, 1998
Hometown Park City, Utah
School Quest University Canada
Residence Santa Cruz, California
Pro Teams Clif Pro Team (2016-2019); Specialized Racing (2020)

Meet the Athlete

When Haley was 9 years old, she and her little brother joined in on the local mountain bike races with their dad. Growing up in Park City, Utah provided them with a supportive community and endless trails to explore and biking gave her the access to freedom and independence unlike anything else. This sparked her passion for the sport that she's had ever since. When she was 14, she earned her first national title and began to dream big about becoming a professional cross country racer. It’s been incredible to see those visions turn into reality and she could not have predicted how exciting the journey would be. Over the past few years, she's learned more than ever to appreciate the people in her circle, supporting, teaching, and motivating her through the ups and downs along the way. She has achieved three more national titles as a junior and another in U23, won a U23 World Cup, and was part of the USA team relay at World Championships where they earned a silver medal. Now, she is continuing to hunt for speed with Specialized racing and her eyes are on the World Cup and the Olympics. Although she is training and traveling more, while competing at a higher level than she ever has, she is still that same little kid who loves to pedal fast through trees on her bicycle. Not much has changed! She's just as stoked as ever.

Growing up, how did youth sports impact who you are today?
Cross-country skiing has been such an important part of my love of sports and my development as an athlete. While I was racing throughout my elementary and high school years, I had the most incredible coach and mentor. His accomplishments, attention to detail, and passion for the sport are just a few of the things that drew me to look up to him so much. He has given me a special perspective on life and my athletic pursuit and to this day he is one of my greatest inspirations and supporters....

Cross-country skiing has been such an important part of my love of sports and my development as an athlete. While I was racing throughout my elementary and high school years, I had the most incredible coach and mentor. His accomplishments, attention to detail, and passion for the sport are just a few of the things that drew me to look up to him so much. He has given me a special perspective on life and my athletic pursuit and to this day he is one of my greatest inspirations and supporters.

What is your favorite quote or piece of advice to live by?

Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

What is your spirit animal?

Ibex

Ibex

Points of Interest

My first U23 World Cup win in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic was a special. After landing on the podium for the first time the weekend prior, I could feel that I was starting to put the pieces together. Everything fell into place and I rode my best. I had prepared well leading up to the event and during that race I felt unstoppable, allowing me to ride away from the rest of the field. Crossing the line with the win after a race like that was meaningful beyond the result. (Photo by: Matt DeLorme)

Being part of the USA relay team in the 2019 World Championships in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada was THRILLING. I was able to have a great lap on the course, giving me the fastest women's time of the day. Our team raced as a unit that day and each one of us left every ounce of energy we had out on the track. I'm not sure my heart-rate has ever been that high on the sidelines of a race as it was there. To help earn the first medal for the US national team since 2007 was just unreal.

The 2018 Albstadt World Cup was one of the muddiest races that I ever experienced. I kept crashing and somehow it didn't seem to phase me. I would find myself laying in the mud and then racing to catch back up to the riders ahead of me. I finished the race with a missing saddle and more cuts and bruises than I could count. I was extremely upset with my performance but was in awe of the riders that rode the race flawlessly. I left inspired to improve my skills that are so necessary in this sport.

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