Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women across the globe. This year’s theme of #EachforEqual recognizes that every one of us can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements in order to help build a more gender-equal world.
Here at Reynolds Cycling, we couldn’t agree more, and want to call out two of our remarkable women athletes, Emilie Siegenthaler and Morgane Charre, who not only crush on the bike, but are out there pushing the boundaries of what is possible every day.
Pivot Factory athlete and seven-time Swiss National Champion (2008-2014), Emilie Siegenthaler grew up riding her bike as a way to explore her natural surroundings. After years of successful cross-country racing, including a European Junior Title, Emilie switched to downhill in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the technical and fun nature of the sport. She took second in her first ever race, which just happened to be the national championship, and never looked back, jumping onto the World Cup circuit in 2008.
Since joining Pivot Factory Racing in 2016, Emilie has been a regular on the World Cup podium, including third at the 2017 UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide and fifth in the UCI DH World Cup Overall Series that same year.
Emilie believes in focusing on developing the mind as much as the body, so education has played an important role in her life. She holds a Master of General Psychology degree with a specialization in Sports Psychology and now regularly works as a substitute teacher in her hometown of Biel, Switzerland when not on the bike.
Currently rehabbing from an ACL and meniscus repair after an accident in Spain earlier this year, Emilie remains ever positive that this comeback season will be the best yet. She has set her sights on a return to racing World Cup Downhill and Crankworx events later this year, starting with either Fort William in Scotland or Andorra, her favorite track on the World Cup circuit.
Growing up in the south of France, Morgane passed her early days playing on BMX bikes in skateparks and hucking off dirt jumps. In her teens, she graduated to downhill mountain biking and it quickly consumed her life. After competing in her first World Cup in Maribor in 2010, global racing success came quickly, with a World Championship Title in 2012 in Leogang and nine World Cup Downhill podiums since.
As with Emilie, Morgane is all about the mind as well as the body and originally moved to Annecy to pursue a physics degree and remained in the region to be close to the mountains. She mixed an aerospace career with World Cup Downhill racing before focusing full time on her racing career upon joining the Pivot Factory Racing team in 2016. She immediately racked up a first in Downhill at Crankworx in 2016 and fourth overall in the 2019 Enduro World Series.
This year, Morgane looks forward to focusing on the Enduro World Series with a few downhill and Crankworx events thrown in for variety.