Tracey Hannah grew up riding bikes with her brother Mick in Cairns, in the Far North of Australia. She was competing in the Australian BMX national championships at the age of three, and she followed Mick into riding mountain bikes as a teenager. Along with Fabien ‘Cous Cous’ Cousiné and Guillaume Cauvin, both Tracey and Mick now ride the World Cup downhill series for the Hutchinson UR team.
Tracey won her first national downhill title at the age of 14, and four years later she finished first overall in the NORBA Series in America and was crowned Junior World Champion. The following year, 2007, she won her first World Cup race at Schladming in Austria, and finished the year third overall.
Despite all her success, she struggled to attract sponsorship and decided to step away from the sport, but someone with her talent and dedication on a bike was always going to come back eventually, and she made a triumphant return in 2012, winning her first World Cup race back in Pietermaritzburg, and, finishing the year fourth overall.
Tracey has suffered a number of serious injuries over the last couple of years – after her 2012 season was cut short by a broken femur and collarbone, she came back strongly to win the 2013 Australian National Championships, but she then broke her collarbone after crashing on a jump while filming. She still managed to finish tenth overall in the World Cup, but will certainly be hoping for a smoother year in 2014!