The 2017 Red Bull Foxhunt was seriously muddy! 250 women flocked to Machynlleth in Wales for an awesome weekend that felt more like a festival than a race. The atmosphere at Foxhunt is famously supportive, never more needed than at this year’s event where conditions made the riding difficult, the clay –rich mud clogged tyres, turning them into slicks and built up under mudguards, stopping the wheels from turning at all! The trick, apparently, is to keep moving, at speed, then the mud flies off, easier said than done on this technical track!!
Katy Winton did an absolutely top job as the fox while Rachel was on hand with loads of tips and encouragement and Trek Factory Racing mechanics Sam and Joe fixed, tweaked and advised for hundreds of riders who dropped by for a chat and a helping hand.
Practise was hilarious, queues for the B lines constantly erupted into laughter and qualifying was tough with some riders choosing not to ride again after the arduous morning, about 170 riders took the uplift to the top.
Rachel said “ everybody here can do this, even in the mud, its just having the confidence to have go”
So in the final reckoning 190 women took to the mass start grid, Fox Katy was wild, overtaking all but 20 of the riders in some impossible situations, Atherton Academy’s Mille smashed it into 1st and Atherton racing’s Gill was happy to survive in 163rd – despite some serious heckling and several crashes!!
Mille said – “Woohooo that was super mega fun! So stoked to take the win at the Red Bull Foxhunt and to hang out with all these awesome women!”
1 Mille Johnset Atherton Academy 3.50
2 Rosy Monagahan 4.23 +33s
3 Claire Bennett 4.25 +35s
21 Katy Winton 5.41 + 1.51
Pictures: Red Bull Content Pool