This weekend saw 200 female mountain-bikers take to the hills of Machynlleth for the 5th Red Bull Foxhunt – an “upside down” mass start race where six times World Champion Rachel A “ The fox” chases down the “hunters “ in two days of awesome riding in Rachel’s hometown.
Practice is an important part of this event with Rachel on hand to coach, advise on line choices and generally inspire the group. When its time for the race Rachel gives the field around 30 seconds head start but still managed to overtake all but forty of the riders on a challenging course designed and built by her partner Olly Davey. The trail took in open moorland , technical roots and rocks through the woods and some steep chutes.
Rachel said “I love showing people how fantastic the riding in my hometown can be! It’s been a perfect weekend, the sun shone for us and the track is amazing with plenty of line choices, everyone has really pushed themselves and everyone has massive smiles on their faces!”
Katie Wakely – a first time “foxhunter” took the win in 2.59.75 she said “ I’m really pumped to be here and riding at my first Red Bull Foxhunt, it feels amazing to win and the event format is awesome!”
Rachel said “The race run was the best everybody has ridden all weekend, the atmosphere at the finish was 100% stoke! I’m proud of everybody here. ”
1st Katie Wakeley 02:59:75
2nd Francie Arthur 03:02:52
3rd Stacey Fisher 03:08.79
4th Rosie Holdsworth 03:09.20
5th Georgie Leslie 03:10.38
6th Samantha Pickard 03:10.49
7th Toni Fryer 03:13.10
8th Gabriele Gelgotaite 03:15.41
9th Jesse May Morgan 03:33.41
10th Hannah Prestwich 03:33.99
40th Rachel Atherton