Rachel Atherton

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Nationality: British
Birth Date: 6 December 1987
Birth Place: Wells, UK
Resides: Llanrhaeadr, Wales
Height: 1m 73
Weight: 66kg
Nick Name: Rachybox
Discipline: Downhill
 

Rachel Atherton is the most awarded British mountain-biker in the history of the sport. As well as 10 UK National titles she is 5 times Downhill World Champion, 5 times Downhill World Cup Overall Champion, twice European Champion and the proud owner of 34 World Cups.

2015 and 2016 were vintage years for Rachel who dominated the women’s downhill field. In 2015 she was second to long-time rival Emmeline Ragot at Lourdes, Round 1 which just fired her up to grab the next 6 World Cup Rounds, the Overall Series title and a World Championship win.

2016 saw Rachel take mountain biking’s first ever “Perfect Season” with 7 wins out of 7 World Cup rounds as well as the World Championships.

And it looked as if 2017 would continue the theme as Rachel took victory at Lourdes (WC Round 1) making it 2 full years undefeated with 14 consecutive World Cup wins. But a practise crash at Round 2 Fort William but an end to her winning streak.

Typically Rachel went down in style, re-locating her own dislocated shoulder trackside (the GoPro footage set the internet alight) but she missed the race and Round 3 Leogang after that. Rachel podiumed at every race for the rest of the `World Cup season but that clearly wasn’t enough for this most competitive of riders.

As she headed into the 2017 World Championships riding strongly and confident that she was back to her old self the team held their breath, could she defend the rainbow stripes for the third consecutive year? It wasn’t to be, a crash in timed training left her with a fractured left clavicle.

Rachel’s femininity, toughness and her honesty on issues such as body image mean that her appeal stretches beyond Mountain-biking. She has arguably done more than any rider in the world to put Downhill on the mainstream media map. She has been awarded Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year, BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year, in 2015 she was named 23rd most influential woman in UK sport by the Independent and in 2013 and 2016 she was named BTSport Action Woman of the Year with a landslide 63% of the public vote.Rachel’s acceptance of the international Laureus Action Sportsperson of the year award was viewed in 160 countries.

Rachel believes that nothing on earth compares with the feeling of “conquering a mountain” and has pledged to do all that she can to encourage other young women to try this awesome sport.

This winter will see a huge rehab effort and some well-deserved downtime in the Dyfi Forest with boyfriend Olly, dog Caio and 2 brand-new rescue kittens.

 

 

Career Highlights

2017  WC DH Rd 1 Lourdes  1st
 British National Championships 1st
2016  WC DH Series Winner
 WC DH Rd 1 Lourdes 1st
 WC DH Rd 2 Cairns 1st
 WC DH Rd 3 Fort William 1st
 WC DH Rd 4 Leogang 1st
 WC DH Rd 5 Lenzerheide 1st
 WC DH Rd 6 Mount St Anne 1st
2015 WC DH Series Winner 1st
WC DH Rd 2 Fort William 1st
WC DH Rd 3 Leogang 1st
WC DH Rd 4 Lenzerheide 1st
WC DH Rd 5 Mont St Anne 1st
WC DH Rd 6 Windham 1st
WC DH Rd 7 Val di Sole 1st
World Championships, Andorra 1st
2014 WC DH Rd 2 Cairns 1st
WC DH Rd 7 Meribel 1st
2013 World Championship 2st
WC DH Series Winner 1st
WC DH Series team fastest overall 1st
WC DH Rd 1, Fort William 1st
WC DH Rd 2  Val Di Sole 1st
DH Rd 3, Vallnord 1st
DH Rd 5 Hafjell 1st
British National Championships 1st
2012 WC DH Series Winner 1st
WC DH Series team fastest overall 1st
WC DH Rd 7 Hafjell 1st
WC DH Rd 6 Val d’sere 1st
DH Rd 5 Windham 1st
DH Rd 4 MSA 1st
WC DH Rd 3, Fort William 2nd
WC DH Rd 2 Val di Sole 1st
Giant Air DH Crankworx Europe 1st
British Championships Moelfre 1st
2011 World Championships, Champery 2nd
WC DH Rd 5 Windham 1st
2010  2 x WC DH Maribor and Windham 1st
2008 WC DH Series Winner 1st
World Championship 1st
 
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