“Proud of my bro!" Those were the words of Rachel Atherton, winner of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill in Cairns, Australia after she and her big brother dominated the brutal, rain-soaked, muddy course. The British brother-sister duo claimed the double on the weekend, something they’ve become accustomed to doing.
Storybook Ending: Minnaar Wins Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship At Home; Rachel Atherton Dominates
It was as if Hollywood was looking down on the hills of South Africa, creating a script set for the big screens. The pageantry, the story board, the stars were all aligned for local hero Greg Minnaar to complete a performance for the ages in the sport of mountain biking and for his country of South Africa.
The ladies of Downhill Mountain Bike need look no further than young Rachel Atherton for the girl to beat at the 2013 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The 25-year-old British rider has made a habit of constant improvement throughout her career. Atherton was crowned the World Champion in 2008 along with the World Cup Overall Champion that same year, all while racking up four World Cup wins.