• Bikes, Athletes, Races & Hockey(?) at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic

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    Posted 12 months ago by Elishia Matta; Photo: Caroline Buchanan

    Nearly ten thousand athletes and some fifty thousand fans make the annual pilgrimage to Monterey, California for the mountain bike season opener, the Sea Otter Classic. Now one of the world’s largest bike festivals, the Sea Otter Classic began as a modest one-day event in 1991 after a local bike shop suggested that co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph put on a mountain bike race. A fantastic tribute to the power of suggestion…

  • Queen of the Mountain: Rachel Atherton Wins In Norway - Clinches Second Career Overall World Cup Title

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    All she needed was a fifth place or better finish in Norway, but that’s not Rachel Atherton’s style. The British mountain bike star crushed a stacked field at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup stop in Norway to claim the overall title for the second time in her career. Her win in Norway brought her season points total to 1450, putting her atop the women’s downhill mountain biking world once more. What’s even more impressive about Atherton’s season is that she was unable to compete in the first of seven World Cup stops due to a shoulder injury. Even with her absence in Pietermaritzburg, she was able to secure the season title.

  • Downhill Mountain Bike Star Rachel Atherton Takes Val Di Sole By Storm

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The downhill mountain bike circuit has been without one of its most prominent figures for most of the past two seasons. Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) had been nursing a shoulder injury for much of that time, but this weekend at the second round of the Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy, she proved she is back and that she means business. The twenty-four year-old dominated the rough, technical course, finishing 4.485 seconds faster than any other woman on the course.

Rachel Atherton

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Date of Birth:
December 6, 1987
Hometown:
Llangynog, North Wales, UK
Sponsors:
Animal clothing, Commencal, red bull, fox, shimano, nissan, 661, crankbrothers, chris king, e 13,
Hobbies:
moto, reading, climbing, cooking, skiing

Career Highlights

    • 2008: World champion
    • 2008: World series champion
    • 2007: Bronze, World Championships
    • 2006: Silver, World championships
    • 2009: 1st UK National Championships DH
    • 2010: 1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Round 6, Windham, United States
    • 2010: 1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Round 1, Maribor, Slovenia
    • 2012: 1st, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup
    • 2012: 1st, Val di Sol World Cup
    • 2012: Overall World Cup Champion