Get to know them better: Rider Profiles – Rachel Atherton

Rachel Atherton
Rachel Atherton – Downhill Women

Years on the World Cup circuit? 8 years I think…

Do you ever wear lycra? Yes all the time! Road bike, xc bike, gym to name a few…

Flats or Clips? Clips mostly, flats for home fun

What gets you dancing? Nelly and Kelly! Irish folk/rock music, grew up on that stuff, northern soul, and good old drum and bass!

Favourite sportsperson? It was Lindsey Vonn until she went out with Tiger Woods, now its Red Bulls freeskier Grete Eliassen

Ever tried haggis? No!

No. of Twitter followers? About 25k

Other sports? Motocross, Moto Enduro, Skiing, Climbing, Dancing

Favourite TV show? Him and Her

How does it feel coming into the Fort William finish arena? It feels AMAZING, everyone cheering and saying your name as you hit the last jump and cross the line. For me personally in the last few years there’s been that moment when the cheers turn to groans and I realise that I have got 2nd and not 1st. The crowd tell me everything with their noise – last year it was the single worst feeling I had all year, that noise telling me I had lost the win, seeing their faces change as I cross the line. It haunts me still but gives me motivation each day. Just the fact that the whole crowd feels my pain is something amazing in itself. 🙂 So I’ll try again!