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Rachel Atherton: “I don’t think I’ll do it again”

Is a second golden season off the cards?

Rachel Atherton has Admitted she does not believe she will complete a second perfect season in an interview with Sports magazine.

Atherton is the cover star of the free, weekly magazine released tomorrow and said: “I’m sitting here thinking I’m never going to be this good again. It’s quite a depressing thought. I don’t think I’ll do it again, but I’ll give it a damn good shot.”

Rachel goes into next season chasing her 16th consecutive win following her completion of a perfect season at the World Championships in Val di Sole. However, she claims she’s after a more enjoyable season next year after two years of focussing so hard on winning.

She said: “It’s enjoyable after you win, but the process is so stressful and worrying that you don’t enjoy it. Next year I’m determined to not be so uptight and enjoy race weekend – put some vodka in my pre-ride Red Bull or something.”

However, this isn’t the first time Atherton has doubted her ability to win. She tells Sport magazine about the morning before the World Championships: “I spent time saying goodbye to the [Rainbow Jersey]. I was thinking: ‘I’m probably not going to win this, so I’d better prepare myself.’”


Atherton also discusses her recent social media spat with Rob Warner and Claudio Caluori in the piece. Atherton accused the commentary pair of “taking the piss” when they claim she is fast because she trains with her brothers.

She said: “The past few years I’ve done less and less with my brothers and I feel like I’m better. I want that recognition for myself, but also for all the female riders who train hard and throw themselves down a mountain week after week. It’s their body, their decision, their choice.”

The whole interview makes for an interesting read as Atherton discusses women’s involvement in downhill, Gee’s distaste for drama and her love of Britney Spears.

The full interview is released tomorrow in the free magazine. It’s also available here online.

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