GT Factory Racing rider Rachel Atherton will miss the opening 2012 World Cup at Pietermaritzburg.

She has opted to miss the first round in order to fully recoup from her shoulder injuries that she sustained in 2011.

We wish Rachel all the best with her recovery and can't wait to see her fully fit at round #2 Val di Sole, Italy.

Check out Rachel's creative reply below!

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Rachel getting attacked by Angus the puppy.

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