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Watch Rachel Atherton overtake 144 women… with a puncture

What an awesome event

What Manon, Tahnee and Tracey have been aiming for all season has finally been done by 79 women at the Red Bull Foxhunt in Cumbria – Rachel Atherton has been beaten.

OK, so she gave them a big head start, had to battle past 144 other women and got a puncture in the first straight, so we reckon she gets a pass.

This is the third year the event has been run and over 200 women took to Melmerby Scar to challenge themselves against the World Champion. It was Rosie Holdsworth who was fastest down the 2.04km course with a time of 3:44.870, but really the event was about getting as many women on bikes as possible to have an awesome day out.

Rachel said: “It was absolutely amazing! I got a puncture right at the start, but I knew I had to carry on – this is Red Bull Foxhunt! I was right in the middle of everybody and passing them. I had to really think and use my head to get past people. It was so cool watching the women riding down. It was amazing, everyone cheering at the finish. I just want to go and do it again.”

Red Bull Foxhunt 2016 – results:

  1. Rosie Holdsworth 3’44”870
  2. Roslynn Newman 3’45’198
  3. Rosey Monaghan 03’49”202

80. Rachel Atherton 06:02.153

Check out the full photo gallery below

Morning yoga sessions allowed the women to loosen up before the hard day of riding
The chance to meet a World Champion is a big draw for this event
Rachel was on-hand offering advice all weekend
The traditinoal way to the top
The off camber section was the trickiest part of the course
Robyn Spittle hit the deck on the wet grass
... but was all smiles after
Rachel waiting to pounce
Sound the horns, the hunt is on!
The Foxhunt is a slightly more polite affair than other mass start events
We hope Katrina Chaplin is ok after this off!
It was wild out on the Scar
Rachel Atherton charged through the tech sections despite a puncture
Rosie Holdsworth got out in front early and didn't look back


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