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Rachel Atherton

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Full name  Rachel Laura Atherton
2007-2011  Animal Commencal
Height  1.7 m
Nickname  Waynehead
2011-2015  GT
Weight  65 kg
Discipline  BMX & MTB
Name  Rachel Atherton
Current team  GT Bicycles
Rider type  DH
Role  Cyclist

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Born  December 6, 1987 (age 28)  England  United Kingdom (1987-12-06)
Siblings  Gee Atherton, Dan Atherton
Parents  Simon Atherton, Andrea Atherton
Similar People  Gee Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Aaron Gwin, Dan Atherton, Greg Minnaar
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Rachel Laura Atherton (born 6 December 1987, near Salisbury) is a professional racing cyclist specialising in downhill mountain bike racing, and is a multiple UCI World Champion.

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Atherton began riding BMX at the age of 8 and mountain biking at the age of 11. She was both Sunday Times' Sportswoman of the Year and BBC Midlands Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2005, and then BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year in 2008. In October 2015, a video of Atherton overtaking 91 competitors in five minutes during a race went viral.

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Career

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Since 2007 Rachel Atherton has been part of the Animal Commen├žal race team along with brothers Dan Atherton and Gee Atherton. In 2012, Rachel along with brothers Dan, Gee and Marc Beaumont signed with GT Bicycles.

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In June 2008 Rachel Atherton became the first British woman to win the Elite UCI Downhill World Championship, defeating second placed Sabrina Jonnier by 11.99 seconds in the final.

Rachel Atherton was involved in a collision with a pickup truck whilst on a time trial training ride with brothers Dan and Gee in Santa Cruz, California, on January 18, 2009. She sustained a dislocated shoulder which, after later needing a nerve graft, ruled her out of the 2009 racing season, including the September World Championships in Canberra.

In September 2012, Rachel Atherton took the final World Cup round on a diverse and testing Norwegian track and clinched the overall title, despite missing the opening race of the season. The Norwegian race was the final round of a seven-round series in which Atherton claimed a win in 5 of the 6 events she raced.

In June 2016, Atherton became the first woman to win 10 consecutive rounds of the World Cup, surpassing the record previously held by Anne-Caroline Chausson. In September that same year, she also achieved the unprecedented feat of winning every round in a World Cup season.

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