This weekend in Lenzerheide Rachel Atherton secured her 6th World Championship win ( her 5th as an Elite) to bring hoe the rainbow jersey for another year. It is a storming finale to her season wgich also saw her take the World Cup overall and the day was made better still by a victory for Rachel’s 18 year old team mate Kade Edwards who took the Junior Men’s title. !
Finals day dawned hot. The track was the driest it has been all week and conditions were “pretty much perfect”. Lenzerheide is renowned for being tricky and loose with big drops, huge roots, tree stumps and rock gardens
In the Women’s race Myriam Nicole put a qualifications disqualification behind her to take the lead by over 5 seconds.
Then the top three qualifiers were left on course.
Australian Tracey Hannah didn’t make any major mistakes but didn’t quite get in to contention with Nicole , then Rachel’s British team mate Tahnee Seagrave came out flying . She was 1.2 seconds up by the second split, she rode a little more conservatively in the middle sections, through the site of her qualifications crash , she was 0.2 back by split 4 crossing into the hotseat by just 0.6
Could Rachel better her closest rival and neighbour to take her 5th Elite gold medal and 6th World Championship?
Yes she could! Rachel was on fire! Going 3 seconds up by split 1 and 6 seconds clear by split 2, her intentions were very clear! She was 8.5 seconds up by split 3 in a total league of her own and she kept on the attack all the way to the line, crossing 9.98 seconds clear of the field!
Rachel said “I’m stoked!! This was the Worlds run so I knew that I had to throw everything at it, I knew it would have to be special, all the way down I thought I was going to crash! Tahnee and PomPon have been pushing me so hard all season, I was watching them all weekend thinking “ I’m going to have to push on… I’m buzzing!”
1 Rachel Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 3.15.73
2 Tahnee Seagrave +9.98
3 Myriam Nicole +10.67
4 Marine Cabirou ++15.96
5 Tracey Hannah +20.72