Sep 02, 2013 AUTHOR: Alan Milway
Rachel Atherton becomes 2013 World Champion!
After a dominant year where Rach has showed incredible power and skill, she attacked the pedally track in South Africa to win by over 8 seconds.
Fellow GB rider and MX Fitness trained Manon Carpenter was looking to battle with Rach and it could easily have been a close fought affair, but Manon crashed early in her run and no other woman could come close.
It was a strange weekend for me as I have attended the World Champions for the past 4 years with my riders/ teams, but having just had a baby I stayed much closer to home to be available for my wife, and attended a conference. We had a good ‘hotline’ to and from South Africa and I was able to analyse power data, speak with the team and help with warm up logistics over Skype, text and email – remote coaching pushed to the limit!!
Gee was looking to challenge for the win, but the day was not to be his and he was disappointed with a 7th place. It did bring me back down from the high of Rach’s win as I really felt he was capable to taking the win also.
(All photos courtesy of Atherton Racing – www.athertonracing.co.uk)