Rachel Atherton out for the next three months..

May 1, 2009
by Simon Paton  
Rachel Atherton is to undergo surgery which rules her out of action for the next 3-4 months – however we are hoping she’ll be back in time to defend her crown at the Worlds.

Animal Commencal team director Dan Brown has confirmed that Rachel Atherton is to have surgery on her injured shoulder.

The current women’s Downhill World Champion sustained nerve damage to her left shoulder during pre-season training camp in America and is expected to be out of action for the next three to four months.Animal Commencal team director Dan Brown said: “The nerve in Rachel’s shoulder has seen little improvement over the past four weeks so the surgeon has taken the decision to operate. We’re hoping Rachel will be back in training in around three to four months so there’s still a chance she will compete at the World Championships in August.

Follow Rach’s recovery via her blog: http://animalcommencal.tv/rachel/blog

Fellow Animal Commencal riders Dan (27) and Gee (24) Atherton are looking to stamp their authority on the 2009 season. Gee only last weekend won the first round of the MSC/Descent-Gear NPS up in sunny Scotland.

I spoke to both Gee and their Dad Simon Atherton about Rachel's recovery and they said she's coping well and had been out training on her road bike, hopefully on the right side of the road this time!

Dan will be looking for his first 4-Cross win of the season this weekend (1-3 May) at Houffalize, Belgium where Rachel and Gee will also be trackside supporting him!

Join the Atherton ‘Extended Family’ at www.athertonracing.co.uk to stay in touch with all the latest news from team Animal Commencal.

Get well soon!

Get well soon!



About Atherton Racing:
Atherton Racing is made up of brothers Dan, Gee and sister Rachel and race under the name Animal Commencal. This family trio is globally recognized as mountain biking champions and has won national, European and World Cup titles. Atherton Racing is based in Llangynog, Wales. For more information visit www.athertonracing.co.uk.

We all wish Rachel as speedy recovery, if you want to leave your note of support and any marriage proposals (to her not me...) then please do so below..

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Cheers.

Si..
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36 Comments

  • + 15
 That sucks, hope she makes a fast recovery! T-Mo is looking good for the overall title now that Rachel's gonna miss afew rounds...
  • + 3
 yeah! too bad she misses a lot of races! i hope she´ll be well soon!
  • + 2
 hope you heal up well. it really does suck not being able to ride for that much time though. i actually might have to get the same thing done to my shoulder.
  • + 2
 this sucks, but her brothers popping her shoulder back in in the field was probably what did it, it's kind of a delicate thing to do
  • + 2
 that's a bummer. she was hitting those big lines in Utah and then gets injured by a truck! Don't miss road racing AT ALL. Heal up quick, Rachel.
  • + 2
 hopefully she recovers quickly
  • + 2
 damm that's ruined my fantasy downhill team, get well soon!
  • - 1
 fantasy downhill team IS the atherton team mate, she should get that like sports personality thing or summit, gotta love rachell Smile
  • + 1
 ya CalumGentles learn some manners
  • + 2
 Get Well Soon
  • + 1
 i bet shes still quicker than me lol
  • + 1
 i know shes faster than me and props to the training of her family
  • + 1
 Good luck Rach, cant wait for your return.
  • - 1
 lame shoulders are complicated.....well if she cant be a bike racer she should be a bike model! but lets hope she gets back out to shredding turns, cuz shes rad to watch
  • - 1
 seens as no one else has ill make a marriage proposal.


well rach will you? Big Grin
  • - 1
 and if you say no to him above, I'm wouldn't care if was 2nd in line. Actually, maybe not marriage... but I'll make an awesome shopping partner. yeah... trainers and sunglasses
  • + 0
 Fastest girl around, Hope she recovers quick!
  • - 1
 They shouldn't have shown those pictures around. Sometimes you do need a little bit of privacy.
  • + 0
 well there goes my fantasy downhill team Frown
  • + 0
 recover fast rachael and get back on that bike!
  • + 0
 I wouldn't mind being friends :p hope she gets better quick.
  • + 0
 get well
  • - 1
 All good, I am a Chinesebiker. . We go to the forum. I say bad English ~ ~
  • + 0
 We all love you !
  • + 1
 Awwwww :'( gonna suck not to have her out racing this year
  • - 2
 I LOVE YOU!
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