Following an incredibly successful race season last year, Rachel Atherton reflected upon her year and success, and looking beyond her own achievements, decided that she wanted to begin to take action to encourage and support female riders like herself, in progressing and achieving success and fulfilment in their riding. As the current record holder for the most successive World Cup victories, often displaying dominating performances, Rachel found herself in the perfect position to be able to recall and share all of the hard work, expertise, and lessons learned through years of striving for success. By sharing this invaluable experience with other female riders she hopes that more women will be inspired and confident in their riding and pursue their racing and riding ambitions, and perhaps one day equal or surpass the success pioneered by Rachel.
This ambition resulted in the formation of the Jeep Rachel Atherton Ride Clinic. An open call for submissions from female riders required the submission of a short riding edit. From all of the entries received Rachel then selected 13 individual riders to come and join her, Trek Factory Racing Technicians, Fox Suspension, ride coach, Ally Campbell and strength and conditioning coach, Alan Milway, at the infamous Revolution Bike Park in North Wales for an intensive day of fun, learning and experience. The race proven venue provided the perfect training grounds for the varied skill level of riders, with a number of tracks to choose from, each packed with features varying from jumps, techy roots and ruts, flowing berms and high-speed compressions to smooth and floaty gaps. The dry and baked tracks gave plenty of opportunity for riders to test their abilities and knowledge, find confidence and speed and have fun.
|I really wanna get the women racing so I thought I would do a ride clinic. Ally Campbell is a riding coach and she came to help out. We split into groups. We spent time going over line choices and technical ability. I'm pretty impressed with the girls. The first group race a bit. They were pretty competent so it was really hard to tell them what to do. The second group I could do a bit more with. They all rode this one drop they didn't ride before. It was pretty inspiring seeing them step up. The women's side of the sport is massive and it's great to see everyone. - Rachel Atherton|
|I can't narrow it down to one thing that I will take away from this experience, to me it was the whole package from bike setup, the importance of fitness - well, the right type of fitness. The little coaching tips and just having a blast down the trails with a bunch of girls - Lindsay Hanley|
|My favourite part was line choices. There was a high line and a low line and I did see either, I just went through the middle. - Louise|
|We wanted to give them an insight as to what me and Rach do over the winter but also try to help them improve if they're wanting to race. We've looked into some simple techniques that they can translate and take. We also talked about the fitness and strength aspect of it so the importance of being healthy, mobile, flexible and the fitness to underpin the riding. - Alan Milway|
|I just had the most amazing day. It feels better than Christmas day! I've felt like I've learned loads about pumping jumps, taking it a little bit slower to clear jumps. It was really good having Rachel just take that little bit of time to show you a cool line, and then I just had the run of my life because she slowed down in front of me so I could follow her all the way down. - Kat|
|I'm no longer scared of people watching me if I come round a corner and there are loads of people there. Rachel said, 'Just ignore them, follow your line and you'll be fine,' On the last run I was fine. I loved it! - Molly|
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