Rachel Atherton wins BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year!

Dec 8, 2008
by Jordan Holmes  
2008 womens World Mountain Bike champion Rachel Atherton beat stiff opposition last night to be named BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year. Rachel who was also nominated for 'Personality of the year' alongside brother Gee claimed the award in front of a star studded audience.Rachel Atherton has won the prestigious BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year award. Her acceptance speech was 3 minutes 26 seconds long, which Atherton said was a personal best.


"I was really surprised at winning as it was such tough competition, but delighted and honored!" Commented the youngest of the Atherton family. The pair we're also quizzed on their thoughts on the sport becoming a Olympic discipline. "I'd love to see it in the Olympics, and it's quite a goal of my sister and me to get our sport more in the public eye." replied current mens World Champion Gee Atherton.

Also attending the BBC Sports personality of the year awards this Sunday, the Athertons continue to further the awareness of Downhill mountain biking within UK sport.

To learn more about Rachel and her brothers, please visit www.athertonracing.co.uk/


69 Comments

  • + 28
 yeahh go Rachel ^^
  • + 73
 Shes a hell of a rider. Insanely good. And hot.
  • + 20
 good to see biker's getting recognised , instead of more popular sports for a change . not that other sports are no good.lol
  • + 13
 YES! thats a good first step towards gettin dh in the Olympics IMO.
  • + 18
 yeah you never see mountain bike commercials on national tvFrown
  • + 4
 hey columbia has a commercial out and theres a guy riding a big wheelie down the street...and they have a freeride unicycling.
  • + 3
 Congrats on the win, like usual. haha
  • - 14
flag Ben-P (Dec 8, 2008 at 21:53) (Below Threshold)
 wow, it seems to be that there where no fuck at all in the whole speech instead of 3 times in just one sentence... congrats on that one... and oh yeah, congrats on the award
  • - 4
flag dirtdart999 (Dec 8, 2008 at 23:41) (Below Threshold)
 pretty cute
  • + 1
 This is truly great that a mountain biker has beeen chosen for this award !! Happy Days , well Done Rach
  • + 15
 EVENTUALLY! Eventually mountain biking gets a mention in Sports Personality. This year we had 3 world champions. Is that really what it takes to get the sport noticed at a national level in the UK? The day after the Worlds, there was nothing on the radio, in the newspaper or on the tv about the British success in Italy 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, and nothing on the News. It's about time the BBC recognized Downhill in the Sports Personality. Last year Ruardih got not one mention, and was not even in the 'Britain's success throughout the year' video, when other crap sports such as curling got mentioned.
All I can say is, well done Gee, Rach, and Josh, for getting Downhill so recognised!
  • + 1
 Who ever had neg proped this gay is a complete UntC for doing it. Probably someone who isnt in support of our english riders! I couldnt have put any of what timlake said better! He's spot on ! Congrats Rach! Sam
  • + 1
 chill out guys. the sport is still on its way up.

it take a VERY long time for a sport to reach the "mainstream" level.

And if you know about it, and your happy with what your doing, why should you care if the media gives it less coverage than golf?
  • + 3
 for that reason, Gold requires one ball, Mountainbiking requires 2!
  • + 1
 you fucked up.... lmao
  • + 0
 F.I.T
  • - 2
 she should just quit biking and take up lingerie modelling, she would make a fortune
  • + 13
 Huge congratulations Rach Salute , and good luck to you and Gee for the National Award. Many many thanks for continuing to up the profile of the sport...personally I think there should be a national Atherton day...a mid week bank holiday so we can escape from the hell of work and go ride en-mass. tup
  • + 2
 yeh, and it should be on the date of the 2008 world cup round 2 (andorra) finals day. Razz
  • + 2
 U selfish Brits! It should be an international day!
  • + 2
 lol ...my apologies...there should of course be a World Atherton day Wink
  • + 2
 my point about the date still standa though Wink
  • + 2
 Good Lord Man! Andorra finals day it shall be!
  • + 4
 did anybody inform the pope about this?!
  • + 2
 they should....how often do 3 siblings all win the finals in their categories at the same WC round Wink
  • + 1
 Yes in the western world that's a lot of a surprise. However if it was Russia, Poland or any other country from the post(?)-soviet block that might have been sort of normal. Such an incident would mean that they were children of some influential member of the party. Look! In PL we just had twin brothers as the prime minister and the president! Thank God no one wanted to make some national day for those bastards! Might also happen in Italy, where some time ago some moto-trial son of the mob's grand father was surprisingly winning lots of competitions Wink
  • + 1
 watch out u mite get taken down..... at last MTB gets some recognition!
  • + 8
 Nice, seems like a cool chick Smile
  • + 7
 good to see that they want the sport into the olympics to, great work
  • - 3
 Shame we wont be accepted by the olympics now due to to NO SKIN SUIT ruling how unprofessional do we look now... 1 step forwards two steps back IMO
  • + 0
 care to elaborate?
  • + 0
 well look at all the other profesional sports out there that take part in the olympics against the clock , they all wear lycra/skinsuits it makes sence at that level to me , but thanks to the UCI skin suits are now banned in DH , i thought it was a joke but its not , and the main reason for it being banned is to make it more 'fair' and alot to do with fashion and the fact that we ride in mostly baggy moto-x gear . to out siders to the sport that looks plain and simply unprofessional when compared to DH-ski , sprinting , time trail biking
  • + 5
 Khm..there just comes the song in mind every time..:
"Pretty woman ...ROCKING DOWN THE HILL.."
Congratulations.
  • + 0
 this is so funny: pretty woman rocking down the hill!
way to go Rachel!
  • + 2
 the size of her arm tells me she is doing some serious offseason gym training and in 2009 she's gonna obliterate Tracy and Sabrina... just look here: www.bikeradar.com/news/article/mountain-bike-champion-rachel-atherton-wins-bbc-award-19590
  • + 5
 awesome,,,,,much love.....
  • + 4
 sick congratz Rachel i think your hot!
  • + 3
 She is Insanely good.I can't stop love her smile.
  • + 3
 yea! lets hit on her over the internet! alright!
  • + 1
 i don't care where your from if you get an award for mountain biking its a step in the right direction for all of us. congrtats Rachel on the award and the win.
  • + 4
 congratulations Rachel!
  • + 3
 Congratulations Rachel... you undoubtfully are worthy of your success.
  • + 1
 at last the kinda recognition that family deserves for their contribution as British athletes!
  • + 3
 YAY CONGRATS RACHLE
  • + 3
 yeah. . .
  • + 3
 way to go rachel!Pimp
  • + 3
 Rock on Rachel!
  • + 2
 is she on the mudbunnies calendar? if not she should be lol Wink
  • + 0
 as if she wasn't hot enough, she rides too! and she's good at it! my dreamgirl!
  • + 1
 who wants a moustache ride?
  • + 0
 posibly one of the most un-flatterring pics of rachel, lol. ach well, we know what she really looks like! Wink
  • + 1
 well done rachel top class deserves top awards
  • + 0
 she is cute,, well done Rachel, congratulations !!
  • + 1
 Nice!
  • + 0
 finally some recognition on the bbc for mountain biking
  • + 0
 Did she not win young sports personality of the year a couple of years back?

But its' good they are recognised anyway.
  • + 0
 fair play rachel gud to get the sport up there
  • + 0
 AS FOR ME RACHEL IS COOL I WANT TO RIDE (WITH) HER Wink
  • + 0
 U go girl ...a pretty girl and a talented 1 to :*
  • + 0
 well done rach Big Grin keep ridin and good luck Smile
  • + 0
 Keep it up rach you rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 O.O just BEAUTIFUL! go rach!
  • + 0
 yes, pretty, and fast. rachel, the best.
  • + 0
 Nice one Rachel
  • + 0
 congrats rachel
  • + 0
 Great job Rachel Big Grin
  • + 0
 Athertons Rulez!!!!
  • + 0
 Congrats RACHUS!
  • + 0
 I'd rail her.

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