Video: Rachel Atherton Documents her Recovery from her Ruptured Achilles Tendon in First Vlog

May 5, 2020
by Atherton Racing  

"The last few years have been a crazy whirlwind of head down graft, winning races and injuries, it's so intense and I put myself under a lot of pressure to get those results. We used to film the Atherton Project back in the day, which was so fun, but it got too intense to film that way alongside racing. Because I’ve been injured for the last nine months I’ve had a lot of time to think, and then the coronavirus lockdown situation got me thinking even more!!

Photos: Dan Griffiths/Moonhead Media

"Suddenly I had the headspace away from racing, now I’m starting to ride again, to relearn how to ride and get to grips with jumps and speed, it feels as if I’ve been reborn after my injury, everything feels so good!

"I found myself wanting to start my own channel to film what I get up to in a super chilled way, giving an insight into my life with all the ups and downs. I want to share the life of Dyfi Bike Park and how Dan builds there, Atherton Bikes as it unfolds, racing when it starts again, and just to inspire people to ride bikes, to work through the setbacks. For me personally I wanted to have a new challenge in my life and to learn new skills (hopefully!) so I am editing it all myself, which is terrifying and scary but as a downhill racer all I’ve ever done is focussed on training and racing, so this is totally out of my comfort zone! I didn’t even have a YouTube account!

"I feel ever more inspired by the messages, emails and photos that we get from people around the world that we’ve connected to through racing. People send us pics or stories of their life, or pics of them or their kids riding bikes, so I wanted to give something to those kids and people that was entertaining and engaging, and hopefully inspiring, to create something more real than one photo on Instagram … so here we are! the least technically minded bike racer ever has started a YouTube channel!

"Please share, subscribe and let me know in the comments if you like it, and what you would like to see me film next."



  • 4 0
 There is one shot in the video of her on the treadmill and you can see just how much the calf on her injured leg had atrophied. Its like half the size of her other leg.
  • 2 0
 A shard of glass severed my Achilles' tendon when I was eleven. It was split and spliced with stainless wire and it was brutal. Decades on and it is the least of my worries. So carry on Raich, a little scar tissue goes a long way.
  • 5 0
 Can't wait to see some domination in 2021.
  • 5 0
 I really like her attitude. And I think I need a pet lamb.
  • 2 0
 Trading up my mower.
  • 5 0
 glad to see things are looking up. scary injury!
  • 1 0
 Man, downhill is a brutal sport. Seagrave, Nicole, Atherton with major injuries, and that's just the women. Half of me wants to cheer them on to return, the other half wants them to retire and just have a nice life, being able to walk and ride like a normal person, and not be permanently crippled from the next injury.
  • 2 0
 Met her at Eurobike last year, while she was on crutches. Still happy to stop and chat and as bubbly as ever.

Hope she´s fit and ready for next season.
  • 3 0
 i wonder why is olly on a gt instead of an atherton bike
  • 2 0
 he is still waiting on his Trek
  • 2 0
 "Firm believer in grabbing the life you want by both hands". Quite like that.
  • 3 0
 Love her!
  • 1 0
 God dammit, Rachel rips. Seems pretty natural with the vloging too. Cool to see behind the scenes with these champs.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for sharing, broke my Achilles in February and have been following your recovery. Will get a lamb next! Ciao
  • 3 2
 Are they growing this lamb to eat it or as a pet?
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