Video: This is What Winning Speed Looks Like

Sep 6, 2015
by Pinkbike Staff  


Congrats to Rachel Atherton on her win today at World Championships.

Title image by Dave Trumpore.


103 Comments

  • + 161
 Rachel is the man
  • + 16
 She's on fire. Congrats to Rachel on a helluva season.
  • + 2
 in a good way...
  • + 21
 I was watching it like "holly shit i had no idea how fast the elite man are" then i hear the high pitched yell and was blown away that that was a woman, she is so fast!!!
  • + 14
 Didn't read the title and I thought I was watching Bruni's run up to the end! Rach's speed is just ridiculous.
  • + 18
 Agreed, if thats what a 5:08 looks like, I can't imagine a 4:19...
  • + 3
 I could have sworn this was sped up...but then I checked the times, and it was indeed 5:08. Wow!
  • - 5
flag zalgrath (Sep 6, 2015 at 23:40) (Below Threshold)
 Is Rachel dating anyone? Cause I will love her till death do us part...
  • + 6
 @fsomji Scary. So crazy that this is what 73rd position in the Elite Men would look like. It just shows the amount of insanity it requires to even qualify for a men's elite world cup race is thoroughly ridiculous. That Bruni is almost a minute faster than Rachel makes me feel like I ride with training wheels.
  • + 2
 I didn't read title properly and assumed i was watching Gee . Good God she is fast and composed. Serious Kudos
  • + 1
 It couldn't be someone else. Great Job Rach
  • + 60
 If I even made it down this track, I know I'd fuck up that last turn and fly over the top.
  • + 8
 I would mess the last scrub up and train wreck on the flat just before that corner!
  • + 2
 that track really looked wild, and i was gobsmacked by how fast she as going in sections.....
  • + 2
 She is really fast hey. Girl or not, she is really fast.
  • + 2
 I was actually really worried someone was going to land flat off that drop, plenty of riders just caught the end of the landing.
  • + 37
 Congrats to Rachel! Well won season for her!

I do have to make a comment about these new smaller GoPro's as the video quality is garbage. I have an old cheapo Walmart point and shoot that takes better video! Watching other video's on Pinkbike that are filmed with actual GoPro's you are able to see what the terrain is like. With this video the image is heavily washed out and so low quality (I watched this on the 1080p setting) it is impossible to even see the rocks and roots on the trail. Glad for this kind of footage, but please switch back to using the good GoPro's. And GoPro, I hope you are reading this as some serious improvements are needed for this new little black box of junk. I do have a Hero 4 black and it is an amazing camera, so I do have something to compare against.
  • + 4
 Agreed Big Grin
  • + 3
 i use a now ancient gopro Hero. for chest mount vids.... cause its better than the new ones.. for helm cam i use a contour.. sorry to break with fashion. it simply works and looks better.
  • + 3
 Agree. It's like having a few pints and then wrapping packing tape around your head a few times.
  • + 2
 Compression. Most GoPro footage looks like shit when it's uploaded.
  • + 1
 OK so why does mine, only using PB. nothing special look like soo much better then???? the new gopros are wank. they brick, they fail, they cost the earth. the promos are amazin. but far far from the original raw. as a go pro sponsored rider this is all go pro could make?? c'mon, you must admit, its a bit shit. amazing riding though.
  • + 1
 Seriously, look on YouTube, all action cam stuff looks way worse there even compared with PB.
  • + 28
 Superb , let's hope she gets some National recognition
  • + 26
 my god, i thought it was Loic...how fast was he going then....
  • + 33
 Damn she's fast. But now imagine Loic's time which is almost a minute faster.......
  • + 20
 She would have placed 73rd in the men's category and 1 position ahead of Gwin.
  • + 2
 Rachel is faster than Aaron Gwin, confirmed.
  • + 4
 He wasn't exactly rushing to get back on his bike was he?
  • + 18
 I got arm pump and brake fade just watching that!
  • + 7
 I remember when she seemed like just a sprog chasing her two brothers, even then you knew something big was gonna come from trying to keep up with those two, and now she's deservingly one of the fastest woman on earth, if not hands down the fastest. I like Manon, but I love Rachel.
  • + 3
 Wow, Rachel gettin rowdy! How on earth do you guys stay focused with all that spectator racket, perhaps you feed off it? I'd be wearing buds @ volume 10. Thanks for an incredible season, some of the best racing and coverage ever!
  • + 2
 I would not be able to hold on that long at that kind of speed. Just can't.

Rachel (and the other ladies) are no slackers by any stretch of the imagination. The fact that she can continually put together a top-notch race run speaks volumes of her talent and dedication. Props!!!
  • + 5
 Case officially put to rest the top woman are way faster than you. so badass!
  • + 2
 She killed it for sure, interestingly she doesn't seem as winded as early in the run as Manon or Gee. Curious as to whether she really didn't push it too much or she is just 'that' fit.... In either case the speed is much more impressive here than on the live broadcast. Congratulations to all the winners!!
  • + 5
 Goddam rach, you were flyin! Now i wanna see a side by side from loic an minnar.
  • + 1
 side by side from loic an minnar +1
  • + 5
 Wow, that is fast.

(And the new GoPros are rubbish)
  • + 4
 Those light conditions don't help things out at all using POV cameras
  • + 3
 Imagine dating Rachel without knowing of her sports preferences and one day taking her for a little recreational bike ride... Congratulations to the absolute champion!
  • + 6
 Epic speed...
  • + 1
 That was so fast that some of my screen pixels are still scooting around looking for the finish line Smile
Damn crazy ride...woman or not.
And looking at that podium, my manlitude is all lit up.
Fast, furious & purtyful gals indeed
  • + 3
 such a gnarly course, she definitely brought the ruckus
  • + 3
 1:14 I was like...wtf?? was that a tree??
  • + 1
 Lite me on fire and throw me out the window! That was f$&king fast!!! These guys and gals are on such a high level. Incredible!
  • + 3
 PB, I can show you what "This is What Losing Speed Looks Like"
  • + 1
 Epic win yesterday and for staying strong all season Rachel! I'd be watching that as a privateer and just go back to riding single track in my back yard!
  • + 3
 I can't even go that fast on my way to the fridge
  • + 2
 You know it's gnarly when the POV is gnarly.
  • + 3
 1:19 ¬°Guapa!
  • + 1
 I thought POV helmet cams were banned from UCI now? Marcelo had his cam on the bars...
  • + 2
 Guess they make exceptions for World Championships - Hope they will rethink their POV policy for next season to maximize media coverage.
  • + 1
 You can mount them on the peak, I think
  • + 1
 UCI has liability exemption forms regarding onboard cameras. If you sign it then you can use a pov camera during any race.
  • + 1
 That can't be a Gopro. Sounds too good. Wheres the trademark Clackity Clack sound that go pro is famous for ? lol.
  • + 1
 is the full race for mens and womens not on red bull tv anymore? cannot find it on their site or red bull on apple tv? Frown
  • + 2
 It's all just a blur at that speed
  • + 1
 To me there is only one way to describe how fast, strong, skillfull, etc etc she is......."WORLD CHAMPION"

Cheers
  • + 3
 Amazing run.
  • + 3
 wow
  • + 1
 Well Done Rachel, you are a inspiration to many girls and women !!!!!! Awesome run
  • + 2
 Holy shitballs.. That was fast!
  • + 1
 dirtdoctor id have my ear buds at 11
  • + 1
 Mounting a camera on a camera...
#justgoprothings
  • + 1
 That was gee, he bleached his hair and pretended to be Rachel.
  • + 1
 So hard to believe that the men are even faster! :O
  • + 1
 Im a little confused. Is this race apart of the World Cup series?
  • + 1
 yes it is. Word Champs is one race only
  • + 2
 Well done Rachel!
  • + 1
 I was all tense watching that. To have half the skill of that woman...
  • + 1
 10x fast forward ! Smile ) Nice one Rach!
  • + 1
 That video made my balls sweat
  • + 1
 well, the TEAMS better give a level of support to match ...
  • + 1
 Man they cut out that entire first part in the redbull stream lol
  • + 2
 Damn
  • + 1
 Such a gnarly course
  • + 1
 Nice run
  • - 1
 rach should step up to elite men next year & give the boys a run for thier money
  • + 9
 She would have placed 73rd with that time
  • + 1
 What a machine
  • + 0
 JESUS!!!!
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