Great Britain2014 rank:
10 years eliteCurrent Team:
GT Factory Racing
The 2013 World Champ came into 2014 looking to maintain her position and dominance on the circuit, but would end up facing several challenges over the course of the year. After starting the season sick in Pietermaritzburg, winning in Cairns, and then getting sick again, Rachel’s health took a serious blow right when it was rather inconvenient. Struggling mid-season to shake the lingering after effects of a run-down immune system, she didn’t get back to her full form until round 7 in Meribel, where she finished out the series with a win. It was the rainbow stripes that she was looking to hold onto though, but come race day, she would be just off the pace required to claim the top step. With 2014 now in the rearview mirror, and a solid off season of training under her belt, Rachel is focused coming into this year stronger, healthier and hungrier than ever. PB: 1: Where and how have you been spending your off-season?
PB: 2. What was the highlight of your 2014 season and why was it so significant to you?
| Resting up, training, resting some more, training... I've ridden a lot near my new home in Dyfi which is AWESOME. Coach Alan Milway ran some kind of crazy boot camp in California. We've been testing with Fox in Malaga and then a month in New Zealand riding the tracks around Queenstown. I raced Crankworx DH at Rotorua and won so it's feeling like the off-season was well-spent. - Rachel|PB: 3. Was there a moment or period you considered to be your season ‘low’ and for what reason?
|Winning at Cairns with Gee was awesome, it's always amazing to share a victory with one or both of the brothers, but Cairns was extra special because it was so damned hard! I felt really drained after getting ill at Pietermaritzburg, and there was so much mud. Meribel was amazing after a really hard season to finally feel my strength coming back. - Rachel|PB: 4. Are there changes you are looking to make to your approach mentally or physically for 2015?
| Being so ILL! It was ridiculous how long it took to feel strong again, trying to train and ride when you are so debilitated is no fun at all. - Rachel|PB: 5. How have you split your time between ‘on’ and ‘off’ the big bike training?
| Always. As a team we are very rigorous about analyzing the season past to see how we can improve. I've found that a more holistic approach is good for me so while the boys are sweating in the gym I might do some yoga while I'm watching the sunset. - Rachel|PB: 6. When inspiration has run low lately, to whom or what have you turned to kick your motivation levels up a gear?
| Well actually we've had loads of time together riding as a team this winter which has been awesome. There's nothing like having Taylor Vernon on my back wheel to make me up my game. - Rachel|PB: 7. What bit of kit are you looking forward to using most at the races?
| We've travelled a lot this winter and the new environments, new types of tracks (and of course the sun!) are big kicks of fun and excitement, but it also makes coming home and riding the local trails with my friends here and Angus dog especially sweet. - Rachel|PB: 8. Which rider do you see as the biggest threat to the 2015 title?
| My GT Fury with its special teal-coloured paint-job just for me - it's beautiful. - Rachel|PB: 9. Which race or single moment of the coming season are you most excited for?
| Gee Atherton! Once the bruising goes down from Queenstown he's gonna be unstoppable. - Rachel|PB:10. Complete the sentence: ‘I won’t be racing a single World Cup without....'
| It's too hard to chose one! Fort William is always epic because of the crowd, and I'm so happy that Val di Sol is back as it's one of my favourite tracks ever with such good memories for me. And Worlds in Andorra of course... - Rachel|
|My team! They really are the best. If anything is possible it's because of those guys. - Rachel|