Updated: Rachel Atherton Returns to Racing at Fort William

May 20, 2022 at 3:29
by Ed Spratt  

After appearing on the entry list and also making a decision not to race Rachel Atherton could now be getting between the tape for her first World Cup since 2019 after all.

Despite appearing on the entry list for this weekend's World Cup Rachel had previously decided to hold off a return to racing until the next British National DH race. Interestingly it seems after arriving in Fort William with the Atherton team Rachel has now decided she is taking on the challenging Scottish course. We heard rumours this morning that Rachel would be back on the bike and racing on Sunday and although we are yet to have this confirmed we have spotted her on her bike during Friday practice.




Update:

We have now had confirmation that Rachel is back taking practice runs today and is apparently buzzing to be back at World Cups. I wouldn't add her to your Fantasy League teams just yet though as after talking to the Atherton Team we were told that the current plan is just practice runs. There was a small hint that maybe she will try qualifying tomorrow but the current goal is still to have the next British National DH race as her first full race back.





104 Comments

  • 194 3
 Welcome back legend!
  • 17 2
 So good! Really hope she races
  • 102 3
 Might go for an easy race run.
And win by 5 seconds Wink
  • 14 1
 I don't think she knows what "easy" is. Momma boss!
  • 5 1
 I think you're underestimating how much the others have progressed. Remember, multiple were starting to approach her pace in 2019 and they're a lot better now than then. The DH racing field has a way of jumping forward of the most dominant riders.
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes: tf 90 likes for history.

Grls are amazingly fast now.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes: I think we all know realistically it will be a process. She said herself she was out of breath in practice at Ft Bill. But half the fun for us viewers will be watching the comeback process unfold. The level of talent at top of the field now is stratospheric.

And when she is back to full power...
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes: Kinda have to agree. Rachel swings a big ax, but man the field is stacked. Camille, Vali, Myriam, Marine and Tahnee are all on fire.
  • 67 5
 Well Vali you might just get beaten by a mum now?!
  • 9 42
flag Rosstech (May 20, 2022 at 6:13) (Below Threshold)
 No.
  • 13 0
 Maybe in timed training? And let's face it, that's all that really matters.
  • 2 12
flag Rosstech (May 20, 2022 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 No.
  • 37 1
 In response to possible return of Rachel Atherton, Canyon, Specialized, and Santa Cruz all released their special "brown-pants" colorway of their team kits.
  • 16 0
 Except Canyon named theirs Brn Pnts
  • 20 2
 Genuinely one of the most positive PB comment sections I've ever seen, racers want to race, go on Rach!
  • 8 4
 And people are downvoting the positive comments. WTF?
  • 15 1
 The guy in the beany looks like he s just seen a ghost!
  • 13 3
 Be great to see her back but thinking she's going to slip back into a podium position is a bit optimistic. All the ladies have progressed in her absence but I'm sure she'll get back up to speed in time. I doubt she'll be too fussed about the result (outwardly at least!) but I bet she's keen to get back between the tapes and against the clock and see where she's at! Good Luck Rach!
  • 12 1
 Agreed, my guess is that she's looking to ease her way back in. Getting up to speed mentally and physically is a process and throwing caution to the wind isn't the right approach. Rachel is smart and I'll be surprised if she takes part in qualifying.
  • 2 0
 Yea I think expecting should be kept low here. It’s been a long time for her between having a baby and the Achilles injury before that.
  • 3 9
flag jaame (May 20, 2022 at 14:34) (Below Threshold)
 I reckon she’ll do OK. Top 5. The competition isn’t exactly deep in the girls’ category.
  • 14 1
 The FOMO must have hit hard. Great to see Rach back between the tape!!
  • 10 1
 Daddy's going to take care of the Baby, so Mommy can have 4 quiet minutes for herself. Good to see Rachel back on the racetrack
  • 8 1
 There would be nothing quite about a race run from Rachel. That place would explode.
  • 11 4
 You know how when people domesticate a lion and then tell everyone how safe they are now and all the reasons why...till that lioness reverts back to their nature and swallows the upper half of the owners body in one go?
  • 4 0
 What an analogy!
  • 13 3
 GOAT
  • 18 7
 She is great and all but that title belongs to ACC...
  • 4 0
 @slaggvezer: Fair enough.
  • 9 1
 Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?! This is awesome!!
  • 7 1
 It would be cool if she gets a run and awesome if she's on pace by the end of the season.
  • 6 1
 Great news Smile I think a few weeks ago there was a vid she was riding with Nina in Dify and it looked really fast. So hopefully she can get a good result
  • 4 3
 I think she rides a lot,and there are a ton of fast people ridding there. So I bet she would be on top 5 easy,maybe 3 no much trouble. I hope she does well and have a good time this weekend!
  • 6 1
 Saw Rachel on track this morning and in the pits later. She definitely appeared to be buzzing at being back.
  • 3 0
 Glad to hear it. She's best like that.
  • 6 0
 The Queen just got pushed back onto the chessboard.
  • 7 1
 Updating fantasy team!
  • 2 1
 yup, everyone rushes to adjust the fantasy team. I cant afford her though.
  • 5 2
 I have to imagine that its damn near impossible for someone who is this competitive to be around a World Cup and resist the urge to race
  • 4 0
 If rolling down a Scottish hillside puts a smile on the Queen’s face, that’s all that matters.
God bless the Queen !
  • 3 0
 Finally back! She sets the bar for the World Cup women. Can't wait to watch her rip down the Fort! Stoked!!!!
  • 3 0
 Still to expensive for my Team!!!
  • 3 4
 Which seems a bit mean give she's had sooo much time off. I expected here to be a big cheaper
  • 6 0
 The Fantasy budget is too low. We need a cost of living adjustment to 2M.
  • 2 1
 Great to see her back out on the track and great PR for the team and the Atherton brand. Hope she does race just to see how close she is to the race pace these days
  • 4 1
 So exited to watch her racing again.!!!!!!
  • 4 1
 Best news of the day ! We love you Rachel ! Enjoy !
  • 3 1
 Now yes, now no, in the end it will be yes!! he is brave, hopefully everything goes well without any crash.
  • 4 1
 ! What a legend, you’ve got this!!!
  • 5 2
 Excellent - now what about Dan the man? Is he really racing?
  • 5 1
 Return of the Queen
  • 3 0
 Boom...this makes me happy
  • 4 1
 Stoked to see Rachel back in action!!!!
  • 4 1
 I guess I'm getting up a lot earlier than expected on Sunday!
  • 5 2
 Rachel Atherton has entered the chat.
  • 5 3
 With Miriam and Tahnee both out, Rach is gonna be up against all the new young guns. Cant wait to watch!
  • 1 0
 Not racing - yeah right. Athertons don’t play but to win and she’s so dominant she’s probably still competitive for the podium
  • 1 0
 This is great. I'm hopeful she can place high but surely that's a tall task for her first race back. That said if anyone can...
  • 2 0
 I know who I got on my fantasy team!!
  • 3 1
 Now I'm even more excited!
  • 5 2
 AWESOME NEWS!
  • 9 7
 Rachel is the Mom I'd Like in my Fantasy team for sure!
  • 7 5
 RMILFT?
  • 3 1
 That fire has been re-lit!! Welcome back champ!
  • 4 1
 legend
  • 4 6
 Head times for victory and Rachel are a long way off, it's a lot of difference right now, this is reality, but a round of applause for her. She looks for motivation and to know where she stands relative to the competition. Greetings.
  • 3 1
 What a brilliant day this is!!!!!
  • 3 1
 the queen is back !! hail rachel
  • 3 1
 buzzing to see Rachel back after injury and having a baby!
  • 3 1
 Miss seeing her race. Hope she returns soon
  • 3 1
 Legend. Be great to see Rach back!
  • 3 1
 I once tried to chase her down ALine, I almost died
  • 3 0
 Hell yes
  • 1 0
 Aren't there rules about needing points from other races to take part? But she might be exempt?
  • 2 0
 Good on her. Just hope the glue keeps the bike held together.
  • 3 1
 Go Rach!
  • 4 3
 Sick we need her to wreck everyone else again lol
  • 3 2
 Just beat them all Rach , would be funny!
  • 4 2
 Get it
  • 2 0
 Sick - great to see!
  • 2 0
 YES!!!!
  • 6 6
 ok, now the women's competition will be boring!
  • 7 1
 What
  • 3 3
 So exciting!
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