Celebrate Rachel Atherton’s perfect DH season

The impossible was made possible in 2016 with an unbeaten season that will go down in history.
© Bartek Woliński/Red Bull Content Pool
By Rajiv Desai

In 2016, Rachel Atherton achieved the unimaginable with a clean sweep of wins in every World Cup downhill round and took the rainbow jersey at the World Championships. A first-ever perfect season in mountain biking history.

All this was done in her first year with Trek Factory Racing, an exceptional achievement given the variables of racing for a new team and a new bike from scratch.

Hear what the perfect season meant to Rachel in a recap of the 2016 season from Trek Factory Racing DH in the player above.

Rachel Atherton celebrates on the podium after her World Champs win at Val di Sole 2016
Rachel taking the successes of 2016 all in at VDS © Bartek Woliński/Red Bull Content Pool

From the outside looking in, Rachel’s achievement may appear to have been a stroll in the park, however it was anything but.

Everything had to be and go right at every round. Even then, a certain amount of luck has to be on your side with mechanicals and courses waiting to trip you up. Rachel’s fitness, health and form also had to hold up.

Her 2016 was perfect in every way and going into the 2017 World Cup season, Rachel will take confidence in the fact that she has won all of the 14 previous UCI races on a run that stretches back to 2015.

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