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Watch how Rachel Atherton won her fifth UCI MTB World Championship title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
There is perhaps no better place for MTB racing than the Swiss Alps. Lenzerheide hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour for the third time, with both DH and XCO races contested in the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
The steep, short and intense track at the 2018 UCI DH world Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, packed everything a Worlds track needs into three minutes, with plenty of roots, rocks and turns. A perfect day in the mountains greeted the fans who’d turned out in their droves to watch the races for the coveted world champion’s rainbow jersey and place in mountain bike history. Going into the top five riders, Myriam Nicole was set to strengthen the French presence on the podium. On the comeback from a back injury sustained at the World Cup round in Val di Sole, Italy, Nicole knew what it would take to win on this track, having won there in 2017.
Next up was British hopeful Tahnée Seagrave. Coming off the back of a World Cup season littered with wins, she had all the motivation to aim for victory. An aggressive start saw her up on the timing splits, but riding noticeably more carefully towards the end of the course, she was back on Nicole’s times at Split 4. However, in a final bid for glory she managed to claw back that time and went into the lead just 0.69 seconds.
Extending her blistering pace all the way to the finish, Atherton crossed the line nearly 10 seconds ahead of her competition to claim her fifth World Championships Gold medal and firmly cement her name in the history books.