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Rachel Atherton’s UCI DH 2013 Season Review | Red Bull Bike

I always love watching Rach talk about her riding… and watch her racing of course, just WOW!

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2014 UCI MTB World Cup - Season recap 13 XCO Women (by ucichannel)

Can’t wait for the 2014 season!

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A survey conducted by BT Sport has delivered stark confirmation that body image issues are a worrying problem within women’s sport.

Of the athletes that responded, 80% stated that they felt pressure to conform to a certain look and body type.

Further to that, 89% said that they empathised with the feelings of insecurity expressed by the former swimmer and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington in her emotional outburst on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’ late last year.

An overwhelming number felt these issues were not just confined to sport, with 97% saying the problem stretched to women in wider society.

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BT Sport survey: Body image insecurities rife in women’s sport - BT

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Ilovegirlriders: 2013 women’s cycling memories (by ilovegirlriders)

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Shimano - 2013 Season Highlights (by SHIMANORaceTV)

Featuring Marianne Vos winning CX and Road Worlds, Eva Lechner and Katerina Nash in the XCo MTB and Rachel Atherton in the downhill, (weird no highlights from the female Argos-Shimano riders)

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A Racer’s Dream // The full length movie (by Hutchinson UR Team)

This is a movie that shows downhill mountain biking from a different point of view.

Hutchinson UR team is used to making web videos that show a lot of the fun and the bright side of mountain bike racing, with the traveling, the riding, the fun, the podiums etc…

A Racer’s Dream gives you an insight on all of the above but also shows the other side of the sport with the injuries, the doubts, the research and development, the hard training, the preparation and at the end, the ruthless judgement of the clock.

Follow closely Mick and Tracey Hannah, Fabien Cousinié and Guillaume Cauvin through 14 months of preparation towards their biggest goal of the year : The Downhill World Championships in South Africa. Becoming World Champion is still a racer’s dream for them.

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Life on Wheels - Full Film (by Creative Concept)

Film following the Lapierre Gravity Republic DH MTB team, through the 2013 Downhill World Cup and MTB World Championships - with superstar Emmeline Ragot representing the very best of French women’s downhill (and you better believe there’s a LOT of French talent out there!) alongside Loic Bruni, Sam Blenkinsop and Loris Vergier doing it for the boys

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A Racer’s Dream by Hutchinson UR – Extract 1: Injuries | Dirt

Extract from Downhill MTB team Hutchinson United Ride’s upcoming film - with Tracey Hannah talking injuries - 3 operations, 1 broken femur, 3 broken collarbones, bruised ribs and a broken toe in 14 months! - and coming back from them to win bronze at the 2013 DH Worlds.

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Life on Wheels - Chap. 3 | Team Lapierre International

Lapierre Gravity Republic at the 2013 Mont-Sainte-Anne and Hafjell Downhill World Cups and the MTB World Champs in Pietermaritzberg - with superstar Emmeline Ragot.

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Its not that often that DH Mountain biking gets attention from the mainstream media… you know… let alone on prime time BBC radio… you know. But it happened just yesterday.

World Champion Rachel Atherton has ‘the most world cup wins of any mountain biker in the UK‘ and was featured on BBC 2s drive time show yesterday afternoon (from 1:44:44). She talks about her successes, the Olympics and not knowing how many world cups she’s actually won.

Well done Rach!

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Rachel Atherton on BBC Radio 2 | Dirt

Click through here to listen and if you’re not in the UK and it’s geo-restricted, try something like Hola or Tunnelbear to help you

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WORLD CHAMPION RACHEL ATHERTON INTERVIEW 2013 UCI (by Racingsilverline)

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Rachel Atherton’s Assault on 2013 - Photo | Red Bull Bike

Interview with the Atherton’s coach, Alan Milway

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Specialized Racing - 4X World Championships 2013 (by Lars Veenstra)

Remember Anneke Beerten’s monster crash at the Four Cross Worlds?  And how after it she got up and ran her bike across the line?  Here’s a little Specialized video following her through the 4X World Champs at Leogang - before the race, in practice, and talking after that crash


(To re-live that race, watch the highlights on Red Bull tv and Dirt Magazine’s video from the race -  and Red Bull has archived the full coverage, with the finals starting at 1:03:00.  I’m still in awe she stood up!  All of those have more interviews with her, once she had got her breath back)

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