Cyclists Rachel Atherton and Jordan Williams shine in the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup
British cyclists Rachel Atherton and Jordan Williams achieved a stunning victory at the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. The competition was held after a long hiatus, with many athletes struggling to regain their footing due to pandemic-related restrictions.
Atherton, who had been out of action since 2019 due to a torn Achilles tendon and childbirth, won the women’s elite title by clocking an impressive time of three minutes 7.514 seconds. Her performance earned her fifth world championship win in this category. Camille Balanche from Switzerland came second in her home country.
Williams made his debut in the men’s elite competition with great success as he completed his race in just two minutes 39.222 seconds – securing yet another victory for Britain on this glorious day of cycling events!
Atherton draws inspiration from daughter Arna during her triumphant comeback
Atherton attributed some of her exceptional performance to having her two-year-old daughter Arna present at the event – despite initial advice against it: “People said, ‘leave her at home and come out and focus on yourself’ but having her here helps me relax,” she told Eurosport.
The veteran cyclist went on to describe how playing with Arna before the event helped take away any nervousness or pressure associated with competing: “This morning I woke up at 5am and was like, ‘oh my god, I’m so nervous’. So I went into her room and I was like, ‘yo, do you want to play?'” she revealed.
It’s not all plain sailing for top athletes trying to get back into form post-lockdowns
The pandemic has thrown the sporting world into disarray, with athletes having to cope with restrictions on travel and training. As a result, many have struggled to regain their top form.
For Atherton, it was a long road back to her winning ways after suffering an injury that kept her off the bike for two years: “It’s been a tough journey… I’ve had surgery twice in lockdown,” she admitted.
Williams also acknowledged the challenges he faced as a young athlete trying to make his mark at such a high level of competition: “I’m just stoked to be here and racing against these guys,” he said.
The future looks bright for British cycling
With today’s wins by Atherton and Williams, British cycling is once again proving itself as one of the strongest competitors on the international stage. The country boasts some of the most talented riders in various disciplines – from mountain biking to track racing – who are sure to continue making waves in upcoming events!