Mountain bike champion Rachel Atherton wins BBC award

Racer says downhilling should be included in Olympics

2008 women’s downhill mountain bike world champion Rachel Atherton was last night named BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year.


Rachel was also nominated for ‘personality of the year’ alongside her brother, and fellow world champion, Gee.

Rachel said: “I was really surprised at winning as it was such tough competition, but delighted and honoured!”


On being asked whether downhill should become an Olympic discipline, Gee said: “I’d love to see it in the Olympics, and it’s quite a goal of my sister and me to get our sport more in the public eye.”