The MTB season has started, and Lourdes was action-filled, not just because of the amazing racing (and it WAS amazing), but also because of the truly epic weather, as they arrived in snow that cleared up over the first few days, and then the elite men were hit with an incredible storm to ride though during the finals, that left a surprise winner.
On the women’s side, despite the fact that the UCI have reduced the number of women eligible to race, the skill levels just keep going up and up and up, and it was a dramatic race – could Rachel Atherton keep up her unbeaten run of wins, or would this be the time a rival knocks her off her throne?
You can watch the full race replay on Red Bull TV, but that’s just the tip of the media iceberg. Scroll down for tons more videos, amazing photo galleries, interviews and more.
Highlights from the UCI, Red Bull Bike, Shimano and Vital MTB
Full results (if you don’t want to know them, don’t scroll down any further!)
1. Rachel Atherton (GBr) Trek Factory Racing, 0:03:21.430
2. Tracey Hannah (Aus) Polygon UR, + 00:02.579
3. Tahnée Seagrave (GBr) Transition Bikes/FMD, + 00:02.735
4. Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commençal/Vallnord, + 00:06.356
5. Manon Carpenter (GBr) Radon Factory Downhill, +00:08.591
6. Miranda Miller (Can) Specialized Gravity, + 00:10.764
7. Marine Cabirou (Fra) VV Racing, + 00:12.894
8. Morgane Charre (Fra) Bergamot, + 00:18.056
9. Mariana Salazar (ESA) Dorval AM Nicolai, + 00:19.966
10. Emilie Siegenthaler (Sui) Pivot Factory Racing, + 00:22.658
So the answer to “Can anyone beat Rachel Atherton?” is still no! Watch her winning race run, from the livestream, and from her GoPro:
And of course there’s more media! Here’s what we saw pre-race:
- Claudio Calouri’s GoPro track preview on Red Bull Bike
- Track Walk: Vital MTB’s slideshow of photos and audio interviews, Pinkbike’s photo epic, Dirt MTB’s practice video and photo gallery
- Practice Day: Vital MTB’s slideshow, Pinkbike’s photo epic, Dirt MTB’s video and photos, RedBull Bike video
- Qualifications: Vital MTB’s slideshow, Pinkbike’s photo epic, Dirt MTB’s photos