She’s one of the most talented downhill mountain bikers in Europe, and a mighty force on the World Cup circuit, and, get this, she’s only 20.

Photos by: John Gibson

Places to ride:

North Wales (close to my house)

Morzine, France

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Maribor, Slovenia

Brazil (tracks that finish near the beach are always good!)

Heroes:

Gee Atherton (my brother)

Dan Atherton (another brother)

Ricky Carmichael (motocross legend)

Brian Foster (BMX legend)

Shaun Butler (BMX legend)

Biggest slams:

Breaking my collar bone

Having operations on both shoulders to fix dislocations

Breaking my arm and needing plates in it

Needing cortisone injections in my shoulders

Compressing my femurs

Bands:

AC/DC

Rancid

Pendulum

Zutons

Fleetwood Mac

Advice for aspiring mountain bikers:

Ride as much as you can

Ride as many different bikes as possible

Ride with boys or people who are better than you

Ride Moto for strength

Ride BMX for precision and skill

For more info on Rachel visit athertonracing.co.uk, or check her out in action in one of our favourite videos ever!