Having suffered a dislocated shoulder during her race run at Round 3 of the World Cup Series in Leogang, Austria, Rachel Atherton has opted to miss the next two World Cup rounds in favour of strengthening her shoulder ahead for this year's World Championships. Speaking on her personal blog via the Atherton's website Rachel comments on her decision, "Things seem rather clear to me at the moment, I guess that when big things happen, everything drops into a rather more grounded perspective, and so it was with a clear, if somewhat sepia head that I decided it would be in my best interests not to race." Rachel's shoulder has made great progress since her crash in Austria but with the forthcoming World Cups both being held on technical gnarly tracks it was too much of a risk for Rachel with a shoulder that is not 100%. The former World Champion was looking forward to returning to the venue where she claimed the 2008 title in spectacular fashion and, " a track where, in every rut and root, lies a little piece of my heart" Atherton mentions. She will have to wait another year until the World Cup visits Val di Sole again. Rachel will make her return to racing next month at the Crankworx Festival in Whistler, BC, Canada before racing the World Cup Finals and World Championships later that month. Read her full blog entry at http://www.athertonracing.co.uk/
Round 4 of this year’s Enduro World Series went down on the weekend in Val Di Fassa in the Italian Dolomites…Check out all the action
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The first round is done and dusted and what a race. Thank god the weather held off, and gifted us some extremely tight racing on a hell of a track proved to be a stellar way to open the season.
Ric and Chris run us through the six stages that face the riders in Derby, Tasmania for round 2 of this years Enduro World Series
A new look for Team Chain Reaction Cycles as they kick off there EWS campaign here in Rotorua. The season is here
Long, loose and dusty tracks; River swims and cold beers; Quality yarns in the memory of a legend. The 2019 DME was another winner.