Great Britain has a great tradition of going downhill fast and this season has seen even more success as a new generation begins to emerge.
Gee Atherton, Rachel Atherton, Steve Peat, Danny Hart and Tracey Moseley have all won the downhill mountain bike world title in the past and, just like in 2008 when Gee and Rachel won the men’s and women’s events, British riders hold both rainbow jerseys.
The mountain bike World Championships were held in Hafjell in Norway and the Brits dominated the downhill. Manon Carpenter, the 21-year-old from Wales, was fastest, topping an all-British podium ahead of defending champion Rachel Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave.
Carpenter’s season was near-perfect because she won the World Cup title too, taking three individual rounds – at Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, Leogang, Austria, and Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada – along the way.
Meanwhile, Gee Atherton won the world title for the second time, setting the fastest time with four riders still to go and reclaiming the rainbow bands he last held in 2008.
An honourable mention too, to Josh Bryceland, who won the men’s downhill World Cup title.
We will be counting down the 20 best British riders of 2014 throughout December, with the top 10 published in the December 18 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine