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2020 DH News: Rachel Atherton probably won’t race the first World Cup in Lousa

Rachel casts doubts on an early return.

Rachel Atherton fans might not get to see their fave racer at the first World Cup in Lousa it has been revealed.

In a recent interview with Redbull, Rachel Atherton caused some excitement after she revealed that she was aiming to be back on a bike and racing at the first 2020 World Cup in Lousa. Rachel has been recovering in the offseason after rupturing her Achilles and still has some way to go before being back up to race speed.

The interview asked about her plans for racing in 2020, and Rachel answered that she and her team were still aiming for Lousa, however, it doesn’t actually look like this could be the case.

There is no way of really knowing when I could return to racing following this Achilles rupture….

Rachel Atherton

On her Instagram today, Rachel Atherton has spoken out about her comments and how she is currently unsure when she will be back racing. The post obviously shows her desire and drive to be racing in Portugal, but due to the seriousness of her injury, it doesn’t sound too likely.

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There is no way of really knowing when I could return to racing following this Achilles rupture…. . . I recently said in an interview with @redbullbike that we were pushing for the first World Cup in Lousa but that it would be hard to come back for that race – i think the interview caught me off guard a little & I didnt know what to say about it – . . i will always be pushing for the best case scenario but realistically the first World Cup is going to be hard to come back for!! Racing world Cups has been my life for 16 years so far & I alway wants to give it 100% physically and mentally. This injury has been such a bag of shit & I’m a long ways off 100% strength in my calf & until I’m within 90% strength I can’t risk riding full speed – with weak tight muscles the risk is a re rupture on a heavy impact – there’s no way to tell for certain how long it will take to get to 90% so I have no way to tell if I’ll make the first World Cup – it looks unlikely which I’m pretty cut up about 😣! . But – pushing for it will only help the calf & my mind – so that’s all I can do is keep pushing for certain milestones & if i make them great, if i miss it, then I have to suck it up & get next one!! . I’ve been so hugely lucky in my career with many wins but also many injuries – I guess they go hand in hand – All I know is that racing takes MIND BODY & SPIRIT & without 1 you’re screwed 😂 Massive thanks to everyone for your lovely messages over the last 6 months – it means a lot 😘😘😘😘 @pinkbike @vitalmtb @redbullbike 😘😘😘

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I recently said in an interview with @redbullbike that we were pushing for the first World Cup in Lousa but that it would be hard to come back for that race – i think the interview caught me off guard a little & I didnt know what to say about it – .
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i will always be pushing for the best case scenario but realistically the first World Cup is going to be hard to come back for!! Racing world Cups has been my life for 16 years so far & I alway wants to give it 100% physically and mentally.
This injury has been such a bag of shit & I’m a long ways off 100% strength in my calf & until I’m within 90% strength I can’t risk riding full speed – with weak tight muscles the risk is a re rupture on a heavy impact – there’s no way to tell for certain how long it will take to get to 90% so I have no way to tell if I’ll make the first World Cup – it looks unlikely which I’m pretty cut up about 😣!
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But – pushing for it will only help the calf & my mind – so that’s all I can do is keep pushing for certain milestones & if i make them great, if i miss it, then I have to suck it up & get next one!! .
I’ve been so hugely lucky in my career with many wins but also many injuries – I guess they go hand in hand – All I know is that racing takes MIND BODY & SPIRIT & without 1 you’re screwed 😂
Massive thanks to everyone for your lovely messages over the last 6 months – it means a lot 😘😘😘😘 @pinkbike @vitalmtb @redbullbike 😘😘😘

Rachel Atherton

So the training and recovery continues, and while she might be at the race in Lousa don’t expect to see Rachel racing so soon in the seaon.

Heal up soon!

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