Rachel Atherton takes on role at British Cycling

Four-time downhill mounting bike world champion Rachel Atherton has joined British Cycling’s MTB Gravity Commission.

The Gravity Commission working group acts as acts as a sounding board for British cycling’s policies on mountain biking.

Meeting up four times a year, the commission provides expert help, support and advice to the organisation’s board and senior management team. It is one of ten such boards constructed by British Cycling that cover all disciplines of the sport as well as commissaries, referees, technical and sport ethics commissions.

Commenting on her appointment, Rachel Atherton said: “I love my sport and I want to ensure that it is protected and nurtured so that the discipline can continue to flourish. It’s really important to make sure that the commission has a mix of people working in the sport and I will be putting forward lots of ideas. I’m really passionate about getting new people, especially more women, into the sport so this will also be a focus for me.” 

Commission chair Alasdair MacLennan added: “We’re thrilled to have Rachel joining the commission. Not only is she a fantastic role model for the sport, she is also personally very motivated by making the sport as accessible and appealing as possible. I am looking forward to hearing her thoughts about the future of the discipline.”

For more information visit the British Cycling website. www.britishcycling.org.uk/getinvolved

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