Too Intense For Me: Helmet-Cam Footage From A World Championship Downhill Bike Run

September 21, 2018

This is the footage from downhill cyclist Rachel Atherton's helmet-cam as she absolutely tears down a course in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to win her 5th Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Championship title. I don't know how people can even react that fast. There's no question if that had been me I would have missed the second turn and ended up in the woods wrapped around a tree. And despite what those Ents would have you believe, they're actually terrible lovers. Plus I think ol' Treebeard still gave me something even though I took precautions. "You made a condom out of poison ivy." They looked like maple leaves!

Keep going for the video, it's intense. Also probably not for anyone who gets motion sickness easily.

Thanks to Devon, who agrees sometimes you just have to cut the brakes and fly.

  • The_Wretched

    It must be easier to do than it looks. The safety wrap on the trees wouldn't save you from squat.


    I make motorcycle noises with my mouth when I DON'T ride my bike!

  • Malik Wilson

    I make motorcycle noises with my mouth when I DON'T ride my bike!

  • steve holt

    so wait, is it a motorcycle or a bike? cuz at times you can hear what definitely sounds like a motorcycle roar

  • Bling Nye

    You don't make motorcycle noises with your mouth when you ride your bike??

  • Eric Ord

    I make motorcycle noises with my mouth when I DON'T ride my bike!

  • Wooder

    OK so I got a sore ass, nose bleed and the runs just from watching...BUT I'd do it!

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    pfft... amateur. i ALREADY had those.

  • sAFETY

    ....and that's not even considered a technically difficult track by world cup standards!

  • Jenness

    Which is nuts, all those trees and rocks and just dirt piles for no good reason right in the way. it's amazing she didn't fly past bodies still stuck to those trees. Crazy.

  • Bling Nye

    That looks fun as hell. Now all I need is about $3k $8.5k for the bike...

  • Mark

    And one of those sumo suits. :-)

  • Sandy Dmyterko

    You forgot the $500,000 you would need for medical expenses when you wipe out.

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