Video: Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter head-to-head GoPro footage from Austrian World Cup

Epic battle made more amazing with side-by-side comparison footage


The two fastest downhill women on earth duke it out at the Leogang, Austria World Cup Sunday in an epic back-and-forth battle that’s worth watching several times.

Great Britain has two of the world’s fastest women downhillers these days—GT’s Rachel Atherton, and Madison-Saracen’s Manon Carpenter. Red Bull released a side-by-side video of these two fearless shredders vying for the win in a thrilling back-and-forth battle. The clip highlights the resurgence of World Cup downhill in recent years generally speaking, and the Leogang course in particular which this year has produced some amazing moments.

First there was Claudio Caluori’s hysterical singing course preview, then there was the boss-like performance of American Aaron Gwinn who rode 98-percent of the course with his rear tire off the rim. And now this. All we can say is give us more!

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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