Redbull MTB race commentator Claudio Caluori has issued an open apology to racer Rachel Atherton following his comments during her World Cup winning run at Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada.
The Trek Factory racer claimed her 12th consecutive World Cup win, which earned her the overall title; despite there being one race left on the UCI MTB calendar.
Atherton finished an impressive 11 seconds in front of runner-up Tracey Hannah. Fellow Brit Tahnee Seagrave took third.
However during the race, co-commentator Rob Warner asked Caluori to give his opinion on what makes Atherton so good. He responded with: “Well, we always say she rides with her brother (Gee – who is a five time World Cup winner), so that certainly helps.”
Atherton reacted to the comments on her Instagram page.
“Sorry boys – that’s just how badass us girls can be,” she posted along with an image of her top speed.
“On a more serious note (directed towards Caluori), when Rob (Warner) asks ‘why is Rach so fast?’, instead of saying ‘because she rides with her brother’, why not say the truth? Because I work DAMN hard!”
“I train hard with my coach, my mechanics and I work on my bike set-up and suspension like there’s no tomorrow.
“I focus on every aspect of racing, I analyse and doubt myself. My experience with injuries has taught me my limits and my abilities.
“I live for racing and it makes my heart beat.”
Full post below:
73.6 KM/h 😄😄😄😄 THAT is what I’m talking about!! Beating most of the guys thru the speed trap was pretty unreal & made for some interesting talk at last nights party!! Sorry boys – that’s just how badass us girls can be 😂😂😂 on a more serious note @claudiocaluori @robwarner970 how about when rob asks “why is Rach so fast” instead of always just saying “cos she rides with her brother” why not say the truth?? Because I work DAMN hard!! I train damn hard with my coach , my mechanics and I work on my bike setup and suspension like there’s no tomorrow, I focus on every aspect of racing, I analyse & doubt myself, my experience with injuries has taught me my limits & my abilities, I live for racing, it makes my heart beat!! YES I do ride with my brothers a lot, but I also ride ALOT on my own , and it kind of takes the piss when all you say is “because she rides with her brother” I am, along with all the other women, athletes in our own right, bike riders because WE have the SKILLS, not because we blindly follow the boys with our eyes closed. So Sort it out please boys!!! Otherwise it’s good commentary & a great show @redbulltv 😘😝😜
Calouri later posted his apology towards Atherton on his Facebook page.
“I am sorry if I have hurt your feelings with my comment about the influence of your brothers on your astonishing performance,” he wrote.
“You are a great role model for women in sports and elsewhere. I totally support your efforts for equal rights for women.
“Maybe I was a bit careless but I still believe that family and older siblings – be it men or women – can have a positive influence on a person’s development.
“But as you are now even faster than them (Atherton’s brothers), this explanation has proven out-of-date anyway!”
The full post below:
The World Cup circuit rolls into Vallnord, Andorra, on the 3rd of September, for what will be the final race of the season.