Interview: Taking On Tahnee – Maya Atkinson Moves Up To Elite

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Maya Atkinson has twice won the Junior British Downhill Championships and has competed in the EWS and World Cup races. This coming year she will be moving up to the elite category, competing for a new team and hoping to hold her own against what is a pretty formidable British Women’s elite DH scene. She’s just released this video talking about her riding and her motivation, so we took the chance to catch up with her and see what makes her tick.

Who are you riding for this year, and what bike(s) will you be on?

I’m riding for Team Leslie Bike Shop/Bikes Boutique. They gave me a Demo 8 and I love it. It’s so quiet and smooth. It’s also nice to be back on a Specialized, because my first-time mountain biking in the Alps, I was on a Specialized Pitch Comp!

Maya’s new team – Image from @lbsdownhill

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Thanks to Maya for chatting to us, and all the best for her first Elite season.

If you’re interested in more Downhill coverage, check out our #MakingUpTheNumbers reports.

Comments (2)

    Nice video to go with a great interview. Another Brit to cheer on. What I really liked was Maya’s Mum entering these races. How cool is that?

    Thank you. My mum races when it’s our local races, it’s pretty cool to race with her. Not many mums can do this with their daughter.

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