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.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

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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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