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Episode from the podcastBeyond the Ordinary

MTB’s future star Vali Höll receives a surprise call from her hero Rachel Atherton

Released Wednesday, 9th June 2021
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Without a World Cup race under her belt, Austrian 19-year old Valentina "Vali" Höll is already being tipped to dominate downhill mountain biking. She comes from a family steeped in the sports’ history and grew up idolising Rachel Atherton – so we thought why not see what the young rider can learn from her hero?

The two of them joined a call ahead of Vali’s home race at Leogang as the pair discussed their determination to win and why preparing to be lonely is vital to achieve success; why you need to avoid blinking as long as possible as you come out the gates; and after a year of racing with no crowds how to deal with the noise and enthusiasm of the fans and their famous cowbells.

Make sure you watch the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup all season on Red Bull TV, starting this weekend in Austria, and see how Vali gets on in her debut elite season.