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Picture Credit: Tim Foster via Unsplash

Getting behind the wheels of a mountain bike is something that has increased in popularity over the past few years and, that’s likely due to some incredible stars ensuring the spotlight is shone firmly on the sport.

Here, we're taking a look at some of the most talented women who have proven their skill on a mountain bike, to the point where we can safely say they are amongst the best in the world…

Anne-Caroline Chausson

This French professional snatched the gold medal for the women's BMX event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, showing that the 14 European mountain bike championships and five consecutive Mountain Bike World Cup downhill series wins between 1998 to 2002 were no fluke.

Missy Giove

With 14 NORBA downhill titles, 11 world cups and even the 1994 World Championship title, Giove had a career that many people still talk about to this day. Though she got into some trouble outside of the sport, it's her accolades and achievements that we must focus on.

Jill Kintner

From Washington in the United States, Kintner made the switch from BMX to full-time mountain bike racing competition in 2004. She has excelled at some of the highest levels, always putting on a show when she steps up for a showcase. Someone you would never get bored of watching!

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Picture Credit: William Hook via Unsplash

Juli Furtado

Though she started her sports career in skiing, a knee injury meant that Furtado would move into cycling, leading to her winning the US National Road Championship and enjoying success at mountain bike events.

Her career may have been a short one at just six years, but she won five national titles as well as representing her country at the Olympics; something anyone can be proud of.

Rachel Atherton

This British professional has been riding BMS since the age of eight, before moving into mountain biking aged 11. Her ability is so great, that in October 2015, a video of her overtaking 91 competitors during a race in just five minutes went viral.

Atherton has enjoyed victory in 37 rounds of the DH World Cup, as well as being named DH World Champion five times, DH National Champion six times and, DH European Champion once. Her record speaks for itself!

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