Rachel Atherton and Danny Hart win mountain bike world titles

Rachel Atherton
Rachel Atherton has now won world titles in 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2016

Rachel Atherton claimed a fourth UCI Mountain Bike World Championships downhill title with fellow Briton Danny Hart winning the men's crown.

The victory in Val di Sole, Italy, completed a perfect season for Atherton, 28, who had already won all seven 2016 World Cup events.

"Racing is just mad, there is nothing else like it. I wish everyone could experience it," Atherton said.

She was three seconds quicker than French runner-up Myriam Nicole.

Atherton recorded a time of four minutes 20.187 seconds to retain her title.

She has now won four World Championships titles and five World Cup crowns.

Hart, 24, - on the back of three successive UCI Mountain Bike World Cup victories - took his second world title after success in 2011 with a run of three minutes 32.484 seconds.

Elliot Heap was Britain's best finisher in the junior men's event in sixth, with 17-year-old Aston Tutt eighth in the junior women's event.

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