Not only that, she went on to win the World Championship as well.
This utter domination secures Atherton racing legend status.
She may only be 28 years old – which seems a bit on the young side to be called a legend – but that is what she most definitely is.
Not only did she win each of the 7 rounds in 2016 but this last victory in Vallnord is her 13th consecutive World Cup win!
And not only that, she has now won the World Cup overall title five times.
Atherton had already technically already won the 2016 season before Vallnord took place but the pressure was still most definitely on to become the first Downhill racer to do the Perfect Season.
Atherton finished the 2016 season with 1700 points. In 2nd place was fellow Brit Manon Carpenter with 1140 points.
In other not quite so astounding news, Danny Hart won the men’s race at Vallnord but Aaron Gwin still comfortably took the overall series title.
Anyway, this year is about Rachel Atherton. Respect is due.