Manon Carpenter took the win at round five of the British Cycling National Downhill MTB Series on Sunday.
The win came after some tough races for Carpenter, who was DQ-ed after a mistake at Round Three of the World Cup and crashed in Round Two.
Overnight rain over the course in Moelfre, Wales, was welcomed, damping the track down and making for a tackier surface that dried out to leave perfect conditions after practices in the morning.
In the senior women’s race, Carpenter crossed the line in 2 minutes 49, ahead of four cross world champion Katy Curd, who took second with 2 minutes 57. In third was Jessica Greaves, coming in at 3 minutes 24.
Atherton, who won the fourth race of the series, chose not to race, saving her energy for upcoming events. The next World Cup race, where she currently holds the lead, takes place in Canada on August 1st.
Nine young female riders made up the junior race, which went to Elena Melton, in a time of 3 minutes 16 – two and a half seconds ahead of Aston Tutt.