7mesh Ambassador

Rachael-Walker

Intro: Having competed in top-level enduro events since their origination back in 2012, Rachael Walker has been in the game since the beginning of the discipline. Now pursuing adventure on anything two wheels, Rachael's decades of experience as a pro-rider, bikepacker, community organizer, and more led her to being named 2019 BikeBiz Woman of The Year, amongst countless achievements she's had.

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About

Age: Forever 21

Location: Surrey Hills, UK

Bike/favourite ride: Juliana Roubion - I’ve ridden a variation of this bike for nearly 9 years now. Love it.

Preferred Riding Disciplines: Mountain bike, in every form, along with gravel, along with road.

Additional Sponsors: SRAM, Rockshox, Juliana, Komoot, Smith, CrankBrothers

Notable Achievements: 

3rd place EWS Round 1 2022

21st overall in first EWS season (2022) 

2nd place junior at Hafjell DH world cup and Junior national downhill champion.

Why 7mesh? 

I found 7mesh a few years ago after a good friend recommended the bib shorts. I have a few horror stories about saddlesores, including a little self surgery when up in the Artic and no doctors were in sight! I just couldn’t seem to find shorts which wouldn’t make my lady parts angry until I tried the 7mesh ones. The shape and quality of the pad was instantly noticeable and the seamless design was a winner for me. I’m super fortunate and grateful to be going into my third year with the 7mesh crew now, but I found the brand before being supported as a result of its superior quality.

Bucket list plans or goals for the future?

More multi-day big mountain epics. Hut to hut trips are my favourite and I have quite a few more I want to tick off…

Favourite country to ride in, route, or favourite race?

USA!! I’ve been fortunate to travel to the States for riding a few times. I’m always blown away by the sheer positivity of the other riders and the passion they have for the trails. I’ve taken a few mountain biking trips to the Arizona/Nevada region in the midst of the UK winter (so maybe I see things with rose tinted glasses), but the Sedona red dirt….nothing beats it!

One thing you always carry with you on every trip?

Northwoods windshield jacket - it weighs nothing and I am 100% in the camp of hot one minute and cold the next, jacket on, jacket off on repeat. You never regret taking a windproof jacket with you.

Favourite ride snack?

Ride snack…. Hmmm if in the Surrey Hills, it’s gotta be a Peaslake Village Store Cheesestraw, they’re infamous. Elsewhere, I’m a big fan of an emergency snickers. When hunger panic sets in, a snickers always hits the spot.

Best weather to ride in?

I love a good type 2 kinda ride, a bit of grim weather and challenging conditions. You never forget those rides and there’s always an added sense of achievement at the end!