Gee Atherton is one of the most progressive and spectacular mountain-bikers of all time. He has been twice World Champion in Downhill mountain-biking and World Cup Series Overall Champion. Gee won his first Downhill World Cup in 2004 aged just nineteen and has won eight more World Cups and over 50 World Cup podiums since. He holds 6 National titles.
The thing that sets Gee apart is the sheer force with which he attacks every run. He specialises in lines that many riders view as technically impossible and his “balls-out” style has led to some spectacular crashes which set the internet alight time and time again. 2013 had fans all over the world on the edge of their seats when Gee led the Series right up to the final round where the legendary and much-missed Steve Smith seized the overall title in the last seconds of a scorching season. And we’ll never forget Gee’s winning run at Cairns 2014 when he went 4 seconds clear of the field in shoes borrowed from a spectator! That season ended on a high with Gee’s second World Championship on an “intense” track at Hafjell, Norway.
But recent years were super-frustrating. Gee’s dedication to training and preparation are legendary so he came into the 2015-17 seasons on absolutely top form but crashes took their toll.
The middle Atherton is a popular ambassador for the sport. His daring and skill earned him two silver medals at Red Bull Rampage and his sense of fun, mixed with aggression in the chase makes the Red Bull Fox Hunt a huge draw – just watch his classic 'overtake' clip on his recent Instagram post!
- Tough morning getting my ass kicked by coach Nick Grantham @coachnickg... feel the burn! instagram.com/p/BuLp4fYAhzU/…
- Wet one testing yesterday, the suspension telemetry was taking the Welsh conditions in its stride tho pic.twitter.com/IJMoTdufJl
- Today was damp as can be, but it made the track even wilder! So much fun smashing runs down the misty wet tracks! a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…