This weekend Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont head out to the IXS Dirtmasters Festival in Germany where they will race the German DH Cup.
The team will be missing Taylor who is at home in South Wales in the midst of his GCSEs and Rachel who’s chosen to sit this one out to concentrate on her rehab following the chest injury she sustained at Sea Otter.
Riders: Gee Atherton, Marc Beaumont
Mechanics: Pete Michaliszyn, Mark Maurissen, Andy Lund?
Team: Dan Brown
The team will be riding the GT prototype bikes which have served them well in the opening rounds of the BDS Series this season, continuing to offer feedback and data to the research and development team at GT.
The team will be riding the German DH Cup on Monday, but as with Sea Otter the race is just part of the Festival Experience – they’ll have chance to catch up with Sponsors and to enjoy the atmosphere of Europe’s largest gravity festival – over 50,000 fans are expected.
The weather should be fairly mild (about 12C) with light winds but there’s heavy rain forecast for the Monday increasing in intensity as the day goes on.
Neither Gee or Marc has raced here before but they have both ridden the trails for fun – Marc went for some downtime between races in 2007 with his team and Gee rode there in 2008 with Dan and Rach.
The season is going well so far for the DH team with all riders on podium at both rounds of BDS.
Gee said this will be “ This will be the second festival event we’ve ridden this year, Sea Otter was fun and we’re expecting to have a good time in Winterberg too – we always do have a great time whenever we race in Germany – the fans are wild, but the World Cup starts in just three weekends time so this will be an important race.”
Marc agreed – I’m looking forward to some downtime at that great jump park that they have there, and seeing the German fans who are just so passionate about the sport – It’s always a real treat when you get to hang out with these guys.”