Gee Atherton

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Nationality: British
Birth Date: 26 February 1985
Birth Place: Wells, UK
Resides: Llanrhaeadr, Wales
Height: 1m 88
Weight: 85kg
Nick Name: Gee (his real name's George)
Discipline: Downhill
 

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 (most recently in 2014) 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 since. Over 50 World Cup podiums over the last 10/11 years prove him one of the most consistent riders on the circuit. He also holds 6 National titles.

But those kind of statistics belie the sheer excitement generated by Gee’s every race. The sheer force with which Gee attacks every run sets him apart, 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.  The 2013 series had fans all over the world on the edge of their seats; Gee took two double World Cup wins with sister Rachel lead led the Series right up to the final round in Leogang where Canadian Steve Smith seized the overall title in the dying seconds of a scorching season. 2014 saw another spectacular Atherton double at Cairns. Few fans will forget Gee’s winning run when he put 4 seconds into the entire field on a highly technical track under the worst possible conditions; especially as he was riding in shoes borrowed trackside from a fan!The season ended on a high with Gee’s second World Championship  on an “intense” track at Hafjell, Norway.

But 2015 was super-frustrating for Gee who came into the season on absolutely top form. At World Cup Round 1 in Lourdes he posted the fastest run in timed practise but took a heavy tumble in qualifying. The crash left him with a suspected fracture to his hand but in order to protect his Elite practise session at Round 2 the team agreed that he could roll down the hill with his hand velcro’ed to the bars of his bike, the aim being to complete the run in just under 6 minutes (or within 100% of the fastest time)

In an absolutely classic demonstration of his physical and mental strength (not to mention a touch of madness) Gee took on the race to finish 48th. It wasn’t enough.  Over the last ten years Gee had never been outside the top 5 overall but this disappointing start left him chasing points all season; it is to his immense credit that he got it back together to podium at Round 2 Fort William and continued to ride strongly throughout, finishing 6th overall.

Anybody who knows Gee or has watched him race will have no doubt of theoutstanding dedication and perseverance that he puts in to his training and preparation. Talking of Gee, Pinkbike said “There’s Pro, then there’s Atherton Pro”. Gee has often spoken of the benefits of riding and training with big brother Dan Atherton, an exemplary bike handler and a fitness force to be reckoned with. This off-season’s miles on the road bike, and pumping iron in the gym, were matched by hours spent with Trek’s designers and Gee’s long-standing mechanic Pete Michaliszyn to get his bike set-up absolutely perfect.

The middle Atherton is a popular ambassador for the sport. His daring and skill at Red Bull Rampage earned him two silver medals and his sense of fun, approachability and sheer aggression in the chase makes Red Bull Fox Hunt a huge draw. But at this year’s Red Bull Hardline we saw another side to him. With Dan out injured it fell to Gee to lead the riders down the awe-inspiring Hardline course, sessioning the jumps and encouraging the world’s best riders to try something new. Race winner Ruaridh Cunningham paid tribute to Gee as “ A man amongst boys”

Gee is the team pin-up, he’s been a Cosmo centrefold (an experience he says he’ll repeat anytime!) and featured in the 2015 Sport Uncovered Series.

He heads into 2016 fit, focused and highly excited about his new Trek Session.

 

Career Highlights

2015
World Cup DH Rd 2 Fort William
 4th
World Cup DH Rd 4 Lenzerheide  5th
World Cup DH Rd 6 Windham  4th
2014 World Champion, Hafjell
World Cup Rd 2, Cairns 2nd
2013 World Cup DH Series 2nd
World Cup DH Series Fastest Team 1st
World Cup DH Rd 1, Fort William 1st
World Cup DH Rd 2, Val Di Sole 1st
Polygon Air DH Crankworx Europe 1st
British Downhill National Champion
British Downhill Series Overall Champion
2012 World Cup DH Series 3rd
World Cup DH Series Fastest Team 1st
Giant Air DH Crankworx Europe 1st
World Championships, Leogang 2nd
British Downhill National Champion 1st
2010 World Cup DH Series Champion 1st
DH World Cup,Fort William, Champery & Windham. 1st x 3 Rounds
Red Bull Rampage 2nd
2009 Downhill National Champion 1st
2008 Downhill World Champion, Val Di Sole. 1st
DH World Cup, Andorra 1st
2007 4X World Cup Rd1, Vigo 1st
2006 Downhill European Champion
2004 DH World Cup Rd 3, Schladming 1st 
Red Bull Rampage 2nd
British Downhill National Champion
 
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