Gee Atherton is one of the most consistently successful mountain-bikers of all time, as well as one of the most progressive and spectacular. In 2013 he was ranked World No. 1 for downhill mountain-biking by the UCI.
He won his first Downhill World Cup in 2004 aged just nineteen and has finished in the top five of the Downhill World Series every year since.
He has been Downhill World Champion, Downhill World Cup Series Champion, Downhill European Champion and four times British National Downhill Champion.
The 2013 World Cup Series initially appeared to be going all Gee’s way with Round 1 and Round 2 victories at Fort William and Val di Sole (both times he shared the top step with his jubilant sister). These wins were followed by close seconds in Rounds 3 and 4. But as the season
progressed Canadian Stevie Smith came into the form of his life to mount a serious challenge. Gee and Stevie went into the Series Final at Leogang 450 points ahead of the rest of the field and separated by only 17 points between them. Smith’s epic Finals run allowed him to seize the Series from Gee in the last seconds of the season.
Gee was characteristically quick to praise Smith for an exceptional ride. He spoke candidly of his disappointment but
promised to dedicate the winter to making sure he has everything it takes to come back and win next season. Anybody who knows Gee or has watched him race will have no doubt of the outstanding dedication and perseverance that he will bring to that preparation, whether it’s miles on the road bike, pumping iron in the gym, working with GT’s designers to get his bike set-up absolutely perfect or practising lines that many riders view as technically impossible.
He’ll have plenty of support from the team around him, Gee has often spoken of the benefit of training and riding with big brother Dan Atherton, an exemplary bike handler and a fitness force to be reckoned with as he heads into the 2014 Enduro World Series. Marc “Slugger” Beaumont and youngster Taylor Vernon will push him on every downhill run.
The sheer force with which Gee attacks every race sets him apart. It also contributes
to some of the spectacular crashes which periodically set the internet alight and test his legendary toughness to the limit. But it’s not just Downhill where Gee excels, he has a 4X World Cup win to his credit and has twice set the freeride community alight with breath-takingly creative and daring performances at Red Bull Rampage. He earned 2nd place in 2004 and 2010 and crashed dramatically in 2012 as he attempted an untested and highly technical canyon leap.
The middle Atherton is a popular and approachable ambassador for the sport of mountain-biking. His “balls-out” racing style and dramatic pursuits at events such as Red Bull Fox Hunt draw the crowds but you can also find him happily promoting his sport on Top Gear, the Cycle Show or kids TV. He’s been a Cosmo centrefold (an experience he says he’ll repeat anytime!) and this year was chased down a mountain by a peregrine falcon and appeared as a judge for Red Bull’s Soapbox race.
Gee heads into 2014 more focused and more determined than he has ever been. He is particularly looking forward to the World Championships at Hafjell and to having Taylor back where he belongs, on his GT Fury and racing with the team.
- 2013 World Cup DH Series 2nd
- 2013 World Cup DH Series Fastest Team 1st
- 2013 World Cup DH Round 1,Fort William 1st
- 2013 World Cup DH Round 2,Val di Sole 1st
- 2013 Polygon Air DH Crankworx Europe 1st
- 2013 British Downhill National Champion
- 2013 British Downhill series Overall Champion
- 2012 World Cup DH Series 3rd
- 2012 World Cup DH Series Fastest Team 1st
- 2012 Giant Air DH Crankworx Europe 1st
- 2012 World Championships, Leogang 2nd
- 2012 British Downhill National Champion 1st
- 2010 World Cup DH Series Champion 1st
- 2010 DH World Cup,Fort William, Champery & Windham. 1st x 3 Rounds
- 2010 & 2004 Red Bull Rampage 2nd
- 2009 Downhill National Champion 1st
- 2008 Downhill World Champion, Val Di Sole. 1st
- 2008 DH World Cup, Andorra 1st
- 2007 4X World Cup Rd1, Vigo 1st
- 2006 Downhill European Champion
- 2004 DH World Cup Rd 3, Schladming 1st
- 2004 British Downhill National Champion