Gee Atherton is one of the most progressive mountain bikers of all time. 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, Down Hill World Cup Series Champion, Downhill European Champion and twice British National Downhill Champion.
The consistency of these results reflects Gee’s outstanding dedication and perseverance. He knows what it takes to win and is always ready to give 100%, whether that’s pumping iron in the gym, working with GT’s designers to get his bike set-up absolutely perfect or choosing lines that many riders view as technically impossible. The sheer force with which Gee attacks every race sets him apart.
It’s not just Downhill, he has a 4X World Cup win to his credit and is as comfortable following brother Dan down the hair-raising quarry line or hurling himself across a canyon in Utah as he is at Fort William or Leogang. In 2004 and 2010 Gee stunned the entire free-riding community by taking 2nd places at Red Bull Rampage but 2012 ended in disappointment when he crashed attempting to jump a massive gap and was forced to sit out the race.
His legendary toughness has been thoroughly tested this season with coverage of some of his most spectacular crashes setting the internet alight.
Despite the crashes he has maintained his record of podiums in every World Cup race to finish 3rd overall in the hard-battled 2012 series. He was gutted to miss his 2nd World Championship at Leogang by a mere 0.5 seconds to South African Greg Minaar who flew down the track on red-hot form.
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 draws the crowds but you can also find him happily promoting his sport on Top Gear or kids tv, on the news, on the front covers of magazines – he’s even been a Cosmo centrefold!
Gee looks more focused and more determined than ever as he heads into 2013. He is delighted that 16 year old Taylor Vernon has joined the Downhill crew and is enjoying the new team responsibilities that this brings.
- 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 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