Are the Atherton’s on their way to resolving their World Cup round one jinx? With a fifth for Gee and thirteenth for Dan most would say that this was a good start to the World Series but for us round one still proves the thorn in our side and the hardest to get up to race pace. Petermaritzburg, South Africa was certainly a step in the right direction, don’t forget it wasn’t until round two last year that the Atherton’s came into their own. Here Gee tackles the second and final technical section on a rather demanding and physical South African course.
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BLOGS ARE LIVE
The all new Atherton blogs are now live, keep up to date with Dan, Gee and Rach as they blog and Twitter their way around the World.
Dan talks about the YARD
Gee has gone all continental in Italy
and Rach ponders the next few months
RACH TO HAVE SURGERY ON INJURED SHOULDER
Unfortunately Rach’s latest EMG test has shown that the nerve in her shoulder has seen little improvement over the past four weeks and so the surgeon has taken the decision to operate.
Recovery time is expected to be around two to three months, so we’re hoping she will be back in time for the World’s.
Fans will still be able to see Rachel on the circuit as she’ll be joining the Animal Commencal team in her temporary role as race commentator on the Nissan UCI World Cup Series for Freecaster.tv.
You can follow Rach’s recovery via her new blog:
GEE WINS OPENING NATIONAL
Gee picked up his second 2009 win for team Animal Commencal in the opening round at the of the National Point Series in Ae Forest, Scotland.
The short track was varied and had a mixture of old and new sections, all of which kept the crowd on their feet during Sunday’s finals. In typical fashion, the UK weather made the going tough. Heavy showers plagued the practice session which made for a wet and slippery track come race day.
However Gee managed to make light work of the track and conditions by posting a super quick time of 2.09.20 giving him the win and the fastest time of the day by more than three seconds. Check out two great videos from the race at dirtmag.co.uk and mtbcut.tv
ATHERTON’S AT BIKE RADAR LIVE
All three Athertons will be attending and participating in the first ever Bike Radar Live (29-31 May) at Donnington Park. Dan and Gee will both be contending in the MBUK Eliminator slalom, putting a fast lap in on the ProCycling hot lap competition and they may even give a guest appearance during the Animal bike show. Rach will also be there cheering on her brothers and enjoying the weekends events. To find out more check out the Bike Live site
RED BULL REPORTER
This June, World Champions Gee and Rachel Atherton head north to Fort William, Scotland for the UK stop of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series. As part of the Red Bull Reporter project, Red Bull need a reporter trackside, with special access to the Atherton’s pit area, to capture all the excitement as UK favourites Gee takes on the exhausting ‘Fort Bill’ downhill course and brother Dan goes for glory in the 4X. For budding sports writers, photographers, filmmakers and presenters, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to the UK’s most exciting sporting family!! Enter at here
WHERE TO NEXT?
This coming month sees the Athertons racing in five different countries! You can catch up with them at World Cup 4X Rd2 Houfalieze, Belgium 1st-3rd May, World Cup DH Rd2 La Bresse, France 7th-10th May, World Cup DH/4X Rd 3 Vallnord, Andorra 14th-17th May, US Open Diablo Freeride Park, New Jersey 22nd-24th May and finally closer to home Bike Radar Live 29th-31st May. If attending any of the events please drop by the Animal Commencal tech area, check out the new van graphics, grab a Red Bull and say hi to Dan, Gee and Rachel.