This image is one of the few of Dan at Andorra, Sven Martin got this shot on the upper section of the Vallnord course the very run Dan crashed and broke his shoulder. The big over the bars crash Dan suffered in downhill practice put pay to him retaining the number spot he won in last years 4X.
For those of you who haven’t already seen it, episode one of the ‘Atherton Project’ is now airing on all good video platforms. The fly on the wall documentary, filmed by legendary film maker Clay Porter, will be aired every two weeks with the first episode available here . Episode two goes live on MPORA.com on Friday 29th June. Subscribe here to download the Atherton Project to your iPod.
Gee headed on a whistle stop trip to the US to take on the formidable US open. The demanding track at the Diablo Freeride Park isn’t one to be taken lightly as Gee found out in both early practice sessions – a couple of over-the-bar crashes on one of the many technical rock sections left Gee with a bit to work out for Sunday’s finals.
As if we hadn’t already seen enough rain this season, yet another downpour arrived just hours before the final. With not one practice run on the wet course, things were going to be pretty hard going for all. Gee made a few errors on his run but his time of 2.32.72 was just two seconds off the win and good enough for 2nd place.
As if one ‘broken’ Atherton wasn’t enough, Dan joined sister Rach on the treatment table following a crash during downhill practice in Andorra. He is recovering well despite breaking his scapular (shoulder) and hopes to be back on the bike in time for Fort William.
Rach is recovering well following the operation on her damaged shoulder nerve. She is due to have her stitches out on the 28th May and is already itching to get back on the bike. A more in depth description of the operation can be read on Rachels blog – although this isn’t for the faint hearted… http://animalcommencal.tv/rachel/blog
WORLD CUP STANDINGS
After an agonisingly close result in Andorra, Gee now sits in 4th position in the overall UCI Nissan World Cup standings. He is just 36 points behind second and 163 points behind leader Steve Peat however with the next World Cup event on home soil, Gee is looking to better his 2nd place at last year’s Fort William event to take him closer to the overall lead.
With Dan missing Andorra he is now 200 points a drift off the lead in the 4X however he plans to be back on the bike for Fort William so expect him to be on the gas chasing down his first win of the year.
RED BULL REPORTER
The UK stop of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series is fast approaching! As part of the Red Bull Reporter Project, Red Bull is giving a budding sports writer a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to the UK’s most exciting sporting family with special access to the Atherton’s pit area. 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.
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SUMMER TRAINING DAY DATES ANNOUNCED
Despite a super hectic schedule, the Atherton’s have managed to find time to offer two exclusive Training day dates this summer. July 4th will see the popular Fundementals course return to Llandeglla Forest in North Wales, if you want to improve your general riding skills and learn off World Champions then this is the course for you.
Following this on the 5th June will be the popular Race Clinic, Dan and Gee will run you through their secrets to success as well as helping you improve your technical skills and race craft.
For more information check out the website or call One Planet Adventure on 01978 751566
source: Atherton Racing
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