Video: Gee Atherton Hunted Down by Falcon on Downhill Run


Downhill mountain bike legend, Gee Atherton, is hunted by the fastest bird in the world, a peregrine falcon. Set in the epic landscape of Antur Stiniog, North Wales, Gee is tested in the ultimate experiment between man and bird.

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About Gee Atherton:
Known across the world of mountain biking as Gee, the middle Atherton sibling has been a sensation in the sport since the age of 15.

In 2004, at the age of 19, Gee won his first Downhill World Cup on the technically challenging track in the Austrian resort of Schladming. A win at this level may have seemed inevitable after his results in the junior categories, including two World Championship medals, but to gain it at such a young age was outstanding. That year he also won the National Championships at his first attempt and has gone on to top podiums the world over, finishing in the top five of the World Cup series every year since, most notably taking gold at the 2008 World Championship alongside sister Rachel, and securing the 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup crown.

With second at the inaugural Red Bull Rampage, the toughest of events to be judged on creativity rather than speed, he demonstrated his all-round talent.

About the Peregrine Falcon (Wikipedia):
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the Peregrine, and historically as the Duck Hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and “moustache”. As is typical of bird-eating raptors, Peregrine Falcons are sexually dimorphic, females being considerably larger than males. The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive), making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom. According to a National Geographic program, the highest measured speed of a Peregrine Falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph).

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Francis Cebedo says:

    This production is worthy of Top Gear

  • Patrick says:

    This might be a little nerdy, but the Peregrin Falcon is only the fastest bird in the world in a dive. Flying like that its the white throated needletail (about 40 mph faster). I suppose that would make a less exciting video though having Gee being chased by a tiny, insect eating bird.

  • Chris says:

    Did they test the bird after its win and throughout the year of training? I smell EPO or blood transfusion

  • MBR says:

    Anytime I see somebody pushing a nice bike up a hill, I think that perhaps they should buy a dirt bike instead. If your bike it too heavy to pedal uphill or the gearing doesn’t allow a bicycle to be pedaled, what’s the point…?

  • oops says:

    Like how his backpack disappears at around 3:18 – 3:25. Cool vid though…

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