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.
Having made a sterling start to the UCI MTB World Cup season with fourth in Pietermaritzburg, Gee broke his tibia in training, putting him temporarily out of action. Gee recovered to finish 3rd at Val Di Sole, Fort William and Windham and 2nd at Val d'Isere, with 3rd place overall for the 2012 World Cup season and also 2nd at the World Champs. Gee has continued to dominate, taking successive podium places throughout the current World Cup season and taking the national title.
He has also starred in the adrenaline-fuelled video 'Bike vs Bird', which saw Gee trying to outrun a Peregrine falcon on a downhill track in North Wales. It's worth a watch; make sure you check it out!
See Gee live at UCI Pietermaritzburg 2014 DHI LIVE
Watch it here
from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa