Gee Atherton

If you’re in control, you aren’t going fast enough...

Gee Atherton over the rocks Red Bull Hardline 2015
© Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Gee Atherton. My discipline is MTB downhill. My friends call me Geeman. I was born on 26 February 1985 in Salisbury, UK. My special talent is 4X. My philosophy of life is to never be satisfied, and always aim higher. My favourite music is anything with big beats.


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.

Gee placed second at the end of the 2013 World Cup Series, and took the title as British downhill national champion 2013. He headed into 2014 even more focused and determined, the highlight of his season being the win at the World Championship win at Hafjell. Gee tore into the World Cup competition in Cairns to take the win, but couldn't find the pace for the podium in a tough field, ultimately finishing his 2014 World Cup season 5th overall.

It was a mixed bag for the Brit in 2015, from highs including his Fort William win in the British Downhill Series, to crashing out at the Worlds in Vallnord. "It was going to be a podium or crash one way or another," Gee wrote after the race. "Unfortunately it was a crash but I had a blast trying". Gee continues to crank it up with his all-or-nothing attitude, with his sights set on more podiums in 2016.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 9th Place Overall: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Downhill

  2. 2014
    1. 1st Place: UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship

      Hafjell, Norway

    2. 1st Place: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Downhill

      Cairns, Australia

  3. 2013
    1. British Downhill National Champion

    2. 1st Place: Crankworx Les 2 Alpes - Polygon Air DH

      Les Deux Alpes, France

    3. 1st Place: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Downhill

      Val Di Sole, Italy

    4. 1st Place: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Downhill

      Fort William, UK

    5. 1st Place: iXS German Downhill Cup

      Winterberg, Germany