Gee Atherton on Red Bull Rampage: interview part 2

More from Gee, star of the latest Four by Three film, on his epic crash at Red Bull Rampage
Gee Atherton at Red Bull Rampage in 2012
Gee Atherton portrait at Red Bull Rampage 2012 4 © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
By Gemma Lacey

In part 1 of Gemma Lacey's interview with Gee, we heard about his preparations for Red Bull Rampage and an earlier crash – but then came another much more serious wipeout in practice…

Can you remember what happened?
I remember all the run in and coming up to the lip and thinking my speed was good and I was going to be on line. Then I took off and I remember thinking, "This cliff is in front of me and this isn’t good, what’s happening here?" Then I remember thinking, "This is going to be a horrific crash and really painful," and then it skipped from there when I hit the cliff to me being on the floor, and I remember thinking, “That’s all right, I’ve not had to go through all that crash." Then I was thinking, "Hang on a minute, why have I not?" Then I realised I’d knocked myself out! I'd forgotten a little bit of it and I remember at the time being happy about that as I knew the crash was going to be pretty unpleasant and I didn’t want to go through that.

I was super lucky, I remember checking myself over after the crash and I couldn’t believe that there was nothing broken or dislocated

What happened next?
The medics are really good. They’re up on the hill waiting and they were there within a few seconds and my mechanics were up on the course and I almost landed at the feet of one of them, there were a lot of people around to help you. I was super lucky, I remember checking myself over after the crash and I couldn’t believe that there was nothing broken or dislocated. I was cut up and bruised and that was it. I was kind of amazed about that.

Once you were back on your feet, what did you do?
I went and chilled out in the riders' tent and kicked back, got a cold Red Bull down me. I was so beat up, I was feeling rough, I knew then I wouldn’t be able to ride the next day after knocking myself out and I was pretty bummed, but at the same time you’ve just got to accept Rampage is going to kick your arse out there.

Has it put you off, or can we expect to see more of this type of riding from you?
It’s hard to tell next year, as I’ve got a whole World Cup season to get through between now and then, so you can’t predict these things, but as it stands right now, I’d love to go back for sure.

In the meantime what's next for you?
Look out for the last Four by Three – it’s going to be one of the best! It’s the one we can be most creative with too.

Watch Gee's film about Red Bull Rampage at our special Four by Three series page.


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