The UK does love sport and there is one often overlooked area where three of our sportspersons have proven exceptional. Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton have been some of the world’s biggest downhill mountain biking names for over a decade. At The Insurance Emporium, we love to see real passion and strength in a sport. That’s why, with the UCI Downhill World Cup underway, we profiled mountain biking’s most sensational siblings.
The oldest of the trio, Dan was the first to get into biking. He started out on BMX as a teenager shortly before taking up mountain biking. In the years that followed, he became a professional rider in BMX, Enduro, Downhill and Four Cross. He has performed well at a number of international events across these disciplines, including winning all five rounds of the 2012 Superenduro.
Yet, it isn’t just his racing that Dan is best known for. He’s also passionate about building epic courses and pushing the limits of mountain biking. Among Dan’s course creations is Red Bull Hardline, which is considered to be one of the world’s most challenging downhill races. He finished in a podium position when racing this event.
Dan also inspires others to take up biking, including his own siblings. He bought Gee his first BMX and also encouraged Rachel to take up the sport. Since 2016, he has been focussing less on racing and more on mentoring riders in the Atherton Academy. That’s as well as building his bike park in Dyfi Forest, Wales.
Since getting into biking during his teen years, the middle Atherton has become well known for his prowess on the downhill courses as well as the spectacular crashes that he seems to get into!
He won his first downhill World Cup race in 2004, when he was just 19 years old. In the same year, he also won the British National Mountain Biking Championships. Since then, he has often performed well in downhill World Cup races and was the overall winner of the 2010 season.
Besides the downhill World Cup, Gee has also taken part in a variety of Red Bull events including Rampage, Foxhunt and Hardline. He also loves rally driving and competed in the 2017 Wales Rally GB – his first international outing within the sport. Maybe we’ll be seeing more of Gee on four wheels instead of two!
Although Rachel is the youngest Atherton, she has become the most decorated British mountain biker in the sport’s history. Among her accolades to date, she has been the Downhill World Cup Overall Champion five times and won four Downhill World Championships.
Inspired by her brothers, she started BMX at the age of eight and took up mountain biking at age 11. Rachel was named Times Young Sportswoman of the Year in 2005 and, since then, has racked up an impressive list of achievements. She even managed to win a record 14 World Cup races in a row from 2015 to 2017, including the entire 2016 season!
Besides racing, she is passionate about getting other women into mountain biking. It’s for this reason that, for a few years, she sponsored the junior women’s categories at the British Downhill Series herself. Certainly, someone with such a strong career as Rachel’s could be very inspiring to the next generation of mountain bikers!
Perhaps the Athertons’ sporting achievements give you the encouragement to get out on a mountain bike, whether that’s to race or just to ride some local trails. If so, it could be worth getting cycling insurance in case anything goes wrong. There are a range of benefits to choose from on The Insurance Emporium’s Cycle Insurance, including cover for Competitive Use. New customers could also get up to 25% discount*, including a 15% Introductory Discount^. If you think this could be handy, stop by The Insurance Emporium today!
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