The middle of the three Atherton mountain biking siblings, Gee won his first Downhill World Cup in 2004 aged just nineteen and has finished in the top five of the Downhill World Series every year since. He was also Downhill World Champion in 2008, Downhill World Cup Series Champion in 2010, Downhill European Champion in 2006 and British National Downhill Champion in 2009 and 2012.
Despite some serious crashes during the 2012 season, he finished on the podium in every World Cup race over the year to finish third overall. However, he was disappointed to miss out on a second World Championship at Leogang by a mere 0.5 seconds to South African Greg Minaar who flew down the track on red-hot form.
Born on 26 February 1985, Gee was motivated to start riding by his older brother Dan. “He was the one that pushed me to be the best,” says Gee, “and to train and to make sacrifices. He taught me that winning is not something that comes easy.” His first bike was a Raleigh Chopper, but he soon moved on to racing downhill, and he was picking up podium finishes by the age of 15.
Gee is known for choosing lines that many riders would view as technically impossible and for the sheer force with which he attacks every race. He is also incredibly versatile - he came second at Red Bull Rampage in both 2004 and 2010 and won a 4X World Cup event in Vigo in 2007.
- Age: 29
- Height: 1.85m
- Weight: 85kg
- Nationality: England
Thursday Top Ten Tunes – Gee Atherton
23rd January 2014