Gee Atherton, the multiple National Champion and World Cup winner, has announced his return to racing, a year after his crash.
Gee Atherton : Crash | Accident | Injury | Wife | Video
George David Atherton, known as Gee Atherton (born 26 February 1985, near Salisbury, England) is a professional racing cyclist specializing in downhill and four cross mountain bike racing, and is a multiple national champion, multiple World Cup winner, and 2008 & 2014 Downhill World Champion.
|George David Atherton
|26 February 1985
Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
|190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
|85 kg (187 lb)
He is also a rally driver and competed in his first International event in 2017 at Wales Rally GB.
From 2007 to 2011, Gee was one third of the Animal Commençal racing team, alongside brother Dan Atherton and sister Rachel Atherton. In 2012 the Athertons started riding for team GT Factory Racing, along with Marc Beaumont.
Gee, along with Rachel and Dan, is the star of the web series “The Atherton Project” a series which follows their day-to-day lives. In 2012 Gee was racing for GT racing.
On the 25th of January 2019, gee launched atherton bikes along with Rachel Atherton and Dan Atherton with renowned suspension designer Dave Weagle and utilise the latest additive manufacturing technology to create the range of bikes they have always wanted to ride.
Darren Roberts and Altius Healthcare are taking turns to bully me into rehab, I’ll be back on the bike and making more edits before you know it.
On Friday 18th June Gee Atherton was filming near Dinas Mawddwy for his latest big mountain project when he suffered the biggest crash of a career that has been characterized by huge crashes!
The film was to be the 3rd instalment of a series of spectacular edits which kicked off with December’s “The Ridgeline” and continued with “The Slateline”. In the planned edit Gee took on a new ridgeline complete with huge jumps and as ever, zero margin for error.
Gee’s brother Dan said “People think that Gee’s wild because of the scale of the stuff he’ll take on and those huge crashes but most of the time he won’t do something until he thinks he can do it easily…”
On the day of the shoot conditions were fine, the Atherton DH bike was set up perfectly and the atmosphere on the hill was relaxed but a moment’s miscalculation led to Gee falling over 100 feet down a slate outcrop, bouncing off the cliff with such force that he broke his femur, radius, ulnar, 6 ribs, his nose and fractured his eye socket, he was severely concussed and doctors worried about possible damage to his lung but true to form Gee is making a rapid recovery without lasting damage.
Gee Atherton Accident
On June 18, MTB legend Gee Atherton suffered the worst crash of his career. It occurred in the Welsh town of Dinas Mawddwy while filming the third installment to his The Ridge Line and The Slate Line series.
On July 16, just 3 weeks after the potentially life-changing accident, the Red Bull athlete took to YouTube with a serious but uplifting progress note.
Aerial footage of the event (which begins at the 1:01 mark in the clip above) shows Atherton as he “tumbled, ragdolled” down 100 feet of the steep, slate-laden hillside.
In all, the athlete sustained several spectacular injuries: a shattered femur, fractured radius and ulnar (forearm), fractures to multiple ribs, a broken nose and eye socket, a collapsed lung, and — not surprisingly — one hell of a concussion.
Atherton delivers his recount of the incident in a somber but positive tone. Halfway through the video he notes, “the injuries — though they’re massive, and there is a big list of them — are already healing well…I’ve been walking without the crutches already, we’ve started physio in the gym. The leg can take some weight; the arm has got some strength in it. Everything, every day, is getting a little bit better.”
Atherton’s parting statements are confident and determined: “you have to be willing to take the consequences when it goes wrong…take the recovery time. It’s difficult, but you know that going in…That’s just how it works. I feel I’ve been lucky with these injuries — it could have been a lot worse. And I’ll be back.”
On Friday 18th June, Gee Atherton was filming near Dinas Mawddwy for his latest big mountain project. During this, he suffered the biggest crash of a career that has been characterised by huge crashes!
People think that Gee’s wild because of the scale of the stuff he’ll take on and those huge crashes, but most of the time he won’t do something until he thinks he can do it easily.
I completely buried myself, I can’t thank everyone enough. From the crew who kept my spirits high while they steadied me on that ledge.
To the paramedics, the Aberdyfi Search and rescue team that winched me off the mountain, the air ambulance who transferred me to the hospital. As well as the fantastic surgeons at the Royal Stoke University Hospital who put me back together.
Darren Roberts and Altius Healthcare are taking turns to bully me into rehab. I’ll be back on the bike and making more edits before you know it. I wanted to share this edit as a tribute to those guys for getting me back on track and to document the first stages of my recovery.
Gee atherton wife
As of 2022, Gee Atherton’s is not dating anyone. Gee is 37 years old. According to CelebsCouples, Gee Atherton had at least 1 relationship previously. He has not been previously engaged.
The 36-year-old from Oswestry has just released a video of when things did exactly that and he suffered serious injuries that put him in hospital for two weeks.
The crash on the Knife Edge Ridge near Dinas Mawddwy, in June, saw Gee break his leg, wrist, ribs, nose and eye socket as well as suffering concussion.
He had to be airlifted off the mountain after the Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue team went to his aid.
Gee, part of the world cup winning trio with sister, Rachael and brother, Dan, is donating profits from the Knife Edge video to the emergency organisations that went to his aid.
The Knife Edge has been a huge sensation, trending ninth on YouTube on the first day – racking up more than 450,000 views since it was uploaded.
He said of his decision to film his extreme rides: “These Big Mountain projects are really important to me; they take a lot of physical and mental effort and they carry a lot of risk something it is easy for people to forget.
“It’s important to me to show the reality behind this kind of project; when I talk about waking up in the night it’s the possibility of this level of injury that’s haunting me. I feel like when we’re demonstrating an unending line of successes the risk gets lost in the celebrations so I just wanted to pause for a moment and take a look at when and how things go wrong.