Until he broke his neck in a serious accident in 2010, Englishman Dan Atherton had experienced huge success in BMX, Downhill and Four Cross competitions. Highlights included the Four Cross National Championship in 2004, numerous World Cup podiums and a 4X World Cup win in Andorra in 2008.
Despite gloomy prognostications, he not only made a full recovery from his injury, but came back apparently leaner and fitter than ever before. Concentrating primarily on the emerging Enduro discipline in 2012, he notched up a convincing win at the Superenduro Pro 6 Finale Ligure, where he won all five stages of the competition, as well as emerging victorious from the mass start Maxi Avalanche in Andorra, and the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge in Indonesia. He also finished third at Megavalanche.
Born on 25th January 1982 in the Somerset city of Wells, Dan started racing BMX when he was fourteen years old, and mountain bikes a year later, and it wasn’t long before he had brother Gee and sister Rachel hooked too. All three siblings have gone on to become top professional mountain bikers for the GT Factory Racing team, and also starred in the fly-on-the-wall web series ‘The Atherton Project’.
Dan is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest bike handlers, whose versatility and work ethic have inspired a generation of riders. He also possesses prodigious trail-building skills - “I'm really into that side of things,” Dan says. “I love figuring it out and building stuff."
- Age: 31
- Height: 1.88m
- Weight: 83kg
- Nationality: England