The Atherton Project - Season 3 - Episode 9

Sep 22, 2011
by Lauren Archer  
Full throttle for Gee-Man. Good enough for third on the day and third on the season.

Val Di Sol, Italy
Llanrhaeadr, Wales
Åre, Sweden

Races Covered:
UCI World Cup Round 7

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Episode 9 of The Atherton Project begins in Val Di Sol for the last round of the World Cup. It’s been a tough season, and the championship is not at the front of the team’s mind, more just finishing with a good result on the day - especially on such a punishing track as this one.

We also catch up with Dan, who’s preparing for an enduro event in Sweden. It’s a different discipline, a new challenge, and Dan gets off to a promising start, something which he hopes to build on in the 2012 season.

Third place pay out may not be fat but it pays out well enough--especially when combined with Rachel s winnings too. Dinner and drinks on Gee-Man for the Atherton Racing team tonight.

Now in its third series, Red Bull’s reality TV series ‘The Atherton Project’ is a fly-on-the-wall show tracking the exploits of the most famous family in mountain bike history. Follow British riders Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton as they compete in events around the world in the 2011 season.

Series 3 of The Atherton Project can be found on Red Bull TV. Check out The Atherton Project website for more information.

Want to catch up on Series 1 and 2? Watch every episode here.

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  • 70 0
 Pumped to see Dan making the transition to Enduro events - best of luck man!
  • 8 0
 same here looks like he's gonna kill it!
  • 13 0
 Definitely, and such good results on top of that, first in Quali and 3rd in the first run down, hopefully this will be a good thing for him, considering all the bad luck he had in the last year. He is for sure one of the best All-around riders out there, it's ridiculous the ability he has to transfer from one aspect of the sport to another, and perform so well, PROPS!
  • 13 2
 Although Dan is a massive pinner himself, it think it must be incredibly hard for him to live in the shadow of Gee and Rachel. Gee and Rachel win heaps of races and Dan doesn't. He went to 4X and BMX for a while to get out of the shadow and create his own glory and that didn't work. Now he has made the move to enduro and that seemed to be a good move for him. Especially if Gee and Rachel never give it a go and beat him. I feel sorry for him but his style and determination are inpirational and fun to watch.
  • 6 0
 Good move for Dan, I don't think he has anything to worry about taking up Enduro. He smoked Gee in Irelands answer to the Mega Avalanche here a few weeks back (Red Bull Fox Hunt, part of the Epic Blast) coming 3rd with Gee back in 6th. Hope he destroys it next year!
  • 6 2
 Message to Dan : WHERE THE f*ck IS YOUR NECK BRACE DUDE WTF !!!!!
  • 23 0
 more tire problems for the Athertons.....
  • 13 0
 It'll be interesting to see what frames they are riding next year...
  • 6 0
 ooh drama !
  • 2 6
flag UncleCliffy (Sep 22, 2011 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 I know but I'm not telling. Wink
  • 1 0
 GT Frown
  • 2 0
 shhh it's a secret!
  • 2 1
 Commys all day
  • 8 0
 DAN the MAN pumped to see you go your own way.
  • 2 0
 Bike Mag - "Let the rumors fly. This 'tweet' just came through from Brian Lopes: @BrianLopes: Word on the street is GT is adding the Athertons & getting rid of some other riders on the team..."
  • 3 0
 GO DAN! - you are huge inspiration. I don't know how you can ride downhill and uphill so well with balls that big! LOL
  • 3 0
 So for the enduro you have to wait two hours before you run at the top...sod that!
  • 3 0
 haha eliot jackson waving at 6:33
  • 3 0
 Hopefully, Enduro will get bigger now that WC-pros start doing it.
  • 1 0
 DH pro's have been racing enduros since the start of them, over 10 years ago now
  • 2 0
 Of course they did, but it was not their main focus. And there was not as much promo (e.g. Atherton Project) But I get your point
  • 1 0
 Good move for GT to pick up the family, considering all the publicity they get. Is Dan doing Mega Avalanche next year?
  • 1 0
 I hope so! Props to Dan if he does!
  • 1 0
 Only rumour right now though... even if the sources are reliable. Strange move though imo, for Commencal to let them go. It could be big negative for them in the UK, especially with the new designs coming out for 2012.
  • 1 0
 I've heard a few things from bike shops about Commencal being in a bit of financial trouble due to excessive spending on marketing/ race teams etc. The shops were told that by industry reps. It could just be rumour, but it is supported by them parting company with the Athertons, if it's true.
  • 2 0
 haha fox racing shox umbrellas ftw!
  • 2 0
 Fix your flat and keep going dude, it's Enduro!
  • 1 0
 Gee likes to getting flat tires during race. Is he not running tubless? Or maybe pump them up a bit more.
  • 2 0
 Sick, once again
  • 2 0
 i love these clips
  • 1 0
 Those enduro races are so awesome.
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  • 1 0
 so stoked about Dans move to enduro
  • 1 2
 jaja funny..i prefer to ride than to walk my bike at the end.
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