Video: Join Dan Atherton from the Top of the World Down

Aug 10, 2015
by GT Bicycles  



MENTIONS: @GTBicycles




146 Comments

  • + 180
 not gonna lie. i had to hit pause every 2min to catch my damn breath.
  • + 21
 That was way toooo looong. 15 minutes of sheer determination
  • + 21
 Ive ridden this trail with my Dh bike and I gotta say, that's INSANE ! that upper section was sick
  • + 10
 I think I got asthma from watching the video , I will get out of air in the first 5 min of every stage
  • + 14
 His forearms must be bigger than my quads
  • + 14
 watching that it's hard to believe there were 11 people faster than dan. crazy skills and great endurance.
  • - 1
 Everyone knows how good a rider Dan is but when it comes to flat out race pace he just cant seem to hold it together for an entire weekend
  • + 11
 he was 4th on this stage.
  • + 138
 Wow, that was unbelievable! The speed and skill with which Affie ripped through those trails was nothing short of amazing. Not to mention that was near a full day's worth of riding for many mortals. That video gave me a whole new level of appreciation for EWS athletes. Thanks for sharing that GT.
  • + 17
 Yes, the EWS truly separates the big boys & girls from the rest. I participated in a stop this year and was blown away at what they expected our trail/enduro bikes to do. Some say that Enduro is just where the retired downhillers transition to next. For some, that maybe true but even when Fabien Barel was asked that question he said "this is a whole different animal, you gotta be good at everything." Much respect to all the EWS racers and congratulation to Rude and Moseley on one of the most demanding stops on the tour. Also, Big props to my bro Kyle Warner for top 30 in a stacked field...
  • - 1
 yeah WARNER!!!!!
  • + 3
 Well said xeno.
  • + 106
 Not going to lie, that was one of the best videos i've seen in a long time!
  • + 96
 Been there, didn't do that.
  • + 2
 priceless
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 lol
  • + 1
 Best comment ever xD
  • + 76
 At one point during the video I said to myself holy shit these stages are long. Only to look down and see that I was only 4:17 into the thing.
  • + 61
 Sooo... How the hell has Rude been 30 seconds faster there?!?
  • + 14
 Maybe he knows a shortcut???
  • + 3
 young legs
  • + 2
 That was the first question that came to my mind too... Insane...
  • + 1
 I wonder if Rude was wearing a GoPro? Now that video would be INSANE!
  • + 57
 That video was pure gold. Thanks for sharing, Dan.
I especially loved the part between 0:01 and 14:22... haha that was crazy.
  • + 0
 all on a single crown fork and not with a full face! give er!
  • + 5
 @reallybigmantis He was most definitely wearing a full face (pretty sure they're mandatory for Enduro races in BC). And a neck brace as well.
  • + 2
 not being a close follower of ews i missed that, I've mostly seen pics of guys with brain buckets... from the way he was blowing out his nose, and the way he coughed and spit @ the box on freight train i thought he must not have a FF. i certainly cannot spit under my helmet like that. maybe he just spit into the mask & said fukit theres no time for sanitation, in the same spirit that road racers piss themselves. rode like a boss either way
  • + 58
 That road sprint to rock gap... Nuckin Futs
  • + 15
 That entire next minute in the trees! Dayam!
  • + 49
 I recognized 73 of my favourite places to stop and catch my breath as he blew past them
  • + 32
 Holy shit balls. Damn near inch perfect and sucking wind the entire run. And that's only good for 12th?!?! Respect.
  • + 32
 Top of the world? Sure you dont mean top of garbo?
  • + 6
 That's what I was thinking. Looks like top of the Garbo chair. None the less. impressive stage!
  • + 12
 yea wow that was really gnarly regardless of where he started. Hearing him breathe that hard and knowing how gnarly dan is, just goes to show how hard he was pushing!
  • + 24
 That was balls out, the craziest run I have ever seen!!! I was just about to head to bed, but my heart rate just climbed so high, I am going to have to have a hot bath and listen to Kenny G for hours to get to sleep now!! Massive thumbs up for this post!!!
  • + 27
 Holy Fuck ! That's like 3 x DH races in one go,
  • + 24
 Can you get eye pump?
  • + 17
 How do you concentrate for 14 min's while going at that pace? Nuts!
  • + 15
 Holy crap that was so fast I didn't even feel like he was riding a bike, he was flying. The speed at which he took some of those trees was nuts. Wow, that was amazing riding.
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flag YoKev (Aug 10, 2015 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 They sped up the video. You can see when they did it, as all of a sudden he lights off the nitrous and accelerates at Mach 3. If you still can't see it, watch the people as he passes them. IIRC, the first guy in the first group was moving, so FF made him move extra fast. You can also see it well defined as he's passing the traffic cones on the right. Just watch how fast he goes by 'em.
  • + 21
 No they didn't. Results say he did a 14:00 on that stage, same as the video. Good enough for 4th.

Richie somehow found 27 seconds in there...
  • + 15
 My lungs are burning just from watching that! That was intense! No chance I could hold on for that long. Good run!
  • + 15
 So... Not even pretending it isn't downhill anymore?


Insane, mad respect!
  • + 14
 so fucking impressive....wow
  • + 4
 Not sure it's possible say it better, D. Atherton wins Whistler....ALL OF IT!
  • + 11
 GoPro footage always makes you look slower than you really are... HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!
  • + 8
 FOURTEEN MINUTES???? I don't even last 14 minutes doing that other thing that my girlfriend (possibly imaginary) lets me do with her occasionally.
  • + 8
 Well... now I know what I've been doing wrong on No Joke. I let my wheels touch the ground... Enduro is now on my watch list.
  • + 10
 That was warped....such a long stage, raw, rough and all balls out.
  • + 7
 The best is the part in the middle where he tells himself to 'Chill.... Chill'. Such a beast. This might be the best thing I've ever seen on the internet.
  • + 1
 Right before he told himself to chill I could hear he was starting to weeze and go In to the danger zone. Right as that thought crossed my mind he told himself to chill and went right back into his original breathing pattern. Its amazing he could focus about his riding and physical state with that much adrenaline and lack of oxygen to the brain do to the muscles eating it all up. That's a freaking beast right there!
  • + 5
 Holy shit. So he full-on pins for 14 minutes, maxing out his breathing the whole time he's working that hard. And then he whips it on the jump in the finish? Freaking next level, right there. Wow. Amazing display of massive balls, backed up by massive skill and fitness. Mad respect...
  • + 6
 Anyone who has footage of themselves(I have pretty much the exact run) watch yourself after this and revel in how incredibly slow you are! Haha one of the best videos I have ever watched. Dan Atherton is a beast!
  • + 6
 Incredible! At 7:02 it sounds like he tells himself to chill? I'm amazed he had the energy to throw that whip at the end too. Wow!
  • + 1
 He did! That was amazing.
  • + 5
 I crashed 43 times, vomit in 3 occasions and had a small heart attack while doing this. Hope all Enduro Haters watch this and get a whole new level of pure RESPECT for this ELITE ATHLETES.
  • + 4
 I felt a little bit sick from the hard breathing. I actually needed to breathe faster... Awesome!!! Mad skills. And I've met some people that say that enduro is less than DH.
  • + 5
 yeah, that would be a full days riding for me right there, couple of picnics in between. Unreal how fit those riders are to sustain that pace over such a distance!
  • + 6
 I could do that... I'd just need 2 hours though... Frown ..... So intense!.... So incredible!... Just wow! Cool
  • + 5
 Did he even brake before entering the singletrack from the fire roads? Nuts supreme fitness and skill through the roof! 12 wtf
  • + 3
 WOW! I was gunna go for a ride but I'm goin to bed instead, I'm worn out watchin that. Amazing skill and vision at speed, big leg braking boulders whatever, lung bursting climbs piece of piss. Dan's the man and a new found respect for GT for getting him home. Damn!!
  • + 6
 What the effing eff would Richie's run look like considering he was 28 seconds than Atherton?!?!
  • + 4
 is a long run, a little faster here and there makes a lot of difference in the end
  • + 3
 Yeah I bet they wouldn't look too different. That was an incredible run but I bet Rude just picked a couple better lines with all the turns in that course.
  • + 5
 He only lost time in a couple of places by just being about an inch off. Can't believe how many rocks and roots he missed. Especially being from across the pond. I forgot what it's like to work this hard. Major respect, and I've been watching him for yrs. I almost think Downhill is less dangerous.
  • + 7
 i wanna ride this trail before i die
  • + 4
 Reminds me of a crappy video game, one in which we all make fun of the crappy physics engine and say "hah, yeah right! A bike cannot do that!"
  • + 4
 Wow.... What place did he finish in on stage 5? He was in the hurt box for such an extend is period of time, yet was going warp speed the entire way.
  • + 5
 I just hope they don't fire the mechanic who forgot to put his brakes on Frown
  • + 4
 How can one go faster than that? We all watched the same video right? What did I miss, that was a massive effort, how??? That's like watching gwin do a really long run!
  • + 4
 Super impressive. He was pinned & no mistakes at all going that fast. Damn
  • + 2
 crashing at that speed is arguably season ender
  • + 3
 15mins... And he's dun smashing the GLC drop while i'll still be at the expressway and later be crawling at Angry pirate. Salute!!!
  • + 1
 I think I held my breath most of the way through that, wow great perspective on how hard these guys ride and now fast. The fatigue factor could easily end in disaster at those speeds so respect! Would love to see a heart rate reading through that ride, he must me maxed out for at least half.
  • + 6
 Tabarnac!
  • + 4
 Jesus, I'm destroyed and I haven't even left my couch... unbelievable, I'm done, off to bed!
  • + 3
 Holy f#ck.... pretty sure what I do isn't mtn biking after watching that. Awesome run Dan!
  • + 4
 I'm never posting a GoPro video again :-)
  • + 1
 ferrari fast bike, fantastic stamina, gonna be hard to beat. at 2 points he was gasping for breath but the next moment he was fine, i wonder how he re-gained his energy so damn quick?
  • + 2
 Ok I have to ask. Did he really spit into his dh helmet twice? I saw not head turn or nothing just straight up hoark into it?
  • + 4
 Didn't he start from the Garbo chair?
  • + 1
 I stared at that video for 14 minutes. I then started reading the comments. Did anybody else's screen seem to s t r e t c h up and down in front of them? It was like one of those magic-eye posters (1990's reference).
  • + 1
 Remember the movie Rad and Hell track, well Hell track ain't got shit on this...Atherton Slays it everytime he stradles a bike..Oh and if you think he wasn't going fast then check the time..RAMFB...
  • + 1
 wow - thats some lonely riding right there, amazing place, great to see such a long and full on video of the local trails, gives you and idea of the scope of that place
  • + 2
 Yep, Dan Atherton is faster than me! Amazing riding big fella.

Can we have more of these vid's from EWS please?!
  • + 3
 I get out of breath on 3 minute runs and need to take a break -_-
  • + 4
 insane!!!!
  • + 3
 My heart rate is at 170 BMP just watching this....
  • + 2
 IRONMAN is that you ?!

Only one word can describe this video: SH!7777, he's not human...
  • + 2
 Wtf did I just sow, I was thinking that enduro is more like xc... But this one was insane
  • + 2
 Damn!! Crazy stage! Making one of the fittest riders weaze like a smoker! Dan's pace is incredible!!
  • + 2
 There was about 20 places in that video where I could literally feel my bones hurting in anticipation.
  • + 3
 At 12:00 he sounds like Myles Dyson from terminator 2... Good run though!
  • + 3
 Fascinating. This is Enduro.
  • + 4
 That was intense!
  • + 6
 No, GT.
  • + 2
 I can't even do Angry Pirate w/o getting winded...not human.
  • + 1
 For him to be in the amazing shape that he's in, dam, he was breathing hard like crazy! Such a badass.
  • + 1
 Holy shit. This is not human!
Where can I find the "add to favourites" button?
  • + 2
 Dan, You're just wired wrong...
  • + 1
 Seen some of his old crashes. Can't believe he's doing this. Animal.
  • + 3
 Jesus christ.
  • + 1
 Just incredible riding , I would have crashed about five times from loosing concentration alone!
  • + 1
 How do you spit wearing a full face, while sucking in all the O2 in BC? I must learn this!
  • + 1
 I bet you can't watch the whole thing while standing on one leg in your quiet, flat, non-moving living room.
  • + 1
 only vid ive ever seen anywhere near this was marcelos video at whistler also 12 mins of madness...this is next level!!!
  • + 2
 Enduro is just old man's DH... yeah right.
  • + 2
 Giving 'er stacks; respect!

One of the best POV's I've ever seen!
  • + 1
 Mind blowing riding! I would ride that trail and pull over every 500 meters to pat myself on the back for not crashing.
  • + 1
 sick, EWS is the real deal, 15min of that? i was tired just watching that!
  • + 1
 Dan= different level of speed, respect.
  • + 1
 I had to pause at 6.24 for a coffee that's some track
  • + 1
 He would have been much faster if there wasn't so much red tape involved!
  • + 1
 Dan the MAN! Great riding bro keep it up the next one is yours!
  • + 1
 The sound at 3:07 is the equivalent of "eff this"
  • + 1
 If he was 4th i wanna see the video of the stage winner
  • + 1
 I had to wear my camebak for that one!!!! WOW
  • + 1
 My legs are on fire just watching this wow! Amazing riding!
  • + 1
 I wanna ride this trail before i die... Life project...
  • + 1
 I had to keep clearing my lungs out for him.
  • + 1
 Haha yeah me too! I was like is he coughing and spitting in his helmet? Yep
  • + 1
 Someone give that man a beer !!
  • + 1
 Please, can i take a breath ? my respect !
  • + 1
 What position did he finish on this stage?
  • + 3
 4th
  • + 1
 Well damn, now i want a gt sanction
  • + 1
 14:00 minutes of hammering, damn!
  • + 1
 Very impressive! That looks like it takes a lot of of total concentration.
  • + 1
 I was not aware you could navigate Too Tight like that. Holy shit..
  • + 0
 THAT TABLE TOP on the glc drop !!! !!! !!!
  • + 1
 PINNED!!!!
  • + 1
 Bicycles are awesome.
  • + 1
 holy frijoles.
  • + 1
 F***ing baller run Dan!
  • + 1
 Nice trails
  • + 1
 That wasnt fun...
  • + 1
 Massive!
  • + 1
 he is the MASTER...
  • + 1
 very impressive!
  • + 1
 That was insane!!
  • + 1
 Lactic acid anyone?
  • + 0
 That's a big bag of fuck.
  • + 1
 I want to go there...
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