Dan Atherton - Dyfi RAW: Video and Photo Epic

Jan 3, 2018
by Sam Needham  



Dan Atherton, a man who needs little introduction thanks to his signature style aboard a bike and his infamous trail building has been hard at work crafting and sculpting under the wide skies and roaring fighter jets of North Wales.

Watch Dan take a ride down Dyfi bike park and see you through into the new year with the sweet sounds of tires on trail.

Loading the Jeep for the scramble to the top of the trail.
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Loading the Jeep for the scramble to the top of the trail

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw


Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Dropping in, under the banner of wide, Welsh skies

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
The view from the top and with a good 4 minutes of flat out, wild descent to go

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
A burly gap, made to look very much the opposite through Dan's effortless, smooth and stylish as ever riding style

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Up, up, up. One more time?

Dan Atherton
Dyfi textures at their finest

Dan Atherton
Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
The mighty steed

Dan Atherton

Dan Atherton

Dan Atherton Dyfi Raw
Out of the dark and into the light.

The jumps here are a work of art. Each lip looks as if there isn t a single piece of stone out of place. Dan boosting on one of the funnest looking trails on the mountain.
The jumps here are a work of art. Each lip looks as if there isn't a single piece of stone out of place. Dan, boosting on one of the funnest looking trails on the mountain.

Dan Atherton

A quick blip of the throttle before things started to get steep steeper and with plenty of exposure for good measure.
A quick blip of the throttle before things started to get steep, steeper and with plenty of exposure for good measure.

Steep loose and incredibly well crafted trail threads between the dark woodlands lower down the mountain side.
Steep, loose and incredibly well crafted trail threads between the dark woodlands lower down the mountain side.

Welsh loam clinging on.
The final 10m of descent from just one of the downhill tracks Dan has crafted at Dyfi.

Rider: Dan Atherton
Directed/Produced/Still Images: Sam Needham
Filmed/Edited/Colour: Will Evans
Sound: Keith White

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81 Comments

  • + 197
 he's only good cause he rides with his sister.
  • + 25
 Error your comment seems to be stuck in 2017.
  • - 22
flag visedbarbecue (Jan 3, 2018 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 False
  • + 38
 Is that you Rachel?
  • + 0
 Thank goodness. An Athertons video which doesn't feature them talking
  • + 2
 starwars flashbacks? Eek
  • + 69
 Gotta respect this family, wow, thinking back to the quarry jumps they built they basically started the trend of huge senders on DH bikes. And now of course fest has taken the reigns and made it way more rad. But none the less him and Gee I would say were the first of the "modern era" guys to really push the limits of sending it on a DH bike. Nothing but respect for all 3 of them from me. Have watched all the content they've put out and I'm a fan for sure.
  • + 25
 The Fest steries has taken it further with the jumps, but the atherton brothers with the Hardline, put the tech side of dh to a whole new level !
  • + 43
 Dans style is so effortless!
  • + 0
 Is he on a big wheeler?
  • + 2
 @vhdh666: you're right. I just watched the vid and it's def a 275.
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: well, 27.5 is big .. when you're coming from 26 :-)
  • + 3
 @vhdh666: or really small after coming off 29+
  • + 25
 Definitely the most stylish Atherton, Sick video!
  • + 10
 mmm dont speak to fast ! .. Gee can be mega stylish too when he's not his the terminator race mode. Remember that video in the quarry ! www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RXpU7ibr-c 7:12
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: Good point!
  • + 15
 The world needs more Dan Athertons
  • + 13
 Slick. Love these raw style videos with only the sound of the bike and rider to add to the crisp visuals. Go on Dan!
  • + 9
 The sound of the bike and rider puts me in mind of sound recording artists behind the scenes stomping on trays of gravel and banging on pots with wooden spoons.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6g5AzVDNRQ
  • + 2
 +1

Thanks for the vid!
  • - 1
 @OnTheRealMedia: Excellent! I didn't think they actually done it for biking vids.
  • + 4
 I can't stop thinking of these 'fake sound' effects whenever I see a so called raw sound bike video since I saw that footage of Eddie Masters and Dave McMillan :-(
  • + 2
 Yep, have to agree, good to watch a video with out it being ruined by shite music!!.
  • + 8
 More people need to make videos like this IMHO. The sound made the video. I wasn’t bombarded by dubstep or some EDM.
  • + 3
 I like him ,just think he didn’t have the best luck on his live as a mountain biker ,and maybe make him a little bit a non believer in him self or something like that ,or maybe too much rehab time because of that injuries ,never the less a great a true rider and I guess still a true mountain bike rider,keep on enjoying Dan.
  • + 7
 So will this ever be open to the public
  • + 8
 Dan is soooo underrated
  • + 7
 finally, some good shit.
  • + 2
 @samneedham
Smooth enough to be ridden on a modern coil 160mm?
Still a great rider & great camera work. I particularly like the black and white shots, how much post-production goes into the images?
  • + 1
 They're perfectly smooth trails almost no rocks or roots, some big road gaps though at least a 20ft drop with a sketchy landing
  • + 2
 I want to ride this track so bad I'm itching. Is it publicly accessible? Obviously wouldnt be as stylish as Dan, but looks rideable to an average Joe like myself.
  • + 4
 Image envy as always Sam. Top drawer.
  • + 2
 I'd love to have dyfi as my back garden, so jealous! Gotta respect the athertons no matter how you look at it
  • + 2
 Would make a great DH track if they miss out the A-Line section, National champs' anyone?
  • + 2
 Really nice video and images! and yes, I have to agree, the most stylish atherton!
  • + 3
 Is this open to the public??
  • + 2
 I heard someone mention,sometime in the spring.20 mins from the house,can't wait! Smile
  • + 1
 @Beicpinc: lucky bast.... :-)
  • + 2
 I think Neko Mulally might have a few words to say on the drainage (or lack of) on the inside of that berm!
  • - 1
 Trek's new 2018 session doesn't offer DHX2 coil shock! In this video he is riding a 2016-17 session which did come with a coil shock. I was going to buy a new session until i found out there is no DHX2 coil available. Trek really messed up on their new session by not offering a coil rear shock option! Lost my business. Instead now i'm looking at Intense DH rides.
  • + 1
 Uh what? I'm sure if you wanted a coil you could put a coil on... or exchange it from new
  • + 3
 @ronanwhitts: truion custome metric size. nobody makes this shock yet in coil.
  • + 4
 @DH-Angel: probably they do for Dan
  • + 1
 @DH-Angel: ah, didn't know that! Apologies
  • + 5
 -> watch video of amazing riding on amazing trail
-> gawk at beautiful cinematography
-> read comments
-> raging about lack of coil shock on bike in video

This website is like a work of modern art.
  • + 1
 looks amazing Dan! if you could build one a little more south it would be even better!
  • + 1
 Awesome, really shows the importance of good quality audio in a video and how much better it can make it.
  • + 2
 that trail looks gr8. 8 out of 8 m8
  • + 1
 Looks like Bontrager is getting closer to finally rolling out some new G Series tires.
  • + 1
 So much respect for Dan Atherton. Smooth and stylish. Oh, and that track looks like heaven!
  • + 1
 Dan's proof you can teach an old dog new tricks - he's got a really subtle, smooth James Bond kind of flair.
  • + 1
 Every time I see this place I just want to ride there so freaking bad. Dan is living the life.
  • + 1
 Do you think he watches his own footage and thinks, "I thought I was going faster through that bit?"
  • + 4
 Can’t speak for Dan, but I know I think that every time I see myself riding on video lol. The camera takes away 10 seconds… Or something like that.
  • + 1
 he wanted to go slower,cuz camera wouldnt be able to catch and film him at full speed
  • + 1
 His bars are turned in almost every single picture of him riding. Friggin awesome
  • + 1
 Beautiful photography. Really good stuff.
  • + 1
 Only FAST can look that slow! Epic smoothness
  • + 1
 Awesome video and love the Atherton fam!
  • + 1
 Doesn't get more picturesque than that
  • + 1
 I reckon those sound effects were hand made - by Fab and his team.
  • + 0
 Beautiful video Dan. Now hike back up and work on the drainage in that berm.
  • + 1
 Kudos for using the best sound track ever on this vid. Great work!
  • + 1
 'The sun is out, the trails are dry. Quick, grab the camera!'
  • + 1
 dang...so smooth. Forget Sam Smoothy....this is Dan Smoothy.
  • + 1
 Great article Pinkbike. And another amazing looking track - nice work Dan.
  • + 1
 How many Jeeps are on the top there?
  • + 1
 Wow, that gave me actual goosebumps
  • + 1
 Nothin' like close up photos of minty fresh rubber!
  • + 1
 Five words, smooth, effortless, stylish.
  • + 2
 Great watch!
  • + 1
 Seriously talented riding! When are we going to see Dan in more comps!?
  • + 1
 I'd pay good money to ride his trails. The man is gifted.
  • + 1
 Clean! Much wow!
  • + 1
 Beltin.
  • - 1
 What's the track name? Trying to find it on trailforks, there are many in dyfi forest.
  • + 1
 mint... epic
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