Injury Update from Gee Atherton

Jan 12, 2024 at 10:33
by Sarah Moore  


Gee Atherton was air-lifted from the Red Bull Rampage course on October 10, 2023 by helicopter after a crash on the first attempt of his massive mid-mountain drop. He hit the drop with a lot of speed, drifting a bit back seat and to the right in the air, and landing deep before crashing.

He ended up with some fractures to vertebrae and a few skull fractures. This is the first update Gee has shared since that crash three months ago. Despite the halo, Gee has been getting stuck into his rehab.


bigquotesAfter the crash at Rampage last year, I was pretty beat up. First priority was to get home, find out what the damage was, and see how we could fix it.

As usual, this is never as straightforward as you first hope, but with a good team of people, we started the pretty slow process of piecing me back together.

As you can see from the pictures, it turned out to be a bit of a drag, but now things are rattling along nicely.

Physio is going well and I’m counting down the days until i can return to action. As always, thanks to the amazing team and everyone that is supporting me.
Gee Atherton


This isn't the first injury Gee has had to recover from in recent years, with a huge crash in 2021 that left him with multitude broken bones and other injuries.


Gee s drop at Rampage 2023. Photo Izzy Lidsky.
The 60+ feet vertical drop was especially difficult because there's very little distance out.
Photo Izzy Lidsky
Gee was quickly evacuated off the mountain and sent to hospital.

Gee Atherton s massive drop attempt at Rampage 2023. Photo Izzy Lidsky.
Photo: Izzy Lidsky.
Gee Atherton s massive drop attempt at Rampage 2023. Photo Alexa Christensen.
Photo: Alexa Christensen.


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  • 621 104
 Dudes a grown ass man and can make his choices. But his homies gotta step in and take his bike away.
  • 126 156
flag KolaPanda FL (Jan 12, 2024 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 hypocritical much? dude has dedicated his whole life to riding, whole family rides, started a company for it. Crashes happen, he's capable of taking on whatever risk he chooses.
  • 167 39
 A true homie never takes a man’s wheels away…
  • 818 0
 I reckon he would've come out of that far worse if he had done it without the bike.
  • 132 3
 @KolaPanda: it's only hypocritical if @greenblur also nearly kills himself annually on his bike.
  • 94 7
 @KolaPanda: Why do folks seem to get offended at the sheer thought of Atherton chilling tf out. Perfectly reasonable to think so.
  • 8 28
flag 92hokie (Jan 12, 2024 at 11:57) (Below Threshold)
 @st-alfie: This !
  • 12 0
 there must be some mistake, gee is not the assman
  • 6 9
 @MinTheMerciless: True homies never let a man take another man's wheels away?
  • 30 20
 @MinTheMerciless: what if the problem were drugs or alcohol? Shouldn't his friends at least TRY to step in?

Fwiw, dude ain't gonna listen. They never do. Everyone gotta find their own rock bottom before they change their mind.
  • 16 0
 @rickybobby19: according to the state of New York, he is the ass man!
  • 84 5
 he's like a punch drunk fighter at the end of his career...the Tony Ferguson of MTB. I'm a huge fan of Gee, but would rather see him ride into the sunset vs. being heli-vac'd
  • 5 1
 If he’s like the rest of us I’m sure he is friends with people who encourage him to ride.
  • 52 0
 @scotteh: I'd also prefer the 'sunset' to TBI or CTE. Gee is a legend and could make bank just producing cool bikes, rad content, and easing off the big risks I'm sure. I don't think anyone would appreciate him any less.

TBI and CTE can be freaking horrific. Head injuries and concussions stack up, and Gee has taken some tumbles. Skull fractures here in this one would imply some brain injury too. I hope he takes care of himself.
  • 22 9
 Homies help him dig the trails, carry his bike to the top and mitigate the risks. Homies stand by his side in success and failures. Homies help get him back to his passions after the worst of scenarios.
  • 18 8
 @privateer-wheels: He's going to be dealing with those issues regardless. Many of us will. I personally already am and don't look forward to what I may be like when I'm older. But one thing I'll never do is stop doing what I love because I may have issues down the road.

I might die taking a dump tomorrow morning. Or have a heart attack because I work too much. But if I don't... I want to get to my older years looking back going.... man I had some fun in there.
  • 8 1
 @st-alfie:
Comments like these are the reason I keep reading.
I keep digging for that
comment gold.
  • 3 2
 Bike is fine, problem is size of drop. Homies build better landing.
  • 13 7
 The reaction to this comment separates the men from the children.
  • 14 4
 Agreed, it's almost silly at this point. First rule...know your limits. Gee keeps blowing by them with heavy consequences. Bros gotta step in.
  • 6 3
 No idea.
He’d rather be dead than not be able to ride / push limits
  • 6 0
 Like when a 'mysterious' windstorm event pulled down Mat Hoffman's OG mega ramp.i get the sentiment. The love for a friend/fam member should always be greater than the risks said friend/fam is willing to take. I would hope that fam member would appreciate that love.
  • 24 1
 @hexonjuan: I think people also should consider the ramification to family and friends when you incur the worst case scenario with TBI/CTE. They are the ones who often are affected the most.

Stacking concussions doesn't do you or your crew any favors. The worst case scenarios with this stuff is frightening.
  • 1 0
 @st-alfie: i wreckin’ you’re right
  • 4 6
 He is the chuck Norris of mtb!
  • 13 0
 @MinTheMerciless: If they don't, Gee's going to need 4 wheels in the future I fear.
  • 34 2
 I started mountain biking at 40. I kept trying to hit bigger jumps and sketchier lines. It was beating up my body. I got to the point where my ribs would pop out of place if I sneezed too hard. I finally decided to put my ego aside and ride what I felt comfortable riding so I could increase my odds of being able to ride the next day. Obviously, my biking journey is nothing like Gee's. But I think the realization I had will come to every other mountain biker at some point. You have to let off the throttle a little so you can keep going.
  • 4 11
flag KK11 (Jan 12, 2024 at 18:12) (Below Threshold)
 ….man, just give it up.
  • 13 0
 @greenblur: the dude has hit the rocks all the way to the bottom a few times now... I'd think he's gotta be close

I look at Hans Rey, he's still going strong heading in to 60s. I can't see the same happening with Gee.
  • 25 15
 Man these comments make me sad…dude is such a Boss and a better rider than anyone commenting, we should be celebrating Gees recovery, excited to see him back on the bike.
  • 13 2
 @bbachmei: everyone in this comment section wants to see him rode more.
  • 5 23
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 12, 2024 at 21:50) (Below Threshold)
 if I were Gee, and you were my homie.....I would respectfully tell you to go fuck yourself. lol you can suggest, but do not tell adults you want to respect you, what to do. ever.
  • 12 9
 As a society and MTB community, this is our fault. We demand more! We want bigger and better! And who benefits? The marketing and accounting departments.
Ego is a hell of a drug!
  • 11 0
 His sister has tried. Don't remember which interview it was where Rachel told us she repeatedly asked Gee not to race Hardline after his ridgeline crash. I bet she's asking again after this one.
  • 3 0
 @scotteh: interesting comparison to Tony. I’m a huge fan of both guys. There’s an old saying I don’t quite remember about athletes dying twice, once when they retire and once when they go in the ground. Both guys are young by most measures and in phenomenal shape for their age (top .1% for sure) but time and time again we’ve seen that’s not enough to be on the bleeding edge of competitive sports. Luckily for Gee he seems like he has more going on outside of shooting footage and competing. Atherton Bikes, Dyfi, Hardline has potential as a series. Unfortunately for Tony he’ll probably get cut by the UFC and find himself in (hopefully) Bellator or (hopefully not) BKFC.
  • 1 2
 @st-alfie: best response ever lol
  • 3 0
 @privateer-wheels: skull fracture is a very scary injury.
  • 1 4
 Is the second sentence sarcasm? It's gotta be.
  • 13 0
 Don’t have to stop riding. Just have to decide if that level of risk is worth your life or ability to ride. There’s nothing left to prove…

Back it down 5% and still be better than 99% of all riders ever, or risk not being able to ever ride again or any other physical activity you may enjoy. Basically how long do you want to ride? Months or decades? It’s a choice for the individual and their family.
  • 1 16
flag krankin FL (Jan 13, 2024 at 9:33) (Below Threshold)
 @MinTheMerciless: that is his woman’s job
  • 5 0
 @simonusedtoskate: AND trying the drop when it's too windy.
Everybody else stopped riding at that point, because they decided it's too dangerous. Only Gee tried to prove something. And failed.
  • 10 0
 @rich-2000: Well...he hasn't done a lot of riding in the past 2-3 years, has he?
  • 4 22
flag StewartHowe (Jan 13, 2024 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 Freedom is sometimes costly. My friends can step in and caution me to ride within my limits, and I appreciate that, and sometimes they have a point; but I reserve the right to push those limits. Period. Gee is a big boy, and I would defend his right to send it if he wants to. Stay in your "safe space" if that's your thing. Try and make it my thing, and you have created a problem.

Attempt to step in and take MY bike, and YOU are the one who is in danger. Big boy rules. Not for everyone these days. So be it.
  • 16 0
 @StewartHowe: While wearing stars and stripes karate pants, I hope.
  • 4 1
 @PtDiddy: if your ego was pushing you to do dangerous things then it’s for the better that you were able to put it aside. I think ego and passion are getting mixed up in some of these conversations. If you’re passionate about something you should do it until you die, even if it’s what kills you. Ego is purely dangerous and childish, and a terrible reason to risk life and limb.
  • 2 0
 You can lead a horse to water, but…
  • 1 6
flag KolaPanda FL (Jan 13, 2024 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj: I was referring to what he wrote in the comment, a man can make a choice but in the end it doesn't matter if others coerce him to make the opposite choice
  • 4 8
flag KolaPanda FL (Jan 13, 2024 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: for a metaphor to draw across how I see it: Do you think I'm entitled to dictate how you should spend your money if you go through a financial hardship?
I get having concern and empathy for others but I won't tell a 30 year welder to stop his career because he caught his pants on fire and needed a skin graft. To me that's a view from someone who is entirely discrediting a person in believing that they won't learn and make their own conclusions from that accident.
Everything in life has inherent risk outside of our control, different people are comfortable with different levels of risk. Your calculation for what is reasonable is based off the life you've lived, and the things you've calculated risk on before.
  • 10 2
 Agreed!! Love the Gee man, but it's time to make some different life decisions...
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: Except that "riding" is different than Rampage....
  • 40 1
 I'd keep coming back to the fact Gee is moving from injury to injury, recovery to recovery. This one, he has skull fractures, which infers some effect/damage on the brain? I don't think you can fracture your skull without suffering TBI on some level unless you have some freak luck. Stacking concussions and hits to the head create damage that doesn't heal, and at a point, can actually just get worse over time no matter what you do. Athletes with CTE from stacking hits to the head actuals wind up with dead areas in their brain that literally rot away. My partner works in medical, actually turning chunks of people from autopsy into slides for analysis, and CTE is something that's being recognized and seen more and more in her field in athletes with sequential concussions. Unfortunately, it can't be diagnosed (to the best of my knowledge) until you are dead and your brain ends up on the desk of someone like her.

Dave Mirra had CTE from stacking hits, and he wound up committing suicide; he is far from the worst case scenario. Chris Benoit's (wrestler) story is FAR worse. The NFL has a litany of cases that resulted in depression, suicide, and sometimes murder. It's freaking serious.

It's worth digging into the impacts of TBI and CTE and using that information to help inform your calculation of what is an acceptable risk. I hate to be a drama queen, or a Debbie Downer here and don't want to be the one the guy to bring the discussion to suicide and murder, but if you are out there stacking hits then you are at risk, to some degree, of a similar fate - and that's worth adding to the discussion, I think.

I appreciate you. Look after your bean.
  • 17 1
 @KolaPanda: no one is asking the welder to stop welding. Some folks are wondering if there are some decisions leading up to the pants fires (plural) that the welder could reevaluate to enable to keep welding at a high level for many years to come without 3rd degree burns on their balls.
  • 12 0
 @privateer-wheels: Agreed. Friend and former business partner got hit by a van and ended up taking a foot of a ladder to his skull, denting his frontal lobe about .75". It was dicey for a month about what kind of recovery he was going to have, but he pulled through. Problems arose though. His temper would go haywire at the slightest event. Had to have a couple talks with him to remember that those dark, dark moments are when he has to double check himself, make sure what he's boiling over about is worth boiling over for. It was a hard, hard time for him, as well as all of his family and friends. He's gotten a lot better but still has moments.
  • 4 1
 Better to burn out than fade away.

Gee is gonna be Gee. But I won’t watch a Gee video until I 1st can confirm that he didn’t die in said video.
  • 5 0
 @KolaPanda: i'm just not seeing anyone telling Gee anything. You're responding to valid opinions on the internet from nobody's acting like Gee is gonna read them and act on them.

All I see is various renditions of "Gee should quit" and a bunch of clowns going, "how dareth you asketh Gee to quit?"

No one's asking or telling him to do shit. Ya'll need to stop taking opinions so far up the ass.
  • 13 0
 @privateer-wheels: It's definitely the stacking hits I'm worried about. I wonder if his judgement calls to continue to do this to himself are already the early result of the dark path of TBI/CTE, and wish he could gracefully face "losing his star" or whatever he is thinking about to preserve his mind for the rest of his family.

Gee, if you read all these comments... you sir, are already a total legend of the sport, and we wouldn't be sad to see you pour your immense determination into something with a little less personal risk from here. Love to the Atherton family... a royal family of freeride!
  • 14 0
 @onemanarmy: Are the homies wiping his butt when he can't do it himself? Will they do it for the rest of his life if he ends up paralysed , or unable to take care of himself due to all the combined head injuries?
  • 11 1
 @privateer-wheels: I also work in healthcare and I see a very wide variety in aging styles… based on prior experience, it seems that Gee has a minimal chance of riding bikes with his grandkids. He is likely headed for decades of chronic pain. Spinal and neck injuries are no joke; they can affect people for the rest of their lives. As for the concussions, he fits the history/profile of someone who develops CTE.
  • 6 1
 @matadorCE: No, it separates those who are capable of rational thinking (and have enough confidence to do so despite the macho bro culture) from the I-want-to-look-hardcore-no-matter-at-all-cost dudes.
  • 10 0
 @privateer-wheels: This.
These guys only think of themselves, even if the have a partner and kids.
  • 10 1
 @bbachmei: You want him to keep riding because YOU like to watch him do so. But the crashes don't affect you, you don't have to suffer the consequences.
You are egoistical.
  • 2 13
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 14, 2024 at 6:34) (Below Threshold)
 @WhateverBikes: what if Gee doesn't care about the crashes as much as you pretend to?

let people make decisions for themselves, and stop the infantilization and paternalistic bs....ffs
  • 13 5
 @Mtbdialed: If he doesn't care about crashes of this magnitude then he is a dumb f*ck, and an egoistical a*shole.
I am letting everybody take his/her own decisions. I am also calling those decisions stupid if they clearly are stupid.

Talking about infantilization, wanna know what's infantile? Crashing yourself in to a physical wreck again and again.
  • 8 6
 @Mtbdialed: For sure dude, I'm going to house a bottle of vodka and go for a drive. Now make sure to not infantilize me. I'm an adult capable of making decisions and driving smashed just isn't a big deal to me the way lots of people pretend it is. That's what I'm going to tell the cop, judge and jury. I'm sure they'll go, hey...you know what, dude has a point!
  • 4 9
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 14, 2024 at 9:03) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: It's not infantalization if your argument is childish....it's just being honest.


cheers, weirdo!
  • 4 3
 @Mtbdialed: that is precisely my and others point. I am glad you got that figured out! I had a feeling my example would work.
  • 1 8
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 14, 2024 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: hell yes! I know you are but what am I!


please keep going to disabuse us of your mental immaturity, as I can't think of a single way that could possibly go wrong!
  • 6 3
 @issasledgehammer: I don’t want to wade too deeply into a lively debate about personal freedoms and ethics… but I will. The difference between someone who decides to “house a bottle of vodka and go for a drive” and a guy who keeps pushing the limits of what is capable on a bike is that Gee’s risk is his own. Sure, there’s helicopter pilots and first responders who are at risk because of his actions, but they signed up for that. Driving drunk puts the general public at risk just by being out and about. I’m not for or against Gee continuing to do what he does. I’d say none of us know him personally and can’t even pretend to understand the nuances of asking someone to stop doing something they love as much as Gee loves pushing the limits on a bike. It’s been his entire adult life, and is probably a massive part of his identity. That’s a discussion for Gee and his family to have. Until then, get better Gee! Glad to see recovery is coming along nicely.
  • 5 6
 @gmiller720: you used a lot of words in an attempt to explain the Non Aggression Principle to a guy that is likely incapable of understanding the principle to begin with. appreciate the attempt, but its akin to explaining Euclidian geometry to a parakeet.
  • 1 0
 @st-alfie: you're not wrong dude
  • 3 0
 @greenblur: I mean, rock bottom was the problem to begin with, I think he was pretty good at finding it
  • 2 1
 Hey, this is mountain biking. We all know the dangers going into it. All of us will get injured, badly if you have been doing it long enough. As I write this I into my 4th month of a really bad shoulder injury. I am 62 and have been riding 33 years.
  • 2 2
 @Schmidt911: Nah, it isn't. You're just telling that yourself to validate your dumb (and if you have any friends and/or a family: egoistical) choices.
You could easily do some pretty fun mountain biking without taking as much risk as you are doing. You just choose not to, because you desperately want to remain 'hardcore'.
  • 1 4
 @Mtbdialed: You use a lot of fancy words in order to appear smart.
  • 2 2
 @WhateverBikes: I am sorry a vocabulary of an adult makes you feel inferior
  • 2 3
 @Mtbdialed: I'm sorry your reading comprehension is so lousy.
Why would I feel inferior to someone who is trying so hard to impress. Do you honestly think you are fooling anyone?
  • 1 0
 @WhateverBikes: I am not trying to impress, I am literally just using the language I use IRL. If grunts and pointing work for you, more power to you.
  • 134 1
 At least Atherton bikes have the ability to just print new bones
  • 26 0
 Let’s hope they can sooner than later! Titanium collar bones for all!
  • 26 0
 Gee must be 60%+ titanium at this point
  • 21 0
 @VtVolk: My left arm is 50%, it's not as great as marketing hyped it up to be
  • 2 0
 Yes but you have to wait 19 weeks to get them.
  • 1 2
 @bouldertom:
I’ve already got titanium in my collar bone.
5 screws and a stainless
steel plate.
  • 4 0
 Got 2 tiny ti screws in my pinkie....would much rather have them in a jar.
  • 4 0
 I had a 250mm plate holding my femur together with 17 screws. Most of it has been removed, annoyingly they wouldn't let me keep the metal, apparently because it could be infected (if only they had access to a sterilisation unit). I still have 3 screws in my leg and more interestingly a snapped off drill bit.
  • 4 0
 @commental: snapped drill bit? Nice...
  • 6 0
 @Tambo: Haha, yes, you can see it in the xray if you're interested, about a third of the way down, in line with the 6th screw.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18776387
  • 1 0
 @commental: interesting that they used a plate. My son broke his femur recently and they used a single rod which has been removed. We still have it.
  • 1 0
 @pdxallarounder: It's because I snapped the head off (as well as the break midway down my femur), hence the massive screw at the top of the plate.
  • 2 0
 @commental: woah, looks like a 3rd grader installed that plate! Why are so many screws sticking out the other side of your femur…. That can’t feel good
  • 2 0
 @Nicjf: The 2 protruding screws never caused me any issues. The plate was put in in Spain after an accident I had on a riding holiday there and on seeing the xrays doctors here said what a good job they'd done, I couldn't say either way, I'm no expert in these things. What I did have problems with was a tendon catching on the plate when I bent my leg at the hip, which is why I had most of the metal removed.
  • 154 30
 I was hit by a drunk driver on my motorcycle. 21 days in a coma, 2 months in intensive care, 3 months in the hospital. Rods, cadaver bones, and wire holding my neck together. I hated that fricken halo... Took a year but I'm riding and rock climbing again. Anyone that posts here and says he "should sell his bikes and quit" is exactly the kind of person that would "quit". High praise and respect for this man. Not because he's a GOAT but because he isn't letting this stop him.
  • 56 17
 Sorry to hear this man. The difference here is that his pain is self chosen. Those likes and clicks can be just as addictive as the world cup podiums. You wonder if he would still be doing this without the camera, clicks and likes?
  • 11 2
 @Struggleteam: Thx for that. You're right, maybe fame is addictive. I can't relate to the "fame" part but I can understand the challenges he now faces, both mental and physical. How bad does he want it? It's an inner decision, a decision he will make for himself, hopefully taking family into consideration. Time will tell. From my experience it won't be an easy decision to make.
  • 14 0
 I honestly don't think he's doing it for the fame. The fame obviously allows him to do it (attracting sponsor money, much needed for the occasional recovery) but I do also believe he has full ownership over his choices. He does what he does because this is what he wants to do. This is not something you do hoping someone else will like you for it and give you a few seconds of their screentime.
  • 16 5
 famous? These guys are at best, D-list celebrities. If you’re trying to be famous, choose a sport that isn’t a niche lifestyle practiced in obscure mountain communities. Gee rides because he loves it. It’s hard to imagine another explanation. Maybe he does need this sort of validation but I really doubt it. In interviews he comes across as very grounded.
  • 6 0
 I feel this man. I broke 2 vertebrae in a bike accident. Hospital for a week and a back/neck brace for 8 weeks. Spent the next 4+ months working my ass off at PT. I ride every year on the anniversary of my accident for that very reason.

I was the luckiest unlucky SOB that day and can’t imagine how awful a halo would be. I hated that brace so much. Keep on keepin on, respect homie.
  • 5 2
 @freeridemafia420: man clicks and likes feed the ego no matter the level. Either way, Far more mountain bike laymen know more about rampage and freeride stuff from instagram then they do world Cup racing. They might not know the names but they click on it and watch it.
  • 10 1
 @Struggleteam: I’m sure Gee is aware that the likes and clicks contribute to him making a living, but I think that’s more a coincidence and someone who is doing this sort of thing, taking these risks and sustaining these injuries, is far more motivated by his own internal rewards than getting validation from others. Mainly this is because, in interviews, he comes across as a mature adult and a seasoned athlete, not a pitiful scrub trying to be popular on the internet, although that doesn’t hurt his career. But I’m speculating, I’ve never met him. Im also biased because this is the only social media account I have, and it’s only marginally tolerable. I don’t understand how adults participate in Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.
  • 6 1
 @freeridemafia420: we are on the same page regarding social media. This is my only account and sometimes I think even this is too much. I don’t think gee needs all this for income. At least I hope not. Sure gee is calculated and professional. I obviously don’t know him either but I think he never achieved his goals in World Cup racing. He strikes me as kind of guy that would only be satisfied if he was the goat. Now that ship sailed, 40 is coming in hot and this is the last ditch at the next obsession. It is chicken or the egg whether the cameras fuel it or just make it possible. Regardless 2 near fatal crashes in 2 years ain’t a good track record and that rampage drop looked even less doable than that ridge line he fell off of. The risks seem less and less calculated. Got to have more strikes than gutters….that’s bowling not baseball. It is his life and if he survives all this stuff he’s gonna be one crippled dude when he’s older. I turned 40 a few years ago and really started to look at the long play. However, I have kids and also don’t earn a living riding bikes.
  • 5 4
 @Struggleteam: man I'm on the he needs to take it easy side but that's one shitty take.

Pretty sure the guy loves bikes. His brain might be trashed by now but its not likes or any of that that got him into and kept him biking.

I get your comment as a projection of yourself potentially though. That makes sense. I mean, if I was so concerned about my social media presence, id assume everyone else was too.

Maybe stand a top that drop and see for yourself that it's more than likes that drive this dude, some stupidity for sure but at the end of the day, a love for mtb of all, potentially even more love than he has for his fam that has ti live through his bs.
  • 7 0
 I don't think everyone here is saying he should quit, but like anyone in sports with some years and injuries, there's a point where you need to step back and be honest with yourself, that maybe the risks are getting too high and the reward too low. I'm sure he has plenty of riding left in him but maybe take it down a notch and still enjoy doing most of what he loves for a lot longer.
  • 2 0
 @Struggleteam: oh I’d bet everything I own he’d do everything he’s done whether or not he got any recognition whatsoever. Some people just run off of themselves and others peoples opinions and attention never matter.
  • 8 7
 yep.....the only people that think saying he should quit is a good idea, are the people that live vicariously through others. They never do anything themselves. it's sad really. if they ever had drive and purpose, they might understand what drives guys like Gee, and others that get out of bed every day and get shit done......
  • 6 0
 Not denying riding, questioning racing Hardline, Rampage etc events, doing Ridgeline videos.
  • 6 2
 @Mtbdialed: plenty of people have gotten a heck of a lot more done than Gee without suffering through self inflicted skull fractures, concussions and back injuries and they would likely agree biking off a cliff especially at this point is stupid and Gee has far too much to lose to continue acting like he's got no regard for life.... but go act willfully ignorant and keep putting out those smooth brain comments.
  • 19 1
 I don't love this tough guy attitude. Perhaps the end goal isn't always overcoming trauma to get back to exactly where you were. Maybe the goal is to move forward and grow as a human. Accusing people who move on as "quitting" makes me think you're either a 21 or have the maturity of a 21 year old. If Gee is genuinely stoked to keep sending it, good on him! But this expectation of overcoming and returning to the same thing makes you the "goat" is what people keeps people doing that, instead of actually making a sane decision. It's all so childish. Or, they want to make the inspiring youtube video.

reference: I'm someone who nearly died doing the thing I loved most. I understood that thing was going to eventually kill me, so I stopped doing it. I realized there was more to life. I found other meaningful things to me. I feel like a complete person.
  • 4 0
 @Struggleteam: agree. My sense is that Gee may spend his middle age to elder years in chronic pain. Spine and joint injuries add up; those crashes are no joke. Athletes really pay a price for these types of injuries, and I’m a huge Gee fan. I think of all the stories of retired NFL players who are in too much chronic pain to play football with their kids.
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flag Mtbdialed (Jan 13, 2024 at 20:27) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: bro, what makes you the arbiter of what "getting things done" means to me, Gee, or anyone else?

you are clearly a self absorbed narcissist that knows better than anyone else.
  • 3 7
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 13, 2024 at 20:29) (Below Threshold)
 @freeridemafia420: what makes you think that Gee hasn't thought of this, and decided it's worth it....FOR HIM!? don't do it if you don't think its worth it, but this mindset where people think everyone shares their values, is beyond dumb.....
  • 7 0
 @Mtbdialed: wtf, getting things done is getting things done. All I said was there are other ways to get things done, and those folks who get things done other ways may think Gee is an idiot. That doesn't negate the fact that they get things done....just because they don't agree with you or Gee. f*ck man comprehension is something huh.

And here you go again calling people names and generalizing folks for disagreeing with you. Keep going off bud, you'll grow up at some point.
  • 6 0
 I don’t think you can compare getting hit by a drunk driver to choosing a Rampage line that includes a massive drop, and then attempting that drop under conditions that have many riders leaving way smaller features out of their lines.

Not getting on your motorbike again, out of fear of a random event that is entirely out of your control is quite a difference to not going for all the biggest features again after you already made life-threatening miss-judgements several times.

If you want to use that comparison, it makes more sense the other way round, at this point Gee is the drunk driver, who gets behind the wheel again after having a few, because this time he is absolutely sure he can control it.

The glaring difference is, that Gee is risking his own life, not that of others, obviously.

But if he kills himself on his bike, or ends up in a wheelchair that will not be a stroke of fate that came out of nowhere.
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: I have no idea if Gee thought of this or not. Like everyone else here, I’m being presumptive. Ultimately we can only speculate on what makes Gee do this. But, most people don’t wager their career against a life of chronic pain. Obviously he thinks it’s worth it, otherwise he wouldn’t do it. Obviously Gee doesn’t share my values, but that’s not the point. Dumb.
  • 5 0
 @FuzzyL: Agree!
Only thing I would add is that if he kills himself, or ends up disabled, it WILL affect all the people close to him. Especially those who will have to take care of him.
Losing someone you love, or taking care of a chronically seriously ill person changes your life completely ( and I speak from personal experience).
He should have that in mind while making his decisions.
  • 2 0
 My man! Kudos to you for getting back on the proverbial horse! I'm with you on that and think that it's easy enough to say, man, that was hard, not doing that again. But for those that love what they're doing, that's simply not an option. You sound like one tough-a$$ bruddah, so kudos to you for having the mental fortitude to go through all of that and prove to others that overcoming serious injuries to get back to doing what you love is possible!
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: Stop dramatizing this. Literally nobody said he should quit riding.
He should quit trying to kill himself, yes.
But other than that, all people are saying is he should back down 3%, so that he can ride more, make more content and just carry on with a good life.
  • 1 0
 @chmurka3rg: Nobody is to say what he should. His prefrontal cortex is developed by now. He's probably more aware of the risks and consequences than any one of us.
  • 72 6
 I hope he makes a full recovery, and I hope for his sake this is the last major mishap. He's no spring chicken, at 38 he's passed the "bounce" stage of his life and entered into "splat" territory. It would a terrible thing to have worse happen, especially with someone that has so much more to contribute to the sport.
  • 18 1
 Yeah most world cup racers retire and fade into the industry somehow. Gee is steady ramping it up and doing things that make a world cup run look very low risk in comparison.
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flag scott-townes FL (Jan 12, 2024 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 "specially with someone that has so much more to contribute to the sport."

Yeah, he contributes by pushing himself on his bike, riding the way he wants to, just like he always has. Its so silly seeing people on here posting like they think they're somehow helping by reminding a man of his own age or what happens when you get older.

Pinkbike has been taken over by internet helicopter parents.
  • 3 2
 @scott-townes: Nah, he's expressing his concerns (along with hoping for something very positive) but he's not necessarily limiting Gee in any way. That said, of course I do agree that people projecting scenarios worse than what's currently going on isn't helping anyone.
  • 10 1
 @scott-townes: Shrug ~ He is his own person, and will choose his own path.

Personally, I’d rather watch a person through the arc of their life and career, than see potential lost by trying to defy the reality of time. We only have so many mistakes we can make and recover from, and if you are inclined to call genuine concern for another as “helicopter parenting” then respectfully our perceptions are different.

I’ve never met the guy, but I’m sure those close to him would rather have him whole than not Smile
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flag scott-townes FL (Jan 13, 2024 at 4:28) (Below Threshold)
 @tipsword: "We only have so many mistakes we can make and recover from, and if you are inclined to call genuine concern for another as “helicopter parenting” then respectfully our perceptions are different."

You're following the wrong sport, buddy. Maybe you should be a fan of safer sports like pickleball if you're too sensitive to the inherent dangers that have always existed in freeriding.
  • 7 0
 @scott-townes: Pickleball scares the bejeebus out of me.
  • 13 2
 @scott-townes: I think you’re missing the point here. The sport “IS” the issue. Encouraging what will inevitably end in death or permanent disability is rampant in MTB’ing right now along with many extreme sports. Red Bull essentially sponsors people to come as close to death as possible [while hopefully beating the odds]… for $. And the occasional death is celebrated with the tag line “They died doing what they loved!” Little comfort to the parentless 5 year old child who grows up w/o their Dad or Mom. That’s simply not an “ethos” I can get behind.
  • 3 2
 @manco: Nah, I think it is very clear in any coaching or training program that people are always required to set their own limits and those limits are respected. Those who don't aren't in the sport, they're spectators like those who watch F1 car racing. RedBull has been sponsoring the team ever since even Dan was racing but Red Bull also sponsors flatland BMX and even arts. It doesn't necessarily have to be lethal. For instance, Hardline was Dan's brainchild, not Red Bull's.
  • 6 1
 @vinay: don't know your background in extreme sports but mine included as a professional in risk oriented skiing and then head of marketing for a major EU ski company, [incl developing freeride skis and sponsoring athletes]. My statement re: Red Bull, isnt my opinion, it's just what they do. I didn't say they "only" sponsor extreme sports but that is their brand. It's what they spend millions on to develop and directly or indirectly they encourage people to risk their lives for $ & fame, period. My company sponsored events that definitely had high risk elements but our brand was not "come see if this person can survive". This level of irresponsiblity is magnified 10 fold. It's the bartender who champions mothers against drunk driving in her off hours. I'm not really buyin' it. Allowing someone to risk their life is not the same as sponsoring someone to risk their life. We can agree to disagree.
  • 3 0
 @manco: sorry for the notification.

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Just trying to see if I can get rid of the italics.
  • 24 0
 Geeze
  • 22 5
 As a former pro-racer and adventure skier I think the limits being encouraged [to be pushed] by the Mtb industry [& every other Red Bull event] are irresponsible! There are limits for most of us and unfortunately I saw too many extreme skiing peers die as a result of pushing [or being pushed] too far. It is great to see him recovering! There's a lot of amazing Mtb'ing he can do that doesn't require imminent death as a consequence.
  • 9 6
 This X1000 I also participate in extremely high level sea kayaking and we are constantly discussing risk management and mediation. I see every Friday the limit being pushed to where people end up in the hospital. Not by 'pushing limits' on any reasonable level, but sending features they obviously are nowhere near ready for. MTB has a serious problem in that regard and it's very similar to the problems in extreme skiing especially a while back.
  • 7 0
 I think there is a lot of merit in surviving your sport and doing it into old age. I have been fortunate enough to dedicate a lot of my adult life to skiing and have been able to ski with a lot of peers who were pros, filmed with TGR and stuff… now I’m in my forties and I know a lot of dead skiers. I have toned it way back. Long term mental health outcomes for orphans and widows are atrocious, generally. Kind of stark but that’s how I see it.
  • 9 0
 Gee has huge ones for sure. But he's a little deranged, too. As Aristotle said, true courage is the mean between fear and confidence — confidence and fear both being vices. I'm not saying anyone should keep him from trying these zany stunts, but he has an obligation to himself and his family. His life at 60 is going to be very painful. I hope he makes it that far and can keep up his good spiritedness when every day is 24 hrs of discomfort.

Best wishes to him for a full — as full as can be — recovery.
  • 9 0
 It is never a good sign when you start a sentence with: "As usual, this is never as straightforward...". Deja vu maybe?
Nevertheless, I wish this lad a prompt and full recovery.
  • 7 0
 I had the exact same halo screwed into my skull when I fucked my neck aged 11. It was a tough time and I can remember it clearly as the pain of fixing them is something else. At age 11 it took me 6 months to bounce back. It will take him a while I think. Healing vibes
  • 10 0
 At this point he's got enough airlift miles that the next should be free.
  • 18 9
 Is the reward worth the risk?
  • 33 20
 Why dont we leave that decision up to him?
  • 2 2
 As the saying goes, nothing's for free. For Gee, it most certainly is.
  • 7 4
 @st-alfie: @st-alfie: Nobody on pinkbike is going to make that decision for him, so lets just get that silliness out of here. It's a fair discussion. It would be up to his close relations to make the call on intervening, but there is an argument for stepping in when someone has a possible addiction to risk taking and have hit their heads enough times that they can't actually make a sound decision. I don't know if that's Gee, but if it is I hope someone helps him out.

Every commenter on here has nothing but respect for the guy and he's proven himself a thousand times over. But there are other ways to go big and be great without facing an early death or being in constant pain for the back half of life.

In any case, the man is a beast!
  • 3 5
 Who are we to judge someones risk tolerance? Gee knows exactly what the risks are. I won't put myself that much at risk, but I respect someone who chooses to do that out of passion.
  • 3 0
 @Nellus: I think its "money for nothing and your chicks for free".
  • 5 1
 @jasbushey: I think the question is less about judging someone's risk tolerance and more about examining what incentives are driving this behavior. The last item of the carousel is a video of him on bench laboriously turning his neck while his physical therapist measures his range of motion, which isn't very good in the video.

That is some seriously life-off-the-bike impacting stuff. You can't even pedal to the cafe if you can't look over your shoulder. Is it purely his passion pushing him to these limits. Or is it something else?
  • 4 8
flag st-alfie (Jan 12, 2024 at 12:58) (Below Threshold)
 @BiNARYBiKE: the silliness is thinking that I was actually suggesting that pinkbiker commenters could actually influence Gees decision making. No amount of intervention is going to change someone unless they want to change.

The best thing we can all do is not give any weight to the opinions of wet blankets like you.
  • 6 4
 That entire family has lived a life in the industry that has been amazing. They've laid a groundwork for future generations, they've built amazing events and now they've started a top notch bike company and race team. I'd say living lives like theirs is a lot more rewarding and exciting than sitting behind a computer in a cubical eating donuts but knowing you likely won't break anything on the way to get water...
  • 1 2
 People drive to work every day risking their lives for much less but I'd still say no, not at this point after he's achieved legendary status, has a wife, probably kids, idk, a company with employees, etc.
  • 2 0
 @mtnjamscott: an old girlfriend was convinced it was "cheques for free" despite the lyric making no sense whatsoever. That sealed the end of the relationship.
  • 2 0
 Not when you factor in nerve damage. Nobody talks about it but cervical spine injuries can come back to haunt you. And it can effect muscles and organs far away from the neck.
  • 6 1
 I have had a few bad crashes recently and I'm pretty old guy. The angel on one shoulder says hang it up, you're too old. The devil on the other says you love this shit, and you keep bouncing back. It's a terrible decision to have to make to give up a sport I love not knowing if I will never have a bad crash again or will die riding. I hope Gee doesn't have a serious crash if he keeps competing, which it appears he will. I would also understand if he said he's given it his all, and he's going to focus on his bike company and less dangerous events. Everyone who says its up to him whether he quits or keeps going is right. He's that kind of man. So I'll just keep my fingers crossed that his luck holds out when he's back to riding and respect him just as much if he moves on to other pursuits.
  • 4 0
 Ya know, "old guy"..., I'm in the same boat. I went cold-turkey on surf, after 40+ years. My lust for big perfect surf was over-riding my waning strength & endurance. Good judgement went away with my lust. A friend told be when I started surfing in my early teens that, "you start building surfing around you life, and end up building your life around surfing". Absolute truth. The worst part if which , is that you build your self-esteem, based on your surfing prowess. So when you go cold -turkey - especially after a near-death experience - it's a bad day. Hell..., it's a bad next 10 years! Not gonna do that again!

So I'll be DANGED if I"m gonna stop biking! From 10 years old - now 60 years later - and when the weather's iffy, I'm the only one at the trail head. Me'n my trail-dog. I recognize the risk. And I'm not willing to fall big for the sake of glory or to cause any gremmie to gimme a thumbs up - it'll probably be the one they've been sucking on anyway.

I've stopped riding any trail at mach-fast. If they're so chunky it requires a bonafide DH bike, or significant air (especially hucking to flats) - screw it. I'd rather be on the bike, getting some serious exercise, enjoying the day, and having fun with all the little toys out there - all those little obstacles that are nothing more than opportunities to have some fun. And all with my waning strength and endurance. Only this time - with (hopefully) intact judgement.

So I'm toning it down & finding that it's a great decision. Stopped riding anything more aggressive than a trail-bike - of which I now have three - and of which all are a HOOT! I - unlike Gee - am not interested in the adulation of all the 13 year olds out there, on mommy & daddy's emotorcycle. If I was him at this point - I'd be toning it down & looking for an insurance sales franchise to buy. He's gonna hafta find the inner strength to start toning it down. To understand the limitations imposed by his (awwww it ain't no big f'n deal) tps syndrome - or get a dang tight will together for when the thumb suckers get to watch his final bashing. I'm not watching that fool, any more.
  • 1 0
 @jimicarl: Agreed 100%

What's tps syndrome ?
  • 1 0
 @chmurka3rg: Hey man. Thanks for the nod!

TPS Syndrome ("syndrome" used twice, as in "yada yada syndrome syndrome") was originally coined in response to people who buy one-ton crew-cab long-box dresser 4x dually pickups, and then call them "trucks" to further their self-created illusion that their "p" is bigger than it truly is.

Then they add suspension & oversize totally aggressive offroad wheels/tires that cost about what the pickup did in the first place, to again - further the illusion even more. And then never ever take their bling-mopickup on any surface more challenging than a freshly gravelled & graded 100ft driveway - preferring to drive it only on paved streets to & from the entry-level sawmill job which allows them to almost make their interest payments. AND THEN..., hang out only with their illusion-mates.

So - "TPS". A pandemic here in the great PNW - I can't really spell-out clearly here in this fine family-oriented eRag. But I think I can make a sort of riddle of it.

The "T", stands for "Teeny"or my preferred adjective, "Teensy". The "S", stands for "Syndrome", as noted above, because there are SO MANY people - mostly young men who's brains haven't yet matured, who suffer from this sad & tragic affliction So there's two of the three, that I think I'm safe clarifying.

For the "P", go back to the TPS origin story. There's a really good hint in context, where I've referred to "p". Or take a walk in the woods. There, you'll find birds who eat insects living beneath a tree's bark. Many have red crests. And they all access the insects, by hammering their beaks forcefully against the bark, thereby forming a hole through which the insect may be captured & withdrawn to eat.

Hope that helps. As you can see, "TPS" may be used an any context where a person's insecurities are clearly interfering with their better judgement, which in turn causes them to make decisions favoring an illusion of glory, rather than fostering intelligence & ability.

By the way - I think we all pass through TPS stages in our own lives. Human nature, I suppose. I dunno. Me, too. And I ain't nothin' more'n an educated choker setter. At least that, from pulling on a green-chain in a ratty old sawmill in Coos Bay. Home Sweet Home.
  • 6 1
 Healing vibes to Gee !!

The thing I like about Greg Minaar is that he a racer and that’s it. He doesn’t bother with other disciplines. I know everyone is different and mixing disciplines is great but part of his longevity is that he knows what he wants and he knows his body, he knows who he is. Racing is his proving ground !!
I think Gee is fundamentally a racer, that’s where he made his name, that’s his proving ground. Despite his amazing abilities he’s not really a free rider, he doesn’t do tricks etc…. He’s a racer and a bloody good one.

We all make decisions and have our motivations and reasons but what’s important is that we learn and adjust as we get older… I can guarantee Greg minaar is continually changing his approach and prep to racing as he gets older. I see no reason why gee can’t race at the top level again but this is only possible if his focus is racing only. I could be wrong of course as he may no longer have the desire to race.

I’m 54, I have a shoulder op next week and I am hoping to have my best race season ever (it’s all relative of course) but to do that I have had to adjust my work life, my family life, my training schedule, my bike set up, I need much longer to rest etc and I have to be realistic but I’m more motivated than ever and enjoying riding as much as I ever have. Of course I could crash at the first corner and end myself but I would have no regrets because my decision to race is a sound one.

As we get older we snap instead of bend, we are in constant pain, it takes ages to recover, we can’t train as hard…. So you have to adjust…. Make better decisions… be honest with ourselves and everyone else

I think gee is approaching that stage of his life.
Racing is what gee does best…. Gee racing again at that level would be amazing !!!

Good luck gee… get well soon
  • 5 0
 I know it's Gee's life and his decision, and I'm sure he's got some great people around him with advice etc etc. but I really feel now is the time for the lad to take a wee step back and focus on healing - Properly. That's two doozies in a couple of years!! plus a few smaller offs along the way I'd presume. It's not the way he's feeling now, but at aged 38 - he ain't gonna have a mobile/happy/pain-free time in his fifties and sixties if his body has to endure too much more of this. Not to even mention the latest research into the links between head trauma and early onset Dementia. Full respect to the geezer tho' - great rider - but I can't look at those photos without wincing and hoping to NOT ever see him (or any rider FTM) in this state again.
  • 4 0
 Feel like the guy has hit a wall and continues to smash his head into it expecting it to break through. We have limits. Maybe he will hit that drop one day, maybe he'll die trying. I'd say it's about a 50/50 chance at this point. Do whatcha want but we aren't immortal and no amount of skill is going to compensate for shit out of our control like old bones, 60ft drops and gusts of wind.

The sentiment when the young bucks let their buddies do stupid shit is "why are you such a bad friend for letting him do that when you know it was way out of his ability."

When taking about the best of the best though, it's the opposite, as if the same sentiment shouldn't exist just on an elite level.
  • 1 0
 its not that it doesnt exist for the elites its that they posess so much skill that the risk is mitigated to a level where other riders if faced with the same level of risk (on a different feature) would be ok with pressuring friends into doing it. eg you wouldnt force a new mtber to hit a 2ft gap but if someone has been riding for a while your going to put some pressure on
  • 6 3
 Although I do think it’s okay for Gee to continue sending it big if that’s what he wants, it’s his life he is free to do what ever he wants. These professional athletes influence others though because they have so much coverage on the internet… I just hope that his risky decisions do not impact others in a negative way. Young riders are out there watching Gee almost kill himself over and over, what kind of affect does that have on them? Are they smart enough to see that he is getting paid by sponsors to not give up? Kind of a slippery slope here I suppose.
  • 10 12
 "Young riders are out there watching Gee almost kill himself over and over, what kind of affect does that have on them?"

I don't know, how about you ask the youngster who were inspired by Gee and other earlier freeriders.

Brage, Storch, Bienvenido, Emil, Jaxson, DJ, Reed Boggs, Adolf Silva, Godziek, William Robert, Dylan Stark, etc. etc.

Yeah man, its so horrible to inspire the next generation with these crazy antics!
  • 5 0
 Initially I thought - another crash?? This guy is almost Pastrana nuts. Still can't believe no one has died at Rampage (excluding any hired hits on the judges)
  • 4 1
 Gee is a legend no doubt! But after two HUGE crashes like he's had at a stage where he's physically past his prime, as an outsider looking in I can't help but think that he's gotta take a breather and figure out what's next.
  • 5 2
 Get well soon. As a side note, my Dad never so much as scratched a car the whole time I lived with him but eventually even he needed to get rid of the caddy. Please switch to a shorter travel bike and enjoy your wheels while cutting some of the risk. Best wishes from someone who eventually sold all his motorcycles and dirt bikes to help increase his chances of survival. unlike you I never had any skills but I love all my bikes.
  • 7 0
 ok - who carelessly left the italic tag open?
  • 2 0
 Damn. I remember when I got to his age, every time I hit the ground hard I could start feeling the life get knocked out of me. Every year since it gets harder to stuff it back in. And I am by no means worthy to even scrub dung off his tires in riding skill or risk taking.
  • 6 0
 Oh Gee, is this you Bender?
  • 3 1
 ....I've had some bad injury myself spinal fusions spinal stimulator and I had to say goodbye to biking I used race Profesional was sponsored by commencal north america the year befor the highpivot bike came .... He not strong enough mentally to step away from biking ...realize there is more important things in life then a 2 wheel bicycle....u know how hard it was for me still 8 years later Stepping away from biking because I knew for my health it was the right choice .....I still wanna bike everyday guess that'd another lifetime away
  • 6 0
 Man’s gotta know his limitations. Clint
  • 10 9
 Seems like an article about how someone is doing would have pictures of how that person is doing now... not hidden inside a carousel. This man is a freak of nature with a work ethic second to none. He was on site with that halo during Rampage. I for one am amazed.
  • 3 0
 He was on site in that thing?? How did a picture of that not surface anywhere. Wild.
  • 5 0
 @Scootch: I dont think he was. There were pics of him back on site a day or two after the crash but he only had neck brace on. He likely had surgery once he got back to home.
  • 1 0
 @Scootch: Sorta... he had this crazy back/neck brace thing. No halo. The halo was after the surgery.

Dude is gnar.
  • 2 1
 It's for effect. Next week they will have a press release showing him riding hard at Dyfi bike park training for Hardline...and everyone will be like "it felt like he just got out of the hospital".
  • 4 0
 Stick to downhill Gee. We’d love to see you riding regular and promote the team that way
  • 5 0
 WHY IS EVERYTHING IN ITALICS
  • 28 25
 Here comes 500 comments saying IT ISN’T WORTH THE RISK GEE! TAKE HIS BIKE AWAY!
  • 46 19
 Better than the ones calling his sheer luck "inspiration".
  • 21 1
 I think there's a big difference from some nannies crying "won't someone think of the children?", wanting to make a decision for him, and comments from people who genuinely care about his well-being saying "dude, you've got nothing left to prove, you don't have to do this". When I'm making my smaller-scale questionable decisions I really appreciate the support of the latter.
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flag scott-townes FL (Jan 12, 2024 at 12:14) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: Better than the ones calling his decades of pushing the sport and his hard work/dedication to keep riding at this level as "sheer luck".
  • 13 1
 @scott-townes: who's saying that? Believe were talking about a specific crash, not his career
  • 14 0
 @scott-townes: That's not what's happening and you know it
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flag scott-townes FL (Jan 12, 2024 at 13:46) (Below Threshold)
 @issasledgehammer: Who's saying they're inspired by this specific drop? I believe they're talking about his entire career, not a single crash.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes: the folks over on IG responding to his update regarding that specific drop he botched where he cracked his head and did some good things to his back too.

When you ask someone how their day is and they just say, "good", do you have trouble figuring out what they are saying is good? Like do you forget you asked them about their day 3 seconds ago or are you able to connect the dots and figure out they're responding to a question you just asked them?
  • 5 1
 Evil Knievel of mountain bikes
  • 2 0
 Evel not Evil
  • 3 0
 @likeittacky: It's not Ryan, it's Ryne.
  • 2 0
 It's a little bit evil
  • 3 1
 More like the Super Dave of mountain bikes lately.
  • 7 3
 Your not that good if you break yourself all the time
  • 3 0
 does anybody not remember him showing up to rampage the next day saying he was "fine" just "a couple skull fractures" haha
  • 2 1
 Gee, you're a legend and while there with be mixed opinions in this feed on the topic of return no one wants a world with out you. This we an all agree on I hope. Over to you dude.
  • 7 6
 How many times can homie be used in a comments section?
Do people actually use that word outside of Oakland?

I love to imagine all these 45yo+ white, bald fat keyboard warriors typing about their 'homeboys' hah
  • 1 1
 The true iron man. This dude does not abide to the normal rules. I always enjoy when he post ride coz it never fails to be gnarly. He even helped me memorize bike parts through his Mountain Bike Action breakdown of his winning GT downhill bike. Dont quit man!
  • 1 0
 There's an interesting documentary called The Crash Reel (2013) that touches upon injury and comebacks.

Has some valid perspectives about extreme athletes and the risks they take. Worth a look.
  • 5 2
 Its good to see that he's getting better!
  • 3 1
 Just rewatched my favorite documentary about Gee Atherton: the film Prometheus.
  • 1 0
 For the love of him I want him to chill, but for some chill wont satisfy and I understand if he wants to keep pushing, it's people like him who find the limits
  • 4 0
 Live by the sword…
  • 2 0
 "My lifestyle
Determines my death style
My lifestyle
Determines my death style"
- James Hetfield
  • 2 0
 @Dogl0rd: actually Kirk Hammett wrote those lyrics.
  • 2 0
 @cashew: dammit lol
  • 4 1
 "Gee has been getting stuck into his rehab" What does that even mean??
  • 1 0
 he's singularly focused on it. not just a top priority, the only priority.
  • 1 0
 Same as when Connor McFragile broke his knee, he understood the importance of his recovery
  • 1 2
 one of the toughest things we can comment on is sending well wishes to an athlete we admire. I can't send enough healing vybz to help but it's nice reading all the nice words from the community.
Keep posting Gee we are with yuh 24/7
  • 1 0
 Can you imagine if Wolverine rode MTB? He'd win Rampage every year easy. Massive huck to flat off the Battleship no problemo.
  • 2 0
 Hey, at least he screwed up the Rampage drop and not that Dolomite ride…
  • 2 2
 This is what separates the top riders from the rest. They keep coming back . Most people would call it a day . Good luck with the recovery.
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 Gee is no different to all the other mega psyched mountain bikers who get injured doing what they love. If his family is happy for him to carry on that's all that matters.
  • 3 1
 I reckon he's already planning to hit that drop again...
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 not many people get multiple airlifts and halos in their life!
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 He will probably retire once he'll be in a wheelchair, but I'm not even sure of that.
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 @pmhobson: I predict 3-4k considering there's 74000 active buy and sell posts.
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 Anyone who knows gee knows how mentally tough he is, anyone who has seen his crashes knows how physically tough he is. He will only stop when he wants to, when it is right for him. Dude still has plenty in the tank. If I had stopped after my first hospital stay and being told by doctors not to ride again I would of missed out on so so many amazing sights and memories that will be with me for life. I wouldn't of been in a coma and back in hospital again but that's life, even after this I have been national champ multiple times and still have goals in mind to achieve! Personally I will never stop I may just slow a bit and chill tho!
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 Hey fellow bikers, next time you want to send down the cliff, think about this... not all sends are sendable Big Grin
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 Gee is MTB version of Evil Knievel.
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 Back in Evel's (not "Evil") day, they called him a "dare devil" and he'd plan out these single stunts for years. Definitely high risk. But it was just one guy trying one thing after immense preparation. These "Rampage" events string together 10 to 20 potentially deadly features being attempted by 10 to 20 riders. The planning and prep seems much more focused on getting views rather than rider safety or success.
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 @jbuzzinco: stick to xc then.
  • 1 1
 Magyaroszágon lennél már rég elföldeltek volna ..asszem kaptál volna itt is illyen ellátást szegény hülye
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 Not sure Gwin, Gee, Minaar, nor our guy Cathro should still be challenging themselves at that level. Nothing to prove really, and they all did it with far less support and inferior tech... (cept maybe Minar's Honda lol)
  • 2 0
 Needs a parachute
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 Rampage gives mtb a bad reputation.
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 The ground where he landed had way worse injuries. Never recovered.
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 Curious as to why there are some many stupid comments from north americans. Too much bigmacs does that to the brain.
  • 1 0
 This guy is addicted to injuries or rehab
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 His career is going downhill fast.
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 Glad he’s coming along, can’t wait to see him back at it (if he so chooses).
Huzzah!!
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 That drop looks insane!
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 What a stud
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 How is this downvoted? LOL!
  • 3 0
 @onemanarmy: Because there's a point in life when hurling yourself off a mountain is just stupid.
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 True Grit!
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 They still make homies?
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 Everybody loves a comeback! Send it Gee!!
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 Heal well,
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 Fk the pbkers. You do you Gee!! Ps, please bring back the Atherton Project!
  • 2 4
 ride or die
  • 1 4
 Half the commenters prolly haven’t even heard of NWD…
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 Yeah, I think we see things differently but I do understand your vision and experience. Let's leave it at that indeed. Cheers!

(Not sure why my font happens to have gone italic by the way. I'm just in my computer webbrowser and have no options to set fonts or anything. If my post appears to be italic over there as well, it was unintended.)
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 Yeah, I think we see things differently but I do understand your vision and experience. Let's leave it at that indeed. Cheers!

(Not sure why my font happens to have gone italic by the way. I'm just in my computer webbrowser and have no options to set fonts or anything. If my post appears to be italic over there as well, it was unintended.)
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 Yeah, I think we see things differently but I do understand your vision and experience. Let's leave it at that indeed. Cheers!

(Not sure why my font happens to have gone italic by the way. I'm just in my computer webbrowser and have no options to set fonts or anything. If my post appears to be italic over there as well, it was unintended.)
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