Gee Atherton thrilled his home supporters by winning the second leg of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland at the weekend. In a tense finish to a superb weekend of racing, Gee Atherton also strenghtened his position in the overall World Cup standings. His elder brother Dan, had been beaten in Saturday night’s Men's Four-Cross event in the quarter-finals and sister Rachel suffered a narrow defeat in the Ladies Downhill, beaten into 2nd place by French rider, Sabrina Jonnier.
“Winning in Fort William means so much to me," Gee said. "I honestly can say that it is right up there with winning the World Championships in 2008. It comes almost as a relief to me, all the hard work, not just this winter but the last few years - today made it all worth it. The crowd were just unreal and I’d like to thank every one of them for making me push that little harder up there."
Gee is now biting at the heals of Minnaar in the overall World Cup standings, just 15 points behind, while the youngest in the Atherton family, Rachel is mirroring the same situation in the women’s event as she chases down Jonnier. The next stop for the World Cup circuit is Leogang, Austria where the Atherton family will look to continue their fine start to the season.
Information taken from the Red Bull bikesport website