Dan Atherton has been called “one of the world’s greatest bike handlers”. His versatility, extraordinary work ethic and his prodigious trail-building skills make him an inspiration to a generation of riders.
Dan started racing BMX in Somerset when he was fourteen years old and it wasn’t long before he had Gee and Rachel hooked too.
He has had top flight results in BMX, Downhill and Four Cross. Highlights include a National Championship, numerous World Cup podiums and a World Cup win (in 4X in 2008) But in 2010 Dan’s love of Dirt Jumping led to an accident which threatened to end his entire career when he broke his neck at C1 vertebrae.
It is a measure of his determination and of his love of the sport that he not only made a full recovery but returned to racing at the highest level – and to devising even bigger and more technical jumps. Dan can often be found with a shovel in his hand, at his famous “yard” at Atherton HQ or at Revolution Bike Park at the Llangynog Quarry, setting for Episode 4 of Red Bull’s Four by Three .
2012 saw Dan take the emerging Enduro discipline by storm. In his first full season he notched up a convincing win at the Superenduro Pro 6, Finale Ligure where he smashed five out of five stages as well as taking firsts at the mass start Maxi Avalanche in Andorra, at the Asia Pacific Challenge and a 3rd at Megavalanche.