Five Glorious years

29th November 2011

For five years now the names Commencal and Atherton have been synonymous. A relationship that grew out of a shared passion for racing mountain bikes, it’s hard to imagine two parties with such devotion to the cause.
Following Commencal’s recent touching words, Atherton Racing would like to wish a warm farewell to the company with whom they shared over 50 victories and multiple World titles.

Dan Atherton clipping flags in 2007 – Vigo, Spain
Photo: Olivier Weidmann

Team Director Dan Brown commented “We’re sad to be saying goodbye to Max and the Commencal brand but we have to be happy with what we have achieved together and strive to continue our individual success stories along different paths. Max and his team have supported us amazingly over the last five years and we wish them all the best in the future. Although we will not be working alongside the brand anymore you can rest assured that we will remain great friends and look back on the partnership very fondly.”

Gee Atherton during practice at the 2008 World Champs – Val di Sole, Italy
Photo:Sven Martin

Race results may have been key to the two parties but achieving this with style was paramount. What better way to look back over the five glorious years Atherton Racing have shared with Commencal than with a collection of breath-taking images.
The teams’ combined history has been marked by some monumental occasions, most memorably the triple win in Andorra and the double world Championship in Val di Sole, Italy. Some of the images that depict these events have become an indelible part of the history of mountain biking. The grace with which Rachel tackles the toughest downhill in the world, Gee’s performances at the Red Bull Rampage and Dan’s effortlessly elegant flow on the biggest of dirt jumps, have been only moments in a story of determination, bravery and technical expertise.

Dan Atherton flies out of a corner in 2009 – La Bresse, France
Photo: Sven Martin

In honour of the passing of these times the team would like to ask the people who have supported and celebrated with them to choose the defining images of the last half a decade.

Gee Atherton take the win on home turf 2010 – Fort William, Scotland
Photo: Sven Martin

Over the next five weeks there will be 10 of the best images from each year of the partnership placed on the Atherton Racing Facebook page. Simply leave a comment on your favourite to show your choice each week. And to thank you we’ll give away a Commencal Atherton edition Max Max bike EVERY WEEK for 5 weeks. Winners will be chosen at random from all (eligible) entries. Why not head over to and vote for your favourite image from the first year of the partnership in 2007.
The five most popular photographs will be compiled into a slideshow, accompanied by personal accounts of the story behind each of them. Whether this is the joy of the good times, the sacrifices required or simply how much fun was had, it will perhaps go some way towards marking the special relationship that has existed between Commencal and Atherton Racing.

Rachel Atherton wins another World Cup during the 2011 campaign – Windham, USA
Photo: Sven Martin

The Athertons will be announcing their future plans in due course and look forward to another season of amazing racing.


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