The partnership marked the start of a new era for the Athertons, recognised around the world as the fastest family on two wheels and the first year of the collaboration saw Rachel’s “Perfect Season” the first time this has ever been achieved in the sport.
Between them, Dan Gee and Rachel already hold 7 World Championships, 44 World Cups and 17 UK National titles.
The 2018 team will also include 17 year–old Junior rider Kade Edwards who is a graduate of the Atherton Academy and rides for the Factory team for the second year and new signing Charlie Hatton, 26th overall in the 2017 World Cup rankings.
Trek already have a successful road team and on the MTB side the Downhill team join a star-studded group of awesome riders across the cross-country team, Enduro team and C3 Project.
With Trek’s expert backing, their resources and commitment to developing the world’s fastest race bikes the Downhill riders are confident that there are many more victories to come.
Charlie Hatton joins the team.
Graeme Mudd leaves the team.
Kade Edwards graduates the Atherton Academy to join the World Cup team.
Graeme Mudd joins the team.
Taylor Vernon leaves the team.
Rachel wins Laureus world action sportsperson of the year.
Trek Factory Downhill Team is born
Martin Maes graduates the Atherton Academy to sign an Elite contract with GT
Rachel completes the perfect season – 7 out of 7 World Cup wins and the World Championship.
Rachel awarded the BT Action Sportswoman of the Year Award
Dan’s Hardline GoPro goes viral with over 20 million views
Rachel Atherton wins DH World Championships for the 3rd time
She wins 6 of 7 World Cup rounds to take the Overall DH World Cup Series for the 4th time
She is named 23rd most influential woman in UK sport by the Independent Newspaper
Atherton Academy’s Martin Maes wins Downhill World Cup at Fort William
Mark Beaumont takes a year out of riding to host GMBN
Gee Atherton wins DH World Championships for the 2nd time
Dan Atherton creates the first ever Red Bull Hardline and films Escape.Create
Academy riders Taylor Vernon and Martin Maes win their first Downhill World Cups
(barely a year since Taylor broke his back at Crankworx Les Deux Alpes)
14 year old Kade Edwards joins the Atherton Academy
Rachel wins 2013 DH World Championship and World Cup Series 2013
She becomes the most awarded British Mountain-biker in the history of the sport
and becomes BTSports first Action Woman of the Year
Martin wins Junior Enduro World Series
GT Factory Racing are the World’s Fastest Race team for the second year running
Launch of 4 x 3 Films featuring the infamous Quarry line
Partnership with GT Bicycles – GT Factory Racing team is launched
The family are joined by Mark “Slugger” Beaumont
Junior riders Taylor Vernon and Martin Maes join the team as part of the Atherton Academy
Rachel wins DH World Cup Series for the 3rd time
GT Factory Racing are the World’s Fastest Race team
Dan wins first major Enduro at Superenduro Finale Ligure
Atherton Project Series 3 with Danny MacAskill
Dan back on his bike, takes 2nd place at Maxi Avalanche
Gee wins World Series Overall
Gee takes his first medal in Red Bull Rampage – a silver.
Commencal take over title sponsorship
Atherton Project Series 2
Rachel back on the bike, takes the World Cup victory at Windham
Dan crashes out at his local dirt jumps.
He breaks his neck at C1, C2 and spends the next 3 months screwed into a halo.
Launch of the Atherton Project
Rachel injured when she collides with a pick-up on a California training ride
Gee and Rachel win World Championships
All three siblings win World Cups in Andorra, Gee and Rachel in DH, Dan takes 4X
Team Director Dan Brown takes charge!
The Animal Commencal team is born
Rachel wins her first Elite World Cup aged 20
Rachel wins first World Championships (Jnr)
Athertons win National Championships hat-trick at Fort William
(Dan wins 4X National Championships, Gee and Rachel win Downhill)
Gee wins first Elite World Cup aged just 19
Gee takes the silver at Junior World Champs
Gee wins Welsh Championships
A family meeting confirms a new focus on mountain-biking
The Atherton siblings start racing BMX (Dan is 14, Gee 11 and Rachel 9)
Dan teaches Rachel to ride and persuades Gee to buy his first bike for £10
Dec 6th Rachel Laura Atherton is born
February 26th George David Atherton is born
January 25th Daniel Simon Atherton is born