Ridgeline II, The Return – Gee Atherton: back on That Ridge

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Ever crashed on a feature and had it become your nemesis? Found yourself carrying your bike down that bit of trail every time? Apparently, Gee Atherton doesn’t have this problem. He’s back on that ridge, where he crashed and broke himself in so many ways that had he quit bikes and taken up knitting, we’d all have understood.

He’s been through some very intensive rehab work to get back to riding, and having ridden Red Bull Hardline he’s obviously feeling like his body is strong enough to hit the big stuff again.

Credit: @moonheadmedia

Over to the press release to hype you up for the video…

“There is nobody on this planet like Gee Atherton” 

– Rob Warner, Red Bull Hardline 2022
Credit: @moonheadmedia

We’ve always known that Gee Atherton is tough. Throughout his career, Gee’s spectacular crashes have set the internet alight – from the snow-jump in Tignes 2008, to Red Bull Rampage 2012 and a close encounter with a cliff, or the headcam shots at Mont St Anne when Gee’s 60km/h tree hug left him checking that everything in his trousers was still attached! 

Gee has always ridden at the very limit saying “If you’re in control you’re not going fast enough”. It’s his can-do attitude and the crazy locations that Gee sees as an irresistible personal challenge that have enabled him to push the boundaries of the sport time and time again – most notably through events like Red Bull Hardline designed with brother Dan. One of the main drivers for Gee and his siblings to establish their own brand “Atherton Bikes” was to manufacture bikes strong enough to keep up with the demands of his riding…

Credit: @moonheadmedia

Gee’s daring has brought huge rewards in terms of progressing what is possible on a bike and in recent years millions have enjoyed spectacular edits such as The Ridgeline and the Slate line, but the risks involved in Gee’s beloved “Big Mountain” projects are horrific.

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In June 2021 when filming “The Knife Edge” Gee had a horrendous crash with a huge list of injuries…

“There was a high-impact fracture to my femur, so 5 or 6 pieces were blown apart, which blew through all the muscle and fascia around the bone. I broke 4 or 5 ribs, which also punctured my lung. An open fracture on my radius came through the skin, and there was a lot of nerve damage. I fractured my eye socket, broke my nose, and to top it all off, I knocked myself out.” – Gee Atherton.

Credit: @moonheadmedia

Gee’s recovery was a long process with a long stretch of soft tissue therapy, a revision to the op on his femur which wasn’t healing as planned and no guarantees that he would ride again but the thought of “the new Ridgeline” (built way back in 2021 before his accident was a huge motivation 

Credit: @moonheadmedia

Gee said “I have to admit the first day up on the new ridge was challenging, I’d been riding chilled bike park laps and suddenly I was back at the top of a Ridge with all the knowledge of what had gone before. But I do these projects purely because I love it. I’ve always enjoyed that creative side,.. the freedom to build things as hard as you want. There are no boundaries,  I always end up making them a little bit harder than I should. As soon as I dropped in I was back where I belong”

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  • Ridgeline II, The Return – Gee Atherton: back on That Ridge
  • brakestoomuch
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    So he’s basically Evel Knievel without an engine. I’d be interested to see his top speed down there. Probably p X 10, with p being the speed at which I’d poop myself.

    TrailriderJim
    Full Member

    Wow, that takes guts to face his nemesis again. Is he planning to ride the whole length of trail? That would be nuts. A true icon that mon.

    somafunk
    Full Member

    Brakestoomuch : So he’s basically Evel Knievel without an engine. I’d be interested to see his top speed down there. Probably p X 10, with p being the speed at which I’d poop myself.

    Name checks out, verified 😉

    Gee’s certainly got bigger balls than I could ever swagger around with

    tonyd
    Full Member

    Incredible.

    So is that the same ridge that he had that crash on? The one in the Knife Edge video? Guessing if it is then he avoided that part – can’t blame him at all! I just re-watched his big crash and it’s still as horrific as the first time I watched it. Amazing he’s come back from that.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    He’s a proper crazy boy isn’t it… massive balls for sure.

    Blackflag
    Free Member

    Ever crashed on a feature and had it become your nemesis? Found yourself carrying your bike down that bit of trail every time? Apparently, Gee Atherton doesn’t have this problem

    It’s a different ridge (or very very different part of the same ridge). Nothing like the gnarly feature he crashed on.

    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    I think it’s a shame that they take a natural hillside and chop it to pieces to make it rideable at speed.

    In that way I much prefer Danny MacAskills approach of riding nature

    Even the ridge line where he had the massive crash, they massively altered to make it rideable

    it’s a stunning part of the country but unfortunately very little access for bikes or even walking as the majority is private land

    tonyd
    Full Member

    I think it’s a shame that they take a natural hillside and chop it to pieces

    I was thinking that myself, and I do agree that it might spoil it for other users (walkers etc). However, while they are re-shaping things it’s still just dirt and stone ramps so once abandoned it shouldn’t take long for it to return to a more natural state. Plus it sounds like it’s just behind Dyfi bike park so not quite in the wilderness.

    It must be pretty hard to find terrain that would allow that kind of speed, risk, exposure, etc.

    willjones
    Full Member

    Looks like he swapped forks half way down as well.

    johnjn2000
    Full Member

    Looks like he swapped forks half way down as well.

    If it was me I would need to swap my pants half way down

    dirtyrider
    Free Member

    I was thinking that myself, and I do agree that it might spoil it for other users (walkers etc).

    how many walkers do you think ever venture that way? look at them digging out just after 1 minute, there is nothing there, i dare say, them and the crew will have been the only people up there in a long long time

    tonyd
    Full Member

    how many walkers do you think ever venture that way? look at them digging out just after 1 minute, there is nothing there, i dare say, them and the crew will have been the only people up there in a long long time

    I’ve no idea, which is why I said might. If you listen to the video they are talking about how it can be seen from the bike park. I’ve not been to Machynlleth in a long time, and never been to Dyfi Bike Park, but it’s a popular area for walkers, cyclists, all sorts – not exactly wilderness. The way it’s shot certainly suggests it’s miles from civilisation, but that’s not necessarily the case.

    Anyway I’m not having a go, quite the opposite – I think the film is great and more power to Gee for getting back on the bike.

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