Gee Atherton races a peregrine falcon

Downhill racer versus the world’s fastest bird of prey

One has to wonder who sits around and thinks these stunts up. We’ve seen man versus motorcycle, when Gee Atherton beat moto racer David Knight down the Fort William downhill course. The 2010 downhill world champ even bested all but a handful of the 400 riders in hot pursuit during the Redbull Fox Hunt. But his latest challenge, outpacing the world’s fastest bird of prey, may take the cake.

The peregrine falcon hunts from above, swooping down on its prey at speeds exceeding 200mph (322 km/h).

While Gee’s no slouch on a bike, he’s certainly not capable of such speeds. Then again, he might be motivated to pedal a bit faster with a bag of meat attached to his back…

Check out the video to see who wins the battle of bike versus bird. 

Gee atherton races a peregrine falcon
Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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