Dan Atherton - trailblazer

Dan Atherton has come back from an impromptu trip to the Grouse Mountain World Cup race raving about

Dan has put together an evil DH course for the National Champs
Dan Atherton has come back from an impromptu trip to the Grouse Mountain World Cup race raving about somewhere else entirely.

"Whistler blew me away. I've never seen so many full-on downhill bikes being used for fun anywhere. It's just like when you're skiing, you get to the bottom and there's a long line for the lift back up.

"Then we went to ride the North shore stuff at Seymour Mountain. It was good, but it's slow. The wooden stuff is there to make it possible to ride through the bogs and stuff. It's very technical, the drops are huge, it's a real challenge but Whistler speed does it for me."

The Grouse Mountain race was a bit of a joke.

"I qualified slow, raced before the rain and came 14th. Gee qualified quick, rode in near nil visibility and ended in the 50s. Everyone at the top was in the same boat, so nobody gained much except Mickael Pascal who did well."

One of the most exciting things Dan has achieved this season is putting together a course for the National Championships which everyone is raving about.

"It wasn't so hard. There is a lot of land around here which is too steep to farm and the farmers are OK with mountain bikers".

It looks like the British tracks are improving while the Worlds courses get a bit crap.

"That would be good. The riders are saying that the more World Cups they do this year the better Fort William looks."

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