Britain’s first family of gravity mountain bike racing, Gee, Dan and Rachel Atherton will be spending the weekend of May 30-31 at BikeRadar Live. You’ll be able to catch them in action with the world’s best downhill and four-cross racers at the MBUK Eliminator slalom.
Away from the racing, the famously approachable Athertons will be showing off their Commencal world championship bikes, and will be available to answer questions and pass on their unsurpassed knowledge of how to go downhill fast.
Two of the family became mountain biking’s first brother and sister world champions last year when Rachel Atherton blew the doors off the women’s downhill field and Gee followed up by grabbing the men’s victory.
Dan is a World Cup four-cross winner whose victory in Andorra last year set the stage for the three siblings to sweep the gravity events at that round.
Slalom organiser Will Longden says that he’s also talking to several Very Big Names that will give the Atherton’s a run for their money and hopes to be able to announce them in the next couple of days.
“The riders I’ve talked to so far are stoked to be riding at a big UK show, slalom is popular with downhill and four-cross riders and it’s looking like this will be the best dual slalom field outside of the World Cup.”
Other top riders who’ve already signed up include the Chain Reaction team with Australian legend and downhill World Cup winner Chris Kovarik; 2007 junior world champ Ruaridh Cunningham and World Cup 4X rider Lucas Mechura.
British megastar and reigning UK four-cross champion Scott Beaumont (Rocky Mountain UK) will be flying the home flag, assisted by riders such as junior world silver medallist Dave Wardell and twice UK downhill champion Marc Beaumont (GT).
For more details and tickets see the BikeRadar Live site.
About BikeRadar Live
BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at DoningtonPark in Leicestershire.
The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.
Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the CycleActive skills school. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.
Events include the Cycling Plus Sportive in association with the Geoff Thomas Foundation (100km & 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr & 4hr), MBUK eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.
BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.
BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of MBUK, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar.com, What Mountain Bike, Cyclingnews.com and Procycling.
For more details go to the BikeRadar Live website.