Hometown Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK Years Competing 15
Discipline Downhill MTB
Honors 2010 World Cup Champion, 2008 World Champion, 2009 British Champion
How does FOX contribute to your success?
Not only do they supply me with the best products but they have the support to back it up, results are always the number one focus.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
My bike has to feel fast, and it has to feel like it will take any abuse I can throw at it... when I climb on it in the pits it has to feel like it is ready for anything.
What else is in your garage?
Hundreds of various GT bikes, a lot of BMXs, a 250CRF, a KTM SX, a TTR, a race workshop, a mechanic or two, an ATV, a 106 GTI, and a Toyota Hilux.
What's your training regimen?
Just doing whatever it takes to get to the top.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
Nothing too major, but I've learned that you can never do enough physio... and that being prepared is key.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Jelly babies and Red Bull
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
World Cup races take priority, then we just filter down, I like to be flat out racing all season.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
My older brother Dan. He was the one that pushed me to not just start racing but to push to be the best, and to train and to make sacrifices. He taught me that winning is not something that comes easy.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
The backup and support I have from my family.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Maybe own a strip club.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
It teaches you that hard work pays off.
What other sports are you interested in?
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Nothing is as good as it seems.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Dirt Mag, VitalMX, and Facebook.
Favorite movie quote?
"Why the f--- do I want a caravan that's got no f---ing wheels?" - Mickey the Pikey, Snatch.
Who is your hero?
Are you a Mac or PC? Mac
Greatest strength Finishing interviews
Most frustrating challenge This interview
03.22.12 Podium for Gee in South Africa
04.12.11 Home win for Gee Atherton
07.26.10 Second World Cup win for Atherton