Dan Atherton Rides the Dyfi Forest.

Trek World Racing’s most understated rider and oldest of the Atherton siblings, Dan, is a busy boy. Not that you might ever see him working though. He’s usually tucked away in a pine plantation near his Dyfi home crafting some magic, mattock in hand.

After suffering a broken shoulder practising for the 2015 edition of the Red Bull Hardline event, the track for which he had designed and built, Dan Atherton went off the radar a touch. Either side of the announcement that Atherton Racing would be riding Trek for 2016 we didn’t see much of him.

That’s pretty much Dan’s Modus Operandi, however, and the elder statesmen of one of the most successful families in mountain bike history prefers disappearing into the woods with his bike and some hand tools to create amazing trails.

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Dan is not alone though. His home of the Dyfi has a thriving local scene, and he can call on any number of hands to help him craft his vision in the woods.