The Athertons join forces with German tyre manufacturer Continental to form the Continental Atherton with an unchanged line up.
Anyone that follows the Athertons will notice that the team name might have changed to Continental Atherton, but the line up remains unchanged, with Gee, Rach and Dan leading the charge, with Charlie Hatton and Mille Johnset making up the non-Atherton component.
For 2020, Continental Atherton change only their team name and some mechanic changes, as Gee’s long standing mechanic Polish Pete moves on for the coming season.
Otherwise, component and clothing sponsors remain unchanged, as does the rider line up.
Read below for our predictions of where the team will end up come September.
Easily one of the most experienced and successful racers on the World Cup circuit. A double World Champion, took the fight to Minnaar for his World Cup overall win and has countless medals to his name.
2019 saw Gee miss the World Champs squad, but found himself inside the top 20 on multiple occasions but that likely wasn’t good enough by his own very high standards.
Will we see Gee back on the World Cup podium in 2020? If the weather turns sour, this guy won’t be phased, so we’re going to say yes. Mont Saint Anne and Vallnord.
The most successful downhill racer of recent times, Rachel Atherton has won everything there is to win.
2019 would be a year to forget though, as an Achilles rupture at the Les Gets World Cup sidelined her until only recently. Currently eyeballing a return to top flight racing at the opening World Cup in Lousa, it will be great to see the champ back between the tape.
With Rach, Tahnee and Myriam returning from injury, and the fresh blood coming through in 2019, we’re going to say that it will be a five way fight for the title come Les Gets in September with Tracey Hannah looking to defend her title and Marine Cabirou out for blood. Our money is on Rach to rise to the occasion though.
Hardline, Dyfi Bike Park and Land Rover Defenders are clearly what drive the oldest Atherton sibling now that his racing boots have been hung up, but Dan is easily one of the raddest riders to watch attack a trail.
Watching Dan tear his own handiwork to pieces will never get old.
It never gets old seeing former Wideopenmag alumni making their mark on factory teams. Charlie Hatton is another one of the very fast riders that graduated through our ranks and is now a staple of the top 15 at World Cups.
11th at Val di Sole proves he has the pace, and certainly on one of the most intimidating tracks out there. Unlucky to miss out on the National Champs title in 2019 by a second to Danny Hart. We’re going to go out on a limb and say you’ll see Charlie on a World Cup podium in 2020.
One of the first Junior female riders to bring Vali Hoell’s run of wins to an end, Mille Johnset joins the Elite ranks with her Austrian counterpart for 2020.
Her win at Val di Sole showed she has a racer’s head on her as the rain came down by the bucket, and her time would have slotted her neatly just outside the top 10 in Elite.
Continued tutelage from Rachel Atherton will surely see Mille slowly rise through the ranks in 2020. If she can find her speed early, we’d say she’ll be a shoe in for a podium, but she may have to settle for the not inconsiderable achievement of sitting inside the top 10 as the competition will be fierce.