Our Friend from iXS Ike H Hong, got the signature from Rachel & Gee Atherton on Gee's Race Shirt we got!
great atmosphere today! thats the main things! real fans are real riders! great! Ian Douglas-Jones
Words Gill Harris
Pictures: Sven Martin, Seb Frost and others as indicated.
Seb Frost, who provides both the brain and the brawn behind Roots & Rain was keen to point out that this won’t be Gee’s 200th race per se. In fact, it’s one of the first things he said to me. Gee almost certainly passed that milestone sometime in 2014.
Seb doesn’t record much 4X. With typically no timing data available he had less interest in integrating the results. (Gee dabbled back in the day, racing 4X right up to 2010, notably scoring 2nd to Dan in a Fort William National in 2004). Seb admits that he may well have missed a handful of Gee’s youth races as well as “one-offs” like Red Bull Foxhunt.
But what the hell? Even for those of us who like their stats nice and literal it’s not like there is anything even approaching such an exhaustive picture of the sport. Since the site was launched in 2010 Seb has trawled back through the archives to establish as full a rider history as he can. It’s been a mission but he has Dragon Downhills back to 2000/2001, World Cups to 1997 and World Champs to 1992 (If anyone out there has the 1991 results from the first ever World Championships – Seb would love to hear from you!)
Gee laughed when I told him this would be his 200th official “Roots & Rain” race. “That’s awesome, I love Roots & Rain! It’s much more reliable than ever asking me what I did back at a race in 2008. How on earth can anyone find the time to collate all those results? Dan Brown’s on it, with photos of him coming 6th at Afan Enduro 2013, out of 123! Polish Pete’s on it back in 2005, I can’t believe no-one got a photo of that!
So Race 200 on Roots & Rain, the very first of the 2015 season. Will it be another victory for Gee?
Well, I guess that depends how you’re inclined to interpret the statistics! The site shows only one other race for Gee in New Zealand; he rode the Nationals in Dunedin in 2011 but DNF. (Actually he gave himself a concussion in what both he and Pete Michaliszyn describe as the “worst weekend of my life”, so it’s probably best to focus on more recent form!
There are some good omens from European Crankworx events (Gee has won the Giant Polygon Air DH 3 times running, every year since its inception) but he points out that there may well be some differences on the track, this race is several continents away!
Gee said “I’ve had a great winter’s training and the bike feels fantastic but you can never tell – it would be awesome to win my 200th race on the site for sure, but it is just another race, no more or less than 198 or 257. Expect to see me riding hard at all of them!”
Some facts about Gee
First “Roots & Rain Race ” April 2000 Dragon DH Round 3 at Mountain Ash
First “Roots & Rain Victory” Aug 2000 Dragon DH Welsh Champs, Mynydd Du. Most Recent “Roots & Rain Race” to date (No. 199) is his 2014 World Champs Victory at Hafjell.
Some facts about Roots & Rain
Founded 2010 by Seb Frost
The site scores 1 million page views per month originating all over the globe.
There’s currently a dead-heat between Dave Smith and Harry Molloy for most “Roots & Rain Races”, with both sitting on 244.
If you’re new to Roots & Rain check out the site at www.rootsandrain.com, or why not submit your photos?
400 photographers have sold work through Roots and Rain in the last year. It's completely free for photographers (or anyone stood trackside with a decent camera!) to sign up and upload, the site makes money by taking a small commission on anything that sells.
Like a Pro - Issue 15 is committed to this! There is the 6 year old young gun Arnav Man Sherchan from Nepal, riding and thinking like a Pro, our newest and youngest team rider. We update you what's up with him, and help him to get in touch with the bike industry. During winter, our other team rider Akshay built a huge jump at Pedalers Village. Like a Pro, he managed that project, from building the ramp to riding it out at the end. Like two Pros, Tobias Woggen and Yohann Barelli rode the Alps in Switzerland, but simply getting on a public bus between the riding spots. Thomas Genon is obviously a Pro, and you can read what he is up to for next season. First year racing is done, with a big shout out to Gautam Chima for organizing the races in Delhi for ATH. He did it like a Pro and will continue this also in 2015. With the Scott helmet and sunglass you look like a Pro, so we do a review on them. Enjoy Issue 15 like a Pro!
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A kindergarden teacher once told me never to say 'NO' ... allow them to just go about doing everything they shouldn't be doing. I still hold on to the principle but with a change in allowing him to attempt all that on his mountain bike, which I would have ideally said NO.
He now never misses his iPad and loves to be out there on the bike!!
MORE ABOUT HIM, IN OUR ISSUE 15 (but will need his iPad to see his story in the magazine :-)
Putting India on the MTB World Map
From electrician to a snowboarder to an MTB rider to a magazine editor. And that list doesn't end there. Chinese resident, Swiss national, Indian born Mesum Verma has travelled far and wide where the sport took him. But for this 39-year-old athlete the umbilical connect with India never faded away. He's played a significant role in growing the MTB scene in India during its nascent years. Heck, he was responsible for getting the legendary grand daddy of the MTB world Hans Rey to India. He currently runs a mountain biking magazine in India: MTB Mag India.
We chat up with him about his journey and India connection.
read more about Mesum Verma here!
XC ELITE Result:
1st Nayangopal Maharjan
2nd Ajay Pandit Chettri
3rd Buddhi Bahadur Tamang
1st Rajesh Magar
2nd Chris Keeling
3rd Shakar Yakthumba
Full Race-Report will come in our next issue!
Filmed in the beautiful Lake city of POKHARA ... a film by GauravMan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Since the age of four Chris Keeling’s passion has been to ride his bikes. Now, aged 15 Chris, is the top downhill mountain biker in Nepal and a co-factory rider for Commencal. He is making a habit of winning races, taking first place in the Megakids Megavalanche race at Alpe d’Huez in 2013, the Nepal Downhill Mountain Bike Championship 2014, the Junior National Cross-Country Championship 2014, and the Palpa Urban Downhill race also in 2014.
His toughest race was taking part along with 1400 other competitors in the 2014 Megavalanche race in France. He finished third in the cadets (under-17) category and 247th overall after managing to overcome the snow and thick mud that defeated many older racers. He loves enduro riding and long distance downhill races and his dream is to one day compete in the Enduro World Series.
He has a British father and Nepali mother and hopes for changes in Nepal’s citizenship laws that will one day allow him to compete for Nepal.
Director / Camera - GauravMan Sherchan
Editor - Gambir Rajkarnikar
Music - Best Day of My Life (American Authors), Cover by Fast Forward Music
Trail Guide - Som champing Rai, Champing Mountain Bike, Pokhara
Assistant - Dipak Rayamajhi
Driver - Surendra Malla
A GauravMan Sherchan film
A Mokshya Production