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They're as close as family can get, all very different, and all very talented in their own right. We asked Gee, Dan and Rachel, the three siblings that make up the Atherton Racing mountain biking team, just how much they know about each other

Rachel on Dan and Gee

What’s his favourite TV show?
Gee: “Scrubs, Family Guy or The Simpsons.”
Answer: Gossip Girl
WRONG!

Dan: “Lord of the Rings!”
Answer: I never watch TV [Well, LOTR is a film trilogy anyway, so…]
WRONG!


If he could be any animal, what would he be?

Gee: “A racing snake or a peacock!”
Answer: A bear
WRONG!

Dan: “A mole or a badger.”
Answer: A rabbit
WRONG!

 
Where and when did he win his first downhill race?

Gee: "I haven’t got a clue for either, probably a little South of England race at Ashcombe or Combe Sydenham for both of them."
Answer: A south-west regional race in the youth category
Half a mark…

Dan: [As above]
Answer: Cheddar Challenge
WRONG!

 
What was his best subject at school?

Gee: “Art or maths.”
Answer: I was awesome at all of them
Half a mark…

Dan: "Making things… so, Design & Technology.”
Answer: Design & Technology
RIGHT!

 
When was the last time he cried?

Gee: "When he hit his balls!"
Answer: I never cry
WRONG!

Dan: “I don’t know!”
Answer: I'm way too reserved to answer that
WRONG!


What word or phrase, if any, does he use too much?

Gee: “‘Come on, let’s go,’ or ‘Hurry Up’!”
Answer: 'It’ll be fine'
WRONG!

Dan: ‘Yeah, you would do,’ or ‘I’ll do it after digging.’”
Answer: 'Mon'
WRONG!


Does he have any pet names people call him that he dislikes?

Gee: “Some abusive name from me, I imagine!”
Answer: No
WRONG!

Dan: “Messy Bugger.”
Answer: No
WRONG!


If he could rescue one possession in an emergency, what would it be?

Gee: “World champ’s top, moto bike or his air rifle.”
Answer: My MX bike
RIGHT!

Dan: “His Lord of the Rings box set, headphones or shovel.”
Answer: My bed
WRONG!


If you went to the bar to buy him a drink, what would he want you to order?

Gee: "Beer."
Answer: A Mojito
WRONG!

Dan: "Apple juice."
Answer: Apple juice
RIGHT!


Finish the sentence:
He is happiest when he’s…

Gee: “… building a fire.”
Answer: … on the top step of the podium
WRONG!

Dan: “… digging in the yard.”
Answer: … driving the digger
RIGHT!

Score: 5/20  

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Gee on Dan and Rachel

What’s his/her favourite TV show?
Dan: “He doesn’t watch TV.”
Answer: I don't watch TV
WRONG!

Rachel: “Gossip Girl.”
Answer: Gossip Girl or Sex and the City
RIGHT!


If he/she could be any animal, what would he/she be?

Dan: “A mole.”
Answer: A rabbit
WRONG!

Rachel: “A cat.”
Answer: A wolf or an eagle
WRONG!

 
Where and when did he/she win his/her first downhill race?

Dan: “First national win was Rheola [Wales] in second year junior.”
Answer: Cheddar Challenge
WRONG!

Rachel: “Probably the first race she did when she was about three.”
Answer: Can’t remember really, some local south-west race I imagine
Half a mark…

 
What was his/her best subject at school?

Dan: “Engineering.”
Answer: Design & Technology
Half a mark…

Rachel: "Sports."
Answer: English or PE [ie sports!]
RIGHT!

 
When was the last time he/she cried?

Dan: “He can’t cry – he's a machine.”
Answer: I'm way too reserved to answer that
Half a mark…

Rachel: “When I crashed at the Maribor World Cup last year!”
Answer: Yesterday
WRONG!


What word or phrase, if any, does he/she use too much?

Dan: “I can’t, I've hired a digger for that day.” [NB: The Athertons spend a lot of their time digging up their garden to make practice tracks…]
Answer: 'Mon'
WRONG!

Rachel: "Well…"
Answer: Nothing specific, but it’s always shouted and probably a swearword!
WRONG!


Does he/she have any pet names people call him/her that he/she dislikes?

Dan: "No."
Answer: No
RIGHT!

Rachel: "Waynehead." [From the weird US cartoon of the same name!]
Answer: Plenty, but I’m not telling! The boys probably will, though…
Half a mark…


If he/she could rescue one possession in an emergency, what would it be?

Dan: “His shovel or BMX.”
Answer: My bed
WRONG!

Rachel: "The fridge.”
Answer: My dried flowers from races or my diary
WRONG!


If you went to the bar to buy him/her a drink, what would he/she want you to order?

Dan: “Tonic water.”
Answer: Apple juice
WRONG!

Rachel: “Rum and Red Bull Cola.”
Answer: A cranberry juice or white wine
WRONG!


Finish the sentence:
He/she is happiest when he/she is…

Dan: “… riding or digging dirt jumps.”
Answer: … driving the digger
RIGHT!

Rachel: “…at home in Wales.”
Answer: … in North Wales! (After just winning a race!)
RIGHT!

Score: 7/20  

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Dan on Gee and Rachel

What’s his/her favourite TV show?
Gee: “The In-betweeners.”
Answer: Gossip Girl
WRONG!

Rachel: "Anything with her in it.”
Answer: Gossip Girl or Sex and the City
WRONG!


If he/she could be any animal, what would he/she be?

Gee: “The Gruffalo.”
Answer: A bear
WRONG!

Rachel: “A monkey.”
Answer: A wolf or an eagle
WRONG!

 
Where and when did he/she win his/her first downhill race?

Gee: “Cheddar Challenge.”
Answer: A south-west regional race in the youth category [Cheddar is in the south-west of England]
Half a mark…

Rachel: “Probably the first race she entered.”
Answer: Can’t remember really, some local south-west race I imagine
Half a mark…

 
What was his/her best subject at school?

Gee: “Human relations [ie sex education].”
Answer: I was awesome at all of them
Half a mark…

Rachel: “English.”
Answer: English or PE [ie sports!]
RIGHT!

 
When was the last time he/she cried?

Gee: “Every time I get the digger in.”
Answer: I never cry
WRONG!

Rachel: “When she thought she would miss the first World Cup again.”
Answer: Yesterday
WRONG!


What word or phrase, if any, does he/she use too much?

Gee: “Right, let’s go…”
Answer: 'It'll be fine'
WRONG!

Rachel: “Geeeeeeeee!”
Answer: Nothing specific, but it’s always shouted and probably a swearword!
Half a mark…


Does he/she have any pet names people call him/her that he/she dislikes?

Gee: “Loxley.” [Obviously some reference to Robin of Loxley, ie Robin Hood – or an actor who plays him!]
Answer: No
WRONG!

Rachel: "Waynehead."
Answer: Plenty, but I’m not telling! The boys probably will, though…
Half a mark…


If he/she could rescue one possession in an emergency, what would it be?

Gee: “His Red Bull hat.”
Answer: My MX bike
WRONG!

Rachel: "The contents of the fridge.”
Answer: My dried flowers from races or my diary
WRONG!


If you went to the bar to buy him/her a drink, what would he/she want you to order?

Gee: “A protein shake.”
Answer: A Mojito
WRONG!

Rachel: “A Marguerita.”
Answer: A cranberry juice or white wine
WRONG!


Finish the sentence:
He/she is happiest when he/she is…

Gee: “… pissing off Browny [ie Dan Brown, the Athertons’ manager].”
Answer: … on the top step of the podium
WRONG!

Rachel: “… in North Wales.”
Answer: … in North Wales! (After just winning a race!)
RIGHT!

Score: 4.5/20 

Rachel – 5/20
Gee – 7/20
Dan – 4.5/20

Talk about sibling rivalry! Rachel kept her options open which meant she just edged out eldest bro Dan by half a mark, but it's the sage knowledge of the middle child Gee that has triumphed with an impressive seven out of 20… Not bad considering that digging up the garden with heavy machines takes up so much of their time at home together!

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