Over the past several years, Red Bull has been sponsoring a very different kind of fox hunt, wherein world-champion racing cyclist Gee Atherton (the “fox”) attempts to outrace a pack of 400 mountain bikers.
GEE ATHERTON VS 400 MTB RIDERS
In 2016, starting at the very back of the pack, Atherton managed to outrace all but one of the 400 “hounds” as they took on the 3.5 mile downhill trail on Rostrevor Mountain in Ireland.
Atherton’s first-person point-of-view video illustrates just how nimbly he navigated around the dozens of bikers that clogged the treacherous trail in front — while hitting speeds in excess of 50 km/h.
Later that same year, Gee’s sister Rachel overtook 144 racers on a new course near the Atherton’s hometown in Machynlleth, Wales.
PULLING SERIOUS G’S
Last year, after a whirlwind UCI Downhill World Champion win, Loïc Bruni took a trip to the emerald isle to try his luck at the madness of Red Bull Foxhunt.
Being accustomed to his typical solo downhill runs, Bruni got quite the shock trying to outrun over 450 hounds as well as the two other foxes in two time downhill World Champion Atherton and three time Foxhunt winner Colin Ross