After much speculation, the wait is finally over as it has been confirmed that the Atherton family are moving to Trek Factory Racing for 2016.
After spending a victorious 4 years with GT it was confirmed earlier this week that Rachel, Dan, Gee and Taylor Vernon will be riding for the Trek Downhill division.
With a wealth of titles between them, including 6 World Championships, 15 National, 2 European and over 30 World Cup wins, the Atherton trio has secured their position in cycling's history books.
Their combined experience of riding, racing and living for bikes will make for an interesting partnership with Trek in upcoming years. No doubt will we begin to see the Atherton influence on their already impressive range of mountain bikes.
During her 4 years with GT, Rachel Atherton has acclimated World Cup and National successes'. This year's World Cup winner and World Champion, is joining the Trek ranks among some of the most influential women in the industry, like Tracy Moseley.
"Trek is a brand with a lot of positive associations for me"
Here's what Rachel has to say about the move: "I'm stoked to be working with Trek. I remember watching my fellow Brit Tracy Moseley absolutely tearing apart the field at Worlds in 2010 on her Trek Session, then going on to dominate the 2011 season. Trek is a brand with a lot of positive associations for me."
Both Rachel Atherton and Dan Atherton are keen to get involved with the Trek Development team and help promote the advancement of the sport, its bikes and the brand. With Dan saying, "They are as hungry to progress the sport as we are and we can't wait to get started."
Rachel's new ride will be the Trek Session which is said to be the fastest bike on the circuit. With Fox forks, Bontrager components, wheels, and tires it's a highly decorated bike in the industry. Combine the Session with Rachel's world winning talent, and we have a very exciting year to anticipate. Let's hope the Trek-Atherton force will continue to world cup victories next season. Good luck!