Bryn Atkinson

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Bryn Atkinson
Bryn Atkinson portrait1.jpg
Bryn Atkinson portrait
Personal information
Full nameBryn Atkinson
Born (1982-12-09) 9 December 1982 (age 35)
Canberra, Australia
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Team information
DisciplineProfesional MTB
RoleRider
Rider typeDownhill/ Trail
Amateur team(s)
?St George CC
Professional team(s)
2002-PresentRoyal/Orange
?Madcatz/Ironhorse
?GT Bicycles
?Intense/Crankbros
?-2010Transition Racing

Bryn Atkinson (born 9 December 1982, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory[1]) is an Australian professional mountain bike racing cyclist from Townsville, QLD. Mother Janet, Father Graham, brother Rhys Atkinson. He started mountain biking at the age of 14 in 1996 and became a professional rider in 2002. Bryn's first introduction to the sport was through his local mountain bike club in Townsville- The Townsville Rockwheelers. Competing in several cross country type events, Bryn evolved with the sport and later found downhill. As a teenager, he moved north to Cairns, a popular location for downhill mountain biking, and host of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 1996. Glen Jacobs was the course builder for that event and several other events on the World Cup, and mentored Bryn and several other downhillers in the area.

The first Australian competitors to travel overseas and race world cups with success were Michael Ronning, Scott Sharples, Sean Mccarroll, Tai Lee Muxlow, Katrina Miller, Wade Boots, etc.. Scott Sharples would later become Bryn's coach.

Royal/ Orange was the first international Downhill team Bryn raced for in 2002. In 2003, as a bonafide member of The Second Aussie Invasion, he joined Rennie, Hill and Graves on the MadCatz/Iron Horse team and started scaring people worldwide with his raw-power cornering and flat-out speed. In 2005 Bryn signed with GT Bicycles for four years. In 2009 he and his girlfriend (now Wife), Jill Kintner formed a privateer program with Crankbrothers and Intense Bicycles. In 2010-11 he rode for Transition Bicycles out of Ferndale, Wa, and is teammates with Jill Kintner, and Lars Sternberg.

Bryn is still a sponsor’s dream come true, even though he no longer races at the world level. Since retiring from full-time racing, Bryn has maintained his superhuman bike handling skills, but added pro-level filming and photography to his toolkit, leveraging the power of the internet and social media to stay visible while doing what he loves. Widely respected in the world of mountain biking by fans, competitors, sponsors, and the media alike, Bryn is friendly, laid back, approachable, and still fast AF

He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington.

Palmarès[edit]

2002
7th DH, Australian National Mountain Biking Championships
2003
4th DH, Australian National Mountain Biking Championships
9th 4X, Norba Series, Round 4 USA
10th DH, Oceania MTB Championships AUS
10th DH, Norba Series, Round 5 USA
2004
6th 4X, Norba Series, Round 3 USA
8th DH, Norba Series, Round 3 USA
5th DH, Norba Series, Round 5 USA
9th DH, Norba Series, Round 6 USA
4th DH, Norba Series, Round 7 USA
10th 4X, Norba Series, Round 7 USA
8th DH, Norba Series Final USA
2005
4th 4X, Sea Otter
2nd Pro Slalom, Sea Otter
10th DH, Sea Otter
3rd 4X, Norba Series, Round 5 USA
6th DH, National Series Final VIC
7th DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, ITA
9th DH, MTB World Cup CAN
2006
2nd DH, Australian National Mountain Biking Championships
7th DH MTB World Cup, Round 5 BRA
13th DH MTB World Championships Rotorua, New Zealand
2007
1st US Open
3rd 4X Oceania Championships ACT
4th DH Oceania Championships AUS
9th 4X MTB World Cup, Round 2 SUI
2008
3rd US Open
9th DH MTB World Cup, Round 6, Canberra, Australia
2nd DH, Australian National Mountain Biking Championships
2009
8th UCI World Cup Val nord, Andorra
2010
2nd DH National Thredbo, NSW
1st Pro Gravity Tour #1 Port Angeles, WA
12th UCI World Cup #1, Maribor, Slovenia
2nd Pro Gravity Tour #2 Platekill, NY
16th UCI World Cup Ft.William, Scotland
2nd Pro GRT #3 Northstar Tahoe, CA
20th UCI World Cup Champery, SUI
18th UCI World Cup Val Di Sole, ITA
1st Overall Pro Gravity Tour Series
21st Overall UCI World Cup Series
1st Newtons Nation Bathurst, AUS

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External links[edit]

SEA OTTER

PRO GRT/NDUB CUP

MARIBOR

PRO GRT/PLATTEKILL

US OPEN

FORT WILLIAM

LEOGANG

NORTHSTAR

CHAMPERY

VAL DI SOLE

WHISTLER

WINDHAM

MT ST ANNE