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Athertons part ways with Commencal

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The Athertons make history at the World Cup in Andorra when all three siblings won a race.

The Athertons make history at the World Cup in Andorra when all three siblings won a race.
(Image credit: Sven Martin)
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Rachel Atherton racing to a win at the Windham World Cup in 2011

Rachel Atherton racing to a win at the Windham World Cup in 2011
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Dan Atherton racing in La Bresse in 2009

Dan Atherton racing in La Bresse in 2009
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Gee Atherton celebrates at Fort William in 2010

Gee Atherton celebrates at Fort William in 2010
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Gee Atherton races toward a win at the 2008 Worlds in Val di Sole, Italy

Gee Atherton races toward a win at the 2008 Worlds in Val di Sole, Italy
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Dan Atherton racing in Vigo in 2007.

Dan Atherton racing in Vigo in 2007.
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For five years, the names Commencal and Atherton were synonymous, but in 2012, the parties will go their separate ways. During their partnership, the three Atherton siblings, riding as Team Commencal, netted over 50 victories and multiple world titles.

"We're sad to be saying goodbye to Max and the Commencal brand but we have to be happy with what we have achieved together and strive to continue our individual success stories along different paths," said the Athertons' Team Director Dan Brown.

"Max and his team have supported us amazingly over the last five years and we wish them all the best in the future. Although we will not be working alongside the brand anymore, you can rest assured that we will remain great friends and look back on the partnership very fondly."

Some of the partnership's most memorable occasions included the triple World Cup win - one race by each sibling - in Andorra in 2008 and the double world championship in Val di Sole, Italy, in 2008

Over the next five weeks, the Gee, Rachel and Dan Atherton have asked readers to pick their favorite images of the Commencal team riders from the past five years. They can do so on www.facebook.com/athertonracing.

The five most popular photographs will be compiled into a slideshow, accompanied by personal accounts of the story behind each of them. Whether this is the joy of the good times, the sacrifices required or simply how much fun was had, the images and stories will chronicle the special relationship between Commencal and Atherton Racing.

The Athertons have yet to announce their future team plans, but said they are looking forward to another season of racing together.