Here’s a video featuring some Gravity friends and Team Riders
Thoughts from Charlie…
This past weekend was the first race of the season, the Beacon Hill Double Down Hoe Down in Spokane Washington. This was my first race with Diamondback and Gravity, and my first race with my new Teammate Kyle Thomas. At the Double Down there are two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The plan was to win both days.
The Saturday course was really fun. The top was pretty flat, but the turns were blind and required full commitment. Halfway down the course fed into some steep rock sections, and the bottom of the course was a tight, machine-built jump and berm trail called “Hollywood Hits.” The name of the game was carrying speed, and that’s what I worked hard to do all weekend. Kyle was there to keep me honest and make sure I didn’t ride like a pansy. I made sure to take some time to relax, stretch, and warm up for my run, and visualized what I wanted to do. As I left the start gate, I was just thinking “this is the first race. This is awesome.” At the bottom I knew I had a good run, but I had to wait about an hour to find out. I knew I had a good run, so I was going to be disappointed if I didn’t make it on the podium. I was working on my bike when out of the blue somebody patted me one the back and said “nice work.” I asked why, and apparently I won by two and a half seconds on the 1:48 track. First race, first win, booyah. Local pinner Bryan Crum was on my tail in 2nd place. Bryan always brings his A-game to Beacon, and is the man to beat.
Sunday’s course was a little bit more of a traditional downhill- faster, gnarlier, scarier. Basically it was awesome. Pro Rider and semi-pro loudmouth Bob Stenson found a new line at the top, in a section that’s been ridden for 10 years. Faced with a blind, rocky descending turn, Bob told Kyle and me that he was just going to jump the whole thing. Kyle and I looked at the line and said “your funeral,” and were both totally shocked when Bob actually cleaned his blind mega huck. By the end of the day the Bobby huck was the new line, and everyone was killing it. It’s pretty cool to see a section that’s been raced a million times through a new set of eyes. When race time rolled around I just relaxed, visualized, and shifted into kill mode. This time I definitely put some pressure on myself to win again, so when I heard that I won my reaction was go “thank goodness.” Bryan was 0.2 seconds behind me in 2nd, and another local guy, Rob Crump was in third. This is Rob’s third season riding mountain bikes, so everyone was pretty stoked for Rob.
The All Gravity Series put on another great event. It’s the relazed atmosphere and great courses that keep Kyle and I coming out to the All-Gravity events, and the Double-Down did not disappoint. These were the best tracks I’ve ridden at Beacon, and I’ll definitely be back next year. Kyle and I are feeling really prepared coming into the NW Cup and Sea Otter, and the plan at this point is to just keep winning. It seems like a good plan to us.
Kelly has this amazing video from Teva that dropped this week. Check out Gravity’s international playboy…
Kelly will be coming back to North America just in time for Sea Otter. He will be shredding all over the North West with the Gravity crew before heading up to summer at Whistler. He’s got some big things planned this year, so be on the look out for an abnormally tall, blond, mountain biking bad ass.
The annual All Gravity Series “The Double Down Hoe Down” took place last weekend in Spokane, WA. There were over 170 racers that entered. The Gravity crew was in attendance and had quite the run on the podium. Gravity’s booth provided hot coffee and donuts all weekend to help the racers get stoked and even cured a few hangovers!
Gravity is all about the North West! It has some of the best riding in the world and also is where we call home. Our DH Team KHS visited Post Canyon and knocked out this sweet web edit. Thanks too the Hood River Rats, Mike Estes, and KHS!
If you ever need a place to stay in Hood River this place is right next Post Canyon and run by Snowboard / MTB legend Mike Estes, with great views of the Columbia River!
The 2012 All Gravity Series kicks off this weekend (March 23- 25th) in Spokane, WA. Gravity will be there manning the tent and keeping people stoked! Stop by our tent to check out the Gravity Line and meet Gravity Pro’s Kyle Thomas, Charlie Sponsel, and Scott Kemp. This event is gonna be sweet, so if you live in the NW, sign up to race or come out to cheer us on!
Here is a course preview for all you racers out there!
Charlie Sponsel! Charlie is one of Gravity’s newest Pro’s this year. He will joining the race squad with the likes of Kyle Thomas, Quinton Spaulding, Bryson Martin Jr., Kevin Aiello, Logan Binggeli, Brook McDonald, Atherton Racing, and The Ministry of Descent. Be on the lookout for Charlie taking podiums at the NW Cup and All Gravity Series! If you would like to get a good laugh in while you’re surfin’ check out his blog here.
Knolly Bikes is thrilled to have James Doerfling and Garett Buehler representing our brand again this season. After last season we developed a new team program to ensure James and Garett were in a position to build on their momentum and push their riding even further this season. For 2012 the team is excited to work with the following amazing companies: SR Suntour, Gravity Components, Joystick Bicycle Components, Mountain Racing Products (MRP), Alex Rims, Hayes Bicycle Components, KMC Chains, Lizard Skins, and Maxxis tires. We truly appreciate their support!
“It’s cool to be riding for brands who really support our vision, and give us the freedom to explore our creativity with Freeriding while having fun on our bikes. This year is going to be insane, full of adventures to some of the most badass big mountain zones around. Riding on a team with one of your best buddies, and the support from all the sponsors is a dream come true. We cannot wait to get busy shooting and pushing it on big mountain missions until the Red Bull Rampage Champ is crowned this fall. Stoked.”
-Garett and James