You may have noticed Diamondback and Gravity share a lot of the same team riders. This is because we are both Northwest Companies, and the Northwest Crew sticks together! Kelly McGarry, Eric Porter, Kyle Thomas, Charlie Sponsel, and Simon Lawton all ride for both Gravity and Diamondback.
This last weekend Eric Porter kicked off the 2013 DB line-up in his back yard in Midway, UT. The DB team was in the house all weekend having a blast!
Double Firsts at Moelfre as Gee and Rachel Atherton smash the British National Champs
Both delighted with wins on their home track
Gee and Rachel Atherton triumphed in the Men’s and Women’s Elite races at Moelfre yesterday in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
An exultant Gee said “What a great day, sunshine, fantastic crowd – I’m really stoked to take the win here, just 8 minutes from our home.”
The Moelfre track is a super fast, rolling track with many high speed corners, off camber sections and fast straights. It falls from 545m to 238 m over a 2.3 km run.
Weather conditions were dusty despite recent downpours and strong winds up top meant that most competitors kept jumps to a minimum.
Gee seeded first in the Elite Men’s section less than half a second ahead of Josh Bryceland but in the final Gee extended the gap to 2.2 seconds clocking a final time of 2.25.94
Bryceland took second place with 2.28.14 and Steve Peat third with 2.28.59.
In the Women’s Elite seeding run Rachel led by 2 seconds at the first split but lost time on the bottom section to come in second to Manon Carpenter by 0.5 secs. In the final though Rachel really turned it up to beat Carpenter by 7.4 seconds with a time of 2.39.01 to Carpenter’s 2.46.42.
Rachel said “We love racing here, up at Jac’s place, with all our friends and family here. I’ve had a brilliant time.”
“Farmer Jac” who owns the Moelfre track presented the prizes and paid tribute to organizer Si Paton and to the Atherton family who had started the Moelfre track. Congratulating Gee and Rachel on their win he also announced that elder brother Dan had taken third in the Megavalanche event in France – a vintage weekend for the Atherton family!
Kevin rides Gravity 7050 Cranks, Gravity Light 800 Bars, Direct Mount Stems, Light Posts, FSA Orbit Option Angle Adjust, Gravity Light Pedals.
Would you like a free weekend of riding at Whistler Bike Park? Need a sweet place to stay? Want a hot meal after a long day at the park? Maybe a hot tub to cap it all off? Then this is contest for you!
All you have to do is write a short paragraph in the comment section of this page explaining why you and a guest should win a free stay at the infamous Bear Back Biking Chalet, just 1 mile from Whistler Village. You and lucky friend could be shredding in style this September for Gravity and Bear Back Biking’s “Whistler Weekend” giveaway.
Bear Back Biking (Website, Facebook) has been running their Whistler Mountain Bike Chalet since 2000. Their main package dubbed “The Whistler Experience” is a catered, guided, week long mountain biking holiday package based in a luxury chalet near the shores of Alta Lake, a short ride from the village, bike park and Whistler’s trail network.
Bear Back’s guides are fully kitted out with top of the line Gravity Light Components and offer some of the best coaching available. They will help you better your cornering, dropping, jumping, and psyche you up to ride everyday. Whether it is Cross Country, Down Hill, Dirt Jumping, working on your bike, or just plain old chillin’ at the Chalet after a long day, the guides will always make you feel comfortable.
So write your best reasons for us to select you as the winner in the comment section below, and get ready for the trip of lifetime!
It’s Mid-June and if you are a fortunate resident of the fine province of British Columbia, you will know it’s been a fort night or two, since we last saw the sun. Words to describe the past month would line up something like this… Rainy, pounded, poured, soaked, saturated, soggy, pruned, pickled, to put it bluntly wet became an understatement two weeks ago. “Spring 2012″ has officially been retitled “Monsoon Season”. But like most weather woes, one hits a point where he accepts the soak, spins wheels, splits puddles, and has smashing good time. I teamed up with Gravity and my buddy Dave Peacock set out to have some fun in natures sweat lodge. Four days, two days of digging, two days of filming, and one hell of a good time amidst a sky full of soggy assailants. Boom! Monsoon Season ain’t so bad. Love the Soak.
Gravity Components headed down from Seattle to attend the fourth round of the North West Cup at Ski Bowl, Mt. Hood. Gravity Pro Racer’s Kyle Thomas and Charlie Sponsel were both in attendance along with Gravity’s Mike Estes, Scott Kemp, Mike Lawless, The Ministry of Descent, and newest Gravity Homeboy Adam “Smokey” Wright. The Gravity Crew was grillin’, chillin’ and down hillin’ the whole weekend. If you made it out there was a good chance you got a free burger off the Gravity Grill, listened to Mike Estes’ antics on the microphone, and even got to check out Gravity’s new Ice Grey Colorway!
Kyle Thomas ripped his shoulder out of socket during Pro Seeding and popped it back in mid run to qualify in 3rd place. Kyle is probably both tougher and faster than you. Here he shows his ability to shred through the pain on his way straight to the podium.
Scott Tucker, Casey Northern, and Petr Kakes are the men responsible for such a great series of events in Port Angeles and Ski Bowl. If you see these guys tell them thanks for an awesome job! These dudes are always welcome to a brat n’ beer from the Gravity tent. Scott Tucker: more cheers, more beers!
Logan Binggeli took the win at Angel Fire New Mexico aboard his KHS DH 300 decked out with Gravity Components.
Logan Rides the Gravity Light 7050 Cranks, 800mm bars, direct mount stem, Gravity Light pedals, post, and Orbit Option Headsets!
Check out their video from the event!
The USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) continued with its fourth race over the weekend, the Mountain States Cup – Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, N.M. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS) descended to victory in the pro men’s race while Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./IXS-510-Smith Optics) earned the women’s win; both taking over second place in the overall standings.
Binggeli edged second-place finisher Ben Furbee (Los Osos, Calif./KHS) by just over one second, covering the approximately 1,000 feet of descent in 5:46.14. Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah/Specialized USA Gravity) completed the run down Angel Fire in 5:48.79 to earn the bronze.
With the victory Binggeli moved into second position in the overall standings, 70 points behind overall world cup leader Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) who has won two of the four Pro GRT races thus far. Gwin’s teammate Justin Leov (NZL/Trek World Racing) holds a firm grasp on third-place in the Pro GRT’s overall with four of six races completed.
Harmony ran away with the women’s victory at Chile Challenge, besting her closest competitor by 17 seconds. Wendy Palmer (Moab, Utah/Chile Bieks-Shamano-Fox-Sombrio) clocked a time of 6:54.25 to earn second place while Katy Hanlon (Avon, Colo./Mojo Wheels-Monster-Nema-Spy Optics) was third.
With the win Harmony propelled herself into second place in the overall standings, 55 points behind Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./DRD Intense) who holds the Pro GRT lead with two races remaining.
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In front of a huge home crowd siblings Gee and Rachel Atherton narrowly miss a double victory as they both podium at the British round of the UCI World Cup.
Qualifying in style with nearly 10 seconds advantage over the rest of the field Rachel was looking good for taking her first World Cup win on home soil, however she hadn’t bet on the Scottish weather taking a turn for the worse. Waking up to heavy rain on Sunday morning meant the course ridden on previous days was now looking and riding considerably different. The conditions caught Rach out as she rode her final practice run of the day, slipping off one of the many man made obstacles she fell heavily injuring her neck, receiving some quick treatment from the teams physio Rachel was left sore but still confident going into her race run.
World Champion and current World Cup leader Emmeline Ragot set a blistering time as the finals kicked off, her time of 5.25:027 was nearly 15 seconds slower than Rachels qualifying run the day before but with the weather making such a change to the track it proved to be very strong as rider after rider failed to topple the Frenchwoman, it was looking like a tall task for Atherton to challenge. But challenge she did as she went through the first interval time 1.7 seconds faster, losing time through the middle sector Rachel trailed 2.4 seconds at interval two, a strong lower section meant Rachel dived for the line missing the win by just 1.3 seconds.
“I was just too cautious all the way down, I really didn’t want to throw it away, Emmeline is riding well at the moment and I can’t afford to hold anything back if I’m going to win” commented a deflated Rachel. Trailing Ragot in the overall series by 120 points Rachel moved up to second in the series overtaking 3rd place finisher on the day Myriam Nicole.
In the men’s event it was another wet affair as the rain continued to hammer down throughout the 80 finalists runs, qualifying in second spot behind team mate Marc Beaumont Gee was chasing a repeat of his 2010 result where he claimed the win on his way to winning the World Cup title. It was the current World cup leader Aaron Gwin however that set the early pace, he suffered two crashes in Saturdays qualifying and started further back in the field. His time of 4.48:210 was the time for Gee to beat, Gee didn’t hold back as he went quicker at interval one, an offline stall in the woods meant that advantage was lost coming into Interval two, 4.1 seconds down Gee pushed hard and clawed nearly two seconds back but it wasn’t enough to topple Gwin or second placed rider Danny Hart slotting Gee in third, this left fastest qualifier Beaumont the only one who could stop Gwin. Marc who’s been on great form of late had his dream whipped from beneath him as he slipped on the first wooden board walk crashing had on to the rocks off the side, nursing his bike down after the crash he could do no better than 66th leaving Gwin with his second win and Gee his third podium place of the season.
Gee closed the gap to 60 points on second place Greg Minnaar in the overall but he still sits in third spot while Beaumonts crash moved him back to seventh, for the second event running the team took the team prize and continue to lead the standings as the series now moves over the Atlantic and into round four which takes place in Mt St Anne, Canada.
All Photos: Sven martin
Kelly is from Nelson New Zealand and lives part time in Whistler, BC.
Mike Hopkins is a Professional Mountain Bike Athlete bred from Canada’s B.C. Interior. He grew up amidst the outdoor driven community of Rossland,
Charlie Sponsel is from Portland, Oregon and runs the Team Robot Blog and Writes for Pink Bike. He also sends it further than you on the weekends.