“Thanks guys for putting on such an awesome contest. I am from Ontario and I am absolutely can’t get enough of DH riding. So much so me and my buddy’s are doing a second annual road trip in August-Sept, from Toronto to BC to ride Panorama, Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Mt 7. This trip pretty much bankrupted us last summer but it was so amazing and so worth it so we are doing it again.
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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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,
Andrew Taylor grew up in Santa Rosa, but moved to Santa Cruz for the riding scene.
Skye Schillhammer is from Western Washing and currently residing on the East Side in Spokane where he is attending college.