Gravity rider Charlie Sponsel came out first place in the Dog River Super D Race while riding our Gravity GRID wheels. Here’s what he had to say:
“This past weekend I did one of my favorite races of the year, the Dog River Super D outside of Hood River, Oregon, hosted by Portland’s premier mountain bike shop Fat Tire Farm and event promoter Hurricane Racing. It’s a physically demanding course, with 2400 feet of descending over 8 miles and a 500 vertical foot climb right in the middle of the run. The race was my first time out on the new Gravity Grid wheels, which shaved half a pound over the wheels they replaced. With a 500 foot climb in the middle of a 22 minute race run, half a pound in rotational weight is a big deal.
After 22 minutes of racing, it was only one second that separated my run from my good friend and first year pro Austin Davis. After saving half a pound off my wheels I can literally say Gravity Grid wheels won the race for me! The biggest winner of the day though was the Portland area mountain biker community, as a crash at this race last year produced a huge lawsuit and threatened to shut down this whole race series. Fortunately the lawsuit was dropped, and Fat Tire Farm and Hurricane Racing are proceeding with year two of the Mountain Man Challenge Series, so in a sense, everyone won this weekend. But in another, more important sense, I won the actual race.”