In his first domestic appearance within his new discipline of Enduro racing Dan Atherton took a podium finish in the 3rd round of the UK Gravity Enduro Series.
Riding in glorious conditions made a welcome change to the 287 riders who made the trip up to the North of England to tackle the six exciting stages. With the stages varying in length from 2.5 minutes to 4 minutes things were a little on the short side to what Dan’s been riding and training for recently, this didn’t stop him on Saturdays seeding stage however, taking the win by one second ahead of Alex Stock.
Sunday kicked off with one of the shortest stages, just over two minutes long with a mixture of flowing singletrack and a tough fire road climb, luck wasn’t on Dan’s side however as he snapped his gear cable and got stuck in hardest gear at the middle point of the stage, leaving him to power his way to the finish. He took third just two seconds down, he scrambled to get the bike fixed in time for stage two but just managed to make his start time. A little flustered with time to make up he went a little too hard out of the blocks, overcooking a corner he crashed off the side of the track, picking himself up quickly he rode the rest of the stage with his rear brake up in the air, not the best start with two issues on two stages.
Stage three saw some controversy with a few top riders cutting a corner, Dan followed the trail and came in third two seconds down on the fastest rider. The next stage was the most technical of the race, Dan rode strong and took the win clawing a little back on the leaders.
This left the final stage which was a re-visit to the seeding stage, having won the previous evenings stage made Dan the favourite for the win, he had no problem delivering making another two seconds up on the leader Alex Stock. It wasn’t enough however to take back time for the overall win but it was a good performance all the same, second place just five seconds back.
“I felt strong out there, I was riding better in my race runs than I was in practice which I haven’t done for a long time, getting use to these shorter courses will take a bit of getting use to, you really can;t afford any mistakes and today I made two big ones. Hopefully I’ll be able to race in the UK again soon” explained a fairly happy Dan.
Dan will now be joining the rest of the team at the Fort William World Cup for his first downhill event of the year before heading onto numerous Enduro events across Europe.
Gravity and Diamondback Riders Kelly McGarry and Eric Porter had some fun while McGazza was in Utah after Sea Otter. Porter and Kelly were super busy building some back yard jumps at Porter’s house getting ready for the summer. Kelly is one heck of guy!
The Atherton’s have been putting out these videos throughout the course of this season. Check out the most famous team in Mountain Biking! The Atherton’s ride the FSA Orbit Option Angle Adjust.
In Chapter 1, Gee reflects on the World Cup season opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and assesses his chances for the rest of the season. He reveals how he’s getting on with his new race bike, the GT Fury, before hitting the dirt jumps his brother Dan built in their back garden.
In this second video from our exclusive four-part series filmed at home with the most famous siblings in mountain biking, the Athertons, it’s Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) who takes centre stage.
The 24-year-old talks about her recovery from injury, her hopes for the 2012 season and her favourite new bike, the GT Force, and then takes us on a cross country ride with her dog Angus.
Officially the final chapter in the series, Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) takes us on a Cribs-style tour of Atherton Racing headquarters.
Here we find the dirt jump-filled back garden, the fully tooled-up workshop, the expansive gym and the house itself – pretty much the dream set-up for any serious mountain biker.
Quinton Spaulding came through with this update on the KHS Factory DH team.
Binggeli was close to the pace on the day… But finished just off the podium in 8th.
In the big scene of things KHS Factory Racing had a solid weekend, however at this level and with this amount of support we expect to be on the wood.
We are off to New York, PLATTEKILL to be exact and hope to redeem ourselves there with a BIG FINISH!
Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
All the best,
James Doerfling coming through again with another banger of an edit. This session its James on his home turf in Williams Lake, BC. James and Garret both ride Gravity Light Stems, Seat Posts, Cranks, and Headsets. Be on the look out for a fresh round of print ads featuring both James and Garret on their big mountain sleds!
Gravity’s local DH shredding team “Ministry of Descent” has been killing it at the NW Cups this season. Adrian, Shawn, Andrew, Tristyn, and Weylin have been attending all the NW Cups and even securing some podiums for Gravity and MOD!
Check out MOD at the rest of the North West Cups in Mt. Hood and Steven’s Pass.
Tyler Deschaine shot and edited this video from his trip to the NW Cup #3 last weekend. It features Gravity / Diamondback Riders Charlie Sponsel and Kyle Thomas.
We had a great time at the Port Angeles stops of the NW Cup this year. Casey Northern and Scott Tucker did an amazing job on these events this year and we wanted to give a big “Thank You” to them. Awesome job guys!
The next round of the NW Cup will take place at Mt. Hood / Ski Bowl on June 15-17th, 2012.
Gravity will be there, will you?
Shot by Justin Olsen
Justin Olsen and Gravity Components spent some time in Santa Cruz with Andrew Taylor, and Gravity’s newest recruit Connor Gallart. Connor is a 13 year old shredder currently residing next door to the “Post Office” trails in Aptos, California. His Mom moved them closer to the trails so he could spend more time shredding and less time commuting. As the latest addition to the Gravity Family, Connor is one of the coolest little dudes around and rips with the best of them. Everyone can see that he has a big future ahead of him. We are stoked to have him on board.
We always see AT riding the sickest spots and gnarliest zones in the magazines and videos, but in this segment we wanted to show Andrew’s local scene. Santa Cruz has so many different spots to ride it’s amazing. AT took us on a bit of a private tour and gave us a little insight on his long standing relationship with Gravity Components.
This is the first of Gravity’s 5 episode series shot by Justin Olsen. Stayed tuned to Pinkbike.com and www.ridegravity.com for the next Gravity video featuring Eric Porter in Mid June.
The first race of the iXS European Downhill Cup is now history, dominated by bad weather on race day it took a unusual twist of fate for Miss Atherton
As usual the year for the iXS races starts at Monte Tamaro in the Swiss Rivera. This year’s course was changed only slightly from last years being 2.5 k in length with a vertical drop of 640, which makes it one of the longest courses in the series. It wasn’t only the topography that made this track tough the course was littered with roots and rocks that put the riders all on edge as they tackled the tough track. The field of starters included some big names with a number of favourites for the podium.
After the weather conditions had been perfect for the official training on Friday and the seeding run on Saturday, things changed on Sunday as thick fog and rain made it impossible to secure the course. As a consequence the race had to be cancelled, as any attempts to rescue riders with the help of a helicopter would have been impossible. Therefore the results of the seeding run were declared as final results.
This played into GT Factory Racings hands as Rachel Atherton had taken the win in seeding giving her the title in the women’s elite class, finishing almost 12 seconds in front of the current world champion Emmeline Ragot . The course seemed to suit her well and although reluctant to push 100% she still managed to shine above the strong field.
Rachel’s next event sees her up in Fort William, Scotland for the 2nd round of the British Downhill Series where she will be looking to continue this momentum on on another brutal track.
Photos: © Thomas Dietze
This past weekend, the Gravity Crew headed west to attend the 3rd and final Port Angeles stop of the NW Cup. Gravity riders Charlie Sponsel, Kyle Thomas, Scott Kemp, Mike Estes, and the Ministry of Descent were all in attendance. The weekend started off with a day of practice so the riders could dial in their lines. After practice was an impromptu “farthest huck” on the last table before the finish line.
Lucas was airing higher and launching farther than most. Lucas does not suck. He rides for Go Huck Yourself from Renton, WA. GHY is a Gravity Premier Dealer. Check them out here GO HUCK YOURSELF.
A huge thanks goes out to Scott Tucker and Casey Northern for putting on the best DH series in the NW! The lines were all RAD and the vibe was laid back. Big ups to the NW Cup and especially the organizers, sponsors, shuttledrivers, vendors, riders and fans! Long live Dry Hill!