Gravity’s NW Homeboy Mike Estes ripping up the track at the Thrillium Shuttle Day last weekend. Estes knows how to have a good time and it usually includes shredding the earth of one of his many toys. Check him out on his DH Bike rocking the Gravity 800 bars, Direct Mount Stem and ultra thin Gravity Grips.
Last weekend was the official start to the Northwest Cup DH Race Series in Washington. The first race took place at legendary Dry Hill on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles.Title Sponsor Gravity Components’s Pro DH Team had a great presence at the race with all 5 of their Pro Down Hill Riders in attendance for the event, amongst a very strong Pro Category including some of the US and Canada’s top riders.
Kyle Thomas took 8th Place overall and had a super clean run.
Seattle Gravity’s Team Headed over to the Beacon Hill Double Down Hoe Down last weekend. Beacon is a great event because you can bring all of your bikes from Jumping, Downhill, Enduro and even XC. We loaded up Scott Kemp’s badass new County Law Diesel Ford Truck and hit the road. It was a beautiful Washington day for a scenic drive to visit our friends in Spokane.
Things kicked off early Saturday Morning with the start of the Enduro. The discipline mixed some of Beacon’s best All Mountain Riding with the technicality of it’s Down Hill Course making it a very versatile event for those who entered. Gravity’s Kyle Thomas in his first event back in almost a year showed off his skills taking the win with over a 40 second gap on the number 2 spot. Kyle has been eagerly training in the offseason waiting to punish any track or rider is his way. Kyle took down the first Pro Podium on Gravity’s Prototype Gradient Full Carbon Cranks mounted to his Diamondback Mason 29’er.
Matt Whitaker from Wide Open Distributors has been supporting Gravity for a quite a while. Matt has a very keen eye for finding up and coming riders and supporting them through their way to the top. A prime example of this is Gravity’s Heavy Hitter Kelly McGarry. Kelly came to Gravity over 5 years ago now, and has definitely left his mark both on the World of Freeride and on us as a whole.
Kelly, Conor, Matt Scoles, and Wyn Masters teamed up for a Road Trip through out NZ and the final product is below.
A new face you might recognize on the Gravity Team brought to us by Wide Open is Conor Macfarlane. Conor took 2nd place at the Farm Jam 2 years in a row, as well as competing in Multiple events throughout Europe last summer. Conor is eager to show the world his skills on all different types of bikes, and we are super stoked to officially announce his involvement with Gravity’s Pro Team.
You might remember this video from Conor last year…
If you live in NZ, Wide Open Distributers is the place to can refer your shop to when you’re looking to ride the same gear these boys are on. A big shout out goes to Matt Whitaker from Wide Open for organizing this trip for your viewing pleasure! By the way you can find some sweet pics from the trip here.
The Farm Jam also went down earlier this month and making an appearance was Gravity’s Conor Macfarlane, Kelly McGarry, and Mike Hopkins. Kelly and Conor shredded the Dirt Jumps and Conor ended up taking home 2nd again this year. Once again Gravity was one of the premier sponsors of the Farm Jam, and it really went off this year. Check out a few of these photos from the event, and be sure to watch the video.
Here is the Farm Jam Pink Bike Article
Mike Hopkins Just got this awesome shot in Dirt Rag this month. Mike is healing up from the Rampage Injury and should be shredding his ski’s in no time.
Excellent Season Hop-O you killed it this year! Check out some more from Mike Hopkins from his 2013 Checklist:
Gravity’s Andrew Taylor has always been on his A game. From SOS Trips, to competing in some of the world biggest contests and having his own branded events, AT is always pushing his limits. Andrew had the idea to start HitCase a couple years back and we always hoped he would make his dream a reality. Basically The Hitcase is an awesome way to use your iPhone as a Point of View Camera. Now you can capture all your sessions on your iPhone instead of buying an expensive POV camera.
We checked in with Andrew Taylor to give us some more information about the Hitcase contest he is running for this years “AT Showdown”, but first watch this video he made as a teaser…
Gravity’s very own Kiwi Big Mountain Destroyer Kelly McGarry took home 2nd place after the 2013 Red Bull Rampage was finished. Kelly was coming back to Virgin, UT on a mission of redemption after he broke his shin filming just days before last year’s event. The stage was set this year for him to unleash his unfinished plans.
Returning to the same lookers left side of the venue, Kelly traversed from the gate and whipped around a hipped Cork Flip…on a DH bike to boot!
McGarry worked his way through some seriously gnarly lines and tee’d up the biggest Back Flip we’ve seen out of him to date, a whopping 73 feet over the deadly “Canyon Gap”. Just jumping this thing was huge, but to fully commit to flipping it takes a whole different state of mental toughness. After landing the Canyon Gap, Kelly proceeded to destroy the course in typical McGazza fashion sending big gaps, and even sneaking another massive flip to cap off the already ground breaking run.
Check out this video:Kelly McGarry’s Finals Run
Gravity and Wide Open’s Conor Macfarlane has been on a mission this year. Conor started off getting 2nd place at the Frew Farm Jam in NZ that Gravity Components sponsored, then making his way to a few comp’s in Europe including Crankworx Les Duex Alpes. Conor just kicked out this new video from BIKE Morzine filmed by their staff videographer Tom Richards of Furnival Media. Check it out!