Our local Washington rider Skye Schillhammer put together this video of a trail he built in his home town just up the road from our USA Office in Darrington, WA.
Remember that course preview of the 2015 Red Bull Sky Gate race that Andrew Taylor did for you a week ago? Well that race has come and gone and we’ve got the highlights here for you if you happened to have missed it. As some of you might have heard, gravity rider Kelly McGarry took a hard fall on this course (see highlights below), but we are pleased to say he is doing well and on the road to recovery. In others news, Gravity rider(s) Garett Buehler won the race overall and Andrew Taylor placed 4th.
Our Gravity riders were working hard out there this past weekend to grind out some stellar results. Gravity brand ambassador, Charlie Sponsel, clocked in a second best time overall at the NW Cup in Port Angeles, just weeks after winning the Dog River Super D race. Another mentionable placing was Jake Grob of the Gravity/Transition racing team, who got 4th in the same race. Meanwhile in Oregon, Dennis Yuroshek found himself in the top 10 (10th) in the Pro field at the Ashland Spring Thaw DH race. Well done all around from our Gravity riders and we look forward to what else they have in store for us!
Charlie Sponsel- “Stoked to take home second place this weekend at the NW Cup in Port Angeles. I had some big crashes and troubles in practice, and wasn’t feeling good on my bike or the course. I qualified six seconds off the pace on Saturday and knew I needed Read more
Garett Buehler is featured in this film pulling off some riding that takes guts and skill. This is what Buehler had to say about his experience:”I loved this shoot, the whole mission was a daily push, but the rewards were always worthwhile, I always love checking out new areas and seeing what the potential is, and all though this spot was a bit more rugged then many I’ve been to, I’m stoked on how things turned out!”
Video courtesy of sevenidp
Article courtesy of Margus Riga of Pinkbike. You can check out the full article here
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.”
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.