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Ken Getchell, Account Manager, Gravity East Sugarbush DH Race ReportGravity East Sugarbush DH Race Report610-397-1950

By Brady Owens, www.derailedonline.com & the Gravity East Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 4, 2009; Warren, Vermont, USA:  Chris Heath and Dawn Bourque were the big winners of the Gravity East Sugarbush Downhill last weekend under what has become normal conditions for racing in 2009 -- mud. Sugarbush Resort, located in mid-state Vermont, was the location for the seventh stop of the Gravity East Series. Despite it's relatively remote location, Sugarbush is a very large resort area that is couple with other resorts using a network of lifts that resembles ski areas in the Rockies.  And, while Sugarbush might be unfamiliar many young riders, the mountain has a long history of racing rooted in the heyday of Mountain biking in the late 90's. In just the last two years mountain biking and racing has returned to Sugarbush, spurred on by the increasing popularity of series like Gravity East.

All the major elements of a classic downhill course were represented at this year’s Sugarbush course: fast brake-burning open ski slope, high-speed rock roads, grassy turns and bermed turns that slammed racers into tight technical woods.  As brakes were cooling off from the top portion of the course, racers made their way through a tight, wooded course section that started out with some slow tight maneuvering around trees.  A slick off-camber stretch led to the rock face.   The rock face at Sugarbush resembled a World Cup course and was taped-off very wide.  Racers commented that I had so many lines it could give you a headache as tried to decide which line to use.  The finishing segment of the course could have been a small Dual Slalom course.  Racers were treated to berms, table-tops and step-down jumps before hitting one last,  really long sweeping berm that shot them across the finish line.

The 2009 Gravity East Series has been a textbook example of East Coast racing. And Sugarbush was the poster child for what it means to race on the east coast.  Rain leading up to the event on Friday night made for a half-dry and partially muddy conditions.  Warm sunny day during practices turned several sections into peanut butter by the end of the day and a nice “ripe” smell through the wood section. Race day arrives with cloudy skies, but the course dried out to the point that gave a good amount of traction, while still retaining enough slippery feel to make it fun. Race order for the day started with Cat 3, followed by Cat 2, Cat 1 and finished with Pro. Cat 3 made it down the hill and Cat 2 began their runs. It was time for Cat 1 and Pro to head up the lift to await their runs. As the big dogs approached the lift, everyone noted that a dense cloud cover had swept over the mountain.  The cloud cover obscured the top of the lift and the dark clouds gathered around the peaks. Many went and grabbed their rain jackets, umbrellas or trash bags. Rain started to fall half-way through the Cat 2 runs and never slowed down after that. By the time the Pros were scheduled to start the ground had already formed puddles everywhere at the top of the mountain and nothing was left dry. That super-fast open slope section of was now a saturated wet and muddy. What were fast grass turns were now slick skid-steer paths around corners. The woods were covered in wet slime. Crashes were abundant for the remainder of the race. Riders reported having to remove their goggles half-way down the mountain because they couldn’t see through the mud-covered and steamed lenses. The riders that were able to keep both wheels on the ground and blaze the mud turned in some respectable times for the day.

Dawn Bourque of Rhino Bike Works continued her stranglehold on the Gravity East Women’s season, winning her fourth consecutive race by “only” 8.3 seconds over Karen Eagan of team Sam Adams.  But, while Bourque may have a winning streak going, Chris Heath has the best winning percentage in Gravity East.  Heath, a member of the USA’s Pan American Games team, made the trip from Colorado to win the first Gravity East he’s entered this year.  Ben Moody (Rhino Bike Works), winner of the last Gravity East at Attitash, was a close second only 0.27 seconds behind Heath.

Despite the weather, the weekend was a good weekend for racing. The staff of Sugarbush executed a flawless event. Registration was a breeze and everything stayed on time. Sugarbush’s bike shop provided necessary support and parts to the racers of the weekend and was well-stocked with the brake pads that everyone needed due to the muddy conditions.  Fox Racing Shox were also on hand again to support racers with any suspension issues they may have had.

The next race on the 2009 Gravity East Calendar is the double-double big-dollar event at New York’s Whiteface Mountain on August 29-30.  The Whiteface 5K is a 3 mile, 8-plus minute downhill that doubles as both a Pro Gravity Tour and Gravity East event with the pro men’s race paying two THOUSAND dollars to win.  The weekend will also feature a round of Gravity East’s inaugural e.thirteen Dual Slalom Series.  For more information on Gravity East, see www.GravityEastSeries.com.

GES #7 Sugarbush Results
Category Gender Age Group Class Last Name First Name Bib # Time Place
Open Men 01‐14 Open O'Brien Declan 13 7:08.00 1 Sugarbush
Open Men 01‐14 Open Anderson Chris 60 7:34.50 2
Open Men 01‐14 Open Egan Johnny 55 10:04.81 3 Sugarbush/Obermyer/VT North/Smith
Open Men 01‐14 Open Gray Nick 17 13:07.82 4
Open Men 01‐14 Open Bodycoat Ben 7 14:00.00 5
Open Men 01‐14 Open Dayton Charles 31 DNF
Cat 3 Men 01‐18 Junior Whitaker Levi 34 6:53.58 1
Cat 3 Men 01‐18 Junior Towne Christopher 25 9:48.38 2
Cat 3 Men 01‐18 Junior Conroy Jay 16 DNF
Cat 3 Men 19‐29 Seniors O'Brien Jon 61 8:21.70 1
Cat 3 Men 19‐29 Seniors Ertel Daniel 30 DNF
Cat 3 Men 30‐39 Masters Gray David 18 8:20.83 1
Cat 3 Men 40‐99 Masters Daum Alan 46 7:24.42 1
Cat 2‐3 Women 01‐99 Open Bagley Rebecca 39 7:54.48 1 VonCooper/Mongoose/NEMA
Cat 2‐3 Women 01‐99 Open Mansfield Meredith 48 8:16.54 2 Drummer Racing
Cat 2‐3 Women 01‐99 Open Drenen Laura 3 DNF
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Estabrook Stephen 87 5:17.15 1
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Syron Max 83 5:21.05 2 Sinister/United Freeride
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Morin Damon 74 5:21.25 3 Team Drop
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Angelo Demetri 91 5:28.02 4
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Conte Dylan 69 5:34.61 5 Team I‐ Ride
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Trimble Jeff 88 5:42.05 6
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior White Ethan 11 6:02.93 7
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Taylor Zack 73 6:10.57 8
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Miles Henry 50 6:12.00 9
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior DiPentima Dylan 93 6:14.94 10
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Syron Ray 99 6:21.95 11 Sinister/United Freeride
Cat 2 Men 01‐18 Junior Massimino Edgar 10 6:55.02 12
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Conroy Ryan 14 5:40.69 1
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Tanner Nick 33 6:00.60 2 Sinister/Snowfire Racing
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Gilman Tyler 79 6:07.16 3
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Poirier Nick 37 6:07.46 4 661/Dad/Azonic
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Czaplicki Steven 12 6:14.93 5 Knapps Cyclery
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Cockerham Kevin 63 6:16.60 6 Sinical Racing
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Goss Jake 68 6:17.62 7
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Vargas Wyatt 59 6:24.97 8 Earl's Cyclery
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Bradford Kyle 70 6:31.52 9
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Bradford Will 67 6:42.26 10
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Murphy Roger 4 6:43.52 11
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Morrill Jake 72 6:47.87 12
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Manser Matt 95 6:48.95 13 Ski Rack/Specialized
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Chmielewski Chris 101 6:55.84 14 Wayfarer Bike
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Towne Mitchell 23 7:13.63 15
Cat 2 Men 19‐29 Senior Berman David 80 DNF Murder, Inc.
Cat 2 Men 30‐39 Master Knecht Jason 66 5:42.53 1 Team I‐ Ride
Cat 2 Men 30‐39 Master Eastman Mike 65 6:01.42 2 Team I‐ Ride
Cat 2 Men 30‐39 Master Borofsky Chad 100 6:55.69 3 Sugarbush
Cat 2 Men 30‐39 Master Thibault Ryan 104 6:58.84 4
Cat 2 Men 30‐39 Master Rossi Michael 27 7:03.43 5 Marty's
Cat 2 Men 40‐99 Master Endreson Frank 58 6:58.13 1 Team Town Cycle
Cat 2 Men 40‐99 Master Bodycoat George 6 7:47.66 2
Cat 2 Men 40‐99 Master Atkinson John 103 7:48.31 3 Sugarbush/Mad River Riders/Stark Mtn Bikes
Cat 2 Men 40‐99 Master Dumont Leo 77 DNF
Cat 1 Men 01‐18 Junior Rude Jr Richard 22 5:08.21 1 Santa Cruz/Allride Academy
Cat 1 Men 01‐18 Junior Couture Alex 51 5:20.69 2 Giant Bicycles/Michelin Tires
Cat 1 Men 01‐18 Junior Proft Luen 9 5:24.03 3
Cat 1 Men 01‐18 Junior McNulty Peter 21 7:26.72 4 Team Drop
Cat 1 Men 01‐18 Junior Gross Mike 19 DNS Team Drop
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Levick Oliver 26 5:16.99 1 Drummer Racing
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Plumley Adam 53 5:28.63 2 The Dream Team
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Newth Jordan 45 5:31.80 3 True Wheels
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Ayr Geoff 102 5:45.90 4
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Nicholson Sky 32 5:55.57 5 Sinister/Snowfire Racing
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Burgher Timothy 84 5:58.37 6
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Moschitti Alex 57 5:58.59 7 Morpheus Cycles
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Riordan Kevin 92 6:03.75 8
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Williams Jack 44 6:07.62 9 Drummer Racing/Crank Bros. Andy's Cycle
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Cormier Beau 75 6:09.02 10 C.H.I.P.S
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Riordan Todd 89 6:14.08 11
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Schoon David 47 6:21.20 12 Wachusett Brewing Co.
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Eypper Dave 36 6:23.91 13 Wachusett Brewing Co.
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Kanis Brewster 86 6:24.73 14 Wachusett Brewing Co.
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Marks Will 54 6:29.26 15 The Dream Team HD‐DH
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Saunders Burke 94 9:26.63 16
Cat 1 Men 19‐29 Seniors Tulip Owen 78 DNF Dream Team
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Roberts Donnie 49 5:41.88 1 VonCooper/Azonic/DHD/Ernies'Cycle Shop
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Mee David 85 5:47.73 2 JRA Cycles/Royal Racing
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Schueler Thomas 1 5:50.05 3 Racer's Edge/ Chumba
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Roy James 90 6:02.58 4 Team I ride/Oakley
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Pentecost John 8 6:07.08 5 Guy‐Trips.com
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Bersmefsky David 43 6:14.74 6 Bullitt Racing
Cat 1 Men 30‐39 Masters Owens Brady 81 6:53.75 7 derailedonline.com
Cat 1 Men 40‐99 Masters LaClair Dennis 42 5:56.81 1 Wachusett Brewing Co.
Cat 1 Men 40‐99 Masters Dallegro Jacob 64 6:10.10 2 Sinical Racing/Keswick
Cat 1 Men 40‐99 Masters Watkins Tony 97 6:10.38 3 Sugarbush
Cat 1 Men 40‐99 Masters Kiniry Reid 15 6:47.15 4 Michelin
Pro/Cat 1 Women 01‐99 Open Bourque Dawn 38 6:04.27 1 Rhino Bike
Pro/Cat 1 Women 01‐99 Open Eagan Karen 56 6:12.57 2 Sam Adams
Pro/Cat 1 Women 01‐99 Open Wruble Alexis 28 6:28.67 3 Sam Adams
Pro/Cat 1 Women 01‐99 Open DelPino Susan 5 7:29.80 4 Team I ride/Oakley/Loeka
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Heath Chris 35 5:03.19 1 Manitou/Hayes
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Moody Benjamin 40 5:03.46 2 Rhino Bike/HMBP/POC/ARMOR
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Vaughan Gavin 98 5:04.56 3 Snowfire Auto/Sinister Bikes/Hayes/Sunringle
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Howland Tim 71 5:06.77 4 Cannondale
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Faulkner Zach 82 5:11.79 5 Drummer Racing/Evil Bikes/E13/Five Ten/Fox Racing Shox
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Ortiz Alejandro 62 5:15.68 6 Morpheus Cycles
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Memmelaar Jason 105 5:18.06 7 2 wheelfreaks.com
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Hulse Ben 2 5:26.64 8 Sycamore Cycles
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Treglia B.J. 96 5:26.64 9 Kenda/Fox Shox/661/Sunline/Royal/Turner bikes
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Haas David 29 5:39.10 10 Sam Adams
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Rowan Connor 52 5:42.60 11
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Gosselin Erik 20 6:13.29 12 Team Drop
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Noonan Patrick 76 10:49.98 13 RJC/Pat Ferland/Dream Team
Pro Men 01‐99 Open Jenny Jade 41 DNS


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