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(1) a valid driver’s license
(2) a bicycle helmet
(3) your own pedals if you want to ride something other than platform pedals
(4) your signature on the Ride Giant Tour waiver form.
Worlds Roundup: Peatey Finally World Champ
After a career filled with near misses, Steve Peat wins his first world championship. Nino Schurter nips Absalon in the men’s XC and Emmeline Ragot wins the women’s DH race. Video, pictures, and results here.
Click here to display Upcoming Race Schedule for NY and PA Mountain Bike Events
Including Plateekill, Whiteface, and the Kenda Cup
The Diablo Gravity Series is a hotbed for up-and-coming racers looking to further progress their skill while competing in a challenging and rewarding environment.
“As the sport of mountain bike racing continues its resurgence in the USA, it’s events such as the Diablo Gravity Series that continue to help build America’s future racing stars”, said Shawn Orecchio, Diablo Freeride Park GM.
“With the help of our sponsors we are well equipped to provide the gravity racing community with top-tier race courses, diverse terrain, and a competitive race series offering over $50,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes. With the unfortunate instability of many of the sanctioned U.S. events, non-sanctioned events have played an important role to keep U.S. racing in the spotlight and moving forward.”
ROUND 2 of the Diablo Gravity Series kicks-off on Saturday, July 11th featuring a Giant Slalom discipline taking place on Diablo Freeride Park’s famed IndyCross course. While being an inaugural discipline of the Diablo Gravity Series, the Giant Slalom discipline was first unveiled at the 2009 U.S. Open of Mountain biking where top competitors from around the world praised the course and the unique racing format.
“The Giant Slalom discipline was really cool,” stated Jill Kintner – Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2009 U.S. Open GS Champion. “There’s no contact, just all-out, against the clock racing through tons of really fun berms.”
Rounding-out the weekend racing action will be the downhill discipline taking place on Sunday July 12th. The Diablo ‘Main Peak’ will play host as racers attack a challenging course consisting of existing trails such as ‘Stalker’, among other Diablo favorites. In addition, an entirely new upper-mountain trail section called ‘Epitaph’ will be unveiled and will link the Main Peak start gate to the popular Stalker trail. Located near the existing U.S. Open course, Epitaph will showcase Diablo’s technical terrain while providing one-more trail option off of the main-peak of the park.
Whether you are a seasoned race veteran or interested in racing for the very first time, the Diablo Gravity Series offers a competitive and fun racing experience for all ability levels.
2009 Diablo Gravity Series Schedule
- July 11, 2009 Giant Slalom
- July 12, 2009 Downhill
- August 22, 2009 Giant Slalom
- September 12, 2009 Giant Slalom
- September 13, 2009 Downhill
- October 17, 2009 Giant Slalom Finals (Double Points)
- October 18 Downhill Finals (Double Points)
August 23, 2009 Downhill
For more information, or to register online, please visit http://www.ridediablo.com/
The 2009 Diablo Gravity Series is made possible in part by sponsorship from these leading action sports partners and companies: Jamis Bicycles, SHIMANO, Kenda USA, Freelap Timing Systems, BOS Suspension USA, FOX Riders Co., ethirteen components, JBL Audio, pinkbike.com, VholdR Wearable Cameras, Atomlab, SKULL CANDY, Dakine, WTB Saddles, FiveTen Footwear, Scott Optics, Lizard Skins and ParkTool company.
The US Open of Mountain Biking will take place May 22-24 at Diablo Freeride park in Vernon New Jersey.
The Event has grown over the years and they are expecting between 500-600 riders from the US and around the globe.
What attracts so many riders? A well run event, a great course, and the 5,000 cash Prize for 1st place in the Downhill discipline and 2,000 for the GS doesn’t hurt either.
2003 was the first year of the Open. Back then there was a Cross Country discipline (This was dropped from the lineup after the first year) and the the Downhill Purse was $1,000.
The best part of the prizes during that event were the hand carved wooden trophies.
This year promises to be a great event Below is a video interview with pro downhiller George Ryan that came from the Star Ledger
Mountain bike practice at Diablo Freeride Park
Checkout some race footage from 2008
One thing is for sure I am getting slower I generally run a few 5k’s in the Fall/Winter after MTB Race season Last year I was 1 second off one race and ran the the AMBS run the same time I did in 2005 this year I am over a minute slower.
I have rationalized this by chalking the decline in speed to the type of running I have been doing leading up to the races. In the past I would do a few 3 milers at the local track (This has been locked up recently) So I have taken to Longer 4-6 mile runs on local trails This run have been at a slower pace than the runs at the track so when I am running the 5k I slip into this slower pace although I had some bursts of speed my overall pace is in the 7 minute range as opposed to 6 from last year.
Oh Well I feel better after running these days and So I think I am becoming a better albeit a Slower runner.
I had a great time at the event got a nice longsleeve shirt (I love that running races give you stuff just for doing it although no goodie bags this year) and Some Nice Specialized water bottles from Excel Therapy
Results for the 5k run Can be found at:
H2H #8 Tymor Woods 9/30/2007
The Course was comprised of sections of singletrack that was twisty and rolling, Steep long Climbs, Steep Decents, and some grassy field crossings.
This gave equal play to riders of all differents strengths.
The race was well organized with riders going off close to their start times Bikeway who hosted the race had an expo area setup and provided prizes 10 deep.
There was a DJ and food available making this a great place for spectators as well
Pictures and Video from the race
Rumble in the Jungle at Jungle Habitat
The race was awesome – what a great place to ride.
The course was comprised of One really nice climb that started on the road and then turned into a offroad climb (A real Leg burner) Followed by a nice downhill Section and some sweet technical and twisty singletrack.
Lots of turns and upDown Sections as riders have more time to dial into this course they will be able to pump the course for lots of free speed.
Race was well supported DJ Pumped out tunes at the Start/Finish area.
Local Advocacy Organizations (JORBA/RVCC/IMBA) had booths setup and had a raflle at the end of the sport race.
The Conditions were Muddy up till Saturday with Rain and Thunderstorms Occuring Tuesday thru Friday Each day the conditions getting worse with the Semi-pro and Sport classes have a lap removed in order to keep the race within its time schedule the climbs were slick with one section not being ridable (at least not for the sport group that I raced with) Most of it was rideable on Wednesday but as conditions worsened traction was non-existint. The Downhill Sections were slick and touching your brakes was not a good idea spectators were treated to Kamakazie decents or spectactular crashes.
Upcoming Races in 2007:
Platekill Series, Route 66 Series, H2H, and More….