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Once again the Chain Stretcher race is upon us!

This weekend October 5th Blue Mountain Reservation will host the 2008 "Chain Stretcher" Norba sanctioned XC event.

The WMBA crew always picks the choice trails for the race and this year is no exception. The length of the track has been reduced to less than 8 miles per lap (racers request) and "My Favorite Trail" and the Peekskill sections have been dropped. Both Upper and Lower SIS, Stinger and a section of Mix Monster will keep things interesting.

DOWN Cycles is offering up $150, $75, $50 CASH prizes for any team riders who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes! Just ride with the jersey and fly the DOWN colors for the race!

Speaking of prizes, DOWN Cycles is also donating some very cool swag for all race winners for the Beginner and Sport Categories! Pint glasses, filled with socks and or chain checker tools (I thought would be appropriate considering the name of the race), stickers, water bottles, T shirts etc..

Good Luck to everyone who signs up. I will be out there once again trying to fight off leg cramps. This year I'll be on my EWR. Yes, I have decided to not race on my IF cross bike.

A heads up to everyone: The new section of Mix Monster is open! I rolled up Sunday ready to help with the new section and the trail was already done! I think the guys finished in like 4 days!

Anyway, I got some fresh tracks on some familiar terrain as the new section of Mix Monster crosses directly over some of the old renegade DH runs. This new section of trail rides best one way and is thrilling to say the least. I can't say I don't miss the wide open pinner section of old, but the new line has it going on with techy off cambers, some steeps and packed in rock gardens.

This trail section is not in the race,thankfully, as it need to be broken in and feels like you're riding on flat tires.

A huge thank you goes out to the guys who dedicated their time and energy to build those stream crossing rock gardens! A lot of time was spent cutting in shelves to ride on as well.

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  • May 12: Dual Slalom #1
  • May 13: Downhill #1
  • May 20: Cross Country #1
  • June 2: Dual Slalom #2
  • June 3: Downhill #2
  • June 24: Cross Country #2
  • July 14: Dual Slalom #3
  • July 15: Downhill #3
  • August 25: Dual Slalom #4
  • August 26: Downhill #4
  • September 15: Dual Slalom #5 - A.M.B.C. DOUBLE POINTS
  • September 16: Downhill #5 - A.M.B.C. DOUBLE POINTS
  • September 30: Cross Country #3 - A.M.B.C DOUBLE POINTS
  • October 13: Dual Slalom #6
  • October 14: Downhill #6
  • October 28: Cross Country #4
  • November 11: "Last Chance for Glory" Downhill #7 DOUBLE POINTS!

See everyone up at Plattekill...

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Below is the proposed Gravity East Series Schedule for the 2007 season. This will be a series encompassing many of the different downhill & slalom/mtn cross events up and down the East Coast, from New England to the Carolinas!

This series has been a long while in the making and comes from loads of discussions over the past couple years between racers, promoters, and the folks at USAC. This series is designed to showcase the amazing variety of riding and elite level of racing on the East Coast to the global cycling world! East Coast Unity!

1. May 5/6 - Duryea Downhill, PA
2. May 12 - Massanutten Yee-Ha!, VA
3. May 20 - Diablo Freeride Park, NJ
4. June 2/3 - Plattekill, NY
5. June 15-17 - Whitetail/Capital Cup, PA
6. July 14/15 - (location to be confirmed)
7. August 11/12 - Wolf Laurel, NC
8. September 2 - Whiteface Mountain, NY
9. September 22/23 - Mount Snow, VT
10. September 29/30 - Whisp, MD
11. October 13/14 - Series Finals Plattekill, NY

All of these dates are tentative at the moment and are subject to change. A series website and ranking system is in process. Keep your eyes peeled for more detailed info in the coming weeks.

The plan is to have overall series cash purses for Pro & Expert categories and good prizes for the Beg/Sports. Best 7 of 11 races will count toward the overall. Promoters of these events will surely be stepping their courses and events up a couple notches for this series!

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whiteface downhill race

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WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Skiing and boarding the network of runs atop Little Whiteface is one thing. But now, many top mountain bike professionals will have to amp up their intensity as they attempt to handle ski and bike trails beginning with Approach and covering 2,500 vertical feet over more than three miles down the Olympic Mountain.

It’s all part of the Whiteface 5 Kilometer Downhill Race, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, on Sunday, Sept. 3 beginning at 11 am.

This event, sanctioned by NORBA (National Off-Road Bicycle Association), will feature a pro cash purse of $5,000. Prizes will also be offered to the top three finishers in other categories and age groups.


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General Information:

  • Date: May 26-28, 2006
  • Event Promoter: TerraLogic Park Industries, LLC
  • Location: Diablo Freeride Park / Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon NJ
  • Nearest Airport : Newark International, Newark NJ
  • Disciplines: Downhill & Slopestyle Exhibition
  • Event Scheule COMING SOON!
  • Format: Open Pro/Am Format
  • Purse: $20,000 +
  • Amateur Prizes: $15,000 in product
  • Hospitality Services : Complimentary food & beverage for pro athletes & VIP’s

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Some great news!!! Snowshoe will be giving out cash prizes total $40,000 for this years race series. $25,000 in cash rewards and $15,000 in prizes! This is one of the biggest purses in the nation and between Diablo and Snowshoe the east coast is without a doubt taking this sport seriously! ;D

Click here for more information: SnowShow Race Series

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DHRacers LLC. with the ongoing support of Honda North America, are proud to welcome new sponsor Iron Horse Bicycles and top USA pro downhiller Duncan Riffle to their program.

DHRacers LLC. are delighted to begin a relationship with a company who is as passionate and dedicated to racing as we are. Iron Horse are regulars on the podium internationally and we will ensure that this trend continues in North America with the signing of Duncan Riffle who will be competing in both the World Cup and Norba circuits as well as all the other major North American races.


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$30,000 in Cash and Prizes Offered at Diablo Freeride Park

February 7, 2006 - Diablo Freeride Park is pleased to announce the 2006 Diablo Domination Downhill Series event lineup. In its second year, the series returns with 5 event dates and nearly $30,000 in cash and prizes. Mark your calendars, the 2005 series proved to be heavily contested with huge cash and prize offerings on the line.

  • Diablo Domination Race #1 May 21, 2006
  • Diablo Domination Race #2 July 2, 2006
  • Diablo Domination Race #3 August 27, 2006
  • Diablo Domination Race #4 September 24, 2006
  • Diablo Domination Race #5 October 8, 2006

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Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park 3Ride Pro Invitational

Members of the GT and Mongoose Mountain Bike Teams will be competing at Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park 3Ride Pro Invitational on Saturday Feb 4th. UCI Fourcross World Champion Brian Lopes and Mountain Bike Legend Hans Rey will both be representing GT. Mongoose jump stars Aaron Peters and Jim DeChamp will be competing for the 'Goose.

Ray's 3Ride Pro Invitational consists of three events - Speed Trials on the Moen Flow Sport Course, Dual Slalom on the Fisher Pump Track and a jump contest. Admission is only $5, and Sunday you can ride with the pros.

For more information on Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, OH, visit


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Diablo Freeride Park Offers $35,000 in Cash and Prizes

Vernon, NJ, January 6, 2005 – Diablo Freeride Park, the east coast’s premier mountain bike park, is pleased to announce the return of the highly acclaimed U.S. Open of Mountain Biking. In its third year, the U.S. Open is once again offering one of the largest cash purses of any North American mountain bike event. On May 27-29th, event promoter TerraLogic Park Industries is boldly offering the world’s fastest downhill racers a lofty $20,000 purse with a minimum first place male/female payout of $5,000.

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Descenso del Cóndor

The Andes, at 4100 metres above sea level, the Red Bull Descenso del Cóndor was a race I wish I had witnessed. On November 27 in El Alto Bolivia the race, consisting of natural and man-made obstacles will be taken by 18 years old Kyle Strait, followed by local hero Mauricio Jordán, then by Mario Jarrìn from Ecuador.

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Steve Peat has moved on from his British UK affiliation with Orange Bikes to the Santa Cruz Syndicate Team.

Steve Peat

With the new addition to SantaCruz's DH and 4X disciplines, SantaCruz Bikes is now a power house to be reckoned with across the entire spectrum of disciplines.

Sorry for Orange Bikes Loss and congratulations to the Santa Cruz Syndicate.

Steve will be racing DH and 4x, aboard the new V10 and Blur.

The 2006 Santa Cruz Team will no doubt be one of the most prolific teams on the World Cup scene next season..

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Plattekill 2005 Finals

What an amazing end to the Plattekill race series! Perfect weather and impressive race results by the DOWN Cycles team wrapped up racing for 2005. Ralph Quinones and Matt Kane spanked the competition in the 30-34yr old Expert class. Ralph easily took 1st place, Matt with an impressive 3rd. These riders’ skills have improved leaps and bounds over the years. Both riders have earned these top podium positions and deserve all the recognition. Down Hill mountain bike racing is a sport that requires lightening fast reflexes, and intense concentration. Racing will tweak your nerves, kill you bike and lighten your wallet. Injuries and rehab from crashes are always an ordeal and tough to overcome. Unfortunately, crashes and healing busted up body parts is part of the game as these racers and many others know about too well.

Ralph and Matt standing atop the awards podium together, hands high in the air, was magical, yet their wins were inevitable. Sheer determination and raw skill empower both riders. They train hard and stay focused regardless of the many obstacles one must overcome throughout an entire race series.

I’m proud to have these two athletes race for my team! I couldn’t be more impressed with their riding and even more so, with their 100% dedication to my shop. Congratulations to both! With talent like this, I’m sure we will see DOWN colors grace the podium in 2006!

As a side note: Plattekill will be open until Thanksgiving! This was not the last weekend! Take advantage of this opportunity. The trails are a bit sketchy thanks to the leaves that were once on the trees are now on the trails. Enjoy it if you can make it! I’m done with lift assist DH for 05. See you in 06.

2005 Nov 6th - DH#7 Results (pdf)
2005 Point Series Final Standings (pdf)


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Extreme Series 3

Plattekill Mountain Extreme Series DH #3 began with some wet weather and a muddy course. The course was classic Plattekill which included a few pedaling sections, off camber roots, a gnarly double drop, a fast quad trail section and some mud ruts! A long course made it easier for the riders to make up for lost time in technical sections.

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List of Top 5 in Each Category
Downhill Men Pro
1 Nobman Derrick 04:01.0 Ninety Degrees
2 Eramo Matthew 04:01.2 Green Mountain Bikes
3 Ryan George 04:03.6 Iron Horse/Nema/Manitou
4 Schumacher Paul 04:06.2 Finish Line
5 Higgerson Chris 04:06.6 CNY

Downhill Women Pro
1 Eagan Karen 05:13.1 JRA Cycles/EMS
2 Petersen Lauren 05:19.7 Team Kaos
3 Wruble Alexis 05:24.1 JRA Cycles EMS
4 Koch Vicki 05:44.1 Team CMI/Cycles Plus
5 Sheridan Amy 05:56.8 NU Cycling

Downhill Senior Men Expert 19-24
1 Ford James 04:24.8 Canfield UMAC Pricepoint SDG Magura
2 Levick Oliver 04:27.7 Drummer Racing
3 Williams John 04:32.2 Drummer Racing/Andys Cycles
4 Whalen Kevin 04:35.2 Breast Milk Farmers Of Delaware County
5 Christenson Aaron 04:51.7 jb vaillancourt/Jakes Bikes

Downhill Senior Men Expert 25-29
1 Haas David 04:28.9 EMS
2 Del Negro 04:33.0 Cutting Edge
3 Rebula Christopher 04:41.3 EMS
4 Bouchard Jarrod 04:41.6
5 Hellinger Mike 04:48.4 Breast Milk Farmers Of Delaware County County

Downhill Master Men Expert 30-34
1 Warnkin Steve 04:33.3 RPR
2 Whitehead Dan 04:34.3 RPR Racing
3 Orsini Tom 04:35.7 Team Plattekill/Turner/Maxxis
4 Walter Ken 04:36.4 2 Dogs and a Cat
5 Hanicak Chad 04:40.3 RPR Racing/Azonic/Hayes/Kenda

Downhill Master Men Expert 35-39
1 Safford Jon"Stompy" 04:20.3 Marzocchi, THE, Vigor,661, Utopia
2 Brien Robert 04:37.1 RPR Racing
3 Kulp Michael 04:39.3 CNY Optics
4 Singer Jason 04:40.4 RPR Racing/Bay Ridge Bike
5 Hopkins Carl 04:56.4 Racers Edge

Downhill Master Men Expert 40+
1 Saccardo Ronald 04:36.0 KAOS Racing/90 degrees
2 Watkins Anthony 04:42.0 CNY
3 Barrows Jay 04:43.1 Team Drop
4 Ulmer George 05:06.5 OMR Azonic/Spy
5 Pallotto John 05:18.3 Gravity Warehouse/Kenda/661

Downhill Junior X Men Expert 18 & under
1 Hurteau James 04:23.1 MiddFreeride 661 Diamondback
2 Bergfjord Kurt 04:23.7 Bike Works/Maxxis
3 Ulmer Geoffrey 04:27.7 Azonic E13 661, Maxxis
4 Smith Brian 04:30.0 Cokor
5 Beardsley Paul 04:30.4 Sinister/Team Bump

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World Cup 6

Greg Minnaar of Team G Cross Honda has clinched the WC series with another victory in Angel Fire, New Mexico (USA). Greg's victory put him at more than 500 points above the 2nd place holder Nathan Rennie, giving Greg a definite win for the WC Series.

The high altitude, 2,930m (9,600 feet), made the course one of the most difficult of the year. Since this race was directly after Brazil, where the courses end was at sea level and the mountain had a small elevation. The course was long, at 4 min 30s, it consisted of open fire road sections and four forest single track sections. The forest sections imposed some difficulty to the riders with gnarly rock gardens.

DownHill Mens
1 MINNAAR Greg 4:34.04
2 GRAVES Jared 4:34.26
3 KOVARIK Chris 4:39.00
4 GRACIA Cédric 4:39.82
5 LEOV Justin 4:40.06
6 BEAUMONT Marc 4:43.13
7 NEETHLING Andrew 4:43.15
8 HANNAH Michael 4:43.23
9 KIRKCALDIE John 4:43.27
10 ATHERTON George 4:43.36

DownHill Womens
1 JONNIER Sabrina 5:05.45
2 HAGEN Scarlet 5:18.24
3 MOSELEY Tracy 5:22.36
4 SANER Marielle 5:23.68
5 PRUITT Kathy 5:25.81
6 GROS Céline 5:25.90
7 BEERTEN Anneke 5:27.31
8 PIZARRO Bernadita 5:28.65
9 DUMARESQ Michelle 5:28.78
10 GRIFFITHS Fionn 5:30.41

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