Archive for June, 2009

Diablo Gravity Series Round 2

June 30, 2009


Diablo Freeride Park, New Jersey (June 29, 2009) – On July 11th and 12th, competitors from up-and-down the eastern seaboard will convene at Diablo Freeride Park to compete in the 2nd round of the 2009 Diablo Gravity Series. Racers will tackle challenging mountain bike terrain as they do battle for valuable Diablo Gravity Series points and a chance to win a share of over $7,500 in guaranteed cash and prizes.

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

August 23, 2009       Downhill

September 12, 2009  Giant Slalom

September 13, 2009  Downhill

October 17, 2009     Giant Slalom Finals (Double Points)

October 18              Downhill Finals (Double Points)


For more information, or to register online, please visit


Just Reid in Slovenia

June 27, 2009

Distilled Digital: Fort William

June 26, 2009

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Mountain States Cup – Wildflower Rush

June 25, 2009


The peak of Crested Butte in the background.


Quinton Spaulding on course.

Check out Quinton’s full report here:

CRC Maribor Report

June 25, 2009

The team has just got back to in Morzine, France for a 2 week break from racing before we head over to Alpe d’Huez for the crazy Mega week and race the Mega Avalanche. This will be the first time most of the team have competed in the race with everyone being both excited and nervous at the same time. We will be using our super trick Intense Tracers for the race, which will be a great bikes for this really long course.

The Nissan UCI World Cup in Maribor didn’t go as well as last year – Julien who finished 3rd (2007) and 2nd (2008) always excels on this track but is still out with his hand injury… a real shame as we were hoping for a win this year!
The track was really rough this year with lots of holes and tons of tree roots. It was riding fast in practice with the hot weather making it very dry and dusty. Saturday (qualifying day) brought the down pours, the heavens opened and the gondola had to be closed due to thunder and lightening. Qualifying was moved to early sunday morning with the finals in the afternoon as scheduled.
Even with the terrible weather, the 4X went ahead on the Saturday night on a very muddy track…
Lucas Mechura had made his best qualifying run to date, coming in 7th giving him gate choice for a good few rounds and Lewis Lacey qualified easily in the 20s. Things were looking good as Lucas blasted out of the gate in his first heat with a great start and getting the power down the first straight but he drifted wide on the muddy open first turn and he was pushed into second. Then disaster struck towards the bottom of the course – the course was too muddy on one of the jump sections so they had to divert the track around them, with some open flat corners – as Lucas went into the first of those new corners (on the brakes to avoid from sliding out) a rider in 3rd made a kamikaze move on him taking both of them down and allowing the 4th place rider through to the next round. So that was Lucas out of the competition in the first heat. He was very disappointed after placing 3rd at the last round in Fort William – but that is 4X racing!
Lewis Lacey had a good start in his first heat and was in 2nd all the way down to the final straight but got cross rutted on the take off of the first jump which made him come up short and not giving him enough speed for the huge double. He had to ride this and the rider in 3rd behind him was able to jump the double and passed Lewis for 2nd. So no riders in the final for us this week unfortunately.
The semi finals and final ended up being very exciting and a great race to watch. Final results were as follows:
Men 4X
1   Joost WICHMAN  
2  Jared GRAVES 
4  Romain SALADINI 
Women 4X
1   Caroline BUCHANAN  
2  Melissa BUHL 
3  Anneke BEERTEN 
Qualifying for the downhill saw over 200 men competing for the top 80 to make the finals in the afternoon. As the schedule for the DH finals was set for the TV, practice had to start very early. 7.00am on a muddy, slippery and dangerous track – this woke everyone up pretty quickly! 
Qualifying kicked off with the women. Claire qualified 10th and also managed joint 10th place for the finals in the afternoon – so another pretty good result for Claire.
Chris and Ruaridh struggled a bit in qualifying not finding their flow and speed on the rough slippery track, but making it through easy enough for the afternoon finals. Matt Simmonds had a good run even though he slid off the course in one section he still managed his first top 20 run of the year.
As the finals came around it was evident that the track was drying out very quickly so it was decision time with the tires. Cut spikes or dry’s? All the guys opted for dry’s. With the course narrowed from last year, Chris and Ruaridh again struggled to find their rhythm and ended up with disappointing results by their own standards. Matt was on a good run but got too wild coming into the famous rock garden – that is so dangerous if you crash – he got pinged off one rock into another and rode a big section one footed and was lucky to stay on. He recovered and went as hard as he could to the end but couldn’t emulate his top 20 qualifying run and ended up 35th.
The track caused a few more big guns to crash and puncture, including fastest qualifier Gee Atherton who crashed on the final stages and Steve Peat who got a rear puncture. Fabien Barel pulled out a mind blowing run of guts skill and determination (only his second race back after his bad knee injury at the first race of the season) to take the win just in front of Sam Hill and Greg Minnaar. 
Men DH
1   Fabien BAREL  
2  Samuel HILL 
3  Greg MINNAAR 
4  Justin LEOV 
5  Brendan FAIRCLOUGH 
7  Steve SMITH 
9  Mitchell DELFS 
10  Andrew NEETHLING 
35   Matthew SIMMONDS – Chain Reaction
46   Chris KOVARIK Chain – Reaction
55   Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM – Chain Reaction
Women DH
1   Sabrina JONNIER  
2  Emmeline RAGOT 
3  Floriane PUGIN 
4  Céline GROS 
6  Myriam NICOLE 
9  Tracy MOSELEY 
10  Miriam RUCHTI 
10  Claire BUCHAR – Chain Reaction
Photos: Victor Lucas

Distilled Digital: Vallnord

June 23, 2009

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Maribor DH Finals from MTBcut

June 21, 2009

Barel wins Maribor

June 21, 2009

Barel took an amazing win ahead of a flying Hill, an injured Minnaar in third, Leov then Fairclough.

Results here: maribordhfinals

Maribor Qualifying

June 21, 2009

Atherton, Leov, Peat, Neethling, Hill.

Results here: mariborquali

MTBcut Maribor Day 2

June 21, 2009

The rain poured overnight and during the day today in Maribor having a pretty serious effect on the course and race schedule.

 There was some practice took place today but Qualifying has been postponed until tomorrow.  According to Ruaridh Cunningham one run needed full spikes and 15,000 tear offs….  Not only that but it made for some pretty difficult filming as well!!

 Check out the full story, rider’s thoughts, and the carnage on course in this video: