Seven Springs Gravity East Race Report & Results

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Seven Springs Downhill Race Report

15 Year Old Phenom Destroys Cat. 1 Women, Just Misses Being Fastest Overall Female

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June 13, 2010; Champion, PA, USA: A record field of entries came to aptly-named Champion Pennsylvania this weekend for the Seven Springs Downhill, round two of the 2010 Gravity East Series presented by Voncooper Productions. The fast, flowing course at Seven Springs Resort is characterized by a series of berms and banked corner, putting a premium on cornering ability. The course was in mint condition throughout Saturday practice, and a light rain overnight only added to the tackiness of the surface for Sunday’s race. But while the rain improved traction on most of the track, conditions in the infamous rock garden went the other way as slick rocks caused multiple falls. As last year, you could hear the spectators in the rock garden cheering and ringing cowbells provided free by Voncooper.com to spectators. Pro stalwart Alejandro Ortiz (Morpheus/ Vertical Earth) didn’t enjoy the atmosphere quite as much as the spectators, though. Ortiz took a nasty crash in the rock garden, resulting in a DNF and a trip to the hospital. Ortiz was released later in the evening; but as of Monday morning, the extent of Ortiz’s injuries, if any, was unknown.

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While Ortiz was dealing with the agony of defeat, Gerrit Beytagh (Morewood bikes USA) was experiencing the thrill of victory, with a very large exclamation point. Beytagh firmly established himself as the rider to beat on this year’s Gravity East tour, taking his second win and remaining undefeated. The experienced Beytagh won by 1.3 seconds over Ethan Quehl (East Coast Gravity Pros) and another second in front of third place Gavin Vaughan (Giant/ HBG/ Troy Lee Designs/ Smith / Five Ten).

2009 Gravity East Women’s Champion Dawn Bourque (Rocky Mountain/Chainline) showed that she hasn’t lost any of her winning form from last year. Bourque took her second win of the year in the Pro Women’s class by over four seconds, followed by Rae Gandolf (Sierra Nevada Brewing) with Karen Eagan (Highland Mountain Bike Park) in third.

Gravity East continues to be the incubator of incredible talent, as teenager Ritchie Rude Jr. (Specialized Allride Academy) finished 4th in the Pro Men’s class. But this year’s teenaged “next big thing” appears to be 15 year-old phenom Lauren Daney (Grom Racing). Daney won the Women’s Category 1, the highest-ranked amateur class for women, by an astounding 25 seconds. Daney’s time would have been quick enough for a solid second place finish in the Pro Women’s class, a more relevant statistic at Seven Springs this year as all categories of riders competed on the same track. Daney not only rode faster than all but one other female competitor, her time put her well within the top half of all times recorded for the day and was faster than quite a few of the Category 1 Men. It was yet another performance reminiscent of last year’s “next big thing” and 2009 Gravity East Pro Champion Neko Mulally, who despite having not yet graduated from High School, heads back to the World Cup circuit this week after breaking his arm the 2010 Gravity East Season Opener in Massanutten.

Speed must run in the Mulally genes as Neko’s younger brother Logan continued to show that he’s an outstanding racer in his own right by winning the highly competitive Junior Male Category 1 class, followed by New Hampshire rider Alex Couture (Giant Bikes). Finishing in third was a new rider to the Category 1 Junior class, Damon Morin (Highland Mountain bike park), who showed that he, too, is a true contender for the Gravity East season championship.

The fans, riders and staff all enjoyed Seven Springs, and many commented that it is one of their favorite Gravity East venues. Series Director Dan McDonald confirmed that a return to Seven Springs in 2011 is already in the planning stages. McDonald commented after the race, “Joel (Rerko, Seven Spring’s Action Sports Director) and his staff were kind and courteous and helped make the event a special event. They always seem to take care of the little details here. The Expo area is also something unique to Seven Springs and must be experienced.”

Following a couple week break, the Gravity East presented by Voncooper Productions next heads into the wild Red, White and Blue yonder for the July 4th Independence Day races at Roxbury New York’s famous Plattekill Bike Park. For more information, see www.GravityEastSeries.com.

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Results attached for the Seven Springs (Pennsylvania) Downhill, round 2 of the Gravity East Series presented by Voncooper Productions

Class Team Gender Last First Time
Pro Women Rocky Mtn/Chainline F Bourque Dawn 02:39.6
Pro Women Sierra Nevada Brewin F Gandolf Rae 02:42.2
Pro Women Highland Mountain F Eagan Karen 02:47.8
Pro Women Racers Edge F Elgert Hillary 03:00.9
Pro Men Morewoodbikes USA M Beytagh Geritt 02:14.2
Pro Men East Coast Gravity Pros M Quehl Ethan 02:15.5
Pro Men Giant/ HBG/ Troy Lee Designs/ Smith / Five Ten M Vaughan Gavin 02:16.6
Pro Men Specialized Allride Academy M Rude Richard J. 02:17.0
Pro Men Giant/HGB/Smith/Five M Memmelaar Jason 02:17.2
Pro Men M Lorenzen Leif 02:17.9
Pro Men Team Timber M Clark Josh 02:19.8
Pro Men 7Springs Bike Park M Greggory Justin 02:20.2
Pro Men Voncooper/GT/HBG M Morse Adam 02:20.3
Pro Men M Klinkert Robin 02:20.5
Pro Men Kenda/USA/Fox Racing M Beckley Jason 02:22.3
Pro Men Morpheus Cycles M Hulse Ben 02:23.8
Pro Men Paul Mitchell/FTW In M Flynn David 02:25.0
Pro Men Giant/Hayes Bicycle M Moschitti Aley 02:26.3
Pro Men Drummer Racing M Levick Oliver 02:28.9
Pro Men Foes Racing/Fox Raci M Treglia BJ 02:30.6
Pro Men Snowshoe Bike Park/ M Newpher Trevyn 02:30.7
Pro Men Pnnsylvania State University M Yannuzzi Brian 02:31.6
Pro Men Team Drop/Highland Mountain M Adams Paul 02:35.0
Pro Men Zeal Optics Champion Chips M Mari Christopher 02:37.1
Pro Men Drummer Racing M Faulkner Zach 02:37.6
Pro Men Team Watchusset M Bressem Anderw 02:41.5
Pro Men Voncooper/GT/HBG M White Tim 03:03.5
Pro Men Morpheus Cycles M Ortiz Alejandro DNF
Cat 3 30-39 Men Back 40 Bike Shop M Wolf Adam 02:44.5
Cat 3 30-39 Men MTBgeartech.com M Posadny Jon 03:01.1
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Mcgroarty Bernie 03:04.7
Cat 3 30-39 Men U.S. ARMY/ EVMA M Huffmire Chris 03:05.0
Cat 3 30-39 Men Mongoose Tribe/Horns Hill Colective M Huff David 03:06.7
Cat 3 30-39 Men M O’Brien Keith 03:06.8
Cat 3 30-39 Men Mongoose Tribe/Chain M Connare Walter 03:17.8
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Hohowski Scott 03:20.4
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Dean Jason 03:24.8
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Longstreth Corey 03:29.4
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Allen Drew 03:54.5
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Binkley David DNS
Cat 3 30-39 Men M Cognitore Patrick DNS
Cat 3 30-39 Men Mad March Racing/ Marin/ Bennett’s Bicycles M Boucher Todd DNS
Cat 3 19-29 Men Wamsley Cycles M Borror Jesse 02:35.5
Cat 3 19-29 Men Back 40 Bike Shop M Wolf Arik 02:38.0
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Zell Corey 02:45.1
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Pajak Andrew 02:53.1
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Sullivan Ryan 02:53.8
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Furlong Matthew 02:58.5
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Bagnal Matt 02:58.9
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Unger Blanton 03:01.1
Cat 3 19-29 Men Drummer Racing M Hiney Thomas 03:03.3
Cat 3 19-29 Men Chainsmoke Racing M Smith John Tyler 03:05.2
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Tetzner Shaun 03:08.4
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Colligan Todd 03:08.6
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Obrien Jon 03:09.5
Cat 3 19-29 Men Design Physics / Rowlett’s Bicycles M Jacob Nick DNF
Cat 3 19-29 Men Team Chainsmoke M Nichols Tyler DNS
Cat 3 19-29 Men M Miller Daron DNS
Cat 3 18 & Under Men M Rush Matt 02:43.8
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Fat Jimmy’s Outfitte M Griffith Tim 03:02.1
Cat 3 18 & Under Men M Coit Joshua 03:07.3
Cat 3 18 & Under Men M Anthony Brian 03:19.5
Cat 3 18 & Under Men M Gilbert Ian 03:22.2
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Horns Hill Collective M Smith Connor 03:27.7
Cat 3 18 & Under Men BOD M Bagnal Woodson 04:28.1
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Bike Line of Newark M Gray Nick 04:51.1
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Speadgoat M Daughtry Mason DNS
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Team Highland M Morin Grayson DNF
Cat 3 18 & Under Men Oberlin Photography M Colonna Nigel DNS
Cat 2/3 Women Ftw Factory Racing F Allison Taylor 03:05.0
Cat 2/3 Women F Cowell Heather 03:19.7
Cat 2/3 Women gopro oneal F Porru Elixandria 03:22.4
Cat 2/3 Women F Keller Maggie 03:48.3
Cat 2/3 Women Team Marty’s F Ortiz Jennel 03:55.6
Cat 2/3 Women FTW Factory Racing F Tammam Jennifer 04:10.9
Cat 2/3 Women F Williams Samantha DNS
Cat 2/3 Women F Collinelli Debbie DNS
Cat 2/3 40+ Men Horns Hill Collective M Lamar Bill 02:45.5
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Daughtry Bill 02:56.0
Cat 2/3 40+ Men Dirt Rag M Wusrthele Frayne 03:01.4
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Reed Darryl 03:01.6
Cat 2/3 40+ Men Chainsmoke Racing M Pervis Steve 03:02.4
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Gray David 03:11.0
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Bodycoat George 03:13.1
Cat 2/3 40+ Men NittanyMba.org M Daum Alan 03:14.8
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Wilkins Chris 03:15.2
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Cales Charles 03:18.3
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Coleman Stephen 03:20.0
Cat 2/3 40+ Men FILZ BUILT BICYCLES M Goodrich Gil 03:26.4
Cat 2/3 40+ Men team AMIGOS M Mccann Bruce 03:55.0
Cat 2/3 40+ Men Morpheus Cycles M Olivas Joe 04:14.6
Cat 2/3 40+ Men Old Guys Rock M Mcdaniel Ed 05:32.2
Cat 2/3 40+ Men M Gray Chester DNS
Cat 2 30-39 Men Horns Hill Collective M Metz Scott 02:32.0
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Neumann Aaron 02:33.5
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Boyer James 02:34.4
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Wenschhof Luke 02:34.9
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Bramlage Chris 02:37.8
Cat 2 30-39 Men Mason DixonVeco/Cycl M Orsini Joseph 02:43.4
Cat 2 30-39 Men West newton bike shop M Huffman Eric 02:43.9
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Adamson Matthew 02:45.1
Cat 2 30-39 Men Racers Edge M Ricker Ritch 02:48.7
Cat 2 30-39 Men Treck of PGH M Phillips Brian 02:51.9
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Kasprzyk Matt 02:52.7
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Lewis Jay 02:55.5
Cat 2 30-39 Men Trek of Pittsburgh M Hague Jason 02:56.6
Cat 2 30-39 Men Evil Bikes/Lehigh Cy M Seiberling C.K 02:58.2
Cat 2 30-39 Men Bunny Hop Bikes M Weaver Ben 02:58.9
Cat 2 30-39 Men Chainsmoke Racing M Hamilton Todd 03:04.7
Cat 2 30-39 Men Team Marty’s M Canizales Joaquin 03:15.7
Cat 2 30-39 Men Dirt Rag M McKeegan Eric 03:37.1
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Mattern Nathan DNF
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Blessing Greg DSQ
Cat 2 30-39 Men M Groft Gino DNS
Cat 2 19-29 Men Design Physics / Rowlett’s Bicycles M Throckmorton Dennis 02:29.3
Cat 2 19-29 Men Chainsmoke Racing M Helm Rob 02:29.8
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Pursell RJ 02:33.0
Cat 2 19-29 Men Chainsmoke Racing M Benini Brian 02:33.7
Cat 2 19-29 Men Big T Racing M Slivinski Sam 02:37.3
Cat 2 19-29 Men Knolly Bikes M Nieri Tom 02:39.9
Cat 2 19-29 Men Oliver Racing/ Devil M Bureau Scott 02:41.3
Cat 2 19-29 Men west newton bike shop M Macheska Floyd 02:42.7
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Faust Todd 02:43.1
Cat 2 19-29 Men Tractionmag.com M Waskiewicz Daniel 02:43.4
Cat 2 19-29 Men Race Pace Bicycles M Monger Mike 02:46.2
Cat 2 19-29 Men RideDC.com/GoPro/Fox Clothing M Burkell Joseph 02:46.9
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Bodie Ethan 02:48.7
Cat 2 19-29 Men JRA Cycles M McLennan Michael 02:49.8
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Reed Rick 02:51.4
Cat 2 19-29 Men Oliver Racing M Oliver Micheal 02:54.0
Cat 2 19-29 Men M McHenry Justin 02:54.4
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Cymbaluk Joe 02:56.3
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Keifer Andrew 02:57.7
Cat 2 19-29 Men Big T Racing M Czaja William 02:57.8
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Haight Stuart 03:02.7
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Arnold Dennis 03:06.0
Cat 2 19-29 Men RideDC.com M Cain Adam 03:09.0
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Cook Nicholas 03:13.6
Cat 2 19-29 Men RideDC.com M Tarwater Alan 03:15.2
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Schaefer Clayton DNS
Cat 2 19-29 Men M McMath Jessee DNS
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Albright Ty DNS
Cat 2 19-29 Men M Hankins Reeves DNS
Cat 2 18 & Under Pro Bikes M Leslie Jimmy 02:28.7
Cat 2 18 & Under M Albert Dan 02:32.7
Cat 2 18 & Under Oberlin Photography M Nonno Davis 02:34.4
Cat 2 18 & Under Bicycles Ect. M Fairburn Noah 02:34.7
Cat 2 18 & Under M Hoffman Max 02:38.7
Cat 2 18 & Under M Richer Nick 02:39.1
Cat 2 18 & Under Big T Racing / Subway M Santo Christo Trevor 02:39.3
Cat 2 18 & Under Highgear Racing M Leslie Shane 02:39.4
Cat 2 18 & Under M Skidmore Sam 02:42.0
Cat 2 18 & Under Nema Spy/661 M Mcgiboney Ryan 02:43.7
Cat 2 18 & Under Trails End Cycling M Turner Ian 02:45.8
Cat 2 18 & Under Cutting Edge Cycles / KONA M Bodycoat Ben 03:01.1
Cat 2 18 & Under M Galloway Robbie 03:14.3
Cat 1 40+ Men Team Highland M Morin Charles 02:29.9
Cat 1 40+ Men Sierra Nevada Brewin M Boedeker Heath 02:31.6
Cat 1 40+ Men M LaClair Dennis 02:35.5
Cat 1 40+ Men Racers Edge M Cook Phil 02:36.1
Cat 1 40+ Men Rudy Truckin’ M Starr Ian 02:42.0
Cat 1 40+ Men Michelin – 661 M Kiniry Reid 02:43.9
Cat 1 40+ Men Horns Hill Collective M Bevaud Bob 02:45.7
Cat 1 40+ Men Gravity Project M Rude Richard 02:50.3
Cat 1 40+ Men M Cihylik Stefan 03:00.3
Cat 1 40+ Men INTENSE/HAYES/NEMA/JB BIKES M Briggs Ted DNF
Cat 1 30-39 Men Racers Edge M Liebig Kevin 02:24.5
Cat 1 30-39 Men Racers Edge/GT M Hummel Mike 02:31.1
Cat 1 30-39 Men M Roberts Donnie 02:32.9
Cat 1 30-39 Men Beachwood Bikes M Boertmann Lane 02:33.9
Cat 1 30-39 Men JRA Cycles M Mee Dave 02:34.6
Cat 1 30-39 Men M Farrell Andrew 02:35.0
Cat 1 30-39 Men Rudy Racing M Rudy Jason 02:38.0
Cat 1 30-39 Men Mongoose/Kenda/661 M Metcalf Shawn 02:39.4
Cat 1 30-39 Men Marty’s Reliable M White Nicholas 02:40.9
Cat 1 30-39 Men Nema/Scott/Hayes/ M Washer Jason 02:42.7
Cat 1 30-39 Men Cantarrigian Mechani M Erickson Leif 02:44.1
Cat 1 30-39 Men Gamut Jett SDG 661 Sun M Dale Delmar 02:48.3
Cat 1 19-29 Men 661/Spy M D’Emidio Nick 02:23.0
Cat 1 19-29 Men Andrance Cyclery/ Go M Babcock Arthur 02:26.1
Cat 1 19-29 Men Beacon Bombers M Coneski Anthony 02:26.1
Cat 1 19-29 Men Spin Bike Shop Hor M Reynolds Harrison 02:26.2
Cat 1 19-29 Men BOD Racing M Bagnal Thomas (Tripp) 02:27.8
Cat 1 19-29 Men Drummer Racing M Chipkin Sam 02:28.4
Cat 1 19-29 Men Sinister/United Free M Syron Max 02:29.0
Cat 1 19-29 Men M Nonno Vance 02:30.0
Cat 1 19-29 Men Voncooper/GT/Smith M Cooper Willem 02:30.5
Cat 1 19-29 Men Morewoodbikes USA M Gidhey Ben 02:30.6
Cat 1 19-29 Men M Gray Cody 02:31.8
Cat 1 19-29 Men Giant/HBG/E13 M Mihalick Peter 02:34.3
Cat 1 19-29 Men M Nixon Jason 02:34.9
Cat 1 19-29 Men Oakley/Bell Helmets M VanHorn Micah 02:35.0
Cat 1 19-29 Men FTW Factory Racing M Ayr Geoff 02:35.1
Cat 1 19-29 Men Mountain Man M McHale Matthew 02:35.7
Cat 1 19-29 Men Wachusett Brewing Co/Sram/e.13/661 M Bourgeois Jason 02:37.0
Cat 1 19-29 Men M Pensler Nathan 02:37.7
Cat 1 19-29 Men M Nugent Colby 02:37.7
Cat 1 19-29 Men Rowlett’s/Design Physics M Ciminelli Ross 02:39.4
Cat 1 19-29 Men Dirt Rag M Steiner Justin 02:41.7
Cat 1 19-29 Men Pro Bikes M Jackson Justin 02:43.1
Cat 1 19-29 Men Knapp’s Cyclery M Czaplicki Steven 02:47.4
Cat 1 19-29 Men Gravity Project M Patton Chris 02:48.2
Cat 1 19-29 Men Oliver Racing M Patty Richard 02:50.9
Cat 1 19-29 Men Intense Grass Roots M Allocco Eric 03:40.5
Cat 1 18 & Under Men M Mulally Logan 02:22.4
Cat 1 18 & Under Men GIANT M Couture Alex 02:24.3
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Highland Mountain M Morin Damon 02:26.6
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Gamut USA/ Leatt M Dudukovich Nikolas 02:26.7
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Gravity Project M Wilkins Cody 02:27.2
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Grom Racing M Pensler Samuel 02:28.1
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Team IRide/Jimmz izza/Scott Sports M Conte Dylan 02:29.6
Cat 1 18 & Under Men 7Springs/Transition M Levis Robert 02:29.6
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Hayes 661 Down Hill From Here M Barron Michael 02:30.4
Cat 1 18 & Under Men Sinister/United Free M Syron Ray 02:42.3
Cat 1 1-99 Women Grom Racing F Daney Lauren 02:40.0
Cat 1 1-99 Women FTW Factory Racing F Bagley Rebecca 03:05.8
Cat 1 1-99 Women Morpheus Cycles F Trimble Hannah 03:21.0

source: Ken Getchell
SpectaSport LLC (U.S.A.)

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.



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