Plattekill Mountain Bike Park, in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, signed one of their longtime local downhill racers, Geoff Ulmer. The 17 year-old Ulmer, who started riding at Plattekill when he was just 10 years-old, has advanced to the pro class for 2008, where he'll also fly the Playbiker - Iron Horse UCI trade team colors.
"I've been training at the Bike Park for years and it has paid off," said Ulmer.
He will attend North American and European UCI World Cup Events and hopes to represent the US at the World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy. Ulmer has won numerous titles in the US including the last three JrX Championships at Plattekill and a US National Championship last year.
"I'm more than happy to support Geoff this season. I've had my eye on him for the past seven years and have seen him win championships every year here from the beginner class to the JrX class when he was just 14," said Laszlo Vajtay, General Manager of Plattekill Mountain.
Plattekill will host the New York State Championship series, featuring downhill, dual slalom and cross country races and well as a new endurance race, a six-hour event on June 7. This year the Bike Park will host a stop and the finals of the Gravity East Series for the second year in a row and a race on May 3-4 will serve as the JrX automatic qualifier for the US team at the World Championships.