Mulally seals double Gravity East series winswith downhill victory

Bourque dominates women's final and series to take the overall

Neko Mulally, Specialized Team America's 16-year old phenom, is the 2009 Gravity East Series pro men's champion in both the downhill and the dual slalom divisions following this past weekend's Gravity East Finals at Plattekill Mountain New York.

"We have seen the future, and it's scary fast," said Gravity East publicist Ken Getchell of Mulally. "He's fast and smooth and picks uncanny lines. Just think what's he's going to be like as his body physically matures over the next couple of years."

Jason Memmelaar (Hayes/5 ten/Manitou/Smith), the winner of the Seven Springs round, was runner-up in the season standings. Alejandro Ortiz (Nema/Morpheous - Ecuador) finished the year on two podiums, as runner-up to Mulally in the dual slalom points championship and as third place overall in the downhill standings.

Mulally finished the season with five Gravity East downhill victories and never finished lower than fifth (one race). On the dual slalom side, he finished with a perfect score of five victories after dropped races were calculated. Only a crash in the semi-finals of Saturday's dual slalom kept him from sweeping every race.

On the women's side, Dawn Bourque of Rhino Bike Works was overshadowed by Mulally's exploits, but was no less dominant in winning the Gravity East downhill series. In fact, she was more dominant, winning seven of the Gravity East Downhills (including five in a row) where Mulally scored "only" five downhill victories.

After missing the first three races, Bourque went on to win every other downhill on the Gravity East schedule, with the exception of the new venue at Eastern Pennsylvania's Vertical Earth Mountain Bike Park at Blue Mountain, where Karen Eagan of Samuel Adams Brewery took the victory. Eagan had what many riders would consider a dream year in the Gravity East this year, winning the dual slalom title and finishing second in the downhill standings. Overall, Eagan won three times in Gravity East competition this year; twice in dual slalom and once in downhill.

In on-track action, 208 entries (174 in downhill alone) signed into Plattekill despite rainy (again!) conditions. The racers who followed the entire Gravity East Series this year saw about as much rain as Noah; and if they had the choice of changing any one thing about the series this year, most racers would ask for drier weather. Even most of the races that were held in the sun took place after rainy practice days.

In Sunday's downhill final, Bourque, Eagan and Stephanie Gubernat (Cutters Bike Shop/VerticalEarth) finished one, two, three for both the race and the season title. Bourque's time of 3:19.15 was over seven seconds faster than runner-up Eagan.

In the men's race, Mulally blazed down the course with a time of 2:32.33. Memmelaar raced home second in 2:36.00 and Ben Moody (Rhino Bike Works) rounded out the podium with a 2:38.39

Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neko Mulally (Specialized Team America)0:02:32.33 
2Jason Memmelaar (Hayes/5 ten/Manitou/Smith)0:00:03.67 
3Ben Moody (Rhino Bike Works)0:00:06.06 
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dawn Bourque (Rhino Bike Works)0:03:19.15 
2Karen Eagan (Samuel Adams)0:00:07.48 
3Stephanie Gubernat (Cutters Bike Shop/VerticalEarth)0:00:27.79 
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