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Mount Snow hosting next Gravity East Series on brand new "Trail 13"

Junior rider Damon Morin (Team Drop) on his way to a victory in his category at the GES event, the Whiteface 5km

Junior rider Damon Morin (Team Drop) on his way to a victory in his category at the GES event, the Whiteface 5km (Image credit: Matt DeLorme)

In what has become a regular occurrence in the 2009 season, Gravity East downhillers will once again charge down a brand-new trail when they visit Mount Snow in Vermont on October 3-4. Dubbed "Trail 13", the new trail will add additional variety to the mountain's trail system.

"We've held off opening the trail until race weekend because we wanted to unveil it with the Gravity East," said Vinnie Lewis, Event and Public Relations Manager for the resort. "This will be our fourth downhill this year, and on the fourth different course."

Lewis added that bike set-ups for the new, mostly-wooded, course should be very similar to that used for previous downhills at Mount Snow. "It's the same surface, just a different flow down the mountain."

Following his wins at Vertical Earth Mountain Bike Park at Blue Mountain last weekend, Neko Mulally is closing in on a possible double championship. Though still trailing Alejandro Ortiz, Jason Memmelaar, Ben Hulse, and Jeff Cayley in the standings, Mulally moved up two positions with his win in Pennsylvania; and he has at least one more "no score" to drop from his final points tally than any of the competitors currently above him in the standings. In the dual slalom Standings, Mulallay has a comfortable lead over Brian Piper and Kyle Ebbett.

On the women's side, the downhill title chase is a virtual tie with the points gap between current points leader Stephanie Gubernat, Dawn Bourque and last week's winner Karen Eagan being so small as to be meaningless. With just two race weekends left, it looks like the chase for the women's title could come down to the final run by the final competitor. The women's dual slalom standings are even murkier, with Eagan and Bourque again in the mix, along with Lauren Daney and Kate Parhiala. With the unpredictable nature of dual slalom, coupled with the double points on tap at the final race at Plattekill, any of these four could be this year's "Queen of Dual".

The weekend will also include the a Gravity East dual slalom series event plus a non-series super D race.

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Ortiz6093pts
2Jason Memmelaar5465
3Ben Hulse5197
4Jeff Cayley5035
5Neko Mulally4960
6Erik Gosselin4863
7Zach Faulkner4389
8Ben Moody4005
9Bj Treglia3556
10Chris Higgerson3049
11Tim Howland3008
12Gavin Vaughan2998
13Jason Beckley2914
14Justin Gregory2889
15Conor Rowan2810
16Marvin Scanland2810
17David Haas2792
18Geritt Beytagh2352
19Luke Snyder2255
20Geoffrey Ulmer2193
21Tyler Wilson2154
22Patrick Noonan2148
23Brian Yannuzzi2107
24Dan Whitehead2101
25Andrew Bressem2033
26Jergen Beneke1650
27Chris Heath1605
28Sean Mcclendon1600
29Trevyn Newpher1515
30Dan Sim1501
31Jonthan Gaber1500
32Ethan Quehl1495
33David Flynn1490
34Lars Tribus1483
35Tim Price1455
36Kyle Sanger1452
37Michael Thomas1441
38Christopher Talotta1432
39Kevin Green1416
40Bert Boyce1408
41Josh Misevcis1398
42Avery Busch1392
43Tom Bubier1385
44Willem Cooper1381
45Matty Komar1377
46Justin Beers1361
47Tim White1359
48Paul Adams1358
49Beniot Mioux815
50Shaums March795
51Adam Morse795
52Szymon Kowalski780
53George Ryan780
54Heikki Hall765
55Trevor Hallenbeck750
56Dan Ferreira745
57Yann Gauvin730
58James Rennie726
59Logan Binggeli726
60John-Ryan Quick722
61Pete Fougere722
62Steve Avery722
63Naish Ulmer722
64John Leslie714
65James Pattertson714
66Jenny Jade710
67Billy Melone710
68Sam Mellen710
69Chris Scannell702
70Vincent Paliseno698
71Daniel Hultgen698
72Jon Gabon694
73Paul Mcneil694
74Vincent Tremblay694
75James Jeannet687
76Dave Trumpure681
77Ken Walter678
78Bryan Willis678
79Brian Piper675
80Sam Adams673
81Taylor Rowlands669
82Tom Kakamousias665

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephanie Gubernat5620pts
2Dawn Bourque5090
3Karen Eagan4930
4Hillary Elgert3225
5Alexis Wruble2370
6Gandolf Rae2038
7Allegra Burch1635
8Lauren Petersen795
9Alexandra Lacroix795
9Jennifer Wolf780
9Ellen Adams765
10Alicia Jakomait750

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.