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Mulally and Bourque lead Gravity East Series

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The 2009 Gravity East Series is almost ready to ride into the sunset.

The 2009 Gravity East Series is almost ready to ride into the sunset. (Image credit: Matt DeLorme)
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Neko Mulally enjoys some victory watermelon.

Neko Mulally enjoys some victory watermelon. (Image credit: Matt DeLorme)

As racers prepare to battle the trails at New York's Plattekill Mountain for double points and season championships at this weekend's Gravity East Finals on October 9-11, it's useful to not only look at the who's on top of the chart, but also how they got there.

When the chairlift was turned on at Massanutten, Virginia, back in the beginning of May, few realized the impact the sophomore year of Gravity East would have. Since then, 94 men and women have scored points in the pro downhill classes alone. A total of 1,620 entries (up 32 percent from last year, with one race still remaining) have pulled to the start of at least one Gravity East race this year in both pro and amateur categories. The best of the best, however, have been Dawn Bourque, Karen Eagan and, of course, Neko Mulally.

Sanger may have some help from the downhillers in setting-up a blockade to keep Mulally out. Though currently sitting in third place in the downhill standings behind Jason Memmelaar and Alejandro Ortiz, Mulally has the virtual lead in the standings because of dropped races and only needs a 23rd place or better to clinch both Gravity East Divisions.

When taking into account dropped races, Ben Hulse and Zach Faulkner move up from sixth and seventh, respectively, in the official standings to third and fourth respectively. Hulse, however, hasn't shown up for the last three races. Will he attend Plattekill and try to take home a share of the US$5,000 season's point money being awarded?

Plattekill first opened for riding in 1995, when Missy Giove was still World Champion and Neko Mulally was wearing diapers. Since then, Plattekill has been host to tens of thousands of visitors and countless races.

Plattekill's Marketing Advisor George Ulmer described the downhill course as "loose and steep," and said racers can expect "a lot of shale and drops with good flow on natural terrain".

For more information on this weekend's Gravity East Finals at Plattekill, see and

Complete standings are below.


Downhill - Elite men's standings after 10 of 11 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Memmelaar6175pts
2Alejandro Ortiz6155
3Neko Mulally5815
4Jeff Cayley5765
5Erik Gosselin5598
6Ben Hulse5197
7Zach Faulkner5103
8Ben Moody4820
9Chris Higgerson3799
10Gavin Vaughan3793
11Bj Treglia3556
12Conor Rowan3550
13Tim Howland3008
14Luke Snyder3000
15Jason Beckley2914
16Justin Gregory2889
17Marvin Scanland2810
18David Haas2792
19Geritt Beytagh2352
20David Flynn2208
21Geoffrey Ulmer2193
22Kyle Sanger2174
23Tyler Wilson2154
24Patrick Noonan2148
25Brian Yannuzzi2107
26Dan Whitehead2101
27Andrew Bressem2033
28Jergen Beneke1650
29Chris Heath1605
30Sean Mcclendon1600
31Adam Morse1560
32Trevyn Newpher1515
33Dan Sim1501
34Jonthan Gaber1500
35Ethan Quehl1495
36Lars Tribus1483
37Dan Ferreira1471
38Tim Price1455
39Michael Thomas1441
40Christopher Talotta1432
41Kevin Green1416
42Bert Boyce1408
43Josh Misevcis1398
44Avery Busch1392
45Tom Bubier1385
46Willem Cooper1381
47Matty Komar1377
48Justin Beers1361
49Tim White1359
50Paul Adams1358
51Beniot Mioux815
52Shaums March795
53Szymon Kowalski780
54George Ryan780
55Heikki Hall765
56Trevor Hallenbeck750
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

Downhill - Elite women's standings after 10 of 11 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dawn Bourque5945pts
2Karen Eagan5745
3Stephanie Gubernat5620
4Hillary Elgert3225
5Alexis Wruble2370
6Gandolf Rae2038
7Allegra Burch1635
8Lauren Petersen1590
9Alexandra Lacroix795
9Jennifer Wolf780
9Ellen Adams765
10Alicia Jakomait750

Dual Slalom - Elite men's standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neko Mullaly300pts
2Allejandro Ortiz155
3Kyle Sangers133
4Brian Piper113
5Kyle Ebbett105
6Jason Beckley100
7James Patterson95
8Lars Tribus90
9Zack Faulkner70
10Tim While55
11Jason Memmelaar50
12Avery Buch50
13Geritt Beytagh50
14Steve Avery45
15Benjamin Hulse45
17Trevyn Newpher40
18John Gabor35
19Tyler Wilson35
20Harold Woolnough35
21Bj Treglia30
22David Flynn30
23Matty Komar30
24Erik Gosselin28
25Tom Oakes26
26Heikki Hall26
27Jay Dejesus24

Dual Slalom - Elite women's standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karen Eagan280pts
2Kate Parhiala210
3Lauren Daney120
4Dawn Bourque120
5Hillary Elgert55
6Hannah Trimble45

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