Windham World Cup gravity courses set for weekend test

Less than a week after New York's Windham Mountain was designated as a UCI World Cup venue for 2010, gravity racers will get to preview the World Cup downhill and four cross courses in competition. The Gravity East Series is heading to Windham Mountain on June 27-28

With the addition of Windham Mountain to next year's World Cup, three of Gravity East's first four 2009 events have been, or will be, host to UCI World Cup Downhills. The Gravity East at Windham Mountain will utilize both new UCI courses this weekend. The new downhill course is roughly 3:20 long and based on the popular course first used at last year's national series event. There have been additions to both the beginning and end of the course, notably the "Black Bear Slide", a feature so technical that it will be used only for the expert and professional divisions. The weekend will also see the debut of Windham's brand new four cross World Cup course when it is used for the second race of Gravity East's dual slalom series. The course is expected to be nearly one-minute long.

Windham Mounta is a well-known ski mountain, but the mountain bike program is new, with the first tree having been cut in April of 2008. Thus far, Special Events Director Rick Hodge and the Windham Mountain staff have been intent on establishing the resort as a first-class competition venue, but plans call for a full network of lift-assisted and cross country trails to be open for recreational riding by next spring.

Heading into this weekend's racing, there is a tight battle for the overall championship. Jason Memmelaar (2wheelfreaks.com / Manitou) has 2,430 points and holds onto a narrow lead in the elite men's category ahead of Alejandro Ortiz (NEMA) with 2,340 points. Nine riders are still within one win of the lead in the overall.

The wild card, however is dropped races. 2009 race winners Neko Mulally (Specialized Team America) and Sean McClendon both used one of their three drop races when they bypassed last week's event in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. Of the two, Mulally has the upper hand as, with a first and a second place, he has the best average finishing position of any racer on the circuit in the races he has attended. Mulally also leads the dual slalom standings.

On the women's side, Stephanie Gubernat (Vertical Earth / Cutters Bike Shop), Hillary Elgert and Rae Gandolf (Sierra Nevada) have distanced themselves from the rest of the competition.

Standings of the Gravity East Series are below.

For more information, visit www.GravityEastSeries.com.

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Standings
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Elite menRow 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2 Row 0 - Cell 3
1Jason Memmelaar2430pts
2Alejandro Ortiz2340Row 2 - Cell 3
3Ben Hulse2257Row 3 - Cell 3
4Jason Beckley2192Row 4 - Cell 3
5Justin Gregory2175Row 5 - Cell 3
6Jeff Cayley2172Row 6 - Cell 3
7Tyler Wilson2154Row 7 - Cell 3
8Neko Mulally1670Row 8 - Cell 3
9Sean Mcclendon1600Row 9 - Cell 3
10Geritt Beytagh1537Row 10 - Cell 3
11Trevyn Newpher1515Row 11 - Cell 3
12Jonthan Gaber1500Row 12 - Cell 3
13Ethan Quehl1495Row 13 - Cell 3
14Tim Price1455Row 14 - Cell 3
15Geoffrey Ulmer1448Row 15 - Cell 3
16Michael Thomas1441Row 16 - Cell 3
17Bj Treglia1432Row 17 - Cell 3
18Brian Yannuzzi1420Row 18 - Cell 3
19Marvin Scanland1394Row 19 - Cell 3
20Dan Whitehead1391Row 20 - Cell 3
21Gavin Vaughan795Row 21 - Cell 3
22Szymon Kowalski780Row 22 - Cell 3
23Trevor Hallenbeck750Row 23 - Cell 3
24Chuck Pitts718Row 24 - Cell 3
25John Leslie714Row 25 - Cell 3
26Christopher Talotta702Row 26 - Cell 3
27David Haas694Row 27 - Cell 3
28Zach Faulkner694Row 28 - Cell 3
29Justin Beers690Row 29 - Cell 3
30Marvin Scanland690Row 30 - Cell 3
31Matty Komar687Row 31 - Cell 3
32Erik Gosselin687Row 32 - Cell 3
33Josh Misevcis684Row 33 - Cell 3
34Terry Hinton681Row 34 - Cell 3
35Ken Walter678Row 35 - Cell 3
36Tim White675Row 36 - Cell 3
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Elite womenRow 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2 Row 0 - Cell 3
1Stephanie Gubernat2485pts
2Hillary Elgert2430Row 2 - Cell 3
3Gandolf Rae2038Row 3 - Cell 3
4Allegra Burch855Row 4 - Cell 3
5Lauren Petersen795Row 5 - Cell 3
6Ellen Adams765Row 6 - Cell 3
7Alicia Jakomait750Row 7 - Cell 3

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