All Gravity Series: 2012 Moscow Arms Race

Oct 23, 2012
by Diamondback Bikes  
In Moscow, Idaho, this weekend, warmth was a distant friend and we had a taste of just about everything from sun to clouds, rain to shine and grapple to a wee bit of snow! But none of that had the least bit of effect on the third annual Moscow Arms Race. The final stop in the six race All Gravity Series, Moscow brought out some of the Northwest’s most dedicated and talented racers to wrap up a season to remember.

Radness... thataway
  Here in the Northwest, we've had a pretty spectacular summer to say the least. With a record setting dry spell and warmer than usual weather that lasted well into October, we've been a little spoiled this year. But we're mountain bikers... we'll take it.


Snowy Course
  Though Mother Nature offered up a smorgasbord of weather conditions, the setting couldn't have been much better...


  ...The dirt was loamy, the race runs were dry, and the stoke was high.

  The gondola line - 'Merican style.

Marketing Hustler and general Heckler JK
  Diamondback, Ride Gravity and Contour were on hand to guzzle down a solid dose of "Merican Radness" ...and believe me kids, that stuff runs strong 'round these here parts!

Bafus
  'Merican Radness - A


Merican Radness
  'Merican Radness - B



Watch Steven Bafus's Contour Course Preview:

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Birth of the All Gravity Series

Josh Tofsrud and Chris Andreasen started the series three years ago to provide a scene that was lacking in the area. “We just wanted to put together a well-timed and well organized series” ,says Tofsrud. The series stretches from Eastern Washington to Northern Idaho and they even put on a race in Whitefish, Montana, this year. With sponsors Shimano, Transition, Diety, Oakley, and Phar North securely on board, Tofsrud is looking to potentially expand in the coming years and an Enduro event is certainly not out of the question. But as far as this weekend was concerned, DH was the scene.





The Wombats for the Win
  In pure unadulterated fashion, the heckling was high...

  ...The standards were low...

SWOOSH
  ...and a general aura of rowdiness was present.



Charlie Sponsel's Contour Race Run - good enough for second place

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Huck-to-Flat Contest

  One of the highlights of the event is the annual Huck to Flat contest after the race

NFCC
Huck to Flat Contest
When your 3 s only bring a buck and a quarter




Last Podium of theYear

Overall Standigns for the AGS Season
  Diamondback's DF5 Team stood tall and took the first and second spots on the podium, with Kyle Thomas in first place, Charlie Sponsel in second and Jake Grob placing third.

Mens Pro Podium
  The pair also took the overall first and second spots for the series.

This will be your Womens Pro Champ y all
  Jamie Rees went on to claim the race win and overall victory for the Women's Pro category. This girl can tear it up!

This will be your Womens Pro Champ y all
  Jamie Rees, ya'll meet your Womens Pro Champ.


2nd place aint so bad
  Taking your final race run and knowing that you are wrapping up yet another season of DH is always bittersweet - but he atmosphere was cheerful and riders were thankful to have a little more time spent with good friends, cold beers and one last race weekend full of shenanigans.



Thanks to Josh Tofsrud, Chris Andreasen, Barry Lunden, Sean Murphy and everyone else who came together to make ththe All Gravity Series such a killer race scene and this such a great weekend.

...And a huge thanks to Tim Zimmerman for the awesome photography!

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50 Comments

  • + 47
 Fking hell some of those gaps thru the trees look tighter than a nuns chuff.
  • + 13
 That race run vid REALLY makes that track look like FUN aye... Great vids and pics. Can't wait till Diamondback starts releasing these DH frames to the public, hope they can make them a WEE BIT more affordable then they've been imlying it will be... Looks like a sick frame!!!
  • + 2
 It is really fun.
  • + 8
 That's some mighty fine Merican' racing!
  • + 6
 TREE, TREE ,TREE, TREE, ROCK , DROP ROCK, TREE TREE, NARROW JUMP, TREEE!!! That guy is bombin through that course.....
  • + 5
 IDAHOMIES
  • + 4
 anybody see my sweet mustache in the background of the last picture? yep.
  • + 1
 they make you go faster
  • + 2
 Stoked for Thomas......nice to see him bounce back from injury to claim the overall. Sweet pics Zim!!!
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 2
 Does anybody who rides Moscow Mountain know what the trails they are on in the video are called?
  • + 2
 Somalia.
  • + 1
 ^yup Somalia it is.
  • + 3
 Bafus' run was pretty damn entertaining.
  • + 3
 Damn that was mighty fast Smile good stuff !
  • + 2
 All Gravity Series is the best! Thanks to everyone for the awesome season. Parking Lot Pete
  • + 1
 Great weekend! Got myself a 1st in Cat 3 30+ and won the overall series! Even beat the 1st place Cat 2 guy! LOL you know who you are!
  • + 5
 Sand bagger! Just kidding, congratz!
  • + 2
 Congratulations, dont quit.
  • + 3
 Congrats man... Way to go beating the Cat2 rider. Who says us "old folks" can't fly Wink
  • + 1
 iI you check out the photo of Kyle Thomas (7th photo up from here) with his crazy face you will see me in the all black to the left. Cat 2 30+ next season with the intentions of winning! This was my first season after all and can't wait fnext season and to start it off at the Double Down Hoe Down in Spokane. March some time.
  • + 0
 Idaho has endless territory, but surprisingly few trails. Lived up in the Idaho mountains for 13 years and there were only 2 different trail systems nearby. This one looks insane though. Nice work!
  • + 5
 There are actually hundreds if not thousands of miles of trails here.
  • + 1
 Did you get free potatoes at least?
  • + 1
 Free potatoes? You are a dumbass.
  • + 1
 The teton pass is sweet. they should have a race down lithium sometime. or build an epic DH race course. these are some of the things I would like to see before I die. thank you for your time.
  • + 1
 There are a lot of trails in Idaho. They are good and plenty.
  • + 1
 where is the best DH? ive been to eagle bike park and that was pretty cool, but short
  • + 1
 There are 3 lift access areas up north and your close to Beacon in Spokane too and not far from Canada.
  • + 4
 MERICAN RADNESS!
  • + 2
 I made that sign and it's don't be a pussy
  • + 2
 Great way to end the season.
  • + 3
 Sick course!
  • + 1
 I live in moscow. U jealious?
  • + 1
 Great photos Tim! Bafus POV and wheelie through the lower whoops was rad!
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 1
 nice course: rock, tree, wood bridge, jump love it
  • + 1
 that track looks so sick! had a little bit of everything.
  • + 1
 Hey were are the Canucks that showed up
  • + 1
 They killed it too! They showed up late Saturday for practice go a few runs in and did very well!
  • + 2
 Braaaappp
  • + 2
 don't be a cat? haha
  • + 2
 dont be a pussy, huck to flat
  • + 1
 It doesn't rhyme though.
  • + 0
 Fist I was all like.. "Russian DH! Stoked!!" Then I was all like... "Oh, just Idaho." Still sick though.
  • + 1
 that looks like a good time
  • + 1
 nice Wink
  • + 1
 Best. Weekend. Ever.
  • - 2
 Ahhh! I was supposed to race but had a soccer game! Anyway the trail is too much fun.

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