RAAW Announces Support for Jack Reading's Gravity School Racing for 2024

Feb 8, 2024
by RAAW Mountain Bikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: RAAW Mountain Bikes

It’s no secret that we love downhill at RAAW. It’s properly ingrained in the company and the people. Every one of us owns a downhill bike. Give us half a chance, like a mild winter with minimal snow coverage, and it’ll be the thing we go straight for in the garage over a pair of skis.

Since developing the Yalla!, it's been a dream to support racers at World Cup level, be part of downhill racing and have our bike competing at the highest level. Over the past few years now, it’s been a heartwarming project to support and work with privateer racers at the World Cups and help out in any way we can. Our budgets aren’t so big that we need to handcuff a briefcase to our wrist, so we’ve always looked to provide support where we could, even if it was just a friendly face at the races or a quick chat about how cool downhill bikes are.

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For 2024, our list of privateer downhill and enduro racers is bigger than ever. But when Jack Reading got in touch, it really piqued our interest.

Jack’s been racing bikes since 2007, the last 14 years being at a World Cup level. And if that wasn’t enough plate-spinning, he’s owned and managed his own race team since 2015. At the end of the 2023 season, he announced his retirement to focus on his race team and coaching athletes. But a true racer never really retires, and he’ll still be racing at a national level.

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Since 2020, the focus of Jack and the race team grew to fostering racers with potential and giving them a stepping stone to success, all with sights set on the top tier of downhill racing. He endeavoured to craft a professional and supportive environment that took away a few of the multitude of tasks that go along with simply riding a bike at the races.

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This really struck a chord with us at RAAW. And when good people do things for the right reasons, you can’t help but want to get involved.

We’re immensely proud to announce that for 2024 we’ll be partnering with Gravity School Racing and their impressive roster of riders will be sending it aboard our Yalla! frame.

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A full European Cup and Portugal Cup season is on the cards, as well as select World Cup and UK National events. Next to the races, multiple coaching camps are organised throughout the year, both in the UK and the team’s second home, Portugal.

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The camps are designed to craft an environment for the riders to develop outside of the races, pushing their speed and skills through professional coaching in all aspects of racing, so that when they show up between the tape, they’re ready to perform at their absolute best.

Key to providing this environment is the terrain. Pre-season preparation on a track that replicates a World Cup on a Sunday afternoon is mightily tricky. Many travel to the other side of the world during winters, but Jack’s team have an ace up their sleeve.

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Situated in Portugal, the team has opened a bike park in conjunction with Trail Tools, who also support the team. This asset gives them the ability to curate specific tracks and features to replicate the ferocious World Cup tracks, and means that come race season, it’s not a shock to the system as you try to piece together the puzzle in record time while your eyes are on stalks.

At the races, Jack’s focus is on providing the riders with a professional pit setup and support that simply leaves the riders to just focus on riding their bike. Mechanical support, nutrition, organisation and track-side advice are all taken care of under his watch and guidance.

As is always the case in the off-season, we’re excited like a kid at Christmas for the coming year’s intense racing, how the stories unfold and seeing riders do incredible things on the best type of bikes. But for this year, we’re even more excited to see Jack and his team of racers flying past at warp speed aboard our Yalla!, and how every one of them develops and progresses as riders and racers.

Without further ado, here is the Gravity School Racing roster:

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Jack Reading
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Nuno Reis
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Rueben Taylor
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Theo Goodsmith
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Oscar Hakes

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Haydn Fletcher
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Josh Wood
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Finlay Sykes
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Seb Sumner
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Thomas Westgate




For more information about the Yalla!, and our other bikes, the Jibb and Madonna, head to raawmtb.com.

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33 Comments
  • 60 0
 See the official Team Launch video here guys:

youtu.be/hhJVSMq3r40?si=CHDp-1IQ36cgQnYd

And you can also follow our new "Finding Speed" series which will track the stories and progress of the riders throughout 2024, over on this channel!
  • 2 0
 Congrats Jack
  • 34 0
 Need a barber to sponsor the team haha. Good on you Jack for driving the youth scene! Hardest worker on the WC for sure!
  • 17 0
 yeah like what are these haircuts holy hell
  • 13 0
 @Upduro: Its called generic UK North Face Jacket boy hair crew cut and its for ages 7 - 23
  • 9 0
 What would you like today son? I’ll take a broccoli head please.
  • 3 0
 Haha, in there defense they probably were all trying to manage some degree of helmet hair.
  • 2 0
 They've all got lockdown hair. Someone should tell them the barbers are open. Poor kid in the middle has had the porridge bowl on him.
  • 21 0
 Great to see support for young riders.

Also nice to see there is a team haircut requirement ;-)
  • 13 0
 Team bowl cut
  • 10 0
 Great to see such levels of support for the youngsters! Brilliant work
  • 7 0
 RAAWs school for kids who cant gravity good and want to learn to do other stuff good too
  • 2 0
 I just built up a yalla this winter. What a nice bike. Theo and jacks bikes look like mixed wheel setups. I'd be curious how they set them up. RAAW was very adamant the bike was meant to be a full 29er and they don't recommend the smaller rear wheel. I've be kicking around trying it with the BB height set as high as possible to offset it.
  • 13 7
 Why no women?
  • 28 1
 Fair question. Riders who make it onto our race team come through the coaching ranks of the Gravity School program. In 2023 we had no female riders coached within our Scholarship scheme, which is the level where we select our team riders for the following season. We had a female rider race for the team in 2022, and we hope to see a female rider in our team ranks again!
  • 3 0
 Great news - love the programme that Jack's put together, genuine bloke doing a lot for the scene!
  • 4 0
 Baby I like it
  • 4 0
 YALLA!!!!!YALLA!!!!
  • 2 0
 Good luck to all the team this season, looking forward to seeing what Oscar can do with this opportunity
  • 1 0
 Cheers Dom and also for all the support you have given him over the years @CP and for James for picking him out even before he was a little ripperSmile
  • 1 0
 @Yorkshiresend: great to see. What an achievement for all of them. Hope they all do well!
  • 2 0
 Is there room on the team for a slightly washed up 50 yo? Asking for a friend... (no haircut required!)
  • 2 0
 Really excited about this and watching their progress, Excellent Coach JR.
  • 2 0
 The best spot ventoso Gravity Park and rhe best coach
  • 2 0
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0r1yztVpqA

More track preview, a new section has been built Smile
  • 1 0
 Names are slightly mixed up. Josh wood is a few pictures above his name
  • 1 0
 Yup, josh and Seb need swapping
  • 1 0
 @weeksy59: I've asked for this to be done
  • 1 0
 GO HAYDN !!!!! Local lad whos got loads of potential !!!
  • 1 0
 Their hair cuts like from the 90 in the USA lol
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