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Race Recap and Video: Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain

Aug 26, 2015
by Mike Karfakis  
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It was blue skies at Blue all day, everyday for GES race number three this past weekend at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton, PA USA. The track was running super fast and rider turnout topped out at 127 riders. Practice on day one consisted of riders working their hardest to pick their way through the rocky, rooty and steep terrain typical of US trails on the East Coast. Lift line conversations surrounded around feet staying planted on flat pedals. In the pits, the buzzword was "rebound" as riders dialed in those precious clicks to find the perfect setting.

Smooth is fast. Those who raced this course last year were at an obvious advantage, able to compare the speed with which the track changed while adjusting their line choice to further streamline their race run.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
Christian Golden looking like he's got that line.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
Pro rider Amy Leishear off the double at the bottom.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
Pro rider Cait Fields passes through the finish bubble, complete with RedBull rainbow, music, an MC announcing each run, free iced Red Bull, custom made Milwaukee Tools hot seat, and plenty of sponsor representation. Pro Women and Men were off first. The crowd at the bottom grew in this area throughout the race.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
Mauricio Estrada took the Pro Men's win with a 2:29.18 beating out 2014 Gravity East Series champ John Hanson who ran a 2:33.40. It was all love for the friendly rivals. The field is stoked to see Jon back on a bike after a long winter off nursing a now healed shoulder injury. It's only a matter of time before he is up to speed. Nicholas D'Emidio in third, Justin Gregory in fourth, and Scott Cooper rounding out the Pro Men's podium.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
Amy Temarantz took the win with a strong 3:03:20 to the finish. Amy Leishear was six seconds back and Cait Fieds took third to round out the Pro Women's podium. Big congrats ladies!

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
It's all about the groms!

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
The GES has worked especially hard in prizing and giveaways for 2015. For this race, the series honored the top five in each class. Outside of the Pro's cash prizes, winners were allowed to choose their own prize from designated sections of the tables. First place winners could pick their size MAXXIS tire or an entire case of Red Bull. Second and third place could choose from an array of 661 helmets, knee/elbow protection, and so on down the line.

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain
The awards ceremony held a sizeable crowd. At least ten raffles were drawn. Prizes ranged from cases of Red Bull to several MAXXIS tires, Milwaukee Tool backpack, and even a complete 2015 Fox 40. Look at this lucky guy! So stoked he almost whacked that poor woman attempting to walk by with her own raffle-won MAXXIS skin-wall. Madness! Fox has donated plenty of suspension product and these raffles will continue to go down at GES 4 and 5 in the upcoming weeks.

Photos by Steve Coleman, Mike Karfakis and Mike Render. Video by Gravity Soul. Words by Mike Karfakis

Race Recap and Video Maxxis Gravity East Series - Blue Mountain


MENTIONS: @Maxxis / @foxracingshox / @spokeapparel



10 Comments

  • 3 0
 Great weekend! Everything ran so smooth and the weather was pretty much perfect. The race course was fast and furious. Thank you Gravity east and Blue Mountain for putting on a flawless event.
  • 3 0
 Had an awesome weekend! Thanks for positive words in the write up. Can't wait for the next race!
  • 1 0
 You bet Jon. See ya soon!
  • 3 0
 Great job Blue Mountain and GES for making this happen! Great job on the video and pics too. Keep coming out racers!
  • 1 0
 Congrats to your team. Lots of Community Podiums!
  • 2 0
 love the guy at the end
  • 4 4
 That music is so bad i stopped watching the video.
  • 2 0
 not a positive raditude.
  • 3 0
 Don't be such a jerk, you can easily control the music if you don't like it by turning the volume down, no need to be a negative downer about it. SMH
  • 5 0
 Sorry to come off harsh, but as someone who makes over 20 videos a year, it gets very old to see complaints over video music, not everyone is going to please them all with their musical selection, also its a real pain in the butt to find a good song for a video, let alone 20 good songs. Everyone is a critic, but sometimes you need to think, is it really important for me to to comment about the song? Probably not.

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