Christopher Grice Joins Loic Bruni & Finn Iles on Specialized Gravity

Jan 29, 2020 at 12:07
by Sarah Moore  
Christopher Grice is one of the smallest riders yet posted a big time. He won his category by just under 20 seconds.


Specialized Gravity hinted at a new member joining the team way back in November, but today we've finally found out who that person is. As we suspected, it's a Junior rider that will be joining Loic Bruni and Finn Iles. Christopher Grice is a 16-year-old who currently resides in Pisgah, North Carolina and despite his young age, he's already been making waves on the North American race scene.


bigquotesInsanely stoked to announce that I am a member of the @specializedgravity team! Such an awesome team and the best group of people to be around and learn from. Also, it’s a dream come true to be teammates with @finniles & @loicbruni29!

I owe a massive thank you to everyone who has supported and helped me get to this point over the past years.
Christopher Grice


Last year, Grice won the DH Race in the Junior Expert 15-16 category at Windrock by nearly 20 seconds in absolutely treacherous conditions. He then went on to take third in the EWS-caliber enduro in the U21 category the following day, climbing over 5,000 feet and descending 7,000 to end up on the podium.

Grice won the DH Race in the Junior Expert 15-16 category at Windrock by nearly 20 seconds
Zach Faulkner Photo
And finished third in the U21 Enduro the following day. Photo: Zach Faulkner

At just over 5 feet and 105lbs, he was riding a Specialized S-Works Demo 8 with a short reach and 27.5" wheels last year. We did a Bike Check with Grice after the downhill race.

We look forward to seeing the young racer alongside Loic Bruni and Finn Iles on the World Cup scene this year.


70 Comments

  • 98 3
 Is that dude with the beard holding up the lyriks in the bottom-right photo seriously under 21 ?
  • 56 2
 In caveman years he's under 21.
  • 19 0
 In werewolf years.
  • 20 1
 Sasquatch has entered the chat....
  • 12 0
 @ianswilson815: i had a buddy who was growing a beard and looked like that in 6-7th grade. on the other end, his hair will be start receding and he'll look like he's 45 by the time he can legally drink.
  • 52 5
 Maybe he identifies as 20 years old.
  • 12 0
 CaveBoy
  • 10 0
 haha that's Damon Sedivy, good bud, can confirm is 21.
  • 5 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: comments are gold. Damon is rad
  • 1 0
 @seanleader: is that there is the trail is called caveboy in Windrock?
  • 7 0
 Product of Corn fed from the south.
  • 22 2
 why wyn masters compete in U21 category?
  • 6 0
 Yeah, I heard he brought his wife and kids to the prom.
  • 8 0
 When you get born on a leap year
  • 3 2
 Sandbagger
  • 5 0
 Damon's a Montana boy, 2017 Worlds US team member, and EWS shredder
  • 1 0
 @platnum: it was also his sister
  • 1 0
 Logan's nephew. Mutants are real Wink
  • 2 0
 @cycling-trivialities: Judging by his last name, his ancestors must have come to the US from CzechoSlovakia. We've werewolves too Wink
  • 3 0
 Crop the crocs out and he looks 15.
  • 2 0
 Not a day over 35...
  • 2 0
 He must've had a hard paper round.
  • 3 0
 I definitely had a beard at 20 and probably looked a bit homeless/cave dudeish too! But props to the 15yr old who looks age 12 for crushing two big races in a row!
  • 1 0
 Dog years?
  • 1 0
 They couldn't find a picture of Christopher on the top podium spot? Seriously? It's like, "Meet christopher, he's good but the best we could find was a third place picture - oh ya he's now on one of the most elite DH teams"
  • 21 0
 Congrats Chris #ridetherock
  • 16 0
 Hey Sarah it's "Grice". I have had the privilege of knowing Christopher and his family for some time now. Truly a special rider and amazing person. No doubt in my mind this kid will have rainbows on his jersey one day. Congratulations Christopher!!!
  • 15 0
 Too excited to get the news up and failed at Proofreading 101. All good now - thank you!
  • 4 0
 @sarahmoore: No worries you guys rock!
  • 3 0
 Proud moment for sure. Behind every good rider there is a good mechanic.
  • 7 0
 Good for you kid! Have a great season.
  • 6 1
 He's not gonna be 105 lbs after spending time in the gym with Loic and Finn.
  • 5 0
 Piz. Guh. Pizguh. Pisgah.
  • 4 0
 Pisgah proven! So excited for this young man! Incredibly humble and hard working dude!
  • 2 0
 Congratulations Chris! Could not happen to a more well deserving person. We'll be cheering you on and looking forward to watching you make a huge splash in the international scene!
  • 2 0
 Only one to call it on the original Specialized Gravity hint post. Thank you, thank you. Chris is awesome!!!!!

www.pinkbike.com/news/specialized-gravity-tease-third-world-cup-dh-rider.html
  • 2 0
 dammit will!
  • 4 0
 So Rad! Congrats Chris!!!!
  • 4 0
 He’s from Pisgah? Does he live in the forest?
  • 4 0
 Great job JD !
  • 2 0
 Congrats Chris, well deserved!!!
  • 2 0
 Yea dude! Very fast and a good kid!
  • 2 0
 This is big news! Stoked for you Chris!
  • 2 0
 Such a nice guy. Very excited to root for him in the coming years.
  • 1 0
 Congrats man! Meeting you at Beech last year was fun, hope to see you racing in the UCI soon!
  • 2 0
 having raced against him, he's the real deal and then some!
  • 1 0
 Misspelled last name in the title
  • 2 0
 Future IS bright
  • 2 0
 "Pisgah"
  • 1 0
 Lad's got some pace by the looks of it.
  • 2 0
 Kid is a ripper for sure
  • 2 0
 Rad kid !!
  • 1 0
 Sick bike! Hats off to you young man.
  • 1 0
 Excellent work young man. Go get’m.
  • 1 0
 maybe spec will release a 27.5" demo
  • 1 0
 Congratulations Chris, well deserved.
  • 1 0
 Awesome news for such a dedicated young talent. Wishing you the best!
  • 1 0
 Good luck to him !
  • 3 5
 Will his new rig be an upgrade or downgrade to what he ran last year?
  • 1 2
 for his size, downgrade in my opinion, however specialized still makes demo 8 alloy, so he may still have access.
  • 2 1
 His rig from last year was already pretty top notch for an amateur. S-works, I9 wheels, top end suspension, Renthal components etc.
  • 2 1
 Prob a downgrade. Perks on the Grice Financial Group Factory Team were solid it seems. Smile
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