On behalf of everyone at the Go-Ride Gravity Series, we would like to thank all of the racers who came out to race against the clock this year. We had another great year of racing in Utah and Idaho, and we couldn’t have done it without all the dedicated racers, teams, parents and volunteers who came out to share in the fun.
In addition to racing our classic venues in Sundance, Pomerelle and Brian Head, we were fortunate enough to team up with the crew at Canyons Resort to introduce a new trail to the Go-Ride Gravity Series. The Canyons Resort Trail Crew, along with teams of volunteers, worked tirelessly to get the new course built in time for the Labor Day race weekend, and by all accounts, racers loved the fresh course. So from the perfect dirt at Sundance this year to the beer and camping at Pomerelle, and from the alpine highs at Brian Head to the loose and rough of Canyons Resort, it’s been a fun year of racing for everyone involved.
For the series, Matt Johnston (Cannonball Racing) took the Downhill title for Pro Men, while Amanda Cordell (Laketown Bicycles) earned herself the overall in Pro Women. Matt beat out Thomas McCoy (661) by just 26 points, earning the series win with his third-place showing at Canyons Resort, while Thomas finished fifth, 31.33 seconds off the pro pace. Amanda beat out her teammate Ana Rodriguez (Laketown Bicycles) by placing higher than Ana at both Sundance and Canyons Resort.
As expected, tight racing among the Cat. 1 13-18 Men proved that Utah is brimming with future talent. Bryce Helbling (Knolly) took the overall title by consistently showing up on the podium during the season. Bryce beat out Demetri Triantaffilou (Go-Ride) and Galen Carter (Transition) to take the victory in a stacked, fast field of racers.
James Sandmire (SLC MTB) earned himself the Utah DH overall title in the deepest category of racing, Cat. 1 19-29 Men, while Paige Ramsey won Cat. 1 Women by being the only woman in her category at any age. The Cat. 1 30-39 Utah DH title went to Michael Clark (Bohemian Cycling Team), while the hotly contested Cat. 1 40-49 title saw a tie between Mark Kugel (Go-Ride) and Noah Brandon (Go-Ride). Kevin Dwyer (Poison Spider) earned himself the Cat. 1 50+ overall DH title, beating out the ageless Mike Kelley (Laketown Bicycles), who missed the final three races of the season due to injury.
In the keep-your-eye-on-this-kid category, Joey Foresta (Laketown Bicycles) decimated his field to win the overall in Cat. 2 13-18. Of note in his year of racing was Joey’s finish at Canyons Resort, where he finished with the fourth fastest time of the day, beating out most of the pro field. Joey’s on the young end of the 13-18 spectrum, but look for him to make noise on the super-competitive Cat. 1 scene for 2015.
For overall Super D results, Go-Ride owned the results board, taking first through fourth with Matt Johnston, Nic Hadley, Ryan Stensen and Kris Baughman. Thomas McCoy rounded out the Pro Men Super D podium with fifth place.
For more results, visit the racing page at Go-Ride.com.
Again, thanks to everyone who made our race season such a huge success. We’ve already started to make plans for our 2015 race season, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the series. We’re always talking racing here at the shop, so drop on by any time at 3232 South 400 East in Salt Lake to join the conversation. We can also be reached by phone at 801.474.0081.