By Gravity East, assembled by several contributors
May 1, 2010; Conshohocken, PA, USA: The Gravity East season opened with 263 entries at Virginia's Massanutten Resort for the Yee Ha! downhill. The spectacular weather and the off-season improvements to the former World Cup course made for a fast and technical race that showcased all aspects of a true East Coast downhill course.
Of course, downhill racing has its dangers. On Saturday morning defending Gravity East Champion and World Cup competitor Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) crashed early during his first practice run. The resultant trip to the local hospital confirmed a fractured bone between Mullaly's wrist and elbow, though he was not put in a cast pending an appointment with his personal Orthopedist.
Among the survivors of the Massunutten course was Morewood USA's Gerritt Beytagh, who blistered across the line with a time of 3:12.14 to take the win from Jason Memmelaar (Giant/ HBG/Smith/5TE) by nearly 4 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Richie Rude Jr. of Specialized All Ride.
On the Women's side, Dawn Bourgue (Chainline Cycles/Roc defended her Gravity East Pro Women's Title with a win over former cross-country superstar Sue Haywood. However the surprise of the day came from the Women's Cat. 1 race, in which Anne Galyean (East Coast Gravity Pro) crossed the line 21 seconds faster than anyone in her category. Incidentally she was also faster than the entire pro women's field.