Words: Joseph Espiritu
Racing and rain went hand-in-hand during last weekend’s Gravity East Series finals at Plattekill Mountain, NY, in an exciting weekend of racing in which frontrunner Neko Mulally cemented his place as one of the East Coast’s top gravity racers.
Mulally, who had come into the finals with a solid points lead in the dual-slalom series, also took top honors in the DH series with a first-place finish in the men’s pro category, beating second-place finisher Jason Memmelaar by almost four seconds.
“Mulally finished first in the men’s DH with a time of 2:32.33,” said Ken Getchell, Gravity East’s publicist. “Jason Memmelaar came in at 2:36 flat, with Ben Moody placing third with a time of 2:38.39.”
Mulally was also able to work his magic in dual slalom after crashing in the semis, coming back to place third in the finals behind Alejandro Ortiz and Kyle Karpuska. His podium finish allowed him to rack up enough points to keep his first-place standing and clinch the championship title for the event.
The course, which was drenched with rain for the two days prior to the race, was under sunny skies on race day.
“People were saying that the course was actually a lot more slippery after it had dried,” Getchell said. “It seems to always rain before race day, with the sun coming out on Sunday, but usually the damage has already been done.”
In the women’s DH, Dawn Bourque won the season championship title after placing first with a time of 3:19.15 to beat Karen Eagan, whose second-place time was 3:26.63. Third-place finisher Stephanie Gubernat clocked in at 3:46.94 minutes.
In the women’s dual slalom, Eagan took home the championship title after finishing first in front of Kate Parhiala and Lauren Daney in the finals. Although Parhiala only placed third in the finals, her overall points standing was high enough to keep her in second place for the season standings.