by Don Stefanovich
With the first round at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort already in the bag, the Gravity East Series (GES) spools up for its second stop at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland, June 18 and 19 alongside the Racers Edge Capital Cup.
While Snowshoe was a new addition to the series, Wisp Resort’s 4000-foot downhill course, dropping 700 feet of elevation, is a familiar stop, last being featured on the series in 2009. Wisp’s downhill course has its share of steeps, technical sections, drops, jumps, berms and singletrack and the dual cross course will be the only one on the east coast in 2011. Both pros and amateurs can take a shot for $80 or $75 respectively. Entrance fees will include a two-day lift pass, giving riders an opportunity to get dialed on the course and non-race trails alike.
An additional $30 will gain entrance to the Capital Cup – a “Y” format head-to-head dual cross event – presented by Racers Edge. With separate MTB and BMX classes, riders will drop in the 1300-foot course, dropping 150 feet of vert over the gated dual-slalom and Mountain Cross/BMX sections.
Dual Cross practice will be open to all on Friday, June 17, but those looking for an early start on dialing the downhill course will need to purchase a ticket to ride.
For its third stop, the GES will head north and continue at the Windham World Cup in Windham Mountain, New York, July 7-9.