USA Cycling's Pro Gravity Tour kicks off May 3 at the Fluidride Cup in Port Angeles, Washington. The race is the first of five events comprising the 2009 Pro GRT.
"I'm extremely excited to see the Pro GRT underway! We're finally in a new era of gravity racing here in the U.S.," series coordinator Jeremiah Dylan Dean said in a press release. "This new series reflects the desire and passion for gravity racing in the states. It's thrilling to see top national and international riders, credible venues, teams and companies alike, all support the Pro GRT. It's going to be one great ride!"
While some of America's top downhill pros are contesting the World Cup in Europe, a large field of riders is expected to compete, including Port Angeles local Lars Sternberg (Transition/Fox Shox), J.D. Swanguen (Intense), Joey Schusler (Yeti/Fox Shox) and Curtis Keene. Darian Harvey and Leana Gerrard are two of the top women expected to compete.
The course, maintained by Ndub Productions and the Olympic Dirt Society, offers a mix of bermed turns, lush rainforest singletrack and wide-open lines with big jumps. Qualifying for the Pro GRT race beings Saturday afternoon and the finals start Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The May 2-3 races will also mark the second race in the Fluidride Cup series and will include various amateur events. Visit fluidride.com for a complete schedule of the weekend's racing.
“With the support of the organizers, riders, and various sponsors the Pro GRT looks to be strong in its first year," Kelli Lusk, USA Cycling's mountain bike events and program director, said in a release. "I’m excited to see how the season unfolds as the top gravity racers compete for the number one pro plate and leaders jersey in both DH and 4X.”
The next stop on the Pro GRT is the Chile Challenge, May 23-25 in Angel Fire, New Mexico, which includes downhill and 4-cross competitions. Visit www.racemsc.com for more information.