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Gravity East series gets to break in Windham’s World Cup DH course

It’s not everyday that domestic riders get to unveil a World Cup course. But with last week’s announcement that New York’s Windham Mountain will host the 2010 World Cup Finals, this weekend’s previously scheduled Gravity East at Windham Mountain takes on an elevated profile as racers will inaugurate Windham’s new Downhill and four-cross tracks. 

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A view of Windham's new World Cup four-cross course, to be used this weekend.

A view of Windham’s new World Cup four-cross course, to be used this weekend.

Photo: Courtesy Gravity East

It’s not everyday that domestic riders get to unveil a World Cup course. But with last week’s announcement that New York’s Windham Mountain will host the 2010 World Cup Finals, this weekend’s previously scheduled Gravity East at Windham Mountain takes on an elevated profile as racers will inaugurate Windham’s new Downhill and four-cross tracks. 

Gravity East claims to be the biggest gravity racing series in North America. With Windham’s World Cup status for 2010, three of Gravity East’s first four events this year will have been held at World Cup venues; the others being Massanutten, Virginia, and Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. 

The new Downhill course is expected to be roughly 3:20 long and is based on last year’s trail, with additions to both the beginning and end of the course.  One of the added features, the “Black Bear Slide,” is so technical that it will be used only for the Expert and Professional divisions during the Gravity East race, with the other classes diverting around it. 

The weekend will also see the debut of Windham’s brand new four-cross World Cup course when it is used for the second race of Gravity East’s e.thirteen Dual Slalom series.  The course is expected to be nearly one minute long, right on the maximum limit of the UCI’s recommended course length.  During the winter months, the track will be used for snowboard and skier-cross racing.

The Gravity East at Windham Mountain takes place on June 27 and 28.