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  1. Gravity East

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    *2013 Gravity East Re-Organized*
    “Long time GES President to step down”


    For Immediate release: Gravity East 2013
    January 14th, 2013 Manchester, NH

    GES 2013 has gone through some minor re-organized management; the series is ready to move east coast gravity racing forward through its progressive program development

    Changes:

    Daniel McDonald, DHD Promotions & Gravity East Series Owner, long time gravity advocate and cycling promoter/consultant, due to the potential conflicts of interests following USA Cycling’s election of Mr. McDonald to “Gravity Race Director” position on USAC’s MTB Committee and due to his commitment to the Riders and the Committee some changes which were difficult to make, however Mr. McDonald feels the long time the series has been under his direction and the right decisions had to be made to maintain the GES rider and series integrity.

    Mr. McDonald has licensed the “Gravity East Series” it’s name and logo for a minimum of two years to our very own well qualified 2012/2013 Race Director Mr. Joe Olivas of “Indie Marketing and Sales” whom will be President/Race Director and will handle ALL day to day business going into 2013/2014. Mr. McDonald remains as GES consultant and advisor to Joe Olivas.

    Joe Olivas, 2012/2013/2014 President & Race Director, was also former Promotions Manager at Rollerblade USA, he has an extensive career in action sports industry category as well as experienced in grass roots events marketing and management. Long term experience in event logistics. Specializing in outside vendor management and trade show asset management. Many reasons we felt this is the best candidate, and one who will continue the GES vision.


    Dieter Ward, remains GES Vice President and will continue to be available as a consultant to Race Director Joe Olivas and the GES Series as needed.
    Dieter Ward who was former GES director from 2007-2008, although he will also be leaving day to day operations to participate/Support in the 2013 USABMX National and New Jersey Sate Series. He will also continue his work with Lars Tribus in creating synergy between MTB and BMX racers by hosting gated racing for mountain bikes at selected New Jersey BMX tracks and events.

    Frank Endreson JR. , Assistant Race Director, Gravity East Series participant since 2008, Assistant Race Director for 2012 and will remain as Asst. Gravity Race Director for 2013, Mr. Endreson JR. is also Team Manager for “Team Femme Fatale”.

    The Gravity East Series is set to charge into 2013 for its 7th downhill mountain bike race season! The series was started in 2007 to promote and showcase downhill racing, and racer talents on the east coast. Since that humble beginning it has grown to become one of the largest and longest running gravity racing series on the east coast offering riders an affordable, professionally run series with ever changing diverse competition, courses and venues.

    "Maxxis is once again proud to be the Title Partner for the 2013 Gravity East Series,” said Aaron Chamberlain, Marketing Specialist at Maxxis International, USA. “We're excited to continue our partnership with the premier downhill race series on the East Coast."

    Christoph Vogl, General Manager of Formula North America, says, “Formula is very excited to continue our partnership with the Gravity East Series in 2013! As the returning Presenting partner for the series, we are proud to work with such a proven and longstanding series.”

    Focused on growing rider participation, with a commitment to the pro and amateur the GES offers a minimum of $1000.00 Pro purse at each race for a total of $6000 for the series, plus, a GES Finals Pro purse of $5000.00 and amateur prizing in excess of $20,000.00 for a total of over $31,000.00in cash and prizes for the series.

    5/5/2013 -- Duryea Downhill, Reading, PA
    6/2/2013 -- Mountain Creek Bike Park, Vernon, NJ
    6/30/2013 -- Windham Mountain, Windham, NY
    7/14/2013 -- Swain Resort, Swain, NY
    7/28/2013 -- Oak Mountain, Speculator, NY
    8/17/2013 -- Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA
    Dates TBA -- Seven Springs Resort, Seven Springs, PA

    Please direct any questions regarding the series to: jolivas@gravityeastseries.com


    Please visit www.gravityeastseries.com and www.facebook.com/GravityEastSeries or our group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/gravityeastseries/
     

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    Congrats to Dan and Joe. I know both will excel in their new positions and help the growth of the sport!
     
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    No Platty this year! Say it isn't so.
     
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    i think we all also miss the days of an actual Platty series still being alive too. its a shame
     
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    Nolan leaving has created a void in the bike side of platty
     
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    Props to Dan and Joe. Both great people! Series will rock once again this year!
     
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    Guess you have not seen all the new work that was done by myself, Hudson, Ronnie and Matty after Nolan got hurt. You should come check it out
     
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    Good luck to GE . I put many hours into that series the first year of its existence before it changed hands.
     
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    Hudson's idea of a trail is raking some leaves out of the way (if you're lucky) and saying "here, here's ya trail". :rofl:
     
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    this. But in his defense, they are usually pretty sick
     
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    I'll never forget the only time I've ever been. Rode up with Herndon to race the April race in 2002 and they'd just cut a new DH track that went straight down the front middle of the mountain. We got there late Thursday and walked up it Friday AM. It looked like one guy with a set of loppers and lots of tape.

    Funny part was they didn't bother cutting small saplings out of the damn thing...think rebar thickness. You'd come down and if you didn't hit them center and they wedged into your BB/crank area, it was like that cable on an aircraft carrier. :shocked:
     
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    ahh the good ol' days of platty :D



    good luck to Dan! hes a class act and has done a lot for DH racing in the east. hopefully he can make a difference with USACK.