Rules+Schedule

Points/Rules/FAQ

Gravity East Team reserves the right to make rule changes as we get feedback prior to the first event

The Maxxis GES and MAC shall follow all rules and regulations established by USAC unless otherwise noted. Re-runs may only be granted at the discretion of the Race Officials and should have just cause, I.e. crashes involving serious injuries, course stoppage etc. NOTE: If you are getting passed on a DH run, move over and let the racer following you get by with-out incident…he/she has already beaten your time! If you are attempting to make a pass, please be vocal and let the rider in front know you are coming and where you intend to pass. Several Course Marshalls will be in place throughout the track but they may only do so much!

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Do I need a USA Cycling race license to compete?

Yes you will need an active USAC license. An annual license is required for Pro or Cat1. A One Day license can be used for Cat 2 or Cat 3. However, you will need a USAC annual license to qualify for USAC points and USAC National Championships. One Day licenses do not receive USAC accumulated points toward national rankings. Licenses can be purchased on-site for One Day, Cat 2 and Cat 3 ONLY; online access to usacycling.org will be provided.

Cat 1 and Pro licenses must have a USAC approved upgrade to these classes, these classes must be licensed and the license cannot be purchased on site at the venues, only from USA Cycling via a request for an upgrade to USA Cycling.

Racers are strongly encouraged to purchase an annual license from USAC if they plan to race more than one event. This will be most cost effective and annual license holders will receive additional benefits such as national rankings, expedited registration, less paperwork and additional insurance.

A One day license is only good for one day. If the racer wants to take practice on any additional official practice days they must also have a One Day license for those days.

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Can I race on a USA Cycling “One Day” license?

“One Day” license  racers registered as Cat 2 or Cat 3 now have the option of racing in their designated age & experience category OR  the Open One Day License category (Not Both).  If categories do not have sufficient competition, they will be combined.

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How many races are counted in the overall points?

The Maxxis GES will consist of FIVE Downhill events. See schedule of events for dates and locations. The best FOUR scores will determine the overall champions, with the finals counting as “double points”.

The MAC Slalom series will consist of THREE events. See schedule of events for dates and locations. The best TWO scores will determine the champions, with the finals counting as “double points”.

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Can you upgrade / downgrade classes during the series?

Yes. The new points structure allows you to upgrade / downgrade classes however ONLY 50% of your points carry over to the new class.

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How will tie breakers be broken?

Any tie breakers that occurs will be resolved via the results at the finals.

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Do I have to be at the finals?

To be in contingency for placing in the overall points series you must be at the finals.

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To whom do I report errors in the results?

Errors found on our results page need to be reported directly to the GES points manager whom can be reached via the contact page.

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The Downhill points system being using for the 2015 Gravity East Series is as follows:

All results will tabulated on a graduated scale. Click here to see the points table. This will allow racers to move up the ranks and maintain their scores. The overall series points, for each discipline combined, will determine the series “Power Rankings”. All classes will be combined to determine “Power Rankings”. USAC points shall be determined, separately the from series points, per the USAC schedule. In the event of any tie in GES and MAC points, the Series Finals shall determine the first “tie-breaker”. The second “tie-breaker” shall be cumulative times, if need be.

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Numbers/Plates:

Every entrant shall be given a Custom number plate for theirs to use through-out the season. Number Plates will be assigned upon initial entry and shall be the responsibility of the racer to carry to each race. Replacement number plates will be charged $5.00 each. “Power Rankings” shall be used to determine the 2016 assigned numbers.  (*Exception 2015 GES #2 / ESC Duryea Downhill will use Custom ESC number plates. Not the assigned 2015 GES plate) 

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Entry Fees:

Pro Entry Fees
Downhill – $80.00
Slalom – $30.00

Amateur Entry Fees
Downhill – $75.00
Slalom – $25.00

All entry fees include a two-day lift pass, minimum. Online / Pre-registration shall be made available through USACycling.org. On-Site registration may be subject to an additional fee of $15.00 for Downhill and $10.00 for Slalom. One-Day licenses $10 per day, including practice days. We strongly encourage everyone to pre-register and have a USAC license.

GES #2 (ESC #1 / Duryea Downhill) ‐ As posted on USAC & Duryeadownhill.com are $75 to $110 per rider based on class & registration method/date.

 

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Official Downhill Class Listing for 2015 Series

A) Race groups/classes to be tracked for GES Series Standings:

B) 3 races for minimum race attendance required to be awarded prizes at GES finals

C) One day USAC licenses will not be tracked in point standings.

D) Must have a 2015 USAC Annual License for Category listings 1-17

1. Professional Men
2. Professional Women
3. Category 1 men 18 and under
4. Category 1 men 19–29
5. Category 1 men 30–39
6. Category 1 men 40+
7. Category 2 men 18 and under
8. Category 2 men 19–29
9. Category 2 men 30–39
10. Category 2/3 men 40+
11. Category 3 men 18 and under
12. Category 3 men 19–29
13. Category 3 men 30–39
14. Category 1 women 1–99
15. Category 2/3 women 1–99
16. Open Category 50+
17. Open Category 14 and Under
18. Open men One Day License 1-99 (one day license required)
19. Open women One Day License 1-99 (one day license required)

Blogs to Bookmark

2015 Race Calendar

Standings+Results

Date Place Results Pics Vids
04.26.2015 Massanutten Resort, VA
36
1
05.03.2015 Dureya DH, Reading, PA
245
1
08.23.2015 Blue Mountain, PA
200
1
09.06.2015 Timberline
09.20.2015 Wisp Resort, MD

About the Series

Nine Years of East Coast DH Racing.

The Gravity East Series is the East Coast’s preeminent downhill race series. Founded in 2006, the series is in its ninth season.  Since that time, it has grown to become one of the largest and longest running gravity series on the East Coast offering riders an affordable, professionally run series with ever changing diverse competition, courses and venues. The series continues to serve as the training ground for athletes, such as Neko Mullaly (Gstaad-Scott Racing) and Richie Rude (Yeti), who move on to have successful careers on the global stage of professional mountain bike racing.

Check out the series rules and schedule for this year by clicking here.

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