2013 USA Pro Gravity Tour Schedule Released

via USA Cycling

Racing into its fifth year, USA Cycling’s Pro GRT will feature ten events from coast to coast, an increase over the six events that made up the 2012 calendar.

The tour kicks off in March with three new additions. Reaper Madness Downhill & Super D leads things off in Boulder City, Nev. Riders will then head west for the Fontana City – California Golden State competition a few weeks later. In April, the popular Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., will host the Pro GRT’s third stop.

Racing resumes in May with two east coast favorites: the Mountain Creek Spring Classic 2013 in Vernon, N.J., followed by the 2013 Plattekill Gravity Open in Roxbury, N.Y. Both events are also part of the POC Eastern States Cup.

Another race familiar to Pro GRT riders, the Chile Challenge, marks the start of the second half of the calendar. The June event takes place in Angel Fire, N.M., less than two months before the venue will host the 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships.

Riders will head to the China Peak Ski Resort for the California Golden State event later that month before crossing the country for the Windham Downhill in Windham, N.Y. on June 30, which is a UCI C2-inscribed race. July’s sole event is the Snowshoe Mountain Pro GRT in West Virginia. The Pro GRT concludes in early September at the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

2012 ProGRT Series Champ, Logan Binggeli - Photo by Matt DeLorme

Series points are given to top finishers at each event and used to determine the individual men’s and women’s standings that rank the best downhillers competing in the U.S. The 2012 men’s top ranked rider was Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Factory Racing), while Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./IXS-510-Smith Optics) finished first in the women’s standings.

2013 Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour Schedule

March 15-17   Reaper Madness Downhill & Super D — Boulder City, NV

March 30-31   Fontana City - California Golden State — Fontana, CA

April 21           Sea Otter Classic — Monterey, CA

May 19           Mountain Creek Spring Classic 2013 — Vernon, NJ

May 26           2013 Plattekill Gravity Open — Roxbury, NY

June 7-9        Chile Challenge — Angel Fire, NM

June 22-23    California Golden State — China Peak Ski Resort, CA

June 30          Windham Downhill — Windham, NY

July 13-14      Snowshoe Mountain Pro GRT — Snowshoe, WV

Sept. 4-8       Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games — Mammoth Lakes, CA

C50_twitter3_1382472127 bturman 12/21/2012 6:05 PM

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For all of you who want real DH terrain, Snowshoe has it in spades. See you in July!
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crankenstein
It made me sick to see Fontana/sea otter on the schedule. I have not ridden ether, but from video and what iv heard from the right people there are not DH tracks. It's like the weak shit there are building at Winter Park and Jackson Hole, if you can ride a XC or 6" bike down it it's not DH. I'm sick of seeing my sport being deluded and watered down like this. P.S. I really want to ride sea otters ds course.
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K-DUB711
Josh, I hear you man but to a certain extent there needs to be "fun" tracks like they are building at Winter Park. Granted, they need to add more trails like "Trestle Downhill" , a good balanced bike park offers opportunities to learn for newer riders as well as easier tracks for experienced riders to take a warm-up run. Even older riders who can't afford to get injured I hear opting for easier tracks sometimes merely in the name of fun. Should Sea Otter be part of any DH race schedule, most likely no but some of that has to do with a large industry contingent being there at Sea Otter. Perhaps the goal is notoriety for the GRT. No need to smash on Winter Park because Sea Otter is flat.
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jesus if touring bands set up a tour like they'd all be broke. that makes no sense at all.

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Josh_Swanke
the lack of a Port Angeles race is a huge slap in the face to Scott, Casey, and everyone in the NW.

BUT, Bootleg being back on the list, especially down Reaper, now that is fucking smart.

Fontana / Sea Otter have absolutely no business being National rounds. Trails on which a 6" bike is the norm are not downhill tracks and it is a huge step backwards.

Just reading this schedule makes my stomach sick. Seems like a huge circle jerk on California.

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JimEG
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K-DUB711
Canada has the same problem. It would be much more simple if there were two different series - East and West, with a National Champs alteranting each year.
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bstens
At this point in time, almost no teams can afford it. Team Voncooper is not fully funded, but we are making the commitment to the whole series. We want to set the example for other teams. If we can all get together and help the series get main stream media and show companies that people are interested, money will come. Our goal is to help bring back the NORBA days. We are doing our best with what is given to us. Bicycles are becoming trendy, more people ride bikes than ever, an American is on top of the world cup circuit. If their was ever a time it is now.
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dhmike
yah, i drank that Kool-aid too for a while. i've lost all hope with the Pro GRT ever going back to the "NORBA days" as i had originally planned when i started that series. USAC just keeps shooting themselves in the foot and taking the sport backwards in my opinion. Granted many of the races are an improvement this year, there are many that SHOULD NOT be a part of a NATIONAL series. it's not about the quantity of races, but the quality.
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Easy Answer: Sea Otter and Fontana, also: where is a Colorado race, a Northwest race, and a North Carolina race? Seems odd to skip these venues for a national race series based on mtn DH. 2014: East/West Split series and meet up at Nationals for a shootout..!
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Looks good, but it should have had all 4 east coast races together, not 2 out east, 2 out west, 2 out east again, tough on a lot of racers that cant afford that much back and forth.
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FYI WC races should have 10+ in a season. Those teams can afford it, and it would be great for the sport to have a longer WC season.
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I agree that a series should have different terrain, but nobody is going to be able to do all 10 races and still have kidneys at the end of it except for the fully funded teams. Of which there are...2? The overall winner will be somebody who went to all the races. This is sort of how the USAC points system worked 2 years ago. People would get points for Parkfield, Los Olivos, Woodward and other small races around California and be in 1st place in the USAC points system, but all the tracks we under 2 minutes and flat and had a total participant # of about 100. Having more races does not really mean that it's a step in the right direction for downhill. Having races in California is good for people who don't normally travel, but it seems to me not having anything in Colorado is a bummer for those racers as well.
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dhmike
A national series should have races on all different types of terrain. The overall winner should be a rider who is consistent on all types of terrain that our nation has to offer. I think this schedule does just that. Really looking forward to riding new places and a few places I have not been to in a while. Its not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.
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How can anyone be bummed?? boo hoo Port Angeles and Stevens Pass... you guys already have those races in a different series and Colorado, im bummed for you not having the MSC... but this is better than last year Hands Down!
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thats pretty sad sea otter and fontana are on the schedule yet port angeles and stevens even skibowl are not. Sad day for downhill
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Josh_Swanke
12,500 miles of driving and 4 times across the country. Add in another 4,400 miles and two more times across the country if your starting on the east coast.
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