In its second year, USA Cycling’s Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour will offer five races in four states, including two UCI events.
The ProGRT is a downhill-only series for 2010 and will run from April to September, beginning with a return visit to Port Angeles, Washington. The series will then make a trip to the opposite coast for the Plattekill Gravity Open in New York’s Roxbury Bike Park. Midway through the season, racers will contest the Northstar-at-Tahoe event in Truckee, California. The ProGRT will then move to Winter Park, Colorado for the Trestle Bike Park (Crankworx Colorado), before concluding again with the Whiteface 5th Annual 5K Downhill in Lake Placid, New York.
Each of the five stops will offer series ranking points to top finishers, resulting in overall individual titles for professional men and women. Additionally, competitors will have the opportunity to accumulate international ranking points as two of the five races are inscripted on the UCI calendar. The racers with the most points throughout the five-race series will be recognized as the best gravity athletes competing on U.S. soil.
The leader of the Pro GRT overall rankings as of July 14, 2010 will also be an automatic selection to the United States World Championship team. In addition, the Plattekill and Northstar-at-Tahoe rounds of the Pro GRT will be junior downhill qualification races for the World Championships.
The 2010 series will also feature an Amateur GRT which, like the Pro GRT, will give Expert-level Category 1 racers the opportunity to compete against each other for an overall series crown.
For more information on the series, please visit USA Cycling ProGRT.
Homepage photo of racer Nico Mulally at Plattekill, New York by Matt DeLorme.