Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Gravity East Series at Seven Springs July 24th

I had a great time at Seven Springs Bike Park this past weekend.  A bunch of my friends and I went up to ride, party, watch some downhill racing, and take some pictures of the 2011 Gravity East, GES, #4 downhill race.  We got a few runs in on  Saturday, then Darrin and I went off to take some photographs of everyone taking their practice runs.  The race ran along the EC1 course, and is fast and flowy.  There are some great sections for photos, and some not so great sections...I shot in both ;).  Spent the night in the cabin townhouses near the swimming pool, had some beers, saw a couple skunks, and woke up early to enjoy the race.

We were cheering for some good friends in the race, and were happy to see them do well. 

  • Heather Cowell placed second in Cat 2/3 Women  with a 2:50.1
  • Roxy Racioppo placed 3rd in Cat 3 19-29 Men with a 2:30.36
  • Josh Patterson placed 12th in Cat 2 30-39 Men with a 2:33.82
  • Matt Kasprzyk placed 13th in Cat 2 30-39 Men with a 2:35.08
  • Ian Lupo placed 2nd in Cat 2 19-29 Men with a 2:13.45 (14th fastest on the mountain)
  • Heath Boedeker placed 1st in Cat 1 40+ Men with a 2:19.42
  • Justin Steiner placed 6th in Cat 1 19-29 Men with a 2:20.64
  • Rae Gandolf placed 4th in Pro Women with a 2:37.09 (which included a tumble in the rock garden) 

Overall winner was Neko Mulally who placed 1st in the Pro Men with a 2:02.43
Great racing!



Gallery of photographs from the 2011 GES #4 Seven Springs downhill race - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-GES-7S-0724/

Pictures from the 2011 Gravity East Series at Seven Springs Bike Park

Heather Cowelll killing the rocks on EC1 during the 2011 GES race at Seven Springs Bike Park
Heather Cowelll killing the rocks on EC1 during the 2011 GES race at Seven Springs Bike Park

2011 Gravity East Series, GES, #4, Seven Springs Pro Men Results.  First - Neko Mulally, Second - Justin Gregory, Third - Leland O'Conner, Fourth - Logan Mulally, Fifth - Jason Scheiding
2011 Gravity East Series, GES, #4, Seven Springs Pro Men Results.  First - Neko Mulally, Second - Justin Gregory, Third - Leland O'Conner, Fourth - Logan Mulally, Fifth - Jason Scheiding

2011 Gravity East Series, GES, #4, Seven Springs Pro Women Results.  First - Anne Galyean, Second - Lauren Daney, Third - Becky Gardner, Fourth - A. Rae Gandolf, Fifth - Hillary Elgert
2011 Gravity East Series, GES, #4, Seven Springs Pro Women Results.  First - Anne Galyean, Second - Lauren Daney, Third - Becky Gardner, Fourth - A. Rae Gandolf, Fifth - Hillary Elger


Friday, July 22, 2011

Vacation on Damariscotta Lake, Maine

I was able to get up to our family cottage on Damariscotta, Maine last week for a little rest and relaxation.  I've been fortunate enough to have spent many a summer in the cool waters of the lake, swimming, fishing, sailing, motor boating, among other things.  Always a good time, and the weather was pretty much perfect.

Gallery of photographs from Damariscotta Lake, Maine - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Damariscotta-Maine-0712

A couple of pictures from Damariscotta Lake, Maine

swimming out the the rock in the middle of damariscotta lake is a favorite pastime
swimming out the the rock in the middle of damariscotta lake is a favorite pastime

playing on the dock in Maine
playing on the dock in Maine

loons at sunset on damariscotta lake, maine
loons at sunset on damariscotta lake, maine

dragonfly exiting its skin, exuvia, on the dock in damariscotta, maine
dragonfly exiting its skin, exuvia, on the dock in damariscotta, maine

moonrise over shaws wharf in new harbor, maine
moonrise over shaw's wharf in new harbor, maine

Angus modeling the newest sweater from Seacolors, Meadowcroft Farms, one of a kind, hand dyed and loomed in Maine
Angus modeling the newest sweater from Seacolors, Meadowcroft Farms, one of a kind, hand dyed and loomed in Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine

Alewives use the fish ladder at damariscotta mills to spawn
Alewives use the fish ladder at damariscotta mills to spawn

I sailed the larger sailboat along the Maine coast for a month, sleeping on islands, the boat, anywhere I could find.  fun.  Camp Chewonki, Wiscasset, Maine
I sailed the larger sailboat along the Maine coast for a month, sleeping on islands, the boat, anywhere I could find.  fun.  Camp Chewonki, Wiscasset, Maine

Monday, July 11, 2011

Grand Opening of the Skills Area at North Park

There was a huge turnout for the grand opening of the skills park in North Park on Sunday.  OTB, Dirt Rag, Pro Bikes, Mad Mex, the Parks Department, REI, Seven Springs Bike Park, and PTAG all came out to show their support for the first public, approved, freeride and skills park in Pennsylvania (as far as I know).  The North Park Freeride Crew has invested over 2000 man hours building, shaping, and fine-tuning the jumps, skinnies, and drops so that it could be opened in time for the summer riding season.  There are a few minor finishing touches, and the possibility of a more advanced jump line going in...but that will be for another day.  And don't forget about the Dr J trail, just a few pedal strokes away, that started it all.  I've spent a good bit of time hanging out with a great bunch of people, building, riding, and bs'ing around this trail system, and now it's officially open to the public.  Enjoy.

A gallery of photographs from the north park skills area grand opening party - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/North-Park-Skills-Park-0710/

A few pictures from the skills park grand opening at North Park -

Philip Williams doing a 360 off the third jump at the north park skills area during the grand opening celebration
Philip Williams doing a 360 off the third jump at the north park skills area during the grand opening celebration

$10,000 REI Conservation Grant for PTAG, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group
$10,000 REI Conservation Grant for PTAG, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Andrew G. Baechle, director of the Parks Dept, says a few words before cutting the ribbon to open the skills park the the public
Andrew G. Baechle, director of the Parks Dept, says a few words before cutting the ribbon to open the skills park the the public

Bikes were flying around the beginner jump line at the skills park in North Park
Bikes were flying around the beginner jump line at the skills park in North Park

Hitting the line during the jump competition at the skills park in north park
Hitting the line during the jump competition at the skills park in north park

the skinny section of the north park skills park was an instant hit among all the bikers
the skinny section of the north park skills park was an instant hit among all the bikers

Mark Kinneer getting some air off the jump line at the skills park in north park
Mark Kinneer getting some air off the jump line at the skills park in north park

Lots of cute kids biking and running around during the north park skills park grand opening celebration
Lots of cute kids biking and running around during the north park skills park grand opening celebration

good to see, young girls tearing up the newly opened jump line in the north park skills area
good to see, young girls tearing up the newly opened jump line in the north park skills area

letting it all hang out on the north park skills park jump line
letting it all hang out on the north park skills park jump line

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Step-Up was opened in the Dr J Skills Park last night, and...

...it was glorious.  For a couple of hours last night we rode the "beginner" jump line at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park, along with the drop line, and skinny line.  All good.  But as the afternoon became evening, Jay Kirk unlocked the step-up and the madness began.  Run after run, everyone getting their feel for the almost completed beginner jump line in North Park.  There were a few cross country mountain bikes, a ton of dirt jumpers, a few BMX bikes, and even a few downhill rigs taking flight last night.  The official grand opening for the Dr J Skills Park is July 10th at noon.  Food, beverages, new coverage...going to be fun.  Come on out.

Gallery of photographs from a night of jumping at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Dr-J-Skills-Park-0630

A few pictures of bikes flying through the air at the Dr J Skills Park -

Don Watt getting a little air on the beginner jump line at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park.
Don Watt getting a little air on the beginner jump line at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park.

Ian Lupo giving the jumps some rocky mountain flatline three love
Ian Lupo giving the jumps some rocky mountain flatline three love

Tim Droschak flying around the Dr J Skills Park beginner jump line
Tim Droschak flying around the Dr J Skills Park beginner jump line

Justin Scheifflee maneuvering along one of the advanced skinnies in the Dr J Skills Park at North Park
Justin Scheifflee maneuvering along one of the advanced skinnies in the Dr J Skills Park at North Park

The step-up was unlocked, and the fun began
The step-up was unlocked, and the fun began

getting some air off the step-up in the Dr J Skills Park at North Park
getting some air off the step-up in the Dr J Skills Park at North Park

the riding went late into the night at the Dr J Skills Park
the riding went late into the night at the Dr J Skills Park