10K up for grabs at the Eastern States Cup Pro GRT races

  
  


There will be plenty on the line at the Eastern states Cup-Plattekill contest. (Photo by Matthew DeLorme)
There will be plenty on the line at the Eastern states Cup-Plattekill contest. (Photo by Matthew DeLorme)
The POC Eastern States Cup is kicking off the DH MTB Race Season with two USA Cycling Pro Gravity (Pro GRT) races. The Mountain Creek Spring Classic, May 17-20 and the Plattekill FOX RACING SHOX Gravity Open, May 24-27. The two bike parks have doubled the Pro GRT Pro Purse to $5,000 at each race. The Pro GRT is the only national series recognized by USA Cycling. The races are USA Cycling World Team Qualifiers for Pros and Juniors, the competition among the fastest DH racers in the USA will be fierce.
 
Amateurs will get a chance to race on the same course as many national and international world cup regulars including the 2012 World Cup Champion, American Aaron Gwin. Gwin will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. at the new Mountain Creek Bike Park. Mountain Creek is celebrating with a Saturday pre race rock concert featuring the “Misfits” and two other nation bands.

The POC Eastern States Cup is proudly offering five USA Cycling State Championships and the USA Cycling Eastern Regional Championship. The Series is offering over $35,000 in Cash and another $35,000 in prizes to amateurs.

“I am excited that the POC Eastern States Cup is able to bring the USA Cycling Pro GRT Downhill Series to two of the premier bike parks in the United States. The POC ESC is committed to bringing the best mountain bike racers and racing to the East Coast. We are working on adding XC and Enduro Series races in 2013. With those additions the future of the POC Eastern States Cup is really exciting,“ says George Ulmer from the POC ESC.

The POC Eastern States Cup will offer double series points at both Pro GRT events, to start off the season with a bang. The series just announced a third Challenge to the racers. The POC ESC Speed Zone Challenge. This new challenge will reward the fastest MPH Amateur with great POC Gear at every race this season. The fastest speed of the season will earn a complete POC kit. Other Challenges are the $1,000 POC Team Challenge and the $1,000 Loeka Women’s Challenge. The series will produce a Voncooper video for every race, while Oliver Racing will take care of the fourth place prizing.

Both mountain trail crews have been working on their racetracks for weeks. Plattekill renewed one of their classic courses on the steep north face side of the bike park. The Plattekill course has new berms, chutes and the steep loose shale Plattekill is famous for. Mountain Creek is combining the new and the old for a real exciting track. The Mountain Creek course offers a few newly cut woods sections, and a steep wide-open ski trail section with large areas of granite slab rock. It will be one of the longest and fastest courses at Mountain Creek ever. Expect two of the best courses the east has to offer.
 
Schedules, pre-registration and all information can be found on the POC Eastern States Cup website: easternstatescup.com.

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