Gravity Pirates: BootBash 2013

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Who are Gravity Pirates you ask?  Starting in Southern California, the Gravity Pirates became a group of mostly DH and Freeride riders and racers.  Focused on uniting to show the need for more venues, trails and events.  Being a Pirate means putting in work from time to time.  The strongly promoted and encouraged involvement of the members of the Gravity Pirates is driven to trail maintenance by all riders, who put in “Dig Days” throughout the year at spots all over Southern California.  Unlike the scurvy pirates of the open waters, poaching is not encouraged.  Over the course of the last few years, a GP chapter on the east coast was added.  GP is over 400 actual DH riders. Our race team is 30 strong, covering SoCal, the NW, the NE, and North Carolina. Starting with Steve and Shawna Ford who put in countless hours to make this organization a blooming success.  Team manager Taramy. Jay Pilster is our sponsor coordinator who did a naming job communicating with supporters this year.  Our biggest accomplishment of 2013 was the full approval of GP Park at Mt Waterman. A new summer park that will debut at first thaw of 2014. And it was great to have Dave Seaquist back out downhilling for the first time since his near fatal accident at the Kamikaze Games in Mammoth.

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Throughout the year the Gravity Pirates hold underground race events and group rides.  And BootBash is the year end celebration of hard work and even harder riding and racing.  This underground Strava race is held at Bootleg Canyon just a few miles outside of Las Vegas.  Racers are given a number of runs on a dedicated course and timing is held with high honors as Strava is responsible for keeping times accurate.

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This years BootBash Strava winners went to two of GP’s pro’s, Andrew Terry taking top honors and Dave Seaquist walking the plank for a second place finish.  Wrapping up the top three racers was Israel Tilman in the bottom podium spot.  While this is also the seasons final event, it is also a weekend long party with final festivities unveiling a pretty rad video put together from all of the members submissions.  Pirate Grub is served and a raffle is held for some prizes that pretty much sums up what this group is.  RAD!  With a host of sponsors, thousands of dollars of swag was had to be won from the raffle, which helps supports the GP team and causes.  Winner of the 888 was the admin of the East Coast GP group, Nick Lefler. He and Thomas Klinkman flew out to represent the GP East.

This years sponsors included Kali, Loaded, Marz, Spank, Schwalbe, One Industries, Utopia, IXS, All Mtn Cyclery.

This year the Gravity Pirates sponsors include Kali Protectives, Marzocchi, Spank,  Loaded. Schwalbe. One industries, Utopia. IXS and All Mountain Cyclery.

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About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of MyBikeStand.com. A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.

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