On June 23nd-24rd, Windham Mountain, Windham, NY hosted the first I Love Downhill Grand Prix. Known affectionately as “I Love DH”, this event is one of the largest races in the North-East, and one of the few official IGSA (International Gravity Sports Association) sanctioned races on the East Coast. Organizer Marc Dean had a tall order before him: close a mountain road, ensure
all necessary safety measures, raise the money required to cover event expenses, and get hundreds of international riders to come to the event.
After a 4 hour drive, I settled into my digs at the Push Culture house and prepared for the following day, representing G-Form, Loaded & Orangatang. Housemates included the Push Culture crew, Patrick Switzer and Alex Tongue.
Setting up alongside the race course, the G-Form tent offered a venue to check out G-Form’s full line of extreme impact protection, try on gear, grab stickers, sign up for our email newsletter, and enter a raffle to win some cool gear. In a collaborative effort with NYC’s very own Longboard Loft, tent visitors could also buy the gear on-site, benefiting from an event-day special discount.
Tent visitors also had a good vantage point of the race, as riders would fly by at speeds near 40mph before quickly braking into the final left-hander. It was a crash-happy section of the course, with many racers carrying too much speed (or having too little control) into the 90 degree corner and careening into hay-bales lining the turn. As the final turn before the finish line, this last corner would often determine the ultimate heat winners.
At the end of the racing, the final standings had been sealed and the podium winners were announced as follows:
Men’s Pro Downhill Skateboarding:
1st Alex Tongue
2nd James Kelly
3rd Benjamin Dubreuil
4th Charles Ouimet
5th Patrick Switzer
Women’s Downhill Skateboarding:
1st Cordelia Welch
2nd Nayhomi Cruz
3rd Monica Meija
Amateur Downhill Skateboarding:
1st Nathan Ryan
2nd Alexis Labrecque
3rd Avery Wilcox
Junior II Downhill Skateboarding
1st Daniel Caro
2nd Nate Gomez
3rd Jon Kreutter
Junior 1 Downhill Skateboarding (8-13 years old)
1st Tristian Bell
2nd Julian Rodriguez
3rd Greg Paproski
1st David Dean
2nd Justin Crenshaw
3rd Christina Conaway
1st Nick Kinnish
2nd Bob Lavoie
3rd Patrick Switzer
To reward the top performers for their impressive riding and help protect against future injuries for many events to come, G-Form awarded its revolutionary impact protection gear as prizes to the main podium finishers.
Many enthused riders, fans and family members headed home with their bodies and electronics much better protected. G-Form would like to thank Marc Dean and other organizers for hosting a great event, and for allowing G-Form to partake. It was a pleasure to get involved, inform riders about our gear, watch some racing and have some fun! We look forward to returning next year.
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Words and photos by Mike Girard. You can follow him via his Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and on Instagram @emgeemann.