Now that school has officially started, the inaugural Killington Mountain School Gravity Mountain Bike team kicked off the first weekend of fall racing and headed to MT Creek bike park in Vernon N.J. for the 7th of 8 rounds in the Maxxis Eastern State Cup DH series.
Seven athletes made the trip south ready to take the track by storm. Beautiful weather mixed with fall foliage gave the team a spectacular backdrop on a fast, technical and fun track. The top of the course started on Twist, a mellow blue that flowed through the trees of the upper mountain. The track then led to Slayer, a double black diamond that sent it straight down the fall line and was filled with brutal rock gardens, large roots, and deep powder catch berms. Slayer spits the racers out onto an off-camber ski trail before twisting, turning and jumping through trees, rock gardens, and the high speed asphalt walkways of the waterpark.
The KMS gravity team made their presence known charging through Saturday practice runs with confidence and speed. Team comradery was high on race day with everyone donning matching KMS jerseys and lapping pre-race runs as a team.