For immediate release: June 24, 2011

Windham, N.Y. - In support of the Arthritis Foundation, the Gravity East Series is proud to announce the Lars Tribus Masters Challenge to be held during downhill race on Saturday, July 9 at the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival in Windham, N.Y.

This is a special Masters Category charity downhill race in support of the Arthritis Foundation with 100% of the entry fees donated to the foundation.

One of the foundation's "Heroes", professional downhill mountain bike racer Lars Tribus has become a spokesman and avid supporter of the foundation. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 9 and battled symptoms throughout his childhood. When he was 12, he was told by his doctor he'd spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The doctor got it half right…he did spend his life on wheels, just not sitting down.

Eligible participants are all 30+ men and women Pro DH current USAC license holders. Entry fee is $80.00 and if racers are also entered in the Gravity East series race the fee will be discounted to $40.00 In addition all 30+ Category 1 - 3 racers entered in the Gravity East series race at Windham are also eligible to participate and the entry fee will be $30.00

Registration will be onsite ONLY and will be available from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

There will be a minimum Pro purse of $500.00 and plaques awarded to the top 3 positions in both pro and amateur categories. In addition there will be special winners jerseys provided by Nema for both the Pro and amateur winners plus product prizes from Deity. For additional information, please visit the Gravity East Series website at

Registration entitles racers to participate in all World Cup festivities at Windham Mountain including a Friday night Block Party on Main Street in Windham; live music on Saturday night (bands TBA); and a "Big Wheel" race down a steep, paved course (BYOBW). Unlike most international World Cup venues, there will be no fees charged to enter the venue or the consumer and tech expos. To help defray the tremendous organizing costs and to keep the World Cup in the U.S., a minimal fee for parking - $10 for an entire carload for one day, or $25 for three days - will be charged.

Windham is the seventh stop on the 2011 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano; additional stops include Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Dalby Forest, Great Britain; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, Great Britain; Leogang, Austria; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; La Bress, France; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; and Val di Sole, Italy.

For more information, for practice and race schedules or to volunteer, visit


Penelope Vavura
Pierce Communications