Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Fontana City Nationals

GT Bicycles kept their winning streak alive by finishing the weekend with stellar results at the 2009 Fontana City Nationals held at Southridge Park located in Fontana, CA. This is the third year that the famous "Fontana" has held at a national-level event and this year provided more excitement than ever. The event was a solid success once again with an impressive turnout of racers and spectators alike. Being one of the first races of the year on the national race circuit, many top pros were in attendance to test their new bikes and pre-season fitness. Perfect weather the whole weekend kept the fans happy and the course conditions dry and fast.

Saturday consisted of Mountain Cross and this year's race course was recently improved by Team GT's own Eric Carter. The course was dry, dusty and loose which made it very challenging for everyone who rode it. Joining Carter in the gate were many top pros such as Brian Schmith, Blake Carney and Dale Holmes; it was going to be an exciting evening of racing.....and exciting it was! The Pro finals consisted of Dale Holmes, Blake Carney, Eric Carte, and <>
Sunday was host to the downhill race and with a very challenging course layout, all the riders were anxious to complete their runs. The course consisted of technical rock sections and fast, loose and open sections. Team GT's Eric Carter and Kevin Aiello just wrapped up podium finishes one week prior at the Shimano Winter Series and they were both hungry to return to the podium especially at the first national race of the year. Well it wasn't hard for the seasoned veteran and rookie pro to show the crowd exactly what they could do. With the majority of all the top pros already past the finish line everyone was waiting for Carter and Aiello to come through and it was worth the wait......Carter 1st, Aiello 2nd! A few more riders came through the finish line but didn't come close to the times of the two GT downhill racers. Carter just added another win to his already impressive list of recent wins at Fontana. Aiello was only 3/10sec behind Carter and now heads to South Africa for Round
Also making the drive from Lake Tahoe, CA was GT Dirt Coalition rider Joel Baty who placed 13th in Pro Super-D and followed up with a strong 3rd place finish in Expert Cross-Country. Congrats Joel!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Demo Prep

Louis has been burning the candle at both ends for the past week getting everything dialed in for the 2009 Demo program. Then again, it takes a lot of work to build out a new 16' trailer and assemble 30 new bikes. That's right, kids, GT's demo program kicked it up a notch. No, we cranked it up to 11 and broke the knob off (well, it's at least hanging by a thread).

Not only did we add bikes and a trailer, be sure to check us out at Sea Otter for a glimpse at the sexiest graphics package on either side of the Mississippi!

Here's a couple of lame pictures of Louis and Paco (Our Golden Bike Mechanic) getting things all dialed in. But give me a break...I had JUST gotten back from my maiden voyage on my new GTR Team. SWEETEST road bike I have ever ridden...and I've ridden a few.

Don't forget...if you are in Cleveland this weekend you can try out a GT at Ray's MTB all day Saturday and Sunday.