Friday, June 19, 2009

Pro Gravity Tour UPDATE: Register for 2010 UCI MTB Inscription NOW!

Just days left until the UCI Inscription period ends for 2010!

The 2009 season has kicked-off to a great start for the Pro Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). However WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! One of our main goals is to raise the bar of American riders at the World Cup level. However, without events offering UCI points, riders are limited on possibilities to participate at the World Cups. Many of you have seen increases in your rider numbers, which is fantastic news (especially considering the economic news these days!). The strong support of organizers and sponsors have made this possible, along with a renewed interest in the sport of mountain bike racing. With this continued growth of support & attendance, American racing is back on the rise!

If you’re interested in offering UCI points at your MTB race next season, you MUST to register before the deadline listed below!

Why should I be concerned?
Although there are many criteria to be part of the 2010 Pro GRT, hosting a UCI inscripted event puts you a step ahead! With the 2010 World Cup schedule officially announced (calendar listed below), and with Windham, New York hosting the finals, we’ll be making a big push to attract international riders next season. These riders, along with their teams, & sponsors will benefit your event tremendously with the added media exposure, spectators, race entries & much more!

Attached is additional information for those of you who are new to UCI inscription (or need a refresher), please read over the information and links included in this email.

The UCI deadline for 2010 inscription is July 3, 2009 (as indicated on the event information forms). The inscriptions are submitted to UCI through the National Federations, so the completed forms need to be submitted to USA Cycling by Monday, June 22, 2009.

Please review the UCI information attached, along with the links to the various publications. Please feel free to contact Kelli Lusk (USA Cycling) or myself should you have any questions.

UCI Mountain Bike Event Organizers Handbook
UCI General Financial Obligations/International Calendar
UCI Mountain Bike Calendar Fees (all in Euros)
UCI 2009 Financial Obligations (currency conversions)

2010 UCI World Cup Gravity Schedule

4X/XC May 1-2 Houffalize (BEL)
DH/4X May 15-16 Maribor (SLO)
DH/4X June 05-06 Fort William (GBR)
DH/4X June 19-20 Schladming (AUT)
DH/XC July 24-25 Champéry (SUI)
DH/4X/XC July 31 - August 1 Val di Sole (ITA)
DH/4X/XC August 28-29 Windham, NEW YORK (USA)

National Championships July 17-18 Sol Vista, Colorado (USA)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS August 31 - September 5 Mt-Ste-Anne (CAN)


Kelli Lusk, Mountain Bike Events and Program Director
USA Cycling, Inc.
fax: 719.434.4385

Dylan Dean
Skype/IM: JDylanDean

2010 World Cup Dates Announced! USA INCLUDED as FINALS!

The International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Management Committee, which is meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 18th and 19th, today approved the calendar for the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

The 2010 World Cup will include six rounds for each discipline and will take place at nine venues in eight countries.

Two new venues in 2010

Dalby Forest, in North Yorkshire, Great Britain, will open proceedings for the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. This region in the north of England will host, for the first time, the cross country specialists in the world series.

After an absence of four years, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will make its big comeback in the United States in 2010. For the first time, the ski resort of Windham, in the state of New York, will host the world’s best cross country Olympic, downhill and 4-cross specialists for the final of the season. This will take place a few days before the World Championships in Mt-Ste-Anne (CAN).

The 20th edition of the Mountain Bike World Cup will also stop over in Houffalize (BEL), Maribor (SLO), Offenburg (GER), Fort William (GBR), Schladming (AUT), Champéry (SUI) and Val di Sole (ITA). This Italian resort is new to the World Cup calendar this year, but has already hosted the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in 2008.

Gravity World Cup Calendar

XCO/4X World Cup Round 2/1 01-02.05.2010 Houffalize (BEL)

DHI/4X World Cup Round 1/2 15-16.05.2010 Maribor (SLO)

DHI/4X World Cup Round 2/3 05-06.06.2010 Fort William (GBR)

DHI/4X World Cup Round 3/4 19-20.06.2010 Schladming (AUT)

XCO/DHI/4X World Cup Round 5 31.07-01.08.2010 Val di Sole (ITA)

UCI XCO/DHI/4X World Cup Round 6 28-29.08.2010 Windham (USA)

Other Notable Events

XCO/DHI/4X National Championships 17-18.07.2010

XCO/DHI World Cup Round 4 24-25.07.2010 Champéry (SUI)

UCI XCO/DHI/4X WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 31.08-05.09.2010 Mt-Ste-Anne (CAN)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Missy Giove update

courtesy of ESPN

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove was ordered held on $250,000 bail Thursday after federal authorities said they seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana from a truck she was driving in upstate New York.

Giove, 37, and Eric Canori, 30, of Wilton were charged Tuesday with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Nearly 400 pounds of pot were seized from the truck and from Canori's home outside Saratoga Springs, 25 miles north of Albany, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Canori was ordered held on $500,000 bail at the detention hearing Thursday. Giove and Canori were also ordered to surrender their passports, attend all court appearances and notify authorities of any changes in phone number or address should they post bail. Judge David Homer also imposed travel restrictions on both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Belliss had asked for no bail, saying Giove and Canori are flight risks, but Homer cited the pair's lack of criminal history and family and business ties to their communities.

Authorities learned of Giove and Canori's plans last weekend when Illinois State Police pulled over a woman driving a truck and trailer loaded with about 220 pounds of marijuana, DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey said. Authorities completed the delivery to the Albany area, where Mulvey said Giove picked up the vehicle and trailer.

Giove is accused of then driving north and following Canori to his home, where some of the trailer's contents were unloaded.

Giove was later arrested at nearby Saratoga Lake, authorities said. A search of Canori's home turned up more than 150 pounds of pot and more than $1 million in cash stashed in a closet and the basement, the DEA said.

In court Thursday, public defender Tim Austin said the drugs and money were planted in Giove's truck, possibly by police.

Giove, nicknamed "The Missile," was the downhill world champion in 1994 and won World Cup season titles in '97 and '98, then captured national titles from 1999-2001. One of the sport's first mainstream female stars, she retired from downhill racing in 2003.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Missy Giove Busted w/ Nearly 400lb of Marijuana!

from the NY Daily News...

Wednesday, June 17th 2009, 5:50 PM

A former champion downhill mountain biker known for her outrageous looks and daredevil riding style was busted on Tuesday and charged with marijuana distribution by federal agents in upstate Wilton, N.Y.

Missy "The Missile" Giove, 37, and co-defendant Eric Canori, 30, face up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine if convicted.

"Drug trafficking can lead you downhill fast," Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent John Gilbride said.

Giove is the most successful and perhaps colorful rider in competitive mountain biking's history. She grabbed a record 14 National Off-Road Bicycle Association championships and 11 World Cup wins, but her success was only part of her appeal. Giove, who sported a punk hair-do during her competitive riding days, rode with a dead piranha around her neck - to remind her to be aggressive - and the ashes of her deceased dog tucked inside her sports bra. Giove was also openly lesbian, a rarity in the homophobic world of sports.

In many ways, she was the face of her sport - she was featured in a Reebok ad and in several lifestyle magazines. Giove was also interviewed by David Letterman.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Albany says that officers with an upstate drug task force learned that Giove, Canori and others conspired to possess and distribute a large amount of marijuana. Investigators watched Giove, who lives in Chesapeake, Va., get off a plane at the Albany County Airport and take a cab to a hotel, where she met a confidential informant and picked up a pick-up truck and box-trailer.

Giove drove the truck to Canori's home in Wilton, just north of Saratoga Springs. Some of the contents of the trailer were unloaded at Canori's home.

Investigators followed Giove when she left the Wilton residence and her truck was stopped by investigators. Approximately 400 pounts of marijuana were found in the trailer and at Canori's house.

Giove and Canori made their initial court appearance in Albany on Wednesday before United States Magistrate Judge David Homer. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Latitudes Screening atThe Ninth Annual Bicycle Film Festival in New York City

Grab your bike and get ready to rock, DH Productions once again rolled out an action packed feature from some of the sickest spots around the world.From the acclaimed creators of theChain Reactionseries andSEVENVISIONcomes a progressive and soulful mountain bike adventure that shows the deeper you get involved with your passion, the smaller your world becomes. Four time Emmy Award winning producer/director, Don Hampton and crew have been spanning the globe to capture every angle in pristine high definition.

Ive been in every one of Hamptons videos to date. Says featured rider Aaron Chase, Each year Don and his crew step up their production level and this year is no exception. Im stoked to be a part of the project.

Latitudes will bring the high energy and excitement to the Big Apple as part of theThe Ninth Annual Bicycle Film Festival in New York City. Latitudes is screening in Program 4 at 1:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives on Saturday, June 20th. GET YOUR Tickets in advance:

I am super excited about Latitudes, this is has been a totally different release for DH Productions. It was an honor to work with all of these riders, every one of them killed it in their own respective style. Explains Don Hampton, the executive producer of Latitudes.

Latitudes features the usual cast of characters from the DH Productions stable, such as Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Lars Tribus, Kyle Ebbett, Dave Smutok, as well as other top athletes that are shaping the next generation of mountain biking. Including Joe Perrizos record breaking 63 foot dirt to dirt backflip. Latitudes showcases the sessions with our athletes from stunning locations from around the world, such as the French Alps, Puerto Rico, Canary Islands, Utah, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Mexico, California, New Jersey and more.

Featured riders include, Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Adam Hauck, Dave Smutok, Kyle Ebbett, George Ryan, Lars Tribus, Chris & Nick Van Dine, JD Swanguen, Wayne Goss, Mick & Hannah Hannah, Carlo Dieckmann, Amir Karbonni, Josh Bender, Randy Spangler, Carter Holland, Tyler & Cam McCaul, Jamie Goldman, Brandon Semenuk, Andreu Lacondeguy, Andrew Taylor, Jim Tharp, Joe Perrizo, Steve Bafus, Jim DeChamp and more..

Special thanks to our sponsors: Cannondale, decline magazine, e.13 components, Highland Mountain Bike Park, 661, Sunline, and Royal Racing.

For more about Latitudes and other DHProductions' titles, check

Don Hampton
Executive Producer | Owner

DH Productions LLC

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

IMTTO Constructors Championship

This year, IMTTO (International Mountain bike Teams, Tech support and Organizers) has created a Constructors Championship, much like there is in various motorsports. The aim is to recognise the participation of various bike brands in the UCI World Cup and World Championships.

The current ranking can always be found here, at IMTTO's web site:

How the points are scored? It's a straight forward sliding scale. In Men's events, 20 points for 1st place, 19 points for 2nd place, down to 1 point for 20th place. Same for women, except only the first 10 10 points for 1st etc. We only give points for World Cup XC, DH and well as World Championships (including Junior and Under 23 categories).

Any questions, please feel free to fire them away.

At the end of the season IMTTO will award a trophy to the winning bike brand.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Apologies for the lack of content on!

My apologies for the lack of content on My family has been hit with a horrific family tragedy recently, which has hit us all pretty hard. We’re doing alright now, but with the realization of what actually happened, life was put on hold for a while.

I’m hoping to be back to my normal self soon (…if that’s a good thing! Haha), and I’ll be working around the clock to get things back on track asap!

Thanks for your continued thoughts & prayers! The best thing you can do for me is to hug your loved ones & cherish the time you have with them!