June 5th, 2005
(Barrett Junction, California)
Scott Peer, from Glendale, California managed to fight off the competition to win the first IGSA World Cup of 2005.
The race was held amid searing high 90+ degree temperatures in Barrett Junction, California, a small town about 40 miles east of San Diego in Southern California. The road starts out with a series of corners, including two hairpins, and finishes up with a long quarter-mile straightaway. Top speeds are in the 55 mph range. The road surface is rough.
The Inline division suffered a low turnout, but nonetheless brought out some of the best names in Inline Downhill. #3 World ranked Scott Peer held off the competition to win the best of three heats and claim the gold. #6 ranked George Merkert, working hand in hand with Scott Peer defeated the admirable efforts of #4 ranked Warren Focke and #5 ranked Mark Henley, both from the San Francisco Bay area, to take the silver. Warren followed up placing third with the bronze.
Qualifying times came and George Merkert, the big man of Inline Downhill posted a ripping time of 2:35:109 to take the top seed of the day. Warren Focke also showing huge improvement, and continues to race, despite being challenged from injuries sustained from a head on skating collision with a car, improved 11:63 seconds over last years qualifying times, posting a best of 2:36:109 to place second behind Merkert. Mark Henley stepped up to the line and posted 2:41:119 and taking the third spot in qualifying. Marks time was an astonishing improvement over last years qualifying time, posting just over 17 seconds faster this year than last years race.
Scott Peer placed the lowest qualifying time of the day, due mostly to equipment issues that were plaguing him throughout the race, with a time of 2:45:512.
The event was promoted, sanctioned and run by Marcus Rietema and Bob Ozman of the International Gravity Sports Association (gravity-sports.com).
The next race will be in September at Bonelli Park where the California Downhill series continues for race #5 in the best of 6 series. The US National Championships will be held in San Francisco the following week when the San Francisco Gravity Festival returns for year #3 and the Nation and Worlds top gravity athletes go head to head for gold and glory! Don't miss it!