Madison County Gravity Fest VI
Munnsville, New York
Snuggled in the rolling hills of upstate New York amongst enormous windmills lies the tiny village on Munnsville. Munnsville is a one light town.
One of the roads going through the one traffic light leads to East Hill, the road used for the MCGF for the fourth time. The course is just over a mile long, starting off with a gentle right. Speeds pick up to the mid fifties heading into a hard left hand turn. A good portion of the course is mostly a straight building up speed heading into Crash Corner. Crash Corner is an almost 180 degree hair pin to the right, followed immediately by a hard left to the finish.
Friday, July 27
Things aren't looking good, its been raining all day today. And raining HARD. This afternoon I drove over to visit Busse and Fryer, the rain was coming down so hard, I almost had to stop! The rain cleared up, a in time for the parade. As we all gathered in Ferris's parking lot,
The powered luges were going to open the parade. Roland just finishing building a new larger luge this year
After the parade I was hoping to get a chance to visit the festival, but it had closed early due to the rain. The plan was to have dinner at the festival, instead we visited the Fort, in the next town over. After dinner we all hung out at the campground. The campground was provided free by the local Legion.
Saturday, July 28
I was hoping everything would start on time, so I got to the track early. I stopped at crash corner
Our pit area was in the front yard of the family at the top of the hill. The FLA boys always bring a set of flamingo lawn ornaments, and leave them behind. Over the years, the flock has grown quite large.
Of course things didn't get start on time. Registration got started late.
After lunch we took our regular parade run, then went into racing, starting with rookie luge
After the racing was over Roland Morrison sponsored a BBQ
We finally had the awards ceremony with some pretty cool awards.
The party continued after the awards ceremony, but was dieing fast. Paul was thinking about getting back into buttboarding.
Sunday, July 29
The morning started off a bit foggy, but the road was dry. We also got underway much earlier than we did yesterday, but we also have a lot more to get through. There are quite a few standup riders, over 30. We started off with a quick riders meeting.
Racing start with Am luge.
Before lunch we were going to run the bucket brigade. I'm not exactly sure what Fryer was doing
I was to run the final leg, which started just before crash corner. It looked like my teammate arrived in third place. I hopped on my buttboard and got a push. I had two bottles of water stuffed in my suit, so as I'm going down the course I start refilling my bucket with water. There is also one person in front of me. It didn't make since, I hadn't passed anyone. Tony was in front, sitting up. I was laying down, and managed to pass him. I thought I had to be the first person to Kim, who was measuring the buckets. So I stopped as soon as I could, and lost a bit of water. Turns out, I didn't need to stop so quickly, but I don't think it matter as Tony had quite a bit more water than I did.
Lunch, if you bought it, was a delicious chicken.
Racing started back up with the finish of Am Luge.
I wanted to watch the standup,
Pro Luge finally got under way.
The run offs hadn't been calculated for either standup or streetluge. So the gravity bikes raced.
It was finally time for the awards.
Both Standup and Pro Luge were paid down 10 places! After the awards, the 50/50 raffle was awarded,
As soon as the awards were over, most people took off, to head home, as it was fairly late.
The weather turned out to be incredible, despite all of the rain on Friday, it sprinkled Saturday during lunch, otherwise the weather was incredible. In fact it was hot on Sunday. As always the race is incredible, with a great deal of support from the town. Although it was VERY disappointing that the race was actually unfinished. With the amount of work this town puts it this race, I feel as it is my duty as a racer to attend the race. I don't think there were any major injuries this weekend!