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A type of bicycle designed for downhill racing.

Example usage: 'I just bought a new gravity-racer for downhill racing.'

Most used in: Downhill mountain biking circles.

Most used by: Experienced mountain bikers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Downhill racer, DH rider, Gravity rider, Freerider,

What is a Gravity Racer in Cycling?

Gravity racers are specialized bikes used for downhill mountain biking. They are designed to be lightweight and aerodynamic, and have a longer wheelbase for improved stability. The rider sits lower to the ground than on a regular mountain bike, and the bikes typically have disc brakes and suspension systems to ensure safety when racing down steep slopes.

Gravity racing has become increasingly popular in recent years. According to the International Mountain Biking Association, the number of gravity racers participating in races has grown from 3,000 in 2007 to 24,000 in 2017. This is due to the rise in popularity of mountain biking as a recreational activity, and the increased accessibility of gravity racing events.

Gravity racing is a thrilling and challenging sport. Riders must be mindful of the terrain they are racing on, and be able to react quickly and accurately to changes in the course. It requires skill, agility, and courage, and can be a fun and exciting way to test your limits.


The Origin of the Term 'Gravity-Racer' in Cycling

The term 'gravity-racer' first appeared in the context of cycling in the late 1980s. It was used to describe downhill mountain bikers in the San Francisco Bay Area, who raced each other down the steep hills of the region. The term was established due to the unique blend of skill and speed these racers needed to compete.

These racers were often seen with no hands on the handlebars, as they navigated the steep, winding trails with incredible agility. The early gravity-racers of the San Francisco Bay Area were the pioneers of extreme mountain biking, paving the way for the sport to become a worldwide phenomenon.

Today, gravity-racing is a major competitive sport. It is a part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup, with races around the world. Gravity-racers must have a combination of speed, technical skill and physical fitness to compete at the highest level.

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