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Stober and Lavin To Compete at 2004 Gravity Games

Aug 31, 2004

After a stunning bronze medal performance at X Games X, BMX dirt jump extraordinaire TJ Lavin will soon bring his A Game to the 2004 Gravity Games in Cleveland, Ohio. Fellow Schwinn teammate and test pilot Tom Stober will also compete in the BMX Bike Vert category.

�Even after a recent broken collarbone, TJ amazed everyone by winning a bronze medal at the X Games,� said Travis Chipres, Sports Marketing Director for Schwinn. �He�s won gold at Gravity Games before and I think he�s going to show the world he has ability to win anytime, anywhere.�

�Big Tom has a great combination of guts and strength, and we�re looking for a strong showing from him at the Gravity Games,� continued Chipres. �It�s going to be fun to watch.�

Schwinn riders will be signing autographs at the event and kids can ride Schwinn bikes on the on-dirt demo BMX track on Fri., Sat. and Sun. Schwinn will provide helmets and bikes.

The Gravity Games is the premier action sports, music and lifestyle festival that will take place in Cleveland, Sept. 15-19, 2004.

Entering its sixth year, the Gravity Games in 2004 will feature the world's best professional action sports athletes competing across various disciplines. The bike disciplines include:


Street contests incorporate skills from all types of riding -Vert, Dirt, and Flatland. Riders take runs through a skatepark-style street course and are judged based on the overall impression of each run. Difficulty of tricks is rewarded, as is flow, speed, and variety.


Athletes ride a half-pipe ramp where they are judged on overall impression. Huge airs and burly tricks are rewarded. As Vert riding evolves, fast, clean riding that flows all over the ramp is gaining greater importance. Bike Vert is always one of the most popular competitions at every event.


Dirt riders compete on a dirt course designed to mimic trails. The riders are judged on overall impression that encompasses style, difficulty and flow. Unique transfer lines are also rewarded.

Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon and has built some of the best-known and best-loved bicycles of all time. A world leader in technology and fabrication, Schwinn has been an indispensable player in revolutionizing bicycling around the world. In 2001, Pacific Cycle, the nation�s largest importer and distributor of quality bicycles, purchased Schwinn�s bicycle division. Schwinn bicycles moved into mass retail distribution in 2002, effectively making Schwinn products available where Americans shop most. With a continued dedication to quality, forever synonymous with the Schwinn name, America�s most famous bicycle brand looks forward to providing another century of innovation, freedom and performance to people of all ages.