The DVO Reaper Madness was the final round of the 2015 Bootleg Canyon Winter Gravity Series. The weather was warm with temperatures in the low 80's and the competition was even hotter. At the last event at Bootleg Canyon, the DVO Mob n Mojave's winner in the Men's Pro field, Chris (Higgy) Higgerson was looking to take another 1st place, but a stacked and talented group of pros including Aaron Gwin were also looking to claim the top box.
Aaron Gwin on his way to 1st place in the main DH race.
Men's Pro DH
1st place: Aaron Gwin/3.34.59 racing for Specialized Racing
2nd place: Chris Higgerson/ 3.44.12 racing for Mojo Wheels/Santa Cruz
3rd place: Michael Daniels/3.44.92 racing for Santa Cruz
4th place: Mike Day/3.46.06 racing for GT Bikes
5th place: Chris Boice/3.46.48 racing for MTB Racing Solutions
Winning the Womens Pro DH was previous USA Cycling National Champion and new mommy, Jackie Harmony. The Women's Pro field saw a total of 4 racers with 15 year old, Samantha Kingshill making her pro debut. Sam actually made her pro debut the day before claiming a 1st place in both the Dual Slalom and the Super D.
Women's Pro DH
1st place: Jacqueline Harmony/4.34.96 racing for Canfield Bros
2nd place: Ariana Altier/4.48.66
3rd place: Kim Godfrey/5.10.11 racing for Mojo Wheels
4th place: Samantha Kingshill/5.17.78 racing for Shine Riders (with a crash and on a borrowed bike)
For many high profile USA Cycling DH races, promoters break the Junior Expert 15-18 (Category 1) into 15-16 and 17-18 age brackets. These guys are the future pros and some of them as soon as next year. Needless to say, these guys are fast. Check out those times!
Men's Category 1/15-16 DH
1st place: Nikolas Nestoroff/3.41.92 racing for Intense Cycles (2nd fastest time of the day!)
2nd place: Steven Walton/3.51.75 racing for EVS/Intense/Monster
3rd place: Sam Morris/4.32.29 racing for Lake Town Bicycles
The Men's Category 1/17-18 DH looked very green for the 2015 DVO Reaper Madness DH event with the top 2 spots going to the DVO/Incycle/Intense Team. With teammate, Jarod Hanson having sitting out due to a recent injury (Jarod will be back racing at the Sea Otter), new DVO/Incycle/Intense teammate, Andras Simon kept the podium DVO green.
Men's Category 1/17-18
1st place: Bruce Klein/3.45.53 racing for DVO/Incycles/Intense
2nd place: Andras Simon/3.51.70 racing for DVO/Incycles/Intense
3rd place: Tyler Krenek/4.05.19 racing for Fly Racing/Profile
4th Place: Rusty Goodrich/4.33.52 racing for Southridge USA
5th place: Triton Nelson/4.40.90 racing for Ultimate Smiles
The Junior Category is all racers 14 and under and saw 11 of the coolest kids we have ever seen. Only 1 contestant in the womens 11-14 was McKenna Merten with a time of 6.08.15. I bet if Mckenna had some competition she would still take home the gold with that time.
Men's Category 11-12 DH
1st place: Julien Markewitz/5.06.63 racing for Troy Lee/ENVE/Oakley
2nd place: Ryan McGarrity/5.10.39 racing for Troy Lee Designs
3rd place: Mason Duncan aka Meatball/5.15.04 racing for B-Rads/Commencal USA/100%
4th place: Nathan Luna/5.27.76 racing for Commencal USA/X-Fusion
5th place: Colin McElyea/6.22.94
6th place: Evan Stice/7.52.19 racing for Dad
Meatball seen here making the gnar look easy.
The Men's 13-14 DH
1st place: Joey Foresta/4.03.48 racing for GT-ENVE/Lake Town Bikes
2nd place: Tucker Norman/4.40.69 racing for Canfield Bros
3rd place: Andrew Bird/5.03.23 racing for Cannonball Racing/Go-Ride.com
4th place: Mason Van Renselaar/5.12.42 racing
Joey Foresta seen here flying over the Bootleg gnar.
So many amazing pictures of the juniors, we wish to post a couple more before moving on.
Nathan Luna (11-12).
Ryan McGarrity (11-12).
The Open Men's DH Category at Bootleg always sees ex pros, ex world cup athlete and ex Red Bull Rampage athletes compete against each other. The DVO Reaper saw all 3!
1st place: Lance Canfield/4.05.51 Canfield Bros
2nd place: Kris Burke/4.17.70 Rock Star Energy
3rd place: William Lujan/4.20.48 Elevation Racing
4th place: Gene Hamilton/4.22.62
Women's Category 1/19-29 had 2 racers.
1st place: Bridgette LeBer/5.34.28
2nd place: Makayla Weist/6.14.93
Men's Category 1/19-29 DH had 12 racers. Only the top 3 are listed here and below. Please see event website for full results.
1st place: Ian Supple/4.06.18
2nd place: Kendall Weingardt/4.09.61
3rd place: Christopher Ridder/4.19.12
Men's Category 1/30-39 DH had 9 racers.
1st place: Ryan Ryno Rodriguez/4.04.66
2nd place: Eric Smith 4.09.88
3rd place: Aaron Polly: 4.10.00
Men's Category 1/40-49 DH had 10 racers.
1st place: Bill Benda/4.11.23
2nd place: Quinn Winter/4.18.34
3rd place: Ron Huber/4.21.02
Men's Category 1/50+ DH had 2 racers.
1st place: Bobby Bondurant/5.16.51
2nd place: Jeff Robinson
Women's Category 2/19-29 DH had 3 racers.
1st place: CJ Selig/5.38.09
2nd place: Carly Dyar/5.40.70
3rd place: Alexandra Gren/8.49.73
Women's Category 2/30-39 DH had 2 racers.
1st place: Amanda Propst/6.36.62
2nd place: Holly Priest/9.36.96
Men's Category 2/15-18 DH had 12 racers.
1st place: Cole Chipman/4.12.18
2nd place: Wesley Nugent/4.15.51
3rd place: Ravi Patel/4.20.70
Men's Category 2/19-29 DH had 19 racers. Check out how close the times are with a stacked field. Not always, but check these out!
1st: RJ Orr/4.14.35
2nd: Paul Marcynyszyn/4.14.84
3rd: Cole Latshaw/4.15.01
Men's Category 2/30-39 DH had 11 racers.
1st place: Ryan Sandlin/4.23.66
2nd place: Darrick Landrum/4.25.76
3rd place: Gabe Caldwell/4.31.50
Men's Category 2/40-49 DH had 13 racers.
1st place: Alex Mc Eleyea/4.28.24
2nd place: Darren Donaldson/4.28.28
3rd place: Randy Barton/4.30.21
Men's Category 2/50+DH had 1 racer.
1st place: Kent Woodfield/5.01.01
Men's Category 3/15-18 DH had 7 racers.
1st place: Dacoda Walker/4.42.32
2nd place: Ian Johnson/4.44.16
3rd place: Drake Barron/4.46.59
Men's Category 3/19-29 DH had 5 racers.
1st place: Donnie Davis/4.37.17
2nd place: William Pavlock/4.45.39
3rd place: Curt Wilde/4.48.06
Men's Category 3/30-39 DH had 4 racers.
1st place: Chris Jean/5.05.01
2nd place: Steven Duke/5.20.25
3rd place: Ian Hanf/5.23.42
Men's Category 3/40-49 DH had 1 racer.
1st place: Wesley Holmes/5.51.08
The 2015 DVO Reaper Madness also had an Open Chainless, Dual Slalom race and a Super D race. At this years Super D race a Hand Bike category was added.
Check out the owner of All Mountain Cyclery Jeff Frampton seen here wearing a huge grin.
Hand Bike racers lining up at the start.
Father and Son showing off some Overall Awards. Bryson Martin Sr. on the right and Bryson Martin Jr on the left.
Race promoters and Title Sponsor, DVO Suspension are already talking about next year. Dates for the 2016 Bootleg Canyon Winter Gravity Series will be:
Nevada State DH Championships: January 15 -17, 2016
Mob n Mojave: February 13-15, 2016
Reaper Madness: March 11-13, 2016.
Full results for the 2015 DVO Reaper Madness can be found on: www.downhillmike.com
Sponsors include: DVO Suspension as the title sponsor with the help of of these participating sponsors: Box Components, Promax, MJT Designs, Canfield Bros, MTBParks.com, iXTREME, Incycles DH Team, Escape Adventures, Kore North, Tifosi Optics, Ride 100%, RynoPower, Betterride.net, Maxima, Kali Protectives, Senxsr, All Mountain Cyclery, SNMBA and Photo13 Media.
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