While many resorts and venues have just announced their 2017 gravity racing schedule, the 2017 DVO Winter Gravity Series is ready for their finals, the DVO Reaper Madness at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, Nevada. Bootleg racers love the fact that they will have such a points and fitness advantage with 3 USA Cycling races haven already taken place in the winter months, while the rest of the country has just started thawing out.
This article features race photos by Phil Beckman, Ian Cook and Michael Klinger who have all helped this series grow.
Bryson Martin Jr on his way to the 2nd fastest time of the day on this very challenging Super D course. Photo by: Ian CookDownhill Series Standings Recap after round 2 of 3
The Series Standings are crazy close this year. In the Men's Pro competition for DH, KHS Factory Racing's Logan Bingelli has a 20 point lead over teammate Bruce Klein but Demetri Triantafillou, Chris Higgerson, Galen Carter, Scott Gladu, Jordan Newth and Mitch Ropelato all have a chance to overtake Bingelli with a win at the Reaper. We are not sure which is more exciting, the Men's Pro race, or the Junior Boys 13-14 DH with Maison Duncan, aka "Meatball", in the lead by just 20 points over Julien Markewitz who leads Ryan McGarrity by 20 points. However, Christian Clarke, Colin McElyea, Caleb O'Rourke and Carson Spencer will do their best to oust any of the top 3 to be in contention for an Overall Award/Medal.
Seen here is local, Tucker Norman (Category 2/15 year old-18 year old) racing for DVO Suspension and Canfield Bros. Photo by: Ian CookSuper D Series Standings Recap after round 2 of 3
Transition Bikes/DVO rider Craig Harvey currently sits in the Hot Seat with 325 points after the win at last month's DVO Mob n Mojave. Once again though Greg Gibson, Vincent Kimber, Logan Bingelli, Mitch Ropelato and Cody Kelly all have the chance to win the Series Overall with a first place at the Reaper. In the Amateur categories the two standouts seem to be from the father and son team of Mark and Luke Uhlrich. Both Mark and Luke ride for All Mountain Cyclery and are the only 2 in the entire SD field with a perfect score of 400. The Reaper is shaping up to be the finals that we all have been waiting for.
Vincent Kimber on his way to a Super D podium. Vincent rides for Pivot Cycles and DVO Suspension. Photo by: Ian CookThe Pros race for a whopping $2,450.00 cash purse that breaks down like this:
1st place $600, 2nd place $325, 3rd place $200, 4th place $125 and; 5th place $75.
Pro Men will be awarded 5 deep and Pro Women 3 deep with equal payouts for Pro Men and Pro Women (top 3 only) with this stipulation: If there are less than 5 competing in either gender their cash purse will be halved. The remaining half will be carried over and added to the pro field with 5 or more competitors. Since there were less than 5 Pro Women at the previous race in the series, here is an example of the Pro payout with more than 5 Pro Men and less than 5 Pro Women:
Pro Men = 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250, 4th place $150 and 5th place $100.
Pro Women = 1st place $250, 2nd place $125 and 3rd place $75.
Bruce Klein wins his 1st Bootleg race (2017 DVO Mob n Mojave) and $500.00. Photo by: Phil Beckman
Prizes alone will total well over $7,000.00 for this event. After you add the $2,450.00 cash from DVO for the Pros, the $100.00 cash from Trucker Co for the fastest Junior Expert, the GT Bicycle and Box Components raffle worth over $1,000.00, it all adds up to well over $10,000.00 in cash and prizes for the finals!
At the Bootleg races, there is always a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize tables. All amateur categories and age brackets win medals and prizes, with the youngest racers being called up 1st to get the best possible choices. Photo by: Phil Beckman
Kenny Bloss #187
edges out Morgan Brewer #120
in the Dual Slalom competition. Photo by: Ian Cook
The course designers have been mixing up the race courses this year with a little bit more flare than in previous years. Even though the name of the next event is Reaper Madness, that does not necessarily mean the race ends on Reaper. Race courses are never disclosed until online registration ends (3-21-17).
McKenna Merten shoots down the gnarliest part of last month's DH race track. This section is named Steve Peat and not only has never been raced on but was built by Steve Peat and Brent Thomson back in the day. Photo by: Michael Klinger
This picture of Pro racer Graeme Pitts is amazing. Photographer Phil Beckman really captured Graeme fully pinned.
These DVO Bootleg racers have not only been attracting the best gravity racers in the country but also welcoming all age groups and categories. This year the races have seen a very encouraging surge in the 6-10 and the 11-14 year old age brackets.
Photo by: Phil Beckman.
The 2017 DVO Reaper Madness not only features Downhill, Super D, Dual Slalom and Open Chainless but for the 2nd year in a row welcomes Project Hero's Multi-Discipline Hand Bike Enduro. The Hand Bike Enduro is being sponsored by 4 Low Parts and Lasher Sport with the support of the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association (SNMBA). Each Hand Bike athlete will have 1 run in DH, 1 run in Slalom and 1 run in Super D. All times will be added and the lowest time wins. All 3 stages take place on Saturday, March 25. If you can come out and be a spectator for this race, please do!
These guys and gals are so hardcore. So much support from so many! 4 Low Parts will be donating a cash purse and event organizers will be donating 15% of proceeds to Project Hero.
Project Hero, SMBA and 4 Low Parts provided support along the Downhill, Super D course (shown here from last year's race) and the Dual Slalom track. Photo by: Ian Cook.
Official event website for online registration, itinerary, series standings, past results, updated pictures and videos: www.downhillmike.com
Direct link to registration: eventbrite.com/e/2017-dvo-reaper-madness-registration-23836741335
. Prices increase on March 1, so sign up early and save up to $50.
Series sponsors include: DVO Suspension, MJT Designs, Box Components, ProMax, KHS Bicycles, Canfield Bros, Deity, Gravity Cartel, Spank, IXS, Trucker Co, SDR Clothing Co, ODI Grips, All Mountain Cyclery, GT Bicycles, Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, Connex Chains, Laketown Bikes, ONZA, Smanya, HT Components, Novatec, Kore North Bikes, Kali Protectives, Lectric-Cycles, Hai Bikes, Smartmotion, Erad, Flitelinez.
A special thanks to the late, Brent Thomson, Dan Haskin, Boulder City Parks Department and all of the locals.
See you at the DVO Reaper.