2018 DVO Winter Gravity Series - Photo Recap & Results

Feb 21, 2018
by Philip Beckman  
Evan Geankoplis Ibis DVO WTB notched a big win at Mob n Mojave leveraging a smokin hot run on the daunting Snakeback trail during Stage 1 to set himself up for the Pro Open Men s Enduro crown with a total time of 24 13.460.
Evan Geankoplis (Ibis/DVO/WTB) notched a big win at Mob n Mojave, leveraging a smokin' hot run on the daunting Snakeback trail during Stage 1 to set himself up for the Pro Open Men's Enduro crown with a total time of 24:13.460.

PRESS RELEASE: DVO Winter Gravity Series

With athletes gathered from around the world to compete in a variety of sports, this was an event of Olympic proportions. But we're not talking PyeongChang here. This is Bootleg Canyon, baby, and the second round of the 2018 DVO Winter Gravity Series, Enduro presented by GT Bicycles. Boulder City, Nevada, once again played host to the Mob n Mojave, featuring a three-stage Enduro and a Dual Slalom on Saturday, followed by Sunday's Downhill.

The venue once again lived up to its well-earned reputation, challenging riders with its highly technical, downright fearsome desert terrain. With its eye-opening exposures and loose, gravelly surface punctuated by fields of rocks sharper than a speed skater's blades, Bootleg Canyon MTB Park was a site for both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Both the Enduro and Downhill courses were particularly demanding. Stage 1 of the Enduro took place on the Snakeback trail, normally reserved for the Downhill gang. This was a new experience for many of the less experienced riders on their shorter-travel bikes, which led to a lot of puckered chamois. The Downhillers were faced with a test of endurance, as their courses (mostly separated between Juniors and Cat 2/3s and Pros/Cat 1s) proved to be longer than usual. Based on Pro finishing times, this was the longest course in the five-year history of the Winter Gravity Series. Curling this ain't.

The weather conditions were a bit more pleasant than last month's Nevada State Downhill Championships series opener, but high winds again came into play on Sunday. This can be a problem because much of the course, especially the second half, runs along tall ridge tops, where the risk of unintentional freestyle aerials adds yet another challenge for the competitors. With a forecast of gusty breezes picking up later in the day, the Sunday schedule was pushed to earlier in the morning, with the Pro classes dropping in much earlier than usual. It was a good call, as the weather did exactly as predicted.

This year's Mob n Mojave had a distinctly international flavor, with the promise of mild conditions and significant cash purses drawing top riders from overseas as well as from all over North America. The Pro Downhill Women's winner was Italian Veronika Widmann (FS Funn), a World Cup Series regular over the last couple of seasons as well as a two-time Italian National Champion. Third place in Pro Men Downhill was five-time Irish National Champion Jacob Dickson, riding for the Giant Factory Off-Road Team. Pro Men's DH winner Liam Smillie (Slag City/Novatec) is a native of British Columbia, Canada, who winters in nearby Las Vegas. And even with all this combined talent and experience, every one of them has stated that Bootleg Canyon is one of the most arduous races around.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of DVO Suspension, GT Bicycles, Jenson USA, Kenda Tires, KHS Bicycles, All Mountain Cyclery, Brian Head Resort, TruckerCo, Kore North Bikes, Deity Components, PinkBike, Fly Racing, CushCore, Bike Flights, Flightlinez, Kali Protectives, Blue Dog RV, Box Components, ODI Grips, and ReBel Riders Clothing.

A couple of spectators check out the action at Bootleg during Friday s practice. This family of bighorn sheep seemed unfazed by all the excitement.
A couple of spectators check out the action at Bootleg during Friday's practice. This family of bighorn sheep seemed unfazed by all the excitement.

Evan Geankoplis Ibis DVO WTB notched a big win at Mob n Mojave leveraging a smokin hot run on the daunting Snakeback trail during Stage 1 to set himself up for the Pro Open Men s Enduro crown with a total time of 24 13.460.
Evan Geankoplis (Ibis/DVO/WTB) notched a big win at Mob n Mojave, leveraging a smokin' hot run on the daunting Snakeback trail during Stage 1 to set himself up for the Pro Open Men's Enduro crown with a total time of 24:13.460.

Alex Smith All Mountain Cyclery was runner-up in the Enduro just six seconds behind the Pro Open Men s overall winning time. He was fastest on Stage 3.
Alex Smith (All Mountain Cyclery) was runner-up in the Enduro, just six seconds behind the Pro Open Men's overall winning time. He was fastest on Stage 3.

All Mountain Cyclery s Eric Smith grabbed best time on Stage 2 and third overall in the Pro Open Men Enduro just nine seconds off the win.
All Mountain Cyclery's Eric Smith grabbed best time on Stage 2 and third overall in the Pro Open Men Enduro, just nine seconds off the win.

Fastest female bragging rights at the Mob n Mojave Enduro went to Christine Johny Ringo Eikmeier DVO Michael David Winery with a total time of 27 18.998.
Fastest female bragging rights at the Mob n Mojave Enduro went to Christine "Johny Ringo" Eikmeier (DVO/Michael David Winery) with a total time of 27:18.998.

Stephanie McDaniel won the first stage of the Enduro and held on to place second overall in Pro Open Women.
Stephanie McDaniel won the first stage of the Enduro and held on to place second overall in Pro Open Women.

Rachel Strait GT Ergon Kenda is probably trying to ignore the exposure to her right during Enduro practice on Snakeback. She ended up with third in Pro Open Women.
Rachel Strait (GT/Ergon/Kenda) is probably trying to ignore the exposure to her right during Enduro practice on Snakeback. She ended up with third in Pro Open Women.

Category 1 is calling. Hard charging Eli Smith smoked his Cat 2 classes in both Dual Slalom and Downhill.
Category 1 is calling. Hard charging Eli Smith smoked his Cat 2 classes in both Dual Slalom and Downhill.

Samantha Kingshill left shown here battling with Sierra Warren took a very tight Dual Slalom Open Women s victory over .
Samantha Kingshill (left), shown here battling with Sierra Warren, took a very tight Dual Slalom Open Women's victory over Dixie Owens.

Amias Gomez 109 crossed the Dual Slalom finish line ahead of All Mountain Cyclery owner Jeff Frampton 249 to claim the Open Men s class victory but he would ve won on style points alone.
Amias Gomez (109) crossed the Dual Slalom finish line ahead of All Mountain Cyclery owner Jeff Frampton (249) to claim the Open Men's class victory, but he would've won on style points alone.

Which way to Boulder City
Which way to Boulder City?

Liam Smillie Slag Society Novatec is a native of British Columbia who spends his winters in Las Vegas. The 20-year-old grabbed his first Pro podium with third place at the season opener a month ago then followed it up with his first overall DVO Winter Gravity Series victory. The weekend started off a little rough he explained afterward. I went over the bars on Saturday my life flashed before my eyes It was pretty sketchy. On this track I just try to have fun with it. Whenever I try to go really fast I just get pinballed and thrown off my line and maybe over a cliff so I have to be in control.
Liam Smillie (Slag Society/Novatec) is a native of British Columbia who spends his winters in Las Vegas. The 20-year-old grabbed his first Pro podium with third place at the season opener a month ago, then followed it up with his first overall DVO Winter Gravity Series victory. "The weekend started off a little rough," he explained afterward. "I went over the bars on Saturday; my life flashed before my eyes! It was pretty sketchy. On this track I just try to have fun with it. Whenever I try to go really fast I just get pinballed and thrown off my line and maybe over a cliff, so I have to be in control."

Defending Winter Series champion and Round 1 winner Logan Binggeli KHS Factory Racing had been sick all week prior to Mob n Mojave. This was surely detrimental to his performance considering the physically demanding nature of the Mob n Mojave track. He placed second in Pro Men by just over five seconds.
Defending Winter Series champion and Round 1 winner Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing), had been sick all week prior to Mob n Mojave. This was surely detrimental to his performance considering the physically demanding nature of the Mob n Mojave track. He placed second in Pro Men by just over five seconds.

World Cup regular Veronika Widmann FS Funn took her first run at Bootleg on Saturday and her first win at Bootleg on Sunday. She claimed the Pro Women s DH win by nearly 15 seconds. I m staying with McKenna Merten for a month because at home in northern Italy it s winter she said. It s really cool to be here and have this opportunity. I really love the track. It s so technical yet fast at the same time. It s good preparation for another World Cup season. I m stoked with the win.
World Cup regular Veronika Widmann (FS Funn) took her first run at Bootleg on Saturday, and her first win at Bootleg on Sunday. She claimed the Pro Women's DH win by nearly 15 seconds. "I'm staying with McKenna Merten for a month, because at home in northern Italy it's winter," she said. "It's really cool to be here and have this opportunity. I really love the track. It's so technical yet fast at the same time. It's good preparation for another World Cup season. I'm stoked with the win."

Defending Winter Gravity Series champ and Round 1 winner Samantha Kingshill DVO College Cyclery Vittoria TruckerCo suffered this untimely error that ultimately put her in third place in Pro Women s DH.
Defending Winter Gravity Series champ and Round 1 winner Samantha Kingshill (DVO/College Cyclery/Vittoria/TruckerCo) suffered this untimely error that ultimately put her in third place in Pro Women's DH.

Cole Suetos Incycle Race Team put in about a gazillion practice runs over the weekend and it paid off with the Junior Expert win and the second fastest time of the day 4 35.81 . A fall while hiking one of the trails left him with heavy scrapes but it did little to slow down this understated youngster from Temecula CA.
Cole Suetos (Incycle Race Team) put in about a gazillion practice runs over the weekend and it paid off with the Junior Expert win and the second fastest time of the day (4:35.81). A fall while hiking one of the trails left him with heavy scrapes, but it did little to slow down this understated youngster from Temecula, CA.

Ireland s Jacob Dickson Giant Factory Off-Road had never encountered rocks like he found at Bootleg. The World Cup rider adapted admirably to place third in Pro Men s Downhill.
Ireland's Jacob Dickson (Giant Factory Off-Road) had never encountered rocks like he found at Bootleg. The World Cup rider adapted admirably to place third in Pro Men's Downhill.

Dante Silva Commencal JR Cartel railed to the Cat 1 15-16 division win with a time that would have put him on the Pro Men s podium.
Dante Silva (Commencal/JR Cartel) railed to the Cat 1 15-16 division win with a time that would have put him on the Pro Men's podium.

KHS Factory Racing s Quinton Spaulding took a very close win less than one second over Chris Canfield Canfield Brothers in Open Men DH.
KHS Factory Racing's Quinton Spaulding took a very close win (less than one second) over Chris Canfield (Canfield Brothers) in Open Men DH.

Colorado s Eli Smith High Gear Cyclery had a great weekend winning his Cat 2 races in both Dual Slalom and Downhill.
Colorado's Eli Smith (High Gear Cyclery) had a great weekend, winning his Cat 2 races in both Dual Slalom and Downhill.

Keep an eye on this young shredder. McKenna Merten Cissters Racing Comm landed another Cat 1 Women 15-29 DH win.
Keep an eye on this young shredder. McKenna Merten (Cissters Racing/Comm) landed another Cat 1 Women 15-29 DH win.

Parts of Bootleg Canyon could easily be mistaken for the planet Mars. Eddie Reynolds Chainline Bikes explores the surface on the way to the Junior Men 11-12 victory .
Parts of Bootleg Canyon could easily be mistaken for the planet Mars. Eddie Reynolds (Chainline Bikes) explores the surface on the way to the Junior Men 11-12 victory).

Grom turnout was great with Justin Duncan DVO Diety TruckerCo dominating the Junior Men 6-10 bracket.
Grom turnout was great, with Justin Duncan (DVO/Diety/TruckerCo) dominating the Junior Men 6-10 bracket.

Italy s Veronika Widmann FS Funn topped the Pro Women s DH podium and is flanked by Chelsea Kimball TruckerCo Wulfpack Samantha Kingshill DVO College Cyclery Vittoria TruckerCo Nicole Schanilec Go Ride and Amanda Wentz Transition Fox Five Ten
Italy's Veronika Widmann (FS Funn) topped the Pro Women's DH podium, and is flanked by Chelsea Kimball (TruckerCo/Wulfpack), Samantha Kingshill (DVO/College Cyclery/Vittoria/TruckerCo), Nicole Schanilec (Go Ride) and Amanda Wentz (Transition/Fox/Five Ten)

Liam Smillie Slag Society Novatec enjoys his first view from the top of the Pro Men s DH podium. He s joined by Logan Binggeli KHS Factory Racing Jacob Dickson Giant Factory Off-Road Scott Gladu Absolute Bikes and Jerry Walton standing in for son Steven Commencal .
Liam Smillie (Slag Society/Novatec) enjoys his first view from the top of the Pro Men's DH podium. He's joined by Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing), Jacob Dickson (Giant Factory Off-Road), Scott Gladu (Absolute Bikes), and Jerry Walton, standing in for son Steven (Commencal).

Complete results from Mob n Mojave as well as information for the third and final event of the 2018 DVO Winter Gravity Series—Reaper Madness on March 16-18—can be found at http://downhillmike.com/index.html.


4 Comments

  • 9 0
 Cole Suetos killing it, 2nd fastest out of everyone @16 years old!
  • 5 0
 Stefanie McDaniel you are my hero! Super fast chick representing South Mountain!!
  • 5 0
 The best goddamned rowdy schralpfest in the West!
  • 2 0
 The Utah groms had a great time. See you next month

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