Winter arrived in a big way during Round 1 of the 2018 DVO Winter Gravity Series, held once again at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park in Boulder City, Nevada. Friday's signups and preliminary practice runs took place under pleasant, sunny desert conditions, but a front moved in overnight, bringing a strong, cold north wind that had everyone scrambling for apparel more appropriate for a weekend of skiing. Passing squalls tossed in some sprinkles and even a touch of snow at one point. Saturday's Enduro and Dual Slalom events were frigid. The sun came back out for Sunday's Downhill, but the bitter breeze remained.
But in true hardcore mountain biker fashion, the weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of an impressive turnout for the DVO Nevada State DH Championships, Enduro presented by GT Bicycles. Competitors from Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Mexico, Montana, Washington, North Dakota and even Florida were in attendance, ready to take on the unique, highly challenging nature of this venue located just around the corner from Las Vegas.
They were drawn here not only for the quality riding, but the generous prizes as well. DVO Suspension put up a $2,000 Pro Downhill cash purse, split equally between the top three men and women. GT Bicycles provided a $1,000 purse for the three-stage Enduro. Additional support came from Jenson USA, Kenda Tires, KHS Bicycles, All Mountain Cyclery, Box Components, ODI Grips, Truckerco, Euphoria Wellness, Deity Components, PinkBike, Fly Racing, Remedy Dispensary, CushCore, Bike Flights, Flightlinez, Kore North Bikes, Kali Protectives, Sourcemaker, and Blue Dog RV. More than $35,000 worth of cash and prizes are up for grabs for this three-event series, which includes the Mob n Mojave February 16-18 and Reaper Madness March 16-18.
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