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2018 DVO Winter Gravity Series Opener at Bootleg Canyon

Jan 23, 2018
by Philip Beckman  
This canyon at the top of Bootleg is always a gut wrencher full of technical traps and steep exposures. Austin Dooley Monster Maxxis Fox 100 navigated the razor sharp rocks and drops handily placing second in Cat 1 Men 15-16.
This canyon at the top of Bootleg is always a gut-wrencher, full of technical traps and steep exposures. Austin Dooley (Monster/Maxxis/Fox/100%) navigated the razor-sharp rocks and drops handily, placing second in Cat 1 Men 15-16.

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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Perhaps the only thing more daunting than the trails at Bootleg is the shuttle ride to the top. Winter has not been kind to that road. At least it offers a nice view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Perhaps the only thing more daunting than the trails at Bootleg is the shuttle ride to the top. Winter has not been kind to that dirt road. At least it offers a nice view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Ryan Pinkerton Rock n Road Cyclery had little time to admire the view of Lake Mead dropping in on his way to the Junior Men 13-14 victory.
Ryan Pinkerton (Rock n Road Cyclery) had little time to admire the view of Lake Mead, dropping in on his way to the Junior Men 13-14 victory.

Local hero Liam Smillie Novatec SLAG Smanie had a stellar weekend winning the Dual Slalom and finishing third in the Downhill in Pro Men.
Local hero Liam Smillie (Novatec/SLAG/Smanie) had a stellar weekend, winning the Dual Slalom and finishing third in the Downhill in Pro Men.

One of the most challenging sections at Bootleg is this tight left rock face drop early on the Armageddon trail affectionately known as the Toilet Bowl. Cole Suetos Incycle shows how it s done. Suetos would place second in Junior Expert despite a costly encounter with some course markers.
One of the most challenging sections at Bootleg is this tight left rock face drop early on the Armageddon Trail, affectionately known as the Toilet Bowl. Cole Suetos (Incycle) shows how it's done. Suetos would place second in Junior Expert despite a costly encounter with some course markers.

Utah s Joey Foresta is caught checking out the start of the Armageddon trail at the top of the downhill.
Utah's Joey Foresta is caught checking out the start of the Armageddon trail at the top of the downhill.

Joey Foresta GT Factory Racing made his debut in the Junior Expert class Cat 1 17-18 a good one taking the DH win. I had an awesome weekend starting he season off good. I just wanted to get a clean run in and that s what I did. I m super happy with the result and stoked for the rest of the season he said.
Joey Foresta (GT Factory Racing) made his debut in the Junior Expert class (Cat 1 17-1Cool a good one, taking the DH win. "I had an awesome weekend, starting the season off good. I just wanted to get a clean run in, and that's what I did. I'm super happy with the result and stoked for the rest of the season," he said.

Jarod Hanson Kenda Crankbrothers Ryno Power Alias streaked to a podium finish in Pro Men s Downhill.
Jarod Hanson (Kenda/Crankbrothers/Ryno Power/Alias) streaked to a podium finish in Pro Men's Downhill.

Amanda Propst captured the Pro Women s class in a frigid three-stage Enduro.
Amanda Propst captured the Pro Women's class in a frigid three-stage Enduro.

Giant Factory Off-Road s McKay Vezina was the best of the best in Saturday morning s Enduro claiming the Pro Men s win with a total time of 22 08.427.
Giant Factory Off-Road's McKay Vezina was the best of the best in Saturday morning's Enduro, claiming the Pro Men's win with a total time of 22:08.427.

There were a lot of groms on hand at Bootleg. Mason Salazar Purely Dental RIDE Cyclery had the Enduro wired winning the Junior Men s 11-12 class.
There were a lot of groms on hand at Bootleg. Mason Salazar (Purely Dental/RIDE Cyclery) had the Enduro wired, winning the Junior Men's 11-12 class.

For the first time in the history of the Winter Gravity Series the Dual Slalom would take place at night with these helium-filled lighting balloons providing illumination.
For the first time in the history of the Winter Gravity Series, the Dual Slalom would take place at night, with these helium-filled lighting balloons providing illumination.

It was a cold dark night for the Dual Slalom competitors and fans and officials and photographers . This is Missoula Montana s Arthur Sykes 45 dicing with Quinn Winter in the Cat 1 Men s 30 class. Sykes would go on to claim the evening s win.
It was a cold, dark night for the Dual Slalom competitors (and fans, and officials, and photographers…) This is Missoula, Montana's, Arthur Sykes (45) dicing with Quinn Winter in the Cat 1 Men's 30+ class. Sykes would go on to claim the evening's win.

Runner-up in Pro Women at Bootleg was Mesa Arizona s Chelsea Kimball Truckerco Wulfpack .
Runner-up in Pro Women at Bootleg was Mesa, Arizona's, Chelsea Kimball (Truckerco/Wulfpack).

Samantha Kingshill DVO Truckerco College Cyclery Vittoria was once again in a class of her own winning Pro Women by half a minute. I m stoked to be feeling semi-healthy again. I m looking forward to a good season she said. Her winning time was a 5 29.62.
Samantha Kingshill (DVO/Truckerco/College Cyclery/Vittoria) was once again in a class of her own, winning Pro Women by half a minute. "I'm stoked to be feeling semi-healthy again. I'm looking forward to a good season," she said. Her winning time was a 5:29.62.

The Open Men s class fell to the cagey veteran Quinton Spaulding KHS Factory Racing by less than one second.
The Open Men's class fell to the cagey veteran Quinton Spaulding (KHS Factory Racing) by less than one second.

Dante Silva GT Bicycles Alpinestars 100 captured the Cat 1 Men s 15-16 division.
Dante Silva (GT Bicycles/Alpinestars/100%) captured the Cat 1 Men's 15-16 division.

Neo Pro Steven Walton Commencal missed the top step by less than two seconds.
Neo Pro Steven Walton (Commencal) missed the top step by less than two seconds.

KHS Factory Racing s Logan Binggeli the defending DVO Winter Gravity Series Champion was the last rider down the hill and also the quickest. He stopped the clock with a blistering 4 19.09. This despite a hard getoff while filming a KHS video on Friday. Binggeli didn t ride at all on Saturday. As the racing veteran stated later It s really cool to come out with the win today. All these young guys are super motivated and I m trying to keep my toes ahead of those boys and stay on pace.
KHS Factory Racing's Logan Binggeli, the defending DVO Winter Gravity Series Champion, was the last rider down the hill, and also the quickest. He stopped the clock with a blistering 4:19.09. This despite a hard get off while filming a KHS video on Friday. Binggeli didn't ride at all on Saturday. As the racing veteran stated later, "It's really cool to come out with the win today. All these young guys are super motivated and I'm trying to keep my toes ahead of those boys and stay on pace."

How about the weekend Justin Duncan had This lad not only won the Junior Men 6-10 Downhill but walked away with a new GT frame after having his number drawn in the raffle.
How about the weekend Justin Duncan had? This lad not only won the Junior Men 6-10 Downhill but walked away with a new GT frame after having his number drawn in the raffle.

DVO Suspension steps up big for the winter Gravity Series as Leann Andrei Manalo will testify. He won a new shock in the raffle drawing.
DVO Suspension steps up big for the winter Gravity Series, as Leann Andrei Manalo will testify. He won a new shock in the raffle drawing.

Defending Winter Gravity Series champ Samantha Kingshill DVO Truckerco College Cyclery Vittoria is joined on the Pro Women s DH podium by Chelsea Kimball Truckerco Wulfpack Amanda Wentz Transition Fox Gamut Lecksi Winger and Amanda Propst.
Defending Winter Gravity Series champ Samantha Kingshill (DVO/Truckerco/College Cyclery/Vittoria) is joined on the Pro Women's DH podium by Chelsea Kimball (Truckerco/Wulfpack), Amanda Wentz (Transition/Fox/Gamut), Lecksi Winger and Amanda Propst.

Logan Binggeli collects a hefty wad of cash from event promoter Downhill Mike.
Logan Binggeli collects a hefty wad of cash from event promoter Downhill Mike.

The Pro Men s DH podium featuring Logan Binggeli KHS Factory Racing Steven Walton Commencal Liam Smillie Novatec SLAG Smanie Colin Hudson Colorado Mesa University and Jarod Hanson Kenda Crankbrothers Ryno Power Alias .
The Pro Men's DH podium, featuring Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing), Steven Walton (Commencal), Liam Smillie (Novatec/SLAG/Smanie), Colin Hudson (Colorado Mesa University) and Jarod Hanson (Kenda/Crankbrothers/Ryno Power/Alias).

Pro Men s Downhill winners Liam Smillie Logan Binggeli and Steve Walton conclude the event with a bottle battle.
Pro Men's Downhill winners Liam Smillie, Logan Binggeli and Steve Walton conclude the event with a bottle battle.



26 Comments

  • 24 0
 Foresta's time would've been good enough for 2nd in pro. Woah. And i think the kid is only 16 years old. Friggin rad.
  • 2 0
 For sure. Cole Suetos was 4th fastest on the day, too. Some fast talent coming up!!
  • 22 0
 Pretty sure the main behind the scenes sponsor for this event is Neosporin.
  • 22 0
 Yeah Joey!!!
  • 8 0
 Well done, PB. Great pictures!
  • 5 0
 Props to DVO and all the sponsors! I was sold on DVO after talking to Insane Wayne Croasdale at Mammoth last year, but what does the DVO acronym stand for?
  • 3 2
 "Developed Suspension"
  • 6 0
 That place is one of the most fun tracks and areas I have ever ridden. Can't wait for reaper madness!!
  • 5 0
 Logan grabbing that cash kinda looks like Sean Palmer
  • 5 0
 Nice tires, Jarod. =P
  • 4 0
 Andre' is in PINKBIKE!!!!!! Congrats on the free shock!
  • 4 0
 Dude clearly listens to metal \m/
  • 4 0
 I'm so stoked on it buddy! 1st time in my life winning something super awesome! It will make my Tracer build better for sure!
  • 5 0
 @endlessblockades: Inquisition rules! \m/ you know your metal too bro!
  • 4 0
 Congrats Ryan, way to represent the Laguna Crew!
  • 3 0
 I hope Justin builds and keeps that GT until be is big enough to ride it!
  • 12 0
 It'll be outdated by then - I'm sure his Dad was all smiles!
  • 4 0
 Nicely done Joey!
  • 4 0
 Was Logan on a 29er?
  • 2 1
 Not sure but Joey was on 27.5 for sure
  • 2 0
 Samantha Kingshill wins by half a minute (an eternity in DH) and it appears she forgot her left glove.
  • 1 0
 too bad that frame will be out of standards by the time hes big enough to ride it
  • 2 0
 SEND IT CHELSEA!!
  • 3 1
 Great write up!
  • 1 0
 The Utah groms had a blast in the the enduro and represented well. Thanks

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