Is there anything more satisfying after a hard day's work than a tall cool one? Just ask the 5,000 or so workers who completed one of the most challenging, massive and successful construction projects known to mankind. The Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam) was created in the proverbial middle of nowhere on the Colorado River in record time—from 1931 to 1936—in some of the most dangerous and harsh conditions imaginable. But before construction could begin, suitable housing needed to be created for all that manpower. So the U.S. Government carefully planned and built Boulder City from the ground up, one of the first "model" communities in the world. Its brave and hardworking citizens had everything needed to enjoy a modern lifestyle.

Well, almost everything. You see, all of this took place in the early to mid-1930s. If you paid attention in History class, you'll remember that this was the time of Prohibition. Pulling up a tall cool one was almost as difficult as drilling into the side of a rock canyon. As happened all over America, the illegal alcoholic beverage trade boomed. And in the case of Boulder City, most of the illicit activity took place in the hills and valleys just north of town. The area became known as Bootleg Canyon. The main dirt road leading in and out of the canyon even earned the nickname Hooch Highway.

These days Hooch Highway is used to shuttle gravity-obsessed mountain bike riders to the top of the Bootleg Canyon MTB Park. Hooch Highway was jamming this past weekend with a prodigious turnout for Round 1 of the 2017 DVO Bootleg Canyon Winter Gravity Series. This two-day soiree—Super D and Dual Slalom on Saturday, followed by Downhill on Sunday—also served as the USA Cycling Nevada State Downhill Championships. This ride spot's razor-sharp red rock and cool, blustery weather made it a hard day's work by anyone's definition. And I'll drink to that!

Results: downhillmike.com/2017-nsgc.html

On the way to Boulder City on a cool but pretty Friday afternoon.
On the way to Boulder City on a cool but pretty Friday afternoon.

Shuttling up Hooch Highway you read that right on the way to the top of Bootleg.
Shuttling up Hooch Highway (you read that right) on the way to the top of Bootleg.

You do NOT want to crash at Bootleg. Vincent Kimber Pivot Truckerco navigates the typically sharp rocks during Super D.
You do NOT want to crash at Bootleg. Vincent Kimber (Pivot/Truckerco) navigates the typically sharp rocks during Super D.

Riverton Utah s Cody Kelley Yeti Cycles blitzed the Super D course with a 8 52.08.
Riverton, Utah's, Cody Kelley (Yeti Cycles) blitzed the Super D course with a 8:52.08.

Lauren Bingham Highliners MTB set the fastest female time in Super D besting the Pro Women.
Lauren Bingham (Highliners MTB) set the fastest female time in Super D, besting the Pro Women.

Samantha Kingshill left and CJ Selig hike up to the Dual Slalom gates.
Samantha Kingshill (left) and CJ Selig hike up to the Dual Slalom gates.

Coloring the lane lines in preparation for Dual Slalom battle.
Coloring the lane lines in preparation for Dual Slalom battle.

Dante Silva and Angelo Loskota square off in a Dual Slalom heat.
Dante Silva and Angelo Loskota square off in a Dual Slalom heat.

Under cool and sprinkly skies fans were treated to some close Dual Slalom action. Angelo Loskota 101 narrowly defeated Trevor Boldi 117 for the Cat 1 Men 15-18 title.
Under cool and sprinkly skies, fans were treated to some close Dual Slalom action. Angelo Loskota (101) narrowly defeated Trevor Boldi (117) for the Cat 1 Men 15-18 title.

Julien Markewitz LakeTown Bicycles topped the Junior Men 13-14 division.
Julien Markewitz (LakeTown Bicycles) topped the Junior Men 13-14 division.

Cody Kelley Yeti put on quite a show over the weekend.
Cody Kelley (Yeti) put on quite a show over the weekend.

Local boy Eric Smith All Mountain Cyclery nailed the Cat 1 Men s 30-39 DH victory.
Local boy Eric Smith (All Mountain Cyclery) nailed the Cat 1 Men's 30-39 DH victory.

Steven Walton Commencal shown here during Friday practice dominated the Junior Expert DH setting fifth fastest time of the day and earning 100 from Truckerco.
Steven Walton (Commencal), shown here during Friday practice, dominated the Junior Expert DH, setting fifth fastest time of the day and earning $100 from Truckerco.

It was a good weekend for Samantha Kingshill College Cyclery O Neal going 3-1-1 in Super D Dual Slalom and Downhill respectively.
It was a good weekend for Samantha Kingshill (College Cyclery/O'Neal), going 3-1-1 in Super D, Dual Slalom, and Downhill, respectively.

Number 1 in your program number 1 in the final DH results Logan Binggeli KHS .
Number 1 in your program, number 1 in the final DH results: Logan Binggeli (KHS).

Mitch Ropelato Monster Santa Cruz SRAM TLD was a close runner-up in the Pro Men s Downhill missing the win by a mear .65 of a second.
Mitch Ropelato (Monster/Santa Cruz/SRAM/TLD) was a close runner-up in the Pro Men's Downhill, missing the win by a mere .65 of a second.

New KHS team rider Bruce Klein ripped to a solid third in Pro Men Downhill.
New KHS team rider Bruce Klein ripped to a solid third in Pro Men Downhill.

Yet another shot of Cody Kelley Yeti in action. Style props
Yet another shot of Cody Kelley (Yeti) in action. Style props!

Something s missing in this pic. Mitch Ropelato Monster Santa Cruz SRAM TLD grabbed second place in the Chainless Downhill race.
Something's missing in this pic. Mitch Ropelato (Monster/Santa Cruz/SRAM/TLD) grabbed second place in the Chainless Downhill race.

Swag swag and more swag. And a dog.
Swag, swag and more swag. And a dog.

Sunday s setting sun and the DH awards ceremony signaled the end of a ripping weekend at Bootleg Canyon.
Sunday's setting sun and the DH awards ceremony signaled the end of a ripping weekend at Bootleg Canyon.

A generous purse was on offer equally split between the Pro Men and Women. Here event promoter Downhill Mike Sheur hands Samantha Kingshill a cool 500 in cash. This kind of payout indeed the event itself would not have been possible without the support of DVO Suspension Box Components Promax GT Bicycles All Mountain Cyclery Deity Novatec HT Components Smanie Onza KHS Bicycles Canfield Bros Truckerco Kali Protectives Kore North Bikes Gravity Cartel IXS Spank Flitelinez Lectric Bikes Haibike the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park ODI Grips and Pinkbike. While we re at it let s recognize the contributions of Dan Haskin the late Brent Thomson as well as the Boulder City Parks Department.
A generous purse was on offer, equally split between the Pro Men and Women. Here, event promoter Downhill Mike Sheur hands Samantha Kingshill a cool $500 in cash. This kind of payout - indeed, the event itself - would not have been possible without the support of DVO Suspension, Box Components, Promax, GT Bicycles, All Mountain Cyclery, Deity, Novatec, HT Components, Smanie, Onza, KHS Bicycles, Canfield Bros, Truckerco, Kali Protectives, Kore North Bikes, Gravity Cartel, IXS, Spank, Flitelinez, Lectric Bikes, Haibike, the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, ODI Grips and Pinkbike. While we're at it, let's recognize the contributions of Dan Haskin the late Brent Thomson, as well as the Boulder City Parks Department.

The Pro Women s podium featured reigning National Champ Samantha Kingshill College Cyclery O Neal Truckerco at the peak attended by CJ Selig Truckerco Five10 DVO Emily Gacad Incycle Intense Ming Goetz and Lecksi Winger Ellsworth .
The Pro Women's podium featured reigning National Champ Samantha Kingshill (College Cyclery/O'Neal/Truckerco) at the peak, attended by CJ Selig (Truckerco Five10/DVO), Emily Gacad (Incycle/Intense), Ming Goetz and Lecksi Winger (Ellsworth).

While Demetri Triantafillou LakeTown Bicycles and Chris Higgerson Mojo Wheels Foxhead look on KHS teammates Logan Binggeli and Bruce Klein engage in champagne battle. Second place finisher Mitch Ropelato Santa Cruz SRAM TLD was a little late to the party. Your Pro Men s DH podium.
While Demetri Triantafillou (LakeTown Bicycles) and Chris Higgerson (Mojo Wheels/Foxhead) look on, KHS teammates Logan Binggeli and Bruce Klein engage in champagne battle. Second place finisher Mitch Ropelato (Santa Cruz/SRAM/TLD) was a little late to the party. Your Pro Men's DH podium.

Additional images by Ian Cook.


MENTIONS: @DVOSuspension / @pbcreative




41 Comments

  • + 30
 Holy over saturation on the photos batman!
  • + 1
 yeah someone cranked these :/
  • + 11
 These photos are so dope looking! I think they need the saturation because the terrain was so bland and dull. We didn't get much sunlight. Great job! Awesome write up!
  • + 7
 That's his style, PB creative. Most of his race pictures have it.
  • + 6
 I'd like to correct a mistake I made regarding the Women's Super D winner. The best time recorded by any female competitor on Saturday morning went to Lia Westermann (Summit/Competitive Cyclist). She was riding in the Cat 1 19-29 class. My apologies to Lia! I guess I should take off my welding goggles when I'm reading the results page… Wink
  • + 9
 Nice write up Philip, especially the historical part!
  • + 7
 not true. lia westermann set the fastest time of the day for the women in super d
  • + 6
 Nice work Sam, CJ, Logan, and Quinton!
  • + 2
 @CJSelig I still miss the tassels ????????????
  • + 2
 Those question marks were supposed to be emojis
  • + 3
 Cheers! Thanks for the Tallcans; they're a huge help out here!
  • + 5
 "You do NOT want to crash at Bootleg."

Truth.
  • + 2
 Great weekend! Though the fastest women's time is not accurate.. Lia Westermann had the fastest Women's time for the super D, surpassing the pro women, and Lauren by 2 seconds. How was this missed??
  • + 6
 Sorry, Jason and Lia! My bad. Certainly not intentional.
  • + 5
 4 hours away and I miss this event every time!!! Shame on me...
  • + 1
 I am the same....sort of. Dammit!
  • + 1
 Still like 3 more!
  • + 3
 Our crew drove 18 hours from Seattle for the race. Worth it!
  • + 1
 @Steelersfan4ever: Well, I am in Texas for the next 30 days. I will make it there eventually.
  • + 4
 That blinding onesie kit is just fantastic
  • - 4
flag jrocksdh (Jan 16, 2017 at 22:17) (Below Threshold)
 So much wrong with that 1st photo!...and then there's the 2nd(photo)to make everything right again. Show up and pin it, no fancy kit needed.
  • + 2
 So much wrong but oh so right!
  • + 4
 Awesome @pbcreative !!! Great shots as usual and love the history lesson!
  • + 3
 Yeah MING! Nice going, Did not realize your out west now. Girl can ride, And a east coast transplant.
  • + 4
 You need to wear a welding mask to look at those pictures properly
  • + 1
 hahaha
  • + 4
 Awesome event as usual
  • + 4
 Bloodlet Canyon
  • + 2
 What happened to Kevin aiello
  • + 2
 Nobody going to mention the Yeti DH bike Cody Kelley is on?
  • + 7
 He is on Sb 6..Rude has been doing it for years. Just swaps a coil shock and throws a 40 on there. Bike is VERY versatile!
  • + 2
 Ah man cody shown us how to make it look good!
  • + 2
 Mitch be careful! You'll shoot your eye out kid!
  • + 1
 What bike is Trevor Boldi on?
  • + 2
 YT Play.
  • + 2
 HIGGIE! Nice buddy.
  • + 0
 The headline photo ... 'White Trash In Vegas, How Stupid Can You Get?'
  • + 0
 lia weserman r slow
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