Race Report: 2020 Reaper Madness - Bootleg Canyon

Mar 19, 2020
by Downhill Mike Scheur  
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
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When the moon, stars and high-spirited winds align on Friday the 13th at Bootleg Canyon, the Reaper Madness challenges and wins out every time. This Friday the 13th was no different. Please enjoy this event recap from the 2020 DVO Reaper Madness, Enduro presented by GT Bicycles and ODI Grips.

As usual, a Bootleg gravity event begins Friday to include a Dual Slalom, open practice for Enduro, Downhill and the popular DVO Happy Hour/All Mountain Cyclery pizza party at the Dual Slalom track. Seen here, amateur racers go head to head for a cool medal, side-by-side racing and Bootleg bragging rights while spectators enjoy local offerings.

Battling it out in the Pro Dual Slalom is Vincent Kimber #65 and last year's Dual Slalom State Champion, Austin Hentsch #18 repping local bike shop, All Mountain Cyclery.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial

Stage 1 Enduro was gnarly, exposed and more like a Bootleg Downhill run going directly down the face of the mountain.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial/Racer Scott Johnson

More action on stage 1 and with the winds or no winds this racer knows that staying low is the way to go.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial

Saturday's Enduro awards ceremony included $1,500 in cash provided by GT Bicycles, ODI Grips and DVO Suspension. Our sponsors provided the prizes for amateur racers, while medals from MJT Designs were awarded for all that placed in the top 3. The ceremony was busy and happy racers left with either prizes, medals and/or checks. There were also raffles from Kali Protectives, CushCore and Leatt!

In the Pro Men's race: Paul Serra took only 22:28.7 minutes to conquer 1st place $300, Kyle Warner (23:11.2) 2nd place $200, Jake Ingram (23:18.5) 3rd place $125, Clayton Otto (23:20.5) 4th place $75 and Jorgan Hamann (23:33.4) 5th place $50.The Pro Women winner was DVO's Alicia Leggett taking only a little over 27 minutes to complete all 3 stages earning her $300 cash.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial/Stage 3 Enduro had many challenging features to literally overcome

The Downhill race on Sunday saw many Bootleg regulars including Justin Duncan in this photo putting the hammer down on his competition in the Boy's 11-12 age bracket and completing the racecourse at 5:41.20. Keep in mind this was the exact same course for everyone. Duncan, aka the Hammer, swept the series coming in 1st place in all 3 of the 2020 DVO Winter Gravity Series Downhill races.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial

At all finer gravity races, Trucker Co sponsors the Junior Expert race offering $100 cash to the fastest Junior Expert of the day. Seen here is Commencal USA's Austin Dooley putting down a time of 4:27.74 which would have placed him in 2nd in the Pro field.

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Kailey Skelton racing for KHS and Fasthouse on her way for the win and a perfect score for the series with three 1st place finishes. Skelton won all 3 races in the series (State Champs, Mob n Mojave and Reaper Madness) earning her a total of $900.

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Cole Suetos is has been on fire for the past 2 years and has become nearly impossible to beat at Bootleg Canyon. We expect to see much more of Cole on world cup podiums in the very near future.

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Sunday's Downhill awards ceremony started off with an ODI product toss and another Kali Protectives/CushCore/Leatt raffle. Winners were crowned for the day's race and for the series along with $1,500 in cash provided by DVO Suspension for the pros, medals by MJT Designs and prizes from series sponsors for all in the top 3.
Pro Women DH: 1st Kailey Skelton (5:36.67) $300, 2nd Kera Linn (5:45.03) $200, 3rd McKenna Merten (6:05.47) $125 and 4th Rachel Strait (6:18.21) $75.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial

Pro Men DH: 1st Cole Suetos (4:24.34) $300, 2nd Nik Nestoroff (04:36.19) $200, 3rd Joey Foresta (04:37.36) $125, 4th Zeke Cramer (04:47.50 ) $75 and 5th Steven Cisar (4:48.87) $50.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Photo by #sostokedaerial

Bootleg Canyon Gravity Racing and DVO Suspension wish to thank all that came to the events this winter and are planning more races for the very near future.
All events will be listed on the home page of our website HERE
Official Results

A huge thanks go out to the late Brent Thomson for having the vision, passion, strength, and friends for making these mountain bike trails. Also, not possible without the Boulder City Parks Department, DVO Suspension, GT Bicycles, ODI Grips, KHS Bicycles, iXS, Spank USA, The Gravity Cartel, Intense Cycles, Versus Tires, Scott Bikes, Peaty's USA, Cushcore, All Mountain Cyclery, MJT Designs, Box Components, Trucker Co, Mynesweepers, TRP Cycling Components, PunchGunk, Kore North, and Kali Protectives.


12 Comments

  • 4 0
 Good job Cole! Stoked on 3 wins in his first 5 pro races!
  • 1 0
 That's a massive gap to 2nd too!
  • 1 0
 @Jimmy0: Yeah, against a really good rider. Cole's gnarly at bootleg though, he beat Gwin last race!
  • 1 0
 Wicked Rippah
  • 2 0
 Thanks Downhill Mike for fixing it ????????
  • 1 0
 Sorry not sure why all the questions marks are there and I don’t know how to delete a comment. But thanks again Mike.
  • 1 0
 Austin, no problem and my apologies. After one submits a news story on Pinkbike it is not possible to edit. I asked Pinkbike if they could fix my mistake and they did. Thanks, Pinkbike, Austin and Commencal USA!
  • 1 0
 Kailey can take Nik out for a nice expensive dinner ;-)
  • 1 0
 Austin Dooley rides for Commencal USA not Incycle.
  • 1 0
 I was wondering that w the pic and the ohlinns suspension. Is that a new suspension sponsor for them? Congrats to Austin. He deserves the support!
  • 1 0
 @enduro29erHack: Thank you. Austin was very fortunate to get a spot on the Commencal Usa Junior World Cup Team and they are running Ohlinns this year. Now if we could just back to racing all would be good!
  • 1 0
 55mph winds also...

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