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Race Report: 2021 DVO Reaper Madness - Bootleg Canyon

Mar 18, 2021
by Downhill Mike Scheur  
The day before the 2021 DVO Reaper Madness
Photo by Scott Teepen IGyohduh19


It was the night before the finals. Scary weather visited briefly but was on its way someplace else by race time. Racers were nervous and wanted to win the overall awards as the medals looked impressive. All the racecourses just got watered. It started cold and ended at room-temperature. It's DVO Reaper Madness time!

Friday saw the return of Dual Slalom with a very informal 3:30 pm competition with All Mountain Cyclery's Austin Hentsch taking the win in the Pro/Expert, Treyton Maskaly winning the Sport/Beginner, and Trustin Pendergrass for the win in the Under 14 category.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Lillee Jenkins racing for Sedona MTB Academy on her way to a 2nd place Dual Slalom finish. Lillee raced against Trustin Pendergrass in the Under 14 and all 3 heats were very close. The focus in her eyes shows just how serious this 13-year old racer is.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

GT Bicycles sponsored Saturday's Enduro race with equal pay for Pro Women and Pro Men. All Bootleg Canyon Enduro races feature different stages than the previous events. This Enduro race threw in a trail never used before for a Bootleg Enduro and even had stage 3 finish on the Dual Slalom course. The stages seemed to be popular with almost all racers. We think some Enduro racers want 3 DH courses and we just may do that for one of our future events. You never know the stages until the day of the race at the Bootleg events.

Seen here is Pivot Cycles/Stan's No Tubes Lia Westermann on her way to a 1st place finish, a $250 check, and 1st place for the 2021 Overall Enduro.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures GT Sponsored Enduro race
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Lars Utt on his way for his 2nd win in a row. Since Lars missed the first race of the series, this win put him in 3rd for the Overall with 200 points. Jose Villegas had 213 points for the series that gave him a 2nd place finish and Jerrard Cooper had 260 points for the 1st place in overall Category 1/40+ Men for Enduro. Racing a series is fun but attending all races is usually needed to win when the series only has 3 races.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

GT and DVO's Joey Foresta raced n both the Enduro and the DH races at the Reaper. We do not think Joey has ever missed a Bootleg race and this is his 1st Enduro race. Joey came in 9th in the Pro Enduro, 2nd in Pro Downhill, and 1st in the Pro Downhill Overall for the 2021 DVO Winter Gravity Series. Quite an accomplishment!

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures DVO Reaper Madness Enduro presented by GT Bicycles
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Brian Lopes racing for Yamaha and DVO on his way to his 2nd win in a row at a Bootleg E-Bike Enduro race. Lopes also had the fastest time of the day.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

At the Bootleg races, we are still seeing more Downhiller's than Enduro racer's but the gap is getting closer. The DVO-sponsored series and DH race, in particular, had what Bootleg racer's like, a super gnarly course. Pro and Category 1 racers raced down the section known as Kevorkian. For those of you not sure of the origin of this trial name, think Dr. Jack Kevorkian who created the physician-assisted suicide machine and was known for his quote "Dying is not a crime".

Cole Suetos racing for Intense Cycles on his way for his second DH win in a row at Bootleg and another $250 check. Even with two wins in a row, Cole came in 2nd for the Overall with 200 points and getting beat by just 13 points by GT/DVO's Joey Foresta. Cole was on fire last year and is again for 2021.

Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Jacyln Smith racing for Colorado Mesa University was also on fire making her way down this gnarly DH racecourse in just 5:48.68 for the win and a $250 check.

1st place DH Pro Women. Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Sarah Smith also racing for Colorado Mesa University placed 3rd in the Women's Pro DH race.

3rd place DH Pro Women. Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial IG is jwalton pictures
Photo by Jerry Walton SoStokedAerial/IG is jwalton_pictures

Pro Women's McKenna Merten racing for Intense/100%/Monster Army showing off her 2nd place check and her additional check for partaking in the Intense Podium Payback Program where you can get paid to race.

2nd place Pro Women at the 2021 DVO Reaper Madness

Yes, we do make a big deal at Bootleg Canyon for all of the pros and elite racers but we try equally as hard for all racers to get the attention they deserve. Seen here are a couple of kids from the 6-10 age bracket. These kids raced down the same DH course as most of the grown-ups!

6 to 10 age brackets ride the gnar at Bootleg


Men's Category 2/15-18 with up-and-coming local fast-dude Tyler Ressler placing 1st coming in with a 5:04.98 in his 2nd ever MTB race, Kody Bialas 2nd with a 5:06.24, and Treyton Maskaly 3rd with a 5:06.34. It was a very close race. These 3 will certainly be Junior Expert racers for the 2022 DVO Winter Gravity Series.

2021 DVO Reaper Madness Category 2-Men 15-18

Tucson Arizona's Corinne Bee showing off her 1st place DH medal and Overall award for conquering, owning and, destroying the Bootleg Gnar in her inaugural year here. We always know when we get a racer for life.

1st place Women s Category 3 30 DVO Reaper Madness


Coming in 1st in the E-Bike Enduro was Aubrey Adams (24.12.0), Claudia Bailon in 2nd (24.40.1), and Elizeth Ramos in 3rd (31.42.1) for a podium sweep for TeamToro/Universal Cycles.

E-Bike Enduro race at the DVO Reaper Madness

Team Guru Suspension/MTB Experience came to Bootleg by the masses and saw many teammates on the podium. With over 60 podium pictures we had to show you only the best.

1st place DH Women s Category 2 30
Berenice Lomeli 1st place DH Women's Category 2/30+/photo by friend

DH Category 1/40+ Men's podium has Kris Baughman racing for RaceKraft/GO-Ride in 1st for the day, Mynesweeper's/Trucker Co Brian Parker in 2nd, and Christopher Aho with a 3rd place on this insane DH course.

Category 1 Men 40 DVO Reaper Madness Photo by Quinn Winter
Photo by Quinn Winter

DH Series Overall has Quinn Winter in 1st, Christopher Aho 2nd, and Randy Barton in 3rd.

Overall DH 2021 DVO Winter Gravity Series. Photo by Lars Utt
Photo by Lars Utt

Men's Downhill saw Cole Suetos (Intense Cycles) with the win and $250 from DVO and another $150 from Intense, Joey Foresta (GT/DVO) 2nd for $150 (Colorado Mesa University) Trevor McCutcheon in 3rd for $100.

Pro Men DH DVO Reaper Madness Enduro presented by GT Bicycles

Downhill, Enduro, and Overall Results HERE

Bootleg Canyon Shuttles HERE

Our Next Event HERE

Now that some of the state restrictions have been relaxed, we can party as we did back in 2019 but will keep the drive-thru check-In and a few other tricks while continuing to host COVID safe outdoor events.

We hope you can attend our next event which will include something for everyone including an XC E-Bike MTB race, an XC race, shuttles for the downhillers/Enduro, live music, Happy-Hour, Pizza Party, guided rides, and anything else fun and bike-related we can come up with. Hope to see you at the Spring Gravity Fest at Bootleg Canyon.

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, Nezium, ODI Grips, Intense Cycles, CushCore, All Mountain Cyclery, MJT Designs, Box Components, KHS Bicycles, Trucker Co, Mynesweepers, PYGA USA, Kore North, Alta Racks and Fezzari Bikes.


15 Comments

  • 5 1
 Mason Franklin. Remember that name! 1st place 10 and under. Won't be his last podium. Kid is FAST! Congrats to Lilee and Krispy as well!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! I love Bootleg Canyon. Special thanks to Downhill Mike for holding events these days.
  • 1 0
 @Krispy-at-Go-Ride:
You da man Krispy
Hit me up if your in CA,
Lets go shredding with Bender
He's got some sick trails in his backyard (so do I)
  • 5 0
 I think it’s sweet DVO puts this on
  • 2 0
 It was a great event. I did the enduro on my XC bike after True Grit NUE was a poopshow. I wish I would have saw these sooner in the year.
  • 2 0
 Next year starts on January 15, 2022, then every 4 weeks. We do this to not conflict with the Southridge races. www.bootlegcanyonracing.com. Registration will open in the next month or two for the 2022 DVO Winter Gravity Series.
  • 2 0
 It was fun to meet you and ride with you during practice. You sure know how to shred on the short travel.
  • 1 0
 @Skewquake: Great to meet you and your son also! I got turned around after we did stage 2 and ended up getting separated from you guys. Hope you had a great time on race day. When we got to the top and that goat was standing on the trail is something ill remember for the rest of my life. I had never seen one in the wild.
  • 2 0
 @downhillmike: I live in Tucson and a bunch of people came from there. I found out about it from Guru. I'll be back for sure. I'm a dirtbag, I love these type of events.
  • 1 0
 @DetroitCity: Team Guru made the event even better.
  • 3 0
 yeaaahhh!!! Krispy on the podium!! GO-RIDE rocks, and so does Kris. Awesome to see him taking the win.
  • 3 1
 An E-bike rider had the fastest time of the day?? Ya don't say!
  • 1 0
 Lopes is pretty fast and often has the fastest time of the day regardless of what kind of mountain bike he is racing on. Last month he did not have the fastest time of the day as that went to Cody Kelley. It was pretty close though (within a couple of seconds).
  • 1 0
 that's a cool orange hardtail
  • 2 0
 Wow

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