Race Report: 2024 Mob n Mojave - Bootleg Canyon

Feb 20, 2024 at 15:07
by Downhill Mike Scheur  
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaeria
Racer is Michelle Bush competing in the Category 2 Women 19+/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaerial

Round 2 of 3 for the 2024 USA Cycling Southwest Regional Gravity Series aka the Mob n Mojave started with temperatures in the mid-60s and ended up topping out at 70 degrees by the end of this 3-day gravity event. This weather was welcomed by both locals and those traveling from locations that have winter-like temperatures. This news story will focus on the Series Standings as there are many close match-ups and the winners will be decided at the Reaper Madness event on March 1-3, 2024. For those who have not been racing this series, all are welcome and can still podium and win a medal if they only race in the finals.

Series Standings and registration for the finals (Reaper Madness) HERE
Mob n Mojave full results HERE

Saturday Super D and E-Super D

The 2-run Super D format is as fun as it sounds. Since these races are all about fun, you get to choose your best of 2 runs. If you are okay with your 1st run and do not think you can better it, hang out and enjoy the festivities while your competition is trying to beat you. For the traditional mountain bikes in the Men's Pro/Open, local Scott Johnson (All Mountain Cyclery and Parsons Auto) sits with 360 points earned from a 2nd place finish at round #1 and a 1st place tie at round #2. This is the 1st time at a Bootleg event that the Pro Men had a tie. That places Nate Fonger in 2nd for the series with 290 points, Dawson Fonger in 3rd with 255 points, and All Mountain Cyclery's Kurt Horack in 4th with 240 points.

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

In the E-Super D Category 2 Men's Open, Lance Clifford is in 1st with 340 points. Solid enough for 1st in the series after the 1st two rounds. Keith Copabianco is in 2nd with 255 points, and Napoleon Dumo is in 3rd with 250 points.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Lance Clifford/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaerial

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Napoleon Dumo./Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaerial

This is just a small sample of the match-ups as there are many other categories and age brackets that are all trying to be the Southwest Regional Champions for Super D in their age brackets and categories.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaeria
Racer is Aubrey Dean competing in the Pro/Open E-Bike (Men and Women)/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaerial

Series Standings and registration for the finals (Reaper Madness) HERE
Mob n Mojave full results HERE

Sunday Downhill

The Downhill competition always starts with the youngest racers and ends with the Pros. In the past, the 11-12 was the youngest age bracket allowed to race at Bootleg Canyon for obvious reasons. However, in recent years, a 6-10 age bracket has been added and these Lil Rippers often steal the show.

Pictures from Rich Wsol Photography of the Lil Rppers 6-10 age bracket
Photos by Rich Wsol Photography

All of these guys that raced on the 'Kids" 6-10 Course won the special "Lil Rippers" medals, while the top 3 also earned a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place medal.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Here are the 6-10 Lil Rppers that raced Downhill at Bootleg Canyon/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Lucas Conover was the sole racer in the Elite 6-10 that raced on the "Big Boy" course.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Lucas Conover/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Lucas Conover 1st/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

In the Boys 11-12 age bracket is Cooper Oefelin in 1st with back-to-back wins earning him a total of 400 points. Brayden Carlisle and Wade Heater are tied with 300 points while Sterling Mann has 250 points and Corbin Lee is not far behind with 230 points. Since 200 points are up for grabs with a win it will all come down to the finals which will keep the pressure on young Oeflein.
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Cooper Oeflein/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

The Men's Category 1/40-49 has local Paul Preuss (Squish Labs) in 1st (360 points) with a 1st place finish earning him 200 points at the 1st race and a 2nd place last weekend worth another 160 points. Jeff Barker has 340 points and Aaron Carter with 285 points.
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Paul Preuss/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

The Men's Category 2/15-18 may be the most difficult category/age bracket to win as 20+ racers battle it out for the 2024 Southwest Regional DH Champ title. The Southwest region includes the states of Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah, so winning is a pretty big deal. The top 3 in this stacked category are Alexander Lein and Jaden Olivas tied with 340 points and Derek Hopper a close 2nd with 320 points. With the next closest competitor hanging in there with 210 points, these top 3 have been dominating the Cat 2/15-18 all winter.
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Alexander Lein/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Jaden Olivas/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is Derek Hopper/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Series Standings and registration for the finals (Reaper Madness) HERE
Mob n Mojave full results HERE

The Men's Pro has Flagstaff's John Roberts sitting in 1st with a 2nd place and a 4th place finish earning him 285 points. Dawson Church is in 2nd with an 8th and a 3rd place finish totaling 225 points. Trenton May is currently in 3rd with 210 points (6th and 5th). Julien Markewitz missed the 1st race but showed up at the 2nd race for the win. Markewitz won last year's Mob n Mojave as well, so he is expected to return for the finals to add to his 200-point total for 2024. Currently in 5th is Asa Vermette with 200 points from his January win where he won by an unheard-of 30.21-second margin.
Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaerial
Racer is John Roberts/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

The Men's Pro DH saw Julien Markewitz, @bik3rj, repeat last year's win to become the reigning champion for the Pro DH for the Mob n Mojave.
Thanks to Julien Markewitz for being the first two years in a row and to Scott Markewitz for the amazing photo. bik3rj scottmarkewitz
Julien Markewitz 1st place in the Pro Men's DH/Photo courtesy of Scott Markewitz, @scottmarkewitz

Pro Men's Downhill winner is Julien Markewitz (Specialized, Troy Lee Designs, Oakley) with a 3.52.57, Brandon Martinez Garcia (TruckerCo, Ride Baja Insurance) came in 2nd with a 3.57.99, Dawson Church (Kore North Bicycles, CMU cycling) with a 4.06.36, 3rd was John Roberts with a 4.10.83, and Trenton May (All Mountain Cyclery, Crestline Bikes) in 5th with a 4.11.83.

Pro Men s DH podium at the 2024 Mob n Mojave. Thanks to Julien Markewitz for being the first two years in a row and to Scott Markewitz for the amazing photo. bik3rj scottmarkewitz
Photo courtesy of Scott Markewitz, @scottmarkewitz

Like the Super D race, this is just a small sample of the match-up as there are many other categories and age brackets that are all trying to be the Southwest Regional Champions for Downhill in their age brackets and categories.

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaeria
Racer is Scarlett Gonzalez with a 1st place in the Women's Category 3/15-18/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Photo by Jerry Walton sostokedaeria
Racer is Sabina Wsol with a 2nd place in the Women's Category 3/15-18/Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

The 2023/2024 Las Vegas MTB Team Challenge is also up for grabs at the finals. The Mob and Mojave saw round #5 of 6 of this team challenge. Down to just two teams, it is also a close race with Send City MTB taking the lead over the 7 Send Its by just 20 points. If the 7 Send it's can place 1st in DH, SD, and E-SD at the finals, they will win the LV MTB Team Challenge for a 2nd year in a row.

Photo by John Gondini
Ryder Gondini has helped his team maintain a slight 1st place lead all season. Seen here holding up the coveted Las Vegas MTB Team Challenge Cup they wish to take home until next year's challenge./Photo by Jerry Walton/#sostokedaeria

Series Standings and registration for the finals (Reaper Madness) HERE

Mob n Mojave full results HERE

This news story could not have happened without the help of Jerry Walton (#sostokedaerial), Richard Wsol, and Scott Markewitz @scottmarkewitz.
These events could not happen without the help of Boulder City Parks and Rec, Dan Haskin, Trucker Co, Intense Bikes, Black Cat Graphics, Quantum Printing, Kore North Bikes, All Mountain Cyclery, USA Cycling, the late Brent Thomson and Bootleg Canyon Gravity Racing.

We look forward to seeing you at the finals (Reaper Madness) on March 1-3, 2024 at Bootleg Canyon.

Downhill Mike
The Ingraham Family
Event Website HERE

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7 Comments
  • 2 0
 Great write up downhill Mike, but you forgot to mention 17 yr old Jacob Taylor put the fastest time down on both the Super D and the DH courses. (Proud dad here, so I want to get him mentioned for this feat).
  • 1 0
 Jacob Taylor killed it all weekend. I knew he had the fastest time of the day for DH, but did not realize in SD too. Wow! There are so many categories (66) that I had to choose just a few as this article was for the Series Standings and its intention is to get all stoked to race the finals (Reaper Madness). Jacob's feats will be mentioned in the Reaper post-event write-up that will focus on the whole series. It sounds like he will be a "ringer" if we ever do a King of the Mountain weekend. Thanks again and we love our proud dads!
  • 2 0
 @downhillmike: Thanks for putting on a fun race series and giving props to the racers! We need more DH mountain bike events close to Utah but we are glad you have these events and we will be back for the next race in a couple weeks.
  • 3 0
 Good stuff!
  • 2 0
 I'd like to see this race someday!
  • 2 1
 Photographer here, your image sensor needs cleaning.
  • 1 0
 30.21 second margin, Asa is crazy!







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