Helmet Cam: Aaron Gwin and Mike Day at Bootleg Canyon

Jan 22, 2014 at 18:01
by Mike Kazimer  
On Board: Aaron Gwin (1st Place):



On Board: Mike Day (6th Place) at Bootleg Canyon DH:


Go on board with BMX legend Mike Day (@mday365) at the DH Race at Bootleg Canyon, NV. The man's got talent on anything with two wheels! Watch as he races down the face of Mars to a 6th place finish.


137 Comments

  • 118 7
 Most confusing DH course ever?
  • 14 25
flag lsmillie (Jan 22, 2014 at 18:51) (Below Threshold)
 Yea I don't like it
  • 4 3
 I do not remember any berm of that thing!
  • 32 0
 it's really easy to follow in person though, I didn't have a problem knowing where to go, my problem consisted of staying on the bike
  • 11 6
 Most of it was one trail, some parts with multiple lines... don't see how it was confusing. Aside from some parts being a bit flat-looking, that trail looks like a lot of fun.
  • 5 2
 It's not confusing at all. Got there the day after the race and the only part I missed was the infamous poop-shoot section because I didn't see the sign in time. Great trail with good technical sections. Hope to ride it again soon and not miss poop-shoot.
  • 4 0
 I like it as a trail not as a race course fun trail tho
  • 11 0
 It did seem like nearly everything in the top section was off- camber.
  • 5 1
 thats how trails are in nevada, many rocks too
  • 3 0
 Yea it is very easy to end your race day up there
  • 6 2
 manly man DH track
  • 2 7
flag Itchy-The-Mouse (Jan 23, 2014 at 4:39) (Below Threshold)
 Sick track!
Who is the guy in front btw ?
  • 6 0
 its really fun on an AM rig.
  • 6 0
 Gwin Big Grin And the other guy is probably Charlie Harrison, just look at the title of the video… Razz
  • 1 0
 I like the last leg of the course high speed and a couple cool little jumps. Gonna be a few flats around there lol
  • 1 1
 I was on my intense 6.6.
  • 4 0
 that should be a WC stage, very sick track, rough and fast
  • 2 3
 back end got a little loose there Gwinny. maybe that extra long rear center isn't so good for traction . maybe specialized engineers know what they're talking about
  • 2 0
 your name is ironic for giving crap to someone who knows how to let if flow.
  • 1 0
 Drifting brings smiles . It doesn't win world cups . Unless your Danny heart and riding in the mud !
  • 1 0
 Exactly, smiles, enjoyment for all of us. I wish there was a mandatory wide, loose corner where they had to drift... kinda like Val Di Sole.
  • 56 1
 Jason Bourne would die in those rocks ...
  • 3 1
 That looks like a proper gnarly course! And it was only shaping up to get more rutted and bombed out as the weekend wore on considering how dry it looked. Mad props to whoever rides that regularly.
  • 1 0
 So rocky, so loose! Looks like a tough course to race on, goes from tight and tech to wide open within a second or two!
  • 2 0
 Your constantly trying not to wash out and a lot steeper than it lt looks.
  • 1 0
 hahahahahahaha.......
  • 1 0
 Good Christ looks like that course would chew up tubes and tires
  • 17 1
 Man why is youtube so sh!t!?!? Every other video hosting website works fine on my compy bar-youtube, which always lags, won't stream or just looks like someone filmed with a potato...a Go-Protato

The course looks fun though!
  • 1 0
 I thought the quality was poor for the latest GoPro too... Went to YouTube direct and it's tip top. Sharp and no lag. Seems Pinkbike might be limiting the quality to 240 or 360p. Anyone else notice this? On the plus side, it looks so fast at the bottom it's like he's on a dirt bike! Outstanding ride.
  • 17 0
 Videos never give Poop Shoot(the gnarliest section of that course), justice.
  • 3 2
 which section is it? time in the video? i have an idea where its at...
  • 4 0
 it's at 1:30
  • 32 1
 Man, I've only ridden the poop shoot once and it was by accident. Haven't been allowed in since.
  • 14 0
 If something looks even a LITTLE gnarly on a gopro, you can be sure it's a pucker-fest in person.
  • 1 0
 had to go back a re-watch after seeing this, poop shoot seems like a pretty appropriate name
  • 12 3
 I hate to say it but after last year if you were Gwinn wouldn't you be taking a pre season trip to Europe to ride? Not being rude to America or the course but it's not really like any of the World Cup rounds. If I was Gwinn I'd want to be riding similar tracks to what I'm gonna spent most of the season racing. It's nice to ride dry dusty and rocky trails but riding muddy washed out rutted slop fests with fogged up goggles and freezing fingers is better prep for a wc season. Either that or I'm just bitter and need to book a holiday somewhere hot Wink
  • 2 1
 agreed. if spesh have reined in their budget for this year (so they can concentrate on enduro) then he should get a private uplift sorted at moelfre or speak to martin at llangollen. that'll sort him out Smile
  • 2 0
 Why punish yourself? When you ride that the rest of the year, because you HAVE TO... a bit of sunshine and dust is good medicine.
  • 5 0
 Ummmmm a lot of the Euros are actually out here in California right now, and most of them end up here in the next month of so to ride.
  • 1 0
 Well from what i've seen is that most of the Euro riding isn't possible during the winter due to the snow.
  • 8 0
 Damn, the bottom section looks like footage from a Baja 1000 moto's cam since it looks like they're going so fast and getting that front wheel popping up on what what looks like flat ground(I know it's not flat.. just the cam making it seem like it.)
  • 2 1
 Gwinning Speed makes me dizzy
  • 10 1
 i would really like to see Gwin back on top this year. im sure you Canucks would to. Stevie vs Gwin in a tight race next year would make for an exciting season.
  • 9 0
 Bootleg is no joke...reaper madness
  • 10 1
 youtube sucks. I put it to 1080 p it looks like shit still though
  • 3 0
 Dropping in from the top of Bootleg is one of the scariest things a mountain biker can do. Riding the flatbed shuttle truck is also up there. Good stuff, I'm happy just to make it down that hill in one piece and Gwinn flew down it. Yah Bootleg! Yah Gwinn!
  • 3 1
 Phookin nice track... Proper downhill there you go, i guess with some nice organization you can even make it easy acces so spectators could go and watch.. Ditch SA, i guess itd be nice to watch all the top notch guys ripping some like that racing for points
  • 7 2
 Dude is going to be out for blood his year.
  • 4 0
 I am in that video towards the end where the kid got hurt, my friend and I stopped to help, healing vibes your way man.
  • 1 0
 Yup, that young ripper had a massive crash. He manage to do a small crack in his skull! Damn! Heal soon buddy!
  • 6 1
 this course broke my nose this weekend, and gave me 5 new scars
  • 5 6
 I had to neg props that, even though Chicks dig scars a Broken Shnoz is nothing to wish on anyone!!!!!
  • 5 1
 What are you talking about? I didn't wish that on anyone, it happened to me...
  • 2 1
 He was saying that it's bad that you got hurt. Kind of like when one "likes" a negative situation on Facebook... why do that? Where is the dislike button? You know what I mean?
  • 5 1
 Exactly Sir......A busted Shnoz blows, had one, but chicks dig scars......I meant it as Dave stated, I wouldn't wish a broken nose anyone so I can't +1 this because it gives the impression that I liked you breaking your nose!!! Heal up!
  • 1 0
 ahhh got it, kinda hard to detect subtleties on the interwebz, thanks for the healing vibes!
  • 4 0
 I was thinking about putting my helmet cam of this race on the Internet also. Now it doesn't seem like such a good idea
  • 3 0
 Dooo it!!!
  • 2 0
 I ride here every weekend and the butterflies you get at the top never really go away. Its crazy to see the pros make everything look so smooth and chill.
  • 1 0
 Here is a cat 2 run to compare this practice run to. Makes you appreciate just how smooth and fast the pros are, they make it look so easy and effortless.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDsL3h4HTJs
  • 1 0
 Hehe I'm the guy at 1:19 giving you the "top gun take off" hand signs. Good run.
  • 3 0
 Wow looks sketchy at the top and fast and flowy at the bottom section.
  • 4 0
 Bootleg is fun!!
  • 3 0
 My rims would be all kinds of bent after that run...
  • 2 0
 I cannot wait for this summer. I am so ready for the big downhill races to start
  • 3 0
 "Yeah dude!" Hey I say that too! That's where the similarity ends.
  • 3 1
 Ya notice how much smoother Gwin's footage is? That's really amazing skill these guys have
  • 1 0
 I was thinking that, goes to show how staying relaxed can really help your riding.
  • 1 0
 Agree, but no question that chesty v. helmet mount is much choppier. The helment cam smoothes things out alot.
  • 1 0
 pretty sure they're both head mounts in the first vid...I just thought the Gwin vid was way smoother, I'm sure the guy following is no slouch but gwin had it smoothed out
  • 3 0
 Gwin's slowest is probably 100x faster than my fastest
  • 2 0
 Don't feel bad. I would have died 3rd corner.
  • 3 0
 Like a whore, dry and loose!
  • 3 0
 ill take DIRT any day, thnx but no thnx.
  • 2 0
 "Yeah Dude! That was good!" Bootleg Canyon is pretty amazing, but it can be a meat and bike grinder.
  • 2 0
 Yeah but after he turned off the gopro he hit the cone on the road and fell off
  • 2 0
 Down hill track, you mean continuous rock garden.
  • 3 0
 Welcome to Nevada.
  • 3 0
 Poor tyres
  • 1 0
 I think a year acclimatising to that Demo will have done him good. 2014 will be interesting.
  • 1 1
 That guy filming is probably a decent shredder. Insane how slow he looks compared to a World Cup talent like Gwin. I think he went Plaid.
  • 1 0
 So cool having ridden these trails, knowing how real they are, and then gwin takes it to a whole new level.... IN PRACTICE!!
  • 2 0
 That course looks f**king horrific - but in a good way.
  • 1 0
 im assuming everyone on the side of the trail was stopped because they had flat tires. baby heads everywhere!
  • 1 0
 Shout out to MOJO WHEELS for taking 7th (Chris Higgerson) and 21st (Leigh Harris) Smile Nice to see a local team in the mix...
  • 7 6
 gawd dam he is one fast mofo
  • 4 15
flag andyd2506 (Jan 22, 2014 at 23:05) (Below Threshold)
 nah actually he ain't, proven in the world cup this year haha
  • 3 1
 Nobody has proven themselves to be fast in the World Cup this year.
  • 9 0
 Anyone racing a world cup is really fast. You ever tried to follow one? If you don't think he is fast, then you are either blind, retarded, or both.
  • 6 0
 A two-time world cup champion is slow? You are a clown if honestly believe that. Even when he is having an "off" year I can assure you that Gwin would smoke 99% of posters on this forum. Perhaps you are just trolling. I get sick of reading crap like this.
  • 2 0
 I like where this goin...
  • 1 3
 Yawn, yep he would piss all over me I don't doubt that. but He didn't do much pissing over people in the world cup though did he? he is a dirty 2 faced piece of shit and maybe it's Karma playing a part but WYN IS SHIT GWYN IS SHIT YOUR YANKY GWYN IS SHIT Smile HAHAHAHA
  • 1 0
 go home fool, leave Gwin alone, let him do what he needs to do. You don't see us Americans telling you that riders like your Athertons are "shit". I'm sorry that you have no friends
  • 1 0
 Grow up. Are you 12? And people think Americans are rude? Go choke yourself.
  • 1 3
 hahaha your quick enough to hype him when he is winning and try and put down all the other riders but when he is doing shit and people point out how shit he is you don't like it, Smile as for americans being rude I don't think so at all.
@ctmtb98. what makes you think I don't have friends? because I don't add everyone willy nilly on this site? no I don't because i'm here just sell my kit and buy kit and keep up to date with info that's it thank you not go adding people for no reason.
  • 1 0
 Sorry but you have terrible etiquette. that is all
  • 1 0
 I'm only teasing you lot mate I don't really mean it, I'm actually a big fan of Gwyn's he is an awesome rider shame he had such a shit year last year I have no doubt he will be back on form this year so then you guy's can jump back on the band wagon and rub it back in my face then Smile it's just a bit of harmless banter (Fun) just some people get so uptight about it all, its like slagging off the opposite football team. Smile
  • 2 1
 RAW AND ROCKY, IM' SURE THAT CAMERA DOESN'T RENDER REALITY...
  • 2 1
 nice haggard lines, rock gardens look awesome - would def hit that up
  • 1 0
 I've ridden this course... I don't miss it.
  • 1 0
 this is the way you watch a go pro 3 no n stop action Smile
  • 1 0
 Those off camber rocks... :/
  • 1 0
 Aaron Gwinn is a rocket ship!
  • 2 1
 The dude in front is a phantom, keeps appearing and disappearing.
  • 1 0
 Gwins a beast that was fast. Good length course
  • 1 0
 Wtf even happened?! Damn, Gwin is fast. That was just a practice run.
  • 3 2
 F that. I'll take Whistler.
  • 1 0
 The pressure of keeping up to Gwinny!!
  • 1 0
 wow that's sick ! i never saw this kind of trail before
  • 1 0
 Nevada's answer to Moelfre? Wink
  • 1 0
 It's amazing how stable the cam footage is..
  • 1 0
 gnarly stuff, you'd have severe arm pump after that.
  • 1 0
 www.downhillmike.com for full results.
  • 1 0
 Holy rocks. They should rename the course the "Rim Destroyer".
  • 1 0
 Very cool. Is now on my to do list...
  • 1 0
 Charlie is going to kill it in the WC some day. dude is just a kid
  • 1 0
 www.downhillmike.com/nsdc-downhill-results.html
Placed 4th in Pro, great work Charlie!
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of Fruita, but way more technical!
  • 1 0
 Holy crap the are fast, they rode like there is no rock gardens!!!
  • 1 0
 I love a good spine shaker, but dang…that thing is sick.
  • 1 0
 My balls feel so small right now.
  • 1 0
 Into the dark side, out of the dark side, pretty cool ...
  • 1 0
 nah this is mountain biking, not bike park biking
  • 2 1
 That was cool.
  • 3 1
 it's gwin Smile
  • 2 1
 WOW,
  • 2 1
 pretty sick riding!
  • 2 1
 Fast as f*ck Big Grin
  • 1 0
 SO FAST!
  • 1 0
 makes it look so easy
  • 2 4
 What a load of sh*t................................it needs some axle deep mud & leaden skies like here in 'ol blighty!!!
  • 1 0
 jagged, ass, rocks man
  • 1 0
 excelente muy cool...
  • 1 3
 Took me until the end to figure out that gwinn was the one in front...
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