DVO Mob n Mojave at Bootleg Canyon

Feb 13, 2017 at 11:38
by Philip Beckman  

The Bootleg shuttles ran constantly during daylight hours all weekend. Beats riding to the top
DVO Mob n Mojave
Bootleg Canyon
Words and Photography // Philip Beckmann
The Bootleg shuttles ran constantly during daylight hours all weekend. Beats riding to the top!


The locals have an unfair advantage at Bootleg Canyon. With its steep pitches and a surface of red rocks sharpened to a fine edge, it takes special skills, daring and fortitude to be able to navigate the barely discernible lines and death defying drops at Bootleg. It also helps to have cloven hooves with toes that can spread apart, with soft inner pads that provide traction and hard outer hooves featuring a special claw-like toenail that can grip even the slightest changes in a rock's face. Bighorn sheep rule the hills around Boulder City, and have done so for centuries. Experience counts in large amounts.

Much of the same could be said of the mountain bikers that populate this Southern Nevada area. Except for the cloven hooves part. You have to be brave, skilled and experienced to be successful at Bootleg Canyon. Just ask the hundreds of riders who gathered here for the 2017 DVO Mob n Mojave, the second round of this year's Winter Gravity Series. Athletes from around the West took part in Super D and Dual Slalom events on Saturday, then charged the Downhill on Sunday. A generous cash purse for the Pros and tables full of swag for all awaited the best of the best. The weekend was generally cool and partly cloudy, with some sprinkles on Saturday and a biting wind on Sunday.

This event was made possible by the support of companies such as DVO Suspension, MJT Designs, Box Components, ProMax, KHS Bicycles, ONZA, Smanya, HT Components, Novatec, Canfield Bros, Deity, Gravity Cartel, IXS, Spank, Trucker Co, SDR Clothing Co, ODI Grips, All Mountain Cyclery, GT Bicycles, Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, Connex Chains, Laketown Bikes, Kore North Bikes, Kali Protectives, Lectric-Cycles, Smartmotion, Erad, Flitelinez.

Full race results can be found at downhillmike.com/2017-mob-n-moja.html The Chainless race did not take place at this event.

The top section of this course is virtually solid rock with breathtaking exposure. It empties out into a series of fast ridges and sandwashes all with plenty of singletrack.
  The top section of this course is virtually solid rock with breathtaking exposure. It empties out into a series of fast ridges and sandwashes, all with plenty of singletrack.

Joey Foresta GT ENVE Shimano prepares for the hard left into a new section of treacherous trail named after the famed Steve Peat who put this line together with the godfather of Bootleg Brent Thomson.
  Joey Foresta (GT/ENVE/Shimano) prepares for the hard left into a new section of treacherous trail named after the famed Steve Peat, who put this line together with the godfather of Bootleg, Brent Thomson.

One simply does not visit Bootleg Canyon or Boulder City without swinging past the magnificent Hoover Dam at least once.
  One simply does not visit Bootleg Canyon or Boulder City without swinging past the magnificent Hoover Dam at least once.

The host hotel showed our grubby group a ton of hospitality including a Saturday night Supercross viewing party.
  The host hotel showed our grubby group a ton of hospitality, including a Saturday night Supercross viewing party.

Craig Harvey Transition DVO claimed the Pro Men s Super D.
  Craig Harvey (Transition/DVO) claimed the Pro Men's Super D.

Rachel Throop-Strait Factory GT who has competed all over the world raced here for the first time and claimed she d never seen anything like Bootleg Canyon. She adapted quickly winning both the Super D and Dual Slalom.
  Rachel Throop-Strait (Factory GT), who has competed all over the world, raced here for the first time and claimed she'd never seen anything like Bootleg Canyon. She adapted quickly, winning both the Super D and Dual Slalom.

The best time of the day in Super D was recorded by Alex Smith All Mountain Cyclery with a 7 45.50 to win the Open Men s class.
  The best time of the day in Super D was recorded by Alex Smith (All Mountain Cyclery) with a 7:45.50 to win the Open Men's class.

Take it from this rider you DO NOT want to fall in the red rock shrapnel of Bootleg Canyon MTB Park.
  Take it from this rider: you DO NOT want to fall in the red rock shrapnel of Bootleg Canyon MTB Park.

The ever rowdy Vincent Kimber Pivot DVO styles a DS practice sesh with Morgan Brewer Oakland Republic .
  The ever rowdy Vincent Kimber (Pivot/DVO) styles a DS practice sesh with Morgan Brewer (Oakland Republic).

All Mountain Cyclery was well represented in the Pro Open Men s Dual Slalom final with Justin Head 198 edging out Jeff Frampton 173 .
  All Mountain Cyclery was well represented in the Pro/Open Men's Dual Slalom final, with Justin Heap (198 ) edging out Jeff Frampton (173).

The Draper Utah duo of Carson Spencer 47 LakeTown GT and Pete Gates LakeTown squared off in the Junior Men s Dual Slalom. Carson got the nod.
  The Draper, Utah, duo of Carson Spencer (47, LakeTown/GT) and Pete Gates (LakeTown) squared off in the Junior Men's Dual Slalom. Carson got the nod.

You see a lot of this at Bootleg as well as broken chains. The rocks here and a LOT of them are sharper than Ginsu knives.
  You see a lot of this at Bootleg, as well as broken chains. The rocks here--and a LOT of them--are sharper than Ginsu knives.

Justin Duncan DVO 100 amp 5.10 ANSR Truckerco showed no fear on his way to the Junior Men s 6-10 class win.
  Justin Duncan (DVO/100/5.10/ANSR/Truckerco) showed no fear on his way to the Junior Men's 6-10 class win.

Chris Giovannelli DVO Foes Terrene T rode what is possibly the most exotic fatbike on the planet to second place in Cat 3 Men 40-49.
  Chris Giovannelli (DVO/Foes/Terrene T) rode what is possibly the most exotic fatbike on the planet to second place in Cat 3 Men 40-49.

Steven Walton Commencal rails a skinny sidehill towards Boulder City.
  Steven Walton (Commencal) rails a skinny sidehill towards Boulder City.

A surprising number of youngsters have the talent to tackle Bootleg Canyon and the most skilled in the Junior Men 13-14 class on this day was Maison Duncan DV 100 amp 5.10 ANSR .
  A surprising number of youngsters have the talent to tackle Bootleg Canyon, and the most skilled in the Junior Men 13-14 class on this day was Maison Duncan (DV)/100/5.10/ANSR).

On the other end of the lifeline we have the ageless Bobby Bondurant Truckerco Posse topping the Cat 1 50 race.
  On the other end of the lifeline we have the ageless Bobby Bondurant (Truckerco Posse), topping the Cat 1 50+ race.

Salt Lake City s Matt Johnston Go-Ride.com grabbed the W in the Open Men s division.
  Salt Lake City's Matt Johnston (Go-Ride.com) grabbed the W in the Open Men's division.

Steven Walton Commencal streaks off the new Steve Peat trail section on his way to the Cat 1 17-18 class.
  Steven Walton (Commencal) streaks off the new "Steve Peat" trail section on his way to the Cat 1 17-18 class.

Samantha Kingshill College Cyclery O Neal Truckerco Posse killed it again in Pro Women winning by 50 seconds. Unfortunately only three gals signed up in the class despite a large purse on offer.
  Samantha Kingshill (College Cyclery/O'Neal/Truckerco Posse) killed it again in Pro Women, winning by 50 seconds. Unfortunately only three gals signed up in the class despite a large purse on offer.

Pro Men s victor Bruce Klein KHS Factory Racing stays low and out of the nasty crosswind coming in from his left with the finish line in sight. He stopped the clock with a 3 39.81.
  Pro Men's victor Bruce Klein (KHS Factory Racing) stays low and out of the nasty crosswind coming in from his left, with the finish line in sight. He stopped the clock with a 3:39.81.

The ever effervescent Bruce Klein is now on a new KHS frame which he says fits him well and will be his weapon of choice for the 2017 season.
  The ever effervescent Bruce Klein is now on a new KHS frame which he says fits him well and will be his weapon of choice for the 2017 season.

Steven The Swaltonator Walton rolled in with a new rig featuring the latest from Commencal. He likes it. A lot.
  Steven "The Swaltonator" Walton rolled in with a new rig featuring the latest from Commencal. He likes it. A lot.

Event promoter Downhillmike oversees the raffle drawing and prize presentation.
  Event promoter Downhillmike oversees the raffle drawing and prize presentation.

This lucky fellow walked off with a brand new GT frame after having his name drawn in the post-race raffle.
  This lucky fellow walked off with a brand new GT frame after having his name drawn in the post-race raffle.

The first rule of a champagne war is DO NOT be the last to open your bottle. Pro Women s winner Samantha Kingshill O Neal College Cyclery Truckerco Posse Crankbrothers MTB Parks 5.10 Ryders gets that lesson from CJ Selig right 2nd Truckerco Posse 5.10 DVO and Amanda Wentz 3rd Transition Gamut Fox .
  The first rule of a champagne war is DO NOT be the last to open your bottle. Pro Women's winner Samantha Kingshill (O'Neal/College Cyclery/Truckerco Posse/Crankbrothers/MTB Parks/5.10/Ryders) gets that lesson from CJ Selig (right, 2nd, Truckerco Posse/5.10/DVO) and Amanda Wentz (3rd, Transition/Gamut/Fox).

The Pro Men s podium plus one l-r Chris Higgerson 5th Mojo Wheels Foxhead Demetri Triantafillou 3rd LakeTown Bicycles Bruce Klein 1st KHS Factory Racing Logan Binggeli 2nd KHS Factory Racing . Not shown is Shane Leslie 4th Defiant Racing . Hanging out on the right end is Junior Expert winner Steven Walton who s time would have put him in 6th place in this group.
  The Pro Men's podium, plus one (l-r): Chris Higgerson (5th, Mojo Wheels/Foxhead), Demetri Triantafillou (3rd, LakeTown Bicycles), Bruce Klein (1st, KHS Factory Racing), Logan Binggeli (2nd, KHS Factory Racing). Not shown is Shane Leslie (4th, Defiant Racing). Hanging out on the right end is Junior Expert winner Steven Walton, who's time would have put him in 6th place in this group.

Looks like Bruce Klein is getting the better of Demetri Triantafillou in this bubbly battle. Logan Binggeli shaking it up in the background would have the final word with them both.
  Looks like Bruce Klein is getting the better of Demetri Triantafillou in this bubbly battle. Logan Binggeli (shaking it up in the background) would have the final word with them both.

33 Comments

  • + 16
 So stoked many of my images made the article. Always a rad event. Always a killer venue!
  • + 12
 For riders by riders, love it good job DVO one of the many reasons why you guys rock, i dont see Fox or anyother suspension company doing this,
  • + 3
 DVO works really hard to make sure you're taken care of. It's great Smile
  • + 4
 @AdustytrunkMonkey: Thanks guys, we love what we do!
  • + 3
 Thanks Finalgear, its a blast to see everyone and support these events!
  • + 10
 The old dude rocking the S-works is awesome and inspiration for all of us to be riding until our 50s.
  • + 15
 Bobby is 60 and still running the cat 1 pro lines. How is that for inspiration!!!!! Super great dude glad to call him friend.
  • + 4
 @Winter73Q: I'm 68 , I am coming ! :-)
  • + 4
 @Winter73Q: Yea, but when it comes to sexy, nothing compares to Chris' leg! Hooooooo WOOOOOOOO!!!
  • + 2
 @griffinsurfboard: Thats rad no such thing as too old to ride your bike and get rad
  • + 10
 I've been waiting too see a downhill fat bike. Talk about monster truckin'. That thing looks wicked!
  • + 8
 Samantha Kingshill Needs a Bike Sponsor!
  • + 4
 @Masuda Totally agree...she deserves it! She races your bike if I remember correctly.
  • + 3
 Fastest time was Men's open, local. What was fastest Time Pro Men's? Those 'trails' are so amazing, I had the opportunity to ride them in 90+ heat and would do it again if ever given the chance. The sound of tires ripping on those rocks are burned into the memory. Rented bike from the friendly folks at All Mountain Cyclery and spent the day riding Enduro style refueling at Dairy Queen every 2 hours just to maintain hydration.
  • + 2
 3:39
  • + 3
 Such a blast, a major thank you to everyone involved in making this series happen!!! It's so strange that my favorite races happen over the winter! Everyone else is gearing up for their season to start and mine feels like the best part has just ended!
  • + 4
 That foes Mutz fat bike really rocks i have one and I beat the s*** out of it i give this bike a super blast 5 stars _____0^0____
  • + 6
 I like all the mentions of "locals". Great writ up!!
  • + 6
 Loved the write up and great photos!
  • + 4
 Another great race! Next one will be big, the final of the 2017 series Mar 24-26. REAPER MADNESS!
  • + 2
 Always seems funny to me that winter is so different in different areas. I do love winter for skiing, but dry trails in short sleeves and shorts would be pretty rad right about now
  • + 3
 Great write-up on the event and thanks for everyone that came out and attended the event, we had over 100 DVO riders/customers out and it was awesome to see everyone!
  • + 5
 You spelled my name wrong.... Lol its Heap not Head.
  • + 3
 why cant there be DH races in FL? We got giant landfill mountains.
  • - 1
 "The rocks here--and a LOT of them--are sharper than Ginsu knives."

Yet everyone is only wearing minimal soft knee pads? Should really armor up with full hard plastic out there.
  • + 2
 Incredible pics and excellent write up. GREAT job again PB !!!
  • + 2
 I´ll say it...Rachel Throop-STRAIT? WTF?
  • + 2
 Paul Teutul Sr. from OCC won the Cat 1 50+? That's great news for sure.
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