We’ve all got some Suicidal Tendencies! Another sick trail in easy reach of the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike community. The interesting story here is what can be achieved when you have a BLM working in concert with the public and it’s needs. That’s when great things can happen!
In the good tradition of keeping my Multi-Biker hat on, I helped out this past weekend at the latest Bootleg Canyon Mob n’ Mojave DH / Super D put on by Downhill Mike by driving the sketchy shuttle truck. I’m sure you either hate the driver or love him, but it was not an easy task. If you came to the event, like every other one that is held out there, thank you. You saw some great racing by young and old, beginner and pro. If not, why didn’t you go?
There is definitely a higher percentage of us who can’t ride the downhill trails at Bootleg than those who can, so we tend to just turn away and shun these events because it’s nothing you would do or commit to do. Like you, I don’t drive 180mph , but I’ll make it to a NASCAR race every blue moon, and I’m sure you will too because it’s entertaining and a spectator sport. I can’t play basketball or football, but there I am, sitting in the stands, just sitting, and sitting, watching… Hate to break it to you, but DH racing is a spectator sport too, and you can probably relate to this a lot easier than Cole Trickle and his factory Chevrolet or Mookie Blaylock and his 3-pointers. If you think this is just some backwoods second rate race, think again. With sponsors like All Mountain Cyclery, KHS, Canfield Bros., DVO, Commencal, FiveTen, Kali, Box Components, Xyience, Promax, MJT Designs and MTB Parks.com, it shows that major companies are willing to put up to have you show up, even if it’s to watch. KHS has a great presence in Bootleg and Las Vegas in general, so it’s great to have their pro racers run this race instead of shuttling them out of town. Seeing Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello race is mind blowing because just when you think you’re fast, you’re not. Same goes for the rest of the pro field and all the highly talented riders in the rest of the categories. Truly amazing.
At the recent Interbike, I went to the Crit Finals to cheer on some close friends. Being the Multi-Biker, I like my road riding and personal challenges with friends. But watching a crit race that means a lot to the riders in the field had my heart rate at max because I could not envision myself in this group going this fast this close. It’s like NASCAR, but with spandex. Getting a mountain biker to a road race really opens your eyes. Crashes are different and ugly, the pace is amazing, and how can you go for so long at such as pace? Viagra? To them it’s not easy, but it is a natural talent with a lot of training and therefore seems routine. At the other end of the spectrum is DH racing in Bootleg Canyon, or Bloodlet Canyon for what that place does to you. These guys and gals are not crazy, just talented. To be a DH racer at Bootleg, you have to have that natural talent. To tame or attempt to tame that ridge is something to be had. It will eat you alive then spit what remains back out. It’s not a terrible course as some may say, it’s Boulder City, it’s Nevada. Bootleg shreds tires, derailleurs, rims, bones and souls.
Take the time to go to the next event, Reaper Madness sponsored by FiveTen, this coming March 13-16 and hike up the course to watch these courageous riders try and tame Bootleg. If you can’t ride it, take the time to appreciate those who do. It’s a sight to see. With the addition of Dual Slalom, this event will truly be spectator friendly.
Please take a moment to read more words from the kind folks at MtbParks.com, and read Michelle’s column in Decline Magazine as well as Pinkbike.com. I had a pleasure speaking with her about the status of mountain biking in Las Vegas the future of mountain bike parks.
Mob N Mojave Race Recap - MTBParks.com
Kevin Aiello was sporting a new set of wheels at the Mob-N-Mojave Race in Boulder City, NV today. It is pretty typical for racers to get the latest and greatest. The difference is that this one is a 29er. Kevin said that it handles awesome, both in the air and in corners. Click here to see the full size image. Opinions?
We will have a bunch more photos coming from the KHS pit late tomorrow (2/15). Stay tuned!
We’re encouraging our community to get moving. Every activity adds up - running, swimming, gardening, kayaking, biking, golfing, walking the kids to school - you name it. Just convert your activity and log as miles. Be sure to use your pedometer to help keep track of your miles (2,000 steps = 1 mile). Get motivated and help us reach our goal of 100,000 miles moved across our beautiful state in 7 weeks! (2/3/14 – 3/23/14)
If you choose to register, join the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association group!
- $7 Jamba Juice gift cards and $7 Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf gift cards (112 total for the promotion)
- $25 ILOVEBURGERS at Town Square gift cards (20 total for the promotion)
- $25 Lobsterme gift cards (4 total for the promotion)
- $15 Daily Kitchen gift cards (4 total for the promotion)
So register, log the miles you have done this month and let’s get SNMBA some visibility.
IMBA’s ‘Crossing the Divide’ Video Examines Colorado Land Protection Proposals.
Click here for the full video description.
IMBA has put out a great video regarding land access and how they, land managers and local chapters are working together in Colorado’s sensitive areas, mountain bike friendly. Although we have fairly good access here, it could be worse and it’s up to us to help out as an entity (all mtb’ers) to keep it open. One more reason to join IMBA / SNMBA - the power of your voice. Thank You to IMBA SW for sharing.
There have been multiple articles written about why we ride our bikes – the solitude, pain, peacefulness, or being close to nature. Probably none of them have said they ride a bike because it’s cool. I ride because it’s in my blood. My first bike was when I was 3. It’s a bit foggy, but I remember my dad taking me outside in the February snow and rolling me down our sidewalk leading to the driveway and using the snow bankings like a child uses bumpers in a bowling alley, just to stay up. I’m not sure what got me hooked; was it riding with my brother as a young boy and doing whatever he did? Was it just feeling free? Both? I think it was Mike who had a big influence on me. We had the old Schwinn Stingrays of the ‘70’s, mine was gold his was red (or vice versa? Doesn’t matter..). Those early bikes were the bomb, banana seat, round curved frame, high bars. So cool. But it wasn’t until we ventured into BMX in the late 70’s with the triangle frame designs that got it really going. He had a yellow BMX frame (name escapes me), but it had a Tange fork, aluminum mags and solid chromoly Sugino one-piece cranks. Totally the bling of the day. By age 11, I was taking bikes apart all the way to the bottom bracket and coaster brake and rebuilding them to make them better. After my brother passed, I found comfort in riding a bike, being free and escaping those things that now complicated a young 12 year-old’s mind. 1984 found freestyle BMX entering the scene and my grade school friends (Donny and Javan still ride too! Thank someone for FB) and we latched onto that like a newborn to their momma. Freestyling in the 80’s was in its infancy and there was no media, no internet and no way to express yourself for the masses. You did it for yourself. You did it for fun. We would spend hours and hours, and liters of Mountain Dew while listening to the newest Bon Jovi song, just trying to perfect, or at least complete, a trick. The winters of New England brought us to our basements, parking garages, and mechanic’s tire warehouses so we could keep riding in order to finish that one trick that you’ll be able to share, physically, with a half-dozen people. The feeling that after days, weeks even months, of trying and trying to complete a freestyle move that gave you more bruises than an unpadded goalie, made you feel larger than life. Showing my mom what I could do was the best feeling in the world – and I know she had no idea what was happening in front of her, but I COULD DO IT, and it was amazing. Donny was the best flat lander freestyler around growing up, and we knew we had to try our hardest to get as good as he was, but the funny thing was, he didn’t ride the best bike in town – he rode a middle of the road BMX he converted to a flatlander: a Mongoose Californian. I had the newest Haro Master, and a few friends had the newest GT or Hutch Trickstar. But it didn’t matter to Donny, he used whatever he had and rode the shit out of it. It was the love of the ride.
I got my first mountain bike, a steel Giant Iguana, around the time I graduated high school in 1988, and being able to ride a bike easily through the forest around our houses was truly the feeling of being free. So this is what a grown-up BMX bike feels like? Cool. 25 years and who knows how many bikes and money later, the feeling of riding has not changed much, or at all. Taking a bike apart is like therapy for me, but I ride to escape. Escape the world, the pressures of life, and to clear your mind. I ride to try and try, and try to be better. I will work on that section, that one rock or step up until I bleed. I’ll get hurt, but I get back up. I show my wife what I can ride – and I know she has no idea how hard it is, but I CAN DO IT. It’s wonderful. I show my six friends the section I can clean, and you feel like a dad and his newborn baby – proud but humble. But I don’t have the newest bike or a 29er or a tweener, I have a 26”, because it doesn’t matter to me. I ride whatever I have because I do, and I’ll ride the shit out of it because I love to ride, I love the challenge, the peacefulness, and the feeling that if it’s there, I myself, am conquering it. It’s the hard climb, the pain, the serenity at the top, the technical descent, the euphoria at the bottom, and the feeling of accomplishment that I know that I did it. I did it mom. That’s why I ride.
-The Moderately Upset Multi-Biker
The opinions and views expressed in this article by the Moderately Upset Multi-Biker are not the opinions of the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association.