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The young guns were in full effect at the recent Bootleg Canyon event.  Read on for Gene Hamilton's full race race report:
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February 13-14, 2010
Bootleg Canyon
Boulder City, NV

Brent Thompson's legacy of great trails was tuned up and put to get use this weekend! The New Mob had a full schedule of gravity racing starting with Dual Slalom on Saturday morning, followed by a best of 2 run Super D race in the afternoon and downhill racing all day Sunday.

The Dual Slalom went off before I knew it so I will just give the results:

Pro Women DS
1. Jackie Harmony (Vixen Racing) 

Pro Men DS
1. Blake Carney (KHS) 
2. Scott Johnson (KHS) 
3. Erik Nelson (Commencal USA)

The Super D track of Skyline to Girl Scout was really showcased Brent's trail building skills with a challenging mix of rock gardens, g-outs and fun, flowing corners.  Jackie Harmony earned the goldmedal in the women's pro class with a smoking time of 10:12:27 on her downhill bike!  She was followed by Linden Lane and Joy Martin.  In the Men's pro class local favorite Scott Johnson laid down amazing time of 8:36 besting a hard charging Chewy Aitken by 19 seconds and in third was Dante Harmony.

Pro Women SuperD
1. Jackie Harmony (Vixen Racing) 
2. Linden Lane
3. Joy Martin (Vixen Racing) 
Pro Men SuperD
1. Scott Johnson (KHS) 
2. Chewy Aitken (Bionicon) 
3. Dante Harmony (All Mountain Cyclery)

Sunday brought more sunny skies, warm temps and a bit of a tail wind to the start of the Downhill.  The pro Women's class saw a tight battle between Melissa Buhl (4x World Champ, DH and 4x National Champ) and Jackie Harmony with only 2 seconds separating them after the first of two runs in a best of two run format. The pro men were even closer with Logan Bingelli holding a 0.5 second lead over Mitch Ropelato with a long list of fast races (Kevin Aiello, David K, 2009 Pro GRT Champion Chris Heath, Yeti's Chris Boice, Mikey Sylvestri, Dante Harmony) within 10 seconds of Bingelli.  The Jr. Pro Class was also stacked with young rippers so the pressure was on to step it up on the second run!

The final run saw times being dropped significantly and a few riders going down in their attempt to win. Melissa Buhl took enough time off to hang on and beat a fast Jackie Harmony with Christine Hirst earning a strong 3rd place and Tasa Herndon in 4th.

For the Junior Pro men it was Adam Digby in first with a 4:08! A time that would of been 10th in the stacked pro field.  Chris Ravina took a close second place with a 4:09, Andy Proctor snagged 3rd with a 4:10 and Alec Toney and Travis Trinkino rounded out the podium.

The Pro Men's Downhill saw a bit of a shake up after the final run. After shaving 9 seconds off his first run Naish Ulmer just missed the podium with a 4:11 while Chris Heath ran a 4:10 after knocking 8 seconds off his first run time to take 5th place.  David K said before his second, "I am going to win this race or crash" and unfortunately it was the later for him.  He still managed to hold on to 4th place with his first run time (where he also went down but was able to salvage a great time despite the wreck).  Kevin Aiello told me he could shave 8-10 seconds off his first run and he did just that for a strong third place finish with a 3:54 (faster than both Ropelato and Bingelli's first run). Bingelli dropped 5 seconds off his fastest first run time to a well earned second place with a 4:39 while Mitch Ropelato moved into the first spot with a 4:37 to take his first pro downhill victory.

Pro Women DH
1. Melissa Buhl (KHS) 
2. Jackie Harmony (Vixen Racing)
3. Christine Hirst (Vixen Racing)
4. Tasa Herndon (Vixen Racing)

Junior Pro DH
1. Adam Digby
2. Chris Ravina
3. Andy Proctor (RPM/Yeti)
4. Alec Toney (Team Geronimo Racing)
5. Travis Trinkino (RPM/Yeti)

Pro Men DH
1. Mitch Ropelato (Ex Drinks)*
2. Logan Bingelli (KHS)
3. Kevin Aiello (GT)
4. David K
5. Chris Heath (KHS)

Pro Men's DH Podium

It was a great weekend of racing put on by Francine Johnson and her hard working crew at Johnson Hardrock. It is great to see so many young racers moving up through the ranks and it definitely makes an old pro like me feel good seeing many of the athletes I coach doing their best and standing on the podium.

*Mitch Ropelato Racing has the following sponsors: BetterRide.net, Brothers Bikes, Chris King, e*thirteen, Edge Composites, Ex Drinks, Fox Racing, Fox Racing Shox, Maxxis, Oakley, Race Face, SDG, Skullcandy, Specialized Bicycles,The Bike Shoppe

For more info on how to ride and corner like Mitch Ropelato check out www.betterride.net. Gene Hamilton, author of this article and head coach of BetterRide.net has been fortunate enough to work with these up and coming racers who all had a succesful weekend at the New Mob: Mitch Ropelato, Naish Ulmer, Jackie and Dante Harmony, Christine Hirst, Tasa Herndon, Joy Martin, Andy Proctor, Travis Trinkino.
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