Photos by: Monique & Brittany Spaulding

Report by: Quinton Spaulding

Crash Innovations held their 3rd Annual St. Patty’s Day Feast at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV this past weekend. This race is a favorite for us as we do a lot of off-season training and testing there.

Brent Thomson (“The Trail Master”) who built a network of trails at Bootleg Canyon, recently succumbed to complications from Bypass surgery. He will be  sadly missed by all in the Mountain Bike community as well as all of those who knew and loved him. On the Saturday of the event, he was honored with a memorial ride along with a bonfire and a toast from all his friends.

Early Saturday morning getting ready for some DH practice.

The shuttles at a Bootleg race are usually packed to the gills and sometimes it can take a while to get your turn…

… and then there are those racers who prefer to shuttle themselves in style to avoid those long lines!

Binggeli, Ulmer, Buhl and myself  during one of our practice sessions… there is no “I” in team right??

We practiced as a group the entire weekend, sporting our new gear and bikes

Binggeli was looking really solid during practice, and was a definite favorite to win.

He rode smoothly all weekend.

Unfortunately Binggeli crashed hard in his race run on Sunday (just 2 turns from the finish line) and he was on a good time too!

He broke his arm just before the wrist (there is an upside to this, if there is such a thing)… none of the bones in the hand or wrist were damaged!

The bones  were set in his arm at the Emergency Room of the Boulder City Hospital, and Binggeli will most likely have surgery in his hometown of St. George, UT – later on this week.

His bike did sustain some damage in the crash… high speed crashes are always the worst!

New KHS rider and “Pro Rookie” Naish Ulmer also looked fast in practice.

Ulmer, who has “Styles for Miles”, had the best result of his pro career thus far and took a 2nd place finish on the podium for KHS… well done Naish!

Melissa Buhl rolling fast during practice.

Buhl was unstoppable in the woman’s field and took the overall win Sunday morning in the finals!

I was hungry for the win on Sunday, wanting to defend my 2008 title.  I felt confident in the start gate that I was going to do well and knew that if I wanted to win… I would have to “let it all hang out“!

Photo courtesy of: Ian Hylands

I gave it my all and with a clean run, I laid down the fastest time of the day (besting Naish Ulmer by hundredths of a second for the overall win).


Left to Right – Tasa Herndon, Melissa Buhl(KHS) and Jackie Harmony(All Mountain Cyclery)

KHS’s Melissa Buhl on top of the podium!

Left to right – Scott Johnson(KHS “B TEAM”), Quinton Spaulding(KHS), Naish Ulmer(KHS) and John Keep (T.L.D)

KHS almost swept the mens podium. Had it not been for Binggeli’s injury… I am sure we would have!

Everything ran efficiently at this event. The timing was done by Team Big Bear, the race scheduling was on time, generally speaking …there were ZERO complaints!

A great product raffle followed the awards and all was over by  3.30pm.

I would like say a big Thank You to Matt over at HAYES, who took care of our teams suspension, wheels and brakes throughout the weekend.

The Official sponsors of the 2009 KHS Factory Team.

The KHS Factory Team will be in Fontana,  CA  March 21st – 22nd for the Final Round of the SHIMANO Winter Series. If you happen to be there drop in and say Hi.

Please stay tuned for more updates and photos as they become available.

All the best!