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Bootleg Canyon was a windy, snowy ice box over the St. Patty’s Day weekend. Temperatures dropped 35 degrees from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning giving us a sharp reminder that winter had not left just yet. I am starting to think that the wind and the rain follows us everywhere we go, no matter where we are on the mountain bike racing circuit!

Shuttle Truck

Photo: Monique Spaulding

Racing at Bootleg Canyon always feels so good to me no matter what the conditions are. It’s high speed, rough, exposed and unforgiving at the best of times, and like I have mentioned before, KHS does all its dirt jump and gravity testing in Bootleg Canyon’s Mountain Bike Park year round.

KHS Truck and Trailer

Photo: Monique Spaulding

Of course, just as soon as all was said and done the winds died down, the skies opened up and everything was beautiful…something I have gotten used to whilst racing across this wonderful land. The KHS Team owned the podium at this event, we took home wins in the Men’s Pro, Women’s Pro and the Men’s Semi Pro (and almost all the prize money). I also won an extra $500 for the fastest run of the day…just in time for taxes! It was a proud day for KHS Factory Racing!

New recruit Logan Binggeli did not make it to this race. He is still nursing a broken hand in order to make a strong comeback at the Fontana National in Southridge Park later this month. Binggeli did however host a training camp at Woodward West this past weekend, along with Carter Holland of Black Market Bikes.

Quinton Spaulding Podium

Photo: Monique Spaulding

Bootleg Canyon top 10 Pro Men DH Results

1

Quinton

Spaulding – KHS Bicycles

Pro Men

EE

104

04:26:08

2

Mark

Clemmens

Pro Men

EE

61

04:26:64

3

Keith

Mott – KHS Bicycles

Pro Men

EE

23

04:26:88

4

Matt

Johnston – KHS Bicycles

Pro Men

EE

24

04:29:42

5

Kevin

Aiello

Pro Men

EE

94

04:29:79

6

Nick

Van Dine

Pro Men

EE

25

04:38:21

7

Dante

Harmony

Pro Men

EE

112

04:40:70

8

J.D.

Swanaguen

Pro Men

EE

114

04:40:93

9

Jonathan

Buckell

Pro Men

EE

81

06:53:11

10

Chris

Drake

Pro Men

EE

110

00:00:00

Melissa on top of the podium again in what is still a very young 2008 season. Melissa ran a fantastic time of 04:45:78 which would have given her the win in the Vet Pro class, a very impressive run for Buhl. 

Melissa Buhl Podium

Photo: Monique Spaulding

 

KHS B Team rider Scott Johnson defended his win from the previous Bootleg Canyon race in February and got on top the podium again in an impressive performance. Johnson also won the Super D on Saturday in what were some very windy conditions.

Scott Johnson Podium

Photo: Monique Spaulding

Bootleg Canyon top 5 Semi-Pro Men DH Results

1

Scott

Johnson KHS “B”

Semi Pro

DD

79

04:37:49

2

Rob

Way

Semi Pro

DD

5

04:48:00

3

Franscisco

Bacq

Semi Pro

DD

107

04:54:25

4

Jon

Kerchner

Semi Pro

DD

62

04:55:85

5

Sean

McAlpine

Semi Pro

DD

115

04:57:95

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Photo: Monique Spaulding

Chuck Valenzuela who is consistently on the podium for KHS in the Vet Pro Class just missed getting on the wood with a 4th place finish and a time of 05:00:35. The podiums only went three deep at this event, making it just that much tougher to get a podium place.   

The “KHS Crew” will be back in Fontana in two weeks for the first Gravity National of 2008. We anticipate more podiums and great results. Please stay tuned for more race updates and pictures as they become available.

All the best,

Q.

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