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RESULTS: 2016 Bootleg Benduro

Benduro is grateful to have experienced such a successful and memorable inaugural event. A lot can go wrong with a mountain bike race. Throw in the fact that the race course is on the infamously hard and unforgiving terrain of Bootleg Canyon and odds are things could have gone a whole lot worse. A broken shuttle truck the day before the event, a t-shirt order that never shipped (its finally on its way), a wind advisory with 40mph gusts on race morning, a few minor injuries, a couple of broken bikes, and about a 2 hour overall delay to event schedule. Not everyone finished the three stage race, but no one died at the inaugural Bootleg Benduro, and the overall feedback from riders is that despite the challenging conditions and slight delays, everyone had a lot of fun and can't wait until their next chance to participate in Benduro. Congratulations to our cash prize winners: Amanda Propst Pro Women, Jubal Davis Pro Men, and Shawn Neer for best trick.

Good times at Bootleg with Jubal Davis and Kelwyn McElroy. #Sb6c #smithismtb #irideenve #ridefox
Posted by Shawn Neer on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We are super thankful for everyone who supported this race by participating and/or volunteering their time, and for all of the encouragement and feedback. Special thanks go out to Photo 13 Media and Jake Vandezy for capturing the moments. Chris Power (son Mike Power we missed you racing!) for help with registration, timing, and even a little first aid. Dan and April Haskin with their decades of expertise timing and managing races in Bootleg Canyon (not to mention hosting us for months in their home). All Mountain Cyclery for being the greatest host shop and for the mega support with the entire series. Guayaki for the series support, prizes, and positive vibrations. Evil Elias, Jayson Stutsman, Austin and Travis from AMC for help marking and cleaning up the course.

Friday Night Camp Benduro. photo by: Jake Vandezy
While the majority of racers originated from the southwest region of the country, some came from as far as the Midwest to compete. Freeride, downhill, enduro, and recreational riders, of all ages joined together for the first stop of the inaugural Benduro Series sponsored by Bootleg Canyon local bike shop All Mountain Cyclery and positive energy provider Guayaki Yerba Mate.

Riders Meeting. photo by Jake Vandezy
Race day started out with a windy registration check-in and mandatory riders meeting. Bender overcame mother nature with his incredible outdoor voice, assisted by a megaphone, to deliver the rules of Benduro and schedule of the days fun and racers received a Benduro swag bag with AMC, Clifbar and Guayaki goodies, plus a drink ticket for the local pub, the Dillinger.

The replacement shuttle for the normally posh and indoor All Mountain Cyclery shuttle (should be back in commission soon!) photo by: Alexander Ganchuck
After the meeting racers began loading up the shuttle to head to the top of Stage 1, beginning at the downhill start box. The race course combined three timed stages that riders typically complete over a weekend at the Bootleg Winter Series races. Favoring gravity, Bootleg Benduro included two shuttles, with about 2000ft of total elevation gain, and about 5 miles and 1000 feet of gain for the push to the start of Stage 1 plus the two pedaling transfers.

How often do you see so many racers waiting at the top just chillaxing patiently? photo by: April Haskin

Top of Stage 1 with Jason Morvay
First place was claimed by local Pro Woman Amanda Propst photo by: Photo 13 Media

Josh Bender demos the drop in the Love Canal. photo by: Lindsay Beth Currier

Stage one literally dropped riders face first down the steepest side of Bootleg Canyon. Typically this portion of the mountain is reserved for USA Cycling sanctioned downhill races of the Bootleg Winter Series. With todays technology, many racers opt to ride their Enduro bikes for these races, so riding the face of Bootleg for Benduro was unquestionable. Riders dropped in on Snakeback, with the Sidewinder option, exiting left to Diva, with Pro/Experts taking a freeride line to the Love Canal section of Ginger, finishing at the Diva shuttle pickup zone. From there riders had a mild transfer back to the main staging area.

Rider Oleksandr Ganchuk begins Stage 2 with timer April Haskin in the background. photo by Photo 13 Media
After the second shuttle to the upper parking lot, Stage 2 descended the same amount of feet as Stage 1 but over a route three times the length. This doesn't mean it was any easier. After a steep beginning, riders were tested throughout stage two on fitness and technical climbing skills as they navigated Boyscout, Westleg, Mother Connect, and the upper portion of POW. The longest transfer of the day, riders climbed out on Par None and Lazy Mans, back to the main staging area, then up Girlscout to the final stage.

Stage 2 Finish was "out in the middle of nowhere" photo by: Jake Vandezy

Californian Paul Wilson (aka P-Dubs) catches a little air on the go around of finish for Stage 3. photo by Photo 13 Media
Stage three was short but technical, following Eastleg to the jump park, with an option to hit a jumpline for a chance to win $100 in the Best Trick Contest. With the wind gusting around 40 mph, many riders we had our money on opted to not take the risk so early in the season and take the go around, staying safely on the ground. Kenny Bloss was first to hit the jumps, with rider Shawn Neer clinching the prize with a one footed table (photo somewhere we hope).



The commemorative t shirt with artwork by the late Bootleg Canyon trail builder Brent Thomson who built, maintained, and promoted Boulder City's mountain bike destination. Rider featured is your event host Josh Bender. The mens shirts will be better late than never. Ladies got lucky with shirts arriving almost on time (still have a few to deliver). If we owe you a shirt we will be in touch as soon as they arrive. photo by: Josh Bender
Gourd awards! Mate is a highly nutritious and antioxidant filled caffinated beverage originating from South America. All riders had access to loads of icy cold cans of various flavors. Top 3 for each category recieved a handmade gourd award plus 1 to 5 pounds of loose leaf for traditional brewing. photo by: Janette Tank


RESULTS:




Pro Women





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 1 Propst, Amanda Pro Women 7:37 17:15 8:39
33:31
2 13 Selig, CJ Pro Women 8:06 20:26 10:31
39:03
3 11 Tank, Janette Pro Women 19:08 27:10 13:24
59:38



Pro Men





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 56 Davis, Jubal Pro Men 5:06 14:19 6:42
26:07
2 48 Neer, Shawn Pro Men 4:55 14:32 6:57
26:24
3 46 lavietes, jashua Pro Men 5:33 15:03 7:28
28:04
4 63 Bloss, Kenny Pro Men 5:26 15:36 7:34
28:36
5 14 GIBSON, GREG Pro Men 6:24 15:23 7:44
29:31
6 29 Benda, Bill Pro Men 6:07 15:22 8:30
29:59
7 40 Frampton, Jeff Pro Men 5:47 15:41 9:05
30:33
8 21 Hottinger, Jeremy Pro Men 6:23 20:20 9:19
36:02
- 7 Bischoff, Gary Pro Men 8:05 19:12 -
DNF
- 3 Hurley, Pat Pro Men 20:22 - -
DNF
- 42 Lewis, Adam Pro Men - - -
DNS



Expert Men





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 19 Ply, Zach Expert Men 5:38 14:49 7:21
27:48
2 32 Smith, Ashton Expert Men 5:46 15:09 7:14
28:09
3 55 Gilmour, Alex Expert Men 5:40 15:15 7:38
28:33
4 26 Zimmerman, Brian Expert Men 5:22 15:33 8:10
29:05
5 47 Johnson, Doug Expert Men 6:02 15:34 8:11
29:47
6 28 Williams, Christopher Expert Men 5:49 16:36 8:07
30:32
7 34 Winebrenner, Joe Expert Men 7:09 16:20 8:02
31:31
8 53 Knipe, Robert Expert Men 6:48 16:34 8:13
31:35
9 36 Huber, Ron Expert Men 6:15 17:36 8:43
32:34
10 31 Portman, Shawne Expert Men 6:40 17:38 8:19
32:37
11 2 Mullen, Jason Expert Men 7:06 16:27 9:20
32:53
12 38 Whitaker, Lorin Expert Men 6:38 17:23 9:16
33:17
13 57 carey, james Expert Men 6:41 17:48 8:58
33:27
14 41 Jondle, Riley Expert Men 7:37 17:36 9:07
34:20
15 35 Croft, Adam Expert Men 7:02 19:08 9:14
35:24
16 22 Evenson, Kristian Expert Men 6:11 18:57 10:17
35:25
17 16 Wilson, Paul Expert Men 7:05 18:43 9:50
35:38
- 58 Hunter, Tristan Expert Men 6:08 16:09 -
DNF
- 15 Hapgood, Brian Expert Men 6:12 17:59 -
DNF
- 17 Boyd, Tyler Expert Men 6:40 - -
DNF
- 4 burke, chris Expert Men - - -
DNS
- 5 Kolich, Jarrett Expert Men - - -
DNS
- 37 Bawden, Jordan Expert Men - - -
DNS


Intermediate Men





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 39 Cohen, Glen Intermediate Men 6:22 15:56 8:10
30:28
2 6 Duncan, Derek Intermediate Men 6:01 16:24 8:10
30:35
3 51 Lesniak, Brandon Intermediate Men 6:20 16:40 8:29
31:29
4 62 Wenske, Matt Intermediate Men 6:08 17:07 9:12
32:27
5 60 Morvay, Jason Intermediate Men 6:53 16:36 10:19
33:48
6 20 ROMERO, ZACH Intermediate Men 5:52 19:10 10:27
35:29
8 59 Andersen, Hans Intermediate Men 7:18 18:40 10:40
36:38
7 33 Morgensen, Cameron Intermediate Men 6:15 17:39 13:02
36:56
9 24 Moreno, James Intermediate Men 10:58 19:28 10:08
40:35
10 12 Rekowski, Jason Intermediate Men 8:44 21:40 10:52
41:16
11 10 Diaz, Kyle Intermediate Men 15:54 20:47 11:13
47:54
12 50 Sommer, Kevin Intermediate Men 22:47 17:30 8:48
49:06
- 52 Swindle, Andrew Intermediate Men 13:43 21:12 -
DNF
- 61 Tracy, Luke Intermediate Men 6:20 - -
DNF
- 18 beck, cory Intermediate Men - - -
DNS
- 30 Anderson, Matthew Intermediate Men - - -
DNS



Beginner Women





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 25 Pinckley, Kim Beginner Women 18:37 27:29 13:58
60:04



Beginner Men





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 9 Chang, Henry Dumbass Beginner Men 6:15 16:33 8:38
31:26
2 44 Levitt, Danny Beginner Men 6:13 18:04 9:12
33:29
3 43 Strunk, Shane Beginner Men 6:19 19:53 10:42
36:54
4 45 Ganchuk, Oleksandr Beginner Men 10:54 25:43 15:22
41:59
- 64 stavrowsky, lewis Beginner Men - - -
DNS
- 8 Sullivan, Ryan Beginner Men - - -
DNS
- 27 Moyer, Joseph Beginner Men - - -
DNS



Boys 13-15





Place Bib Name Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
TOTAL
1 23 Jones, Stockton Boys 13-15 21:56 18:15 10:36
50:47



PLEASE NOTE: We are hoping to get your teams into these results in a timely manner and would love to feature any photos you may have from the weekend! Just send them our way.


NEXT STOP:

Brings Benduro home to Garden Valley and the El Dorado National Forest June 18th with Black Diamond Level Local sponsor Terraplane Bikes. Online pre-registration will open April 18th with on site pre-registration available at the Sea Otter Classic. The course will be released May 1st when the trails officially open, to maximize your practice potential in this new zone.

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