The Mob’ n’ Mojave at Bootleg Canyon is the 2nd race in the Winter Gravity Series, and it was awesome! I got there Friday with my mom and I decided to go practice the Super D course. It was longer and it had more pedaling than the other race last month. I had a lot of fun on the rocky parts.
Afterwards I went up for a DH run. I went out with Kim Godfrey, who is a professional rider out of Colorado. We went up looking for the fastest lines to piece together the track. We got most of the upper course done, then dropped into the Kevorkian. Most of the track was new to me so I was a little worried when I saw it, but I pushed the bad thoughts away.
We watched people drop in and found a line. It was a harder line to get to. I went back up to ride it and took a spill down the mountain. I got off the course with the help from some other riders and sat down with Kim. I took a bit of a breather then decided to get down the course so I could examine what was wrong with my foot. After some first aid from my mom I was able to do half a practice run on the Super D course I was completely wiped out. My mom made a spaghetti feast with chocolate chip cookies, not good for my race diet, but I felt like I deserved it.
Saturday morning, I did a Super D practice run then raced Super D. It was fun and I took 1st in my class but was 3rd overall. I chose to ride a 4 inch bike, the Ellsworth Momentum. It was challenging and fun on bootlegs terrain. However, I think a more appropriate bike would’ve had an inch more travel, a dropper post, and bigger wheels.
Afterwards I went to Dual Slalom qualifying. I was kinda hoping to get a DH practice run in, but with how slow things were going with DS, it wasn’t going to happen. The timers combined all the women in open women and I raced with a bunch of lovely ladies and ended up placing 1st. Afterwards my mom and I went to awards. I was feeling nervous and wanted to do something that was fun and would build up my confidence, so I hit the jumps on the 4x track. Usually jumps like those would do the trick. I hit those and soon a bunch of people were out riding the jumps. I rode them until I couldn’t see, then decided to call it a night.
Sunday we woke up early, my mom was going to shuttle Carmen Bastek, Lynnette Klein, (two of the coolest downhill legends I’ve met) and I up to the top for an early practice run. They both helped me pick a line down the Kevorkian, and I had a blast riding with them. I got to the bottom and did some skills practice with my team manager Lindsay Beth Currier. Soon it was time for me to head up. I got up to the top well before my drop time, and watched riders drop for their race run.
Soon I was called up for my race run. I was pretty nervous at first, but eventually once I dropped, it all eased up. I felt faster than I thought I’d go and was pretty happy with my run. I made it down Kevorkian savely and had a fun time on snakeback and diva. I got to the bottom and saw that my time was a 5:51.
I was pretty happy with my time considering it was my first time riding most of the course. I placed 1st and had the fastest time out of the women. The womens Pro purse was $250, but I did not get any of it, I know I need to get my pro license! Afterwards my mom and I went to awards. I was very happy with how my weekend went and with how well my time was. Bootleg Canyon is a very fun place to ride!
I’ve decided that I want to petition to race in the Pro category. USA Cycling has let other 16 year olds race pro, so hopefully they will let me race pro. I had a blast riding with the ladies there and meeting new people. – Samantha Kingshill