This weekend I attended the “Ridin’ Skurd” Bootleg Canyon downhill race in Boulder City, Nevada. For once I arrived to find some cooler weather, but of course the wind decided to kick up Saturday, making it nearly impossible to do practice runs. After rolling down the rack trying to fight the wind, I found the track to be fast, fun and wide open. Since I didn’t get many runs in on Saturday, I woke up bright and early Sunday to get a better feel for the less windy track. After doing several runs with friend and fellow racer Mitch Ropelato, it was time get on the shuttle and head up for our final race run.
Kevin Aiello Takes 3rd at Ridin' Skurd
In the gate I felt ready to put down a good solid race run. I dropped in and traversed down the first steep technical section without any major mistakes. I got midway down the course and had to start battling the wind on some of the bigger jumps. Once I got through the middle of the course, my legs were burning and I was already into the 40 second sprint to the finish line. I crossed the line with a 3:53, which was good enough for third place.
Final results showed Aaron Gwin in first place, Mitch Ropelato in second place, and me in third place, less than a second off of Mitch. It turned out to be an awesome race with some A-List riders going for the win. I would like to thank all my sponsors for their continued support including Five Ten, GT Bicycles, Epic Stealth Cameras, SRAM, Kenda, Mavic, Fox Clothing, Funn, Ethirteen, SDG, Twenty Six Products, Troy Lee Designs, Oakley, EFX, DarkTimbers , ODI grips, Freestyle watches, Diverse Suspension Springs, and Cadence Works.