February 20, 2009 Brent Thomson, R.I.P

Brent Thomson made something of nothing. He took an unloved mountain of crumbling rock at Bootleg Canyon, outside Boulder City, Nevada (which is near Lake Mead and about a 40 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip) and turned it into a playground for DH and XC mountain biking in a region that had precisely squat in the way of decent trails. Trimble_outdoors_69666jpeg ONE OF THOMSON’S GEMS, UPPER LAKE VIEW TRAIL. Sadly, Thomson, 56, passed away this week from complications after a heart attack. We asked Steve Boehmke (a longtime figure in the bike industry), who had been friends with Thomson for the last six years or so, to tell us about Thomson. “He was an artist, a painter and an illustrator; he was from Calgary, but he got really into the Southwestern style art scene. When he was 41 he had a quadruple bypass. He had bad cholesterol. And at that point he said he knew he wouldn’t have forever so he just really lived life as fully as he could and he took up mountain biking. We used to race against each other at Big Bear before we ever knew each other and later, after we’d become friends he told me how pissed he was having to race against me!”  continued

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