Thursday, January 15, 2009
Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail Master Suffers Heart Attack
Nevada might be known for the iconic Las Vegas Strip, but only a half-hour outside the city is amazing mountain biking in a small town called Boulder City where the Interbike bicyle show holds its bike demos. A force behind the Bootleg Canyon mountain biking in the mountains surrounding Boulder City is Brent Thomson, who suffered a heart attack and had quad bypass surgery scheduled for yesterday.
Here is an item that came across the bicycle newswire:
Brent Thomson, Godfather and Trail Master of Bootleg Canyon suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stones throw from Las Vegas, Nevada.
While he is currently resting under doctors care in the hospital, Brent is scheduled for the second Quadruple bi-pass in his life. Sixteen years ago he had the same surgery performed due to an unusually high hereditary cholesterol build-up.
Brent's Job Provides No Health Insurance - PayPal Donations Needed
"I try to stay in reasonable shape, and was even riding when I started to feel chest pain and severe shortness of breath," says Thomson. "My assistant Andrew helped me out and my son Barret got me to the hospital pretty quickly. Now I'm just waiting to go under the knife."
While everyone who has ridden the trails at Bootleg can attest, Brent's dedication to creating, maintaining and promoting the trails of Bootleg Canyon has created one of the most lauded riding areas in the Southwest. Unfortunately his position comes without a health insurance policy.
Brent's hospital expenses are estimated to grow to hundreds of thousands of dollars, so any help that his friends in the bicycle industry can provide will be graciously appreciated. Click on the link below to donate securely with Debit, Credit, PayPal and Bank accounts. It is simple, quick and safe. Brents family and friends send you appreciation in advance.
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Feel free to send get well wishes to St. Rose Dominican Hospital - San Martin ER c/o Brent Thomson, 8280 West Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113, and call Brent at 702.204.7810.
We'll send a follow-up e-mail to let everyone know how Brent is recovering and how his surgery went. Thanks again for your thoughts and support for one of the legends in the bicycle industry - Brent Thomson.
About Bootleg Canyon
Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park is an extensive network of World Class Downhill and Cross Country mountain bike trails located in Boulder City, Nevada. The area has been visited by riders from as far away as Japan and Germany and has been written up in magazines around the world. The International Mountain Bike Association has certified one of the XC trails as an Epic Ride, a title given out only 18 times so far.
Boulder City is located approximately 40 minutes south east of Las Vegas by the Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead. The riding season is year round, however, temperatures average around 100 degrees Fahrenheit from June through August, so mid-day riding is difficult. If you do decide to come in the summer be sure to bring plenty of water and maybe some head lamps for a night ride. Be sure to check out our sponsors while you're in town for some great Boulder City hospitality.