Brent Thomson, the man behind the popular Bootleg Canyon mountain bike trail system used by the Outdoor Demo at Interbike every year, suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stone's throw from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Currently resting under doctors' care in the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, Thomson, 54 is scheduled for the second quadruple bi-pass surgery of his life on Wednesday, January 14. Sixteen years ago he had the same surgery, performed due to an unusually high hereditary cholesterol build-up.
"I try to stay in reasonable shape, and was even riding when I started to feel chest pain and severe shortness of breath," Thomson said. "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, Thomson'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.
According to industry friend Steve Boehmke, Thomson'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.
"I met Brent when I hired his artist son Barret to film some video for the Trixter X-Bike up in Big Bear probably in 2004," Boehmke said. "We hit it off pretty quickly; he complimented me on my berm-busting downhill style, and we've been tight ever since. He's a good guy with a good attitude."
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