A long-time friend and mechanic to the
stars, Johnny Roy Bottema has passed
away after a long illness that he fought
hard against for years. Johnny Roy
Bottema worked at mountain biking’s
ground zero as the factory mechanic
for the Intense racing team. When
Australian downhiller Chris Kovarik
was winning 2001 World Cup
events, Johnny was the man
dialing the machinery.
You may recognize him from
our “Down the Trail” feature
(March 2012) and way back
10 years ago when we featured
Johnny’s dream bike, “built to ride
down to the beach on weekends to
blow people’s minds,” Johnny Roy
said. The man will be missed.
Rider Bobby Root
You may remember Bobby Root as the rider in “New
World Disorder” videos who could pull insanely fast
wheelies. In fact, he still holds the Guinness World Records
for fastest wheelie (at 86 mph) and fastest nose wheelie, as
he slowed down from the wheelie attempt (at 58 miles per
hour). We recently caught up with the guy and can’t wait to
go ride his backyard.
Bobby’s playground: Near his property outside Palm Springs,
California, there are endless trails for every type of riding—from
cross-country to downhill. As long as you can keep up, he might
even show you his favorite trails, like the 30-mile Palm Canyon
The compound: While Bobby is still in the process of building his
dream, he’s already well on his way. The property measures about
3 acres and should have plenty of room for downhill features
adjacent to miles and miles of singletrack.
Livin’ the dream: Expect to see a lot more photos from “the
compound,” because the trails are too great to pass up. We just
found a new photo location and testing area.