Bootleg Canyon's Thomson survives Quad Bypass

Brent Thomson recovers

Brent Thomson recovers (Image credit: Steve Boehmke)

Brent Thomson, known as the Trail Master of Bootleg Canyon, suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago, and underwent Quad Bypass surgery last week. He is recovering at the hospital despite suffering a stroke after surgery.

"I went and visited him last Sunday at the hospital," said Steve Boehmke. "He had tubes down his throat to help him breath and eat, was all morphined out, couldn't speak and had limited movement on his left side. Despite that, he still showed classic 'Brent-ness' by his reaction when asked questions and his attempt to French-Kiss my girlfriend Courtney when she said 'hi!'"

On Monday, doctors removed the tubes, and Thomson is quickly becoming his old self. Now able to speak and move both sides of his body, he is anxious to get going on physical therapy and eventually get back to work.

"I've got trails to build!" said Thomson, who added,. "I want to thank everyone who sent their good wishes and support through this time. I've got a lot of work to do before I'll be 100%, but I'm already getting a lot of creative ideas on how to motivate my body. I can't wait to see all of my friends from the bike industry and get back to doing good work again."

Donations are being accepted on PayPal (visit to support Thomson's recovery. Well wishes may be sent to St. Rose Dominican Hospital - San Martin ER c/o Brent Thomson, 8280 West Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113, USA.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.