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2014 Sea Otter Classic

April 19, 2014

 

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The 2014 Sea Otter Classic is the official kickoff to the race season. The Ride Giant/Ride Northstar mountain bike team had a great weekend of racing, exploring the expo, watching the bike events at the festival, and getting caught-up with old friends.  On the racing front, we showed a strong presence in the enduro, cross country, and downhill events.

The enduro race was a first for the Sea Otter. With a stacked field of talent, racers shredded three stages that stretched across the Fort Ord National Monument. Stage one began on the famous downhill. Stage two and three were much longer and included furiously fast, gravel covered and rutted fire roads that led to tight twisting single track including the always fun Goat Trail.

The cross-country course and distances were mixed up a bit from years past. The XC course is a true test of fitness, attrition, and bike handling. The 2014 XC course had 24 miles of double and single track and 3500 ft of climbing!

The downhill course remained the same as years past. The DH course had a great mix of jumps, turns, pedaling sections, hi-rev speed traps, and a mix of other challenges.

Of these three disciplines, the Ride Giant/Ride Northstar team tore up the course and posted some respectable results.  The quiver of bikes raced on by the Ride Giant/Ride Northstar team included the Trance Advanced SX 27.5, Glory 0, Anthem Advanced 27.5 , and the Anthem X Advanced 29er, all performed flawlessly (and reminding us that we are just cracking into their potential)!

Enduro

Ryan Icanberry 5th Open Men 40-49

Cross Country

Paul Zarubin 4th Cat-1 60-64

Andrew Buckly 18th Cat-2 50-52

Allen Hill 48th Cat-2 45-47

Downhill

Steve Marty 8th Cat-1 35-39

Caleb Cooper 17th Cat-1 17-18

Todd Renwick 43rd Pro

Marty Sea Otter 2014

Steve Marty shredding the DH course.

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Giant Trance Advanced SX 27.5 was Ryan Icanberry’s weapon for the Enduro.

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