Race Report: Sea Otter Classic

18/apr/2016

 

Race Report: Sea Otter Classic. Monterey, CA.

April 14-17.

Momentum in Monterey.

All Photos by Long Nguyen.

 
 
WEDNESDAY - DAY BEFORE SEA OTTER
 
 
The team fresh off the road from Lourdes arrived in Monterey early in the week to be surprised by special care packages from Sombrio for all the athletes. 
 
 
 
"Does this make me look fast?"
 
 
 
THURSDAY - ENDURO & HANS' 30th ANNIVERSARY
 
 
 
With 4 main events for the team for the week, the week started with Enduro. Last year's Sea Otter Enduro winner and Queen of Crankworx Anneke Beerten looked relaxed and composed for the 4 stage race in sunny Monterey, CA.
 
 
 
Rachel Throop put in a solid ride that would put her in 5th place in the Enduro.
 
 
 
Stage 4 of the enduro was on the world famous, Dual Slalom course, nestled in the hills of Laguna Seca Raceway. Anneke would push to clinch the 2nd place spot in the Enduro; however this wouldn't be her last time on the Slalom course as she carefully memorized every bump and turn on the Slalom course for the Dual Slalom event on Saturday.
 
 
 
Anneke Beerten 2nd; Rachel Throop 5th in Enduro.
 
 
 
2016 marks the 30th anniversary for Hans & GT. Industry friends and fans gathered for a ride and a BBQ with Hans on Thursday afternoon to recognize this achievement.
 
 
 
 
FRIDAY - PUMP TRACK
 
 
 
On Friday, pumptrack brought long time rivals Jill Kintner and Anneke Beerten together in the Semi-Finals.
 
 
 
14-year old phenom, Joey Foresta, began to turn heads at pumptrack as he effortlessly carried speed around the track. 
 
 
 
Anneke would earn a 3rd place finish in Pumptrack in good company.
 
 
 
Joey Foresta standing amongst the World's best. Joey earned a 3rd place finish in pumptrack.
 
 
 
SATURDAY - DUAL SLALOM
 
 
 
Saturday morning, the team was looking fresh on board their new Distortions in qualifying.
 
 
 
Joey steadily climbed the ladder through to the finals, showing his riding maturity at only age 14. He was able to move past slalom heavy weights Bryn Atkinson (fastest qualifier), Kyle Strait, Jared Graves just to name a few.
 
 
 
Anneke was looking fast all day and her BMX roots shined through. She was all smiles even in the most tense situations and made her way into the semi-finals.
 
 
 
Brook was laying down textbook slalom runs, showing his precision cornering skills and brute charging speed. It was riding like this that brought Brook to the semi-finals where 3 of 4 riders were on board a GT.
 
 
 
Brook was matched with team mate Joey Foresta. Brook would have a  spectacular crash in their second runs that would send him into the consolation round with Jared Graves. Brook would earn himself a 3rd place finish.
 
 
 
Martin was laying down clean runs all day long, looking smooth and effortless defending his slalom title.
 
 
 
While the mood was light as the rest of the team watched Joey and Martin battle it out up top, it was a nail biting race right to the end none the less, as the two young guns battled for hundreths of seconds and laid down near perfect runs.
 
 
 
Title Defended. Joey pushed Martin right until the end to create another spectacular slalom race. Martin would reach the finish line first to defend his dual slalom title. 
 
 
 
The sweet taste of victory. Congratulations Martin!
 
 
 
The future's-future and the future sitting side by side. It's incredible that both of these guys are under 20 years old and riding at such a mature level.
 
 
 
GT Managed to sweep the Men's podium and Anneke would finish in 2nd place in the Women's.
 
 
SUNDAY - DH
 
 
Anneke was one of the very few women to compete in all 4 gravity events. Her passion and commitment to racing landed her in 3rd place in DH. Joey Foresta would also take the win in CAT 1 15-16 Men and Laura Bruni took 1st place in 19-29 Women.
 
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SIGNING OFF
See you in Cairns!