2014 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Photo Extravaganza

Apr 13, 2014
by Margus Riga  
 
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Morning qualies action at the 2014 Sea Otter Dual Slalom.
  Morning qualies action at the 2014 Sea Otter Dual Slalom.

Cody Kelley trains with Mitch Ropeleto and it shows. The kid s quicker than Tippie s tongue.
  Cody Kelley trains with Mitch Ropeleto, and it shows. The kid's quicker than Tippie's tongue.

Mikey Haderer came in on the short bus but left on the fast track. This comment was all Tippie. I have no clue what that means.
  Mikey Haderer, came in on the short bus, but left on the fast track. This comment was all Tippie. I have no clue what that means.

 Mikey Day if he were still racing on 20 wheels he d BMX-ican - Tippie again.
  "Mikey Day, if he were still racing on 20" wheels, he'd BMX-ican!" - Tippie again.

Paul Bas pumping out first place in the Pump Track Challenge.
  Paul Bas, pumping out first place in the Pump Track Challenge.

Noon hour antics and bike giveaways at the PB tent.
  Noon hour antics and bike giveaways at the PB tent.

Dual Slalom training run speed blur.
  Dual Slalom training run speed blur.

Woman s Dual Slalom winner Luana Oliveira enjoying the fact that many of the world other top females were not here to give her a good run for the money.
  Woman's Dual Slalom winner, Luana Oliveira enjoying the fact that many of the world's other top females were not here to give her a good run for the money.

Ode to Timothy Leary.
  Ode to Timothy Leary.

Kevin Aiello 650b is here to stay.
  Kevin Aiello, 650b is here to stay.

Lopes looks over the course minutes before the start.
  Lopes looks over the course minutes before the start.

Kyle s eyes say it all he was here to win.
  Kyle's eyes say it all: he was here to win.

Bas Van Steenburgen from Canada qualified seventh overall but couldn t advance through the heats to the finals.
  Bas Van Steenburgen from Canada, qualified seventh overall, but couldn't advance through the heats to the finals.

Kevin Aiello was looking like he could be a contender but the competition was just too fierce.
  Kevin Aiello, was looking like he could be a contender, but the competition was just too fierce.

Logan Binggeli has made a miraculous from having broken his femur at last year s Red Bull Rampage.
  Logan Binggeli has made a miraculous recovery from having broken his femur at last year's Red Bull Rampage.

The course was dusty and loose as were the riders.
  The course was dusty and loose, as were the riders.

Cam Zink just didn t have the legs today to podium.
  Cam Zink just didn't have the legs today to podium.

Cody Kelley eighteen years old and the pride of Salt Lake City.
  Cody Kelley, eighteen years old and the pride of Salt Lake City.

They re here every year. Wouldn t be Sea Otter without you. You know who you are.
  They're here every year. Wouldn't be Sea Otter without you. You know who you are.


Zander Geddes of team Norco. Welcome to the big leagues bro.
  Zander Geddes of team Norco. Welcome to the big leagues bro.

Cody Kelley. Perfect technique...and execution.
  Cody Kelley. Perfect technique...and execution.

Mike Day Olympic silver medalist in BMX. The recent MTB crossover was looking fast and aiming for a spot on the podium until here.
  Mike Day, Olympic silver medalist in BMX. The recent MTB crossover was looking fast, and aiming for a spot on the podium until here.

Strait on target for Dual Slalom domination.
  Strait, on target for Dual Slalom domination.

Cody Kelley knocking them out one after the other on his way to the finals. Mikey Haderer gave it his best but it just wasn t enough today.
  Cody Kelley knocking them out, one after the other on his way to the finals. Mikey Haderer gave it his best, but it just wasn't enough today.

Kelley squeezing out Lopes in the semis.
  Kelley squeezing out Lopes in the semis.

Strait shutting out Binggeli and charging through to the finals with Kelley.
  Strait shutting out Binggeli, and charging through to the finals with Kelley.

Woman s Dual Slalom winner Oliveira Luana.
  Woman's Dual Slalom winner: Oliveira Luana.

The elements of style and technique as demonstrated by the top four racers in the semi s. Cody and Kyle both advancing to the finals.
  The elements of style and technique as demonstrated by the top four racers in the semi's. Cody and Kyle both advancing to the finals.

Run one of the consulation finals Binggeli puts the heat on Lopes and takes the win. Both were devastated after the run.
  Run one of the consulation finals, Binggeli puts the heat on Lopes and takes the win. Both were devastated after the run.

The real battle was for third and fourth. Logan took the win in round one of the consulation finals but Lopes squeezed out Binggeli in run two by enough for a spot on the podium. Third for Lopes. Fourth for Binggeli.
  The real battle was for third and fourth. Logan took the win in round one of the consulation finals, but Lopes squeezed out Binggeli in run two by enough for a spot on the podium. Third for Lopes. Fourth for Binggeli.

Cody Kelly kicking back and taking the win.
  Cody Kelly kicking back and taking the win.

Head to head combat in the finals. Had two mericans...Cody Kelley and Kyle Strait. Both winners.
  Head to head combat in the finals. Had two 'mericans...Cody Kelley and Kyle Strait. Both winners.

Cody Kelley.
  Cody Kelley.

Strait coming through the finish line after having crashed his way out of first place. Full points for 360ing the final jump. Cam McCaul said it best with Second place with a 360 is just as good as winning.
  Strait coming through the finish line after having crashed his way out of first place. Full points for 360ing the final jump. Cam McCaul said it best with "Second place with a 360 is just as good as winning."

Kyle came here to win and all was going according to plan til turn two of the last run of the finals. Kyle made a critical mistake on the second corner and that s all she wrote. That s racing.
  Kyle came here to win, and all was going according to plan 'til turn two of the last run of the finals. Kyle made a critical mistake on the second corner and that's all she wrote. That's racing.

Lopes and son after the finals. That s what you call a rad dad.
  Lopes and son after the finals. That's what you call a rad dad.

Jackson Goldstone. Whistler s next big thing. You thought Brandon was good...
  Jackson Goldstone. Whistler's next big thing. You thought Brandon was good...

Scott Hart got first place in the best shoe category. Zink gave these to Scott as a wedding present.
  Scott Hart got first place in the best shoe category. Zink gave these to Scott as a wedding present.

Sea Otter.
  Sea Otter.

Night for day at Sea Otter 2014.
  Night for day at Sea Otter 2014.


Nightime celebrations and joke time with Tippie in parking lot H.
  Nightime celebrations and joke time with Tippie in parking lot H.

22 Comments

  • + 56
 UCI/USA Cycling.... BRING BACK SLALOM! Perfect spectator event: Its fast, exciting, the crowd can see the whole course. Skiing still has it. Why isn't it still ran at major events other than Sea Otter is utterly ridiculous
  • + 8
 got some in collegiate
  • + 3
 I completely agree "We need Dual Slalom"
  • + 1
 I would give it a go if it was around.
  • + 1
 USAC doesn't care a whit. If independent promoters fill races and it gets popular THEN they will see an opportunity and jump in. They won't get involved to promote DS or any other format unless it's already happening and already popular.
  • + 2
 LONG LIVE SLALOM
  • + 1
 slalom is basicly dead in the UK, looks super fun
  • + 1
 Let's all thank the UCI again for 4X.
  • + 4
 the uci are idiots
  • + 2
 i no some u may hate,but what i like about DAUL SLALOM, BACK when it was big,was no practice just run it on yo skills and the gates mattered,no groomey corner just big ass rocks to bank off,and the moto style gate drop was cool,but the ski start was cool too,but now i'll take any style just bringer back,all the new kids love it,so some one please start it.
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  • + 4
 Watching the dual slalom yesterday was incredible! It definitely made my trip to Sea Otter worthwhile. Big bear should put in a dual slalom course down summit run! it would be awesome!
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  • + 3
 Too bad Mike Day crashed, seems like he would have had a good chance of winning. Hope we see him in more mtb events, dude kills it.
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  • + 3
 Just out of curiosity, how was that Lopes was in a half-shell and everyone else in FF? How did he pull that off?
  • + 13
 because he's lopes, he doesn't have to worry about crashing like everyone else
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  • + 2
 I was at the party in the last photo. b4 I broke my shoulder! "Turn Down For What?!?"
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  • + 1
 I thought Kyle Strait crashed because his chain broke? And didn't Bas Van Steenbergen's bb shell or crank arm break?
  • + 2
 Bas's crank broke as far as I know
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  • + 2
 lol at the Timothy Leary reference
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  • + 1
 Best shoes I've ever seen!!
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  • + 1
 Wow last pic inspired me!
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  • + 1
 Any dh or slalom video? Did I miss a webcast?
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  • + 1
 holy crap, Cody friggen slayed it! Well done on ze photos as well.
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