Sea Otter DH in photos

Apr 24, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Race morning brought fog mist and cool temperatures to Laguna Seca the perfect weather for racing bikes. It also lent a certain atmosphere to the race that we haven t seen in years.
  Race morning brought fog, mist and cool temperatures to Laguna Seca, the perfect weather for racing bikes. It also lent a certain atmosphere to the race that we haven't seen in years.


Blasting whips into the fog was the way things seemed to go on race morning. It s race day but it s still Sea Otter.
  Blasting whips into the fog was the way things seemed to go on race morning. It's race day, but it's still Sea Otter.

Lear Miller getting whipped in the fog. Race day practice for the DH.
  Same whip, different angle, Lear Miller getting sideways in the fog.

Andrew Neethling had a tooth removed the day before the DH finals and then crashed in practice almost knocking himself out. Not a great weekend for Needles.
  Andrew Neethling had a visit with the dentist the day before the DH finals, and then crashed in practice and wasn't able to compete in the final. Not a great weekend...

Duncan Riffle was holding down the fort for Dirt Norco here in California
  Duncan Riffle was holding down the fort for DIRT Norco here in California


Steve Smith had a bit of a mishap and missed his start time this week he was none too pleased about it. He still rolled down during a no show for the fans but wasn t given an official time.
  Steve Smith had a bit of a mishap and missed his start time this week, he was none too pleased about it. He still rolled down during a no show for the fans, but wasn't given an official time.

Danny Hart managed an 18th place finish in the DH not quite as good as his 4th place in the slalom.
  Danny Hart managed an 18th place finish in the DH, not quite as good as his 4th place in the slalom.

Greg Minnaar jumps his way through the tick infested grasses lining the downhill track.
  Greg Minnaar jumps his way through the tick infested grasses lining the downhill track.

There are short tracks long tracks steep tracks and pedally tracks. So far Aaron Gwin doesn t seem to be having too much trouble with any of them. Third place at the Sea Otter Classic DH
  There are short tracks, long tracks, steep tracks and pedally tracks. So far Aaron Gwin doesn't seem to be having too much trouble with any of them. Third place at the Sea Otter Classic DH

Joe Smith Sea Otter Classic DH
  Joe Smith ripping a corner through a hole in the fog...

Graves was on his little bike this week and absolutely putting the hammer down. Stains wins again. Untouchable at Otter.
  Graves was on his little bike this week, and absolutely putting the hammer down. Stains wins again. Untouchable at Otter.


The fans came out in drives once again this year. The track may not be great but the support from the public is nearly unmatched at any other race venue.
  The fans came out in drives once again this year. The track may not be great, but the support from the public is nearly unmatched at any other race venue.

On the fastest section of the track visibility shifted between poor to terrible all morning. The sun finally came out just before race time and burned the fog off in an instant.
  On the fastest section of the track, visibility shifted between poor to terrible all morning. The sun finally came out just before race time and burned the fog off in an instant.

Mr. Warren and sun breaking through the fog.
  Mr. Warren and sun breaking through the fog...

Double win for Jill Kintner this weekend she took both the slalom and the DH wins.
  It was a double win for Jill Kintner this weekend, she took both the slalom and the DH wins.

Manon Carpenter is set up for a good season. Second place in the World Cup season opener in South Africa and now third at Sea Otter.
  Manon Carpenter is looking fast this season. Second place in the World Cup season opener in South Africa, and now third at Sea Otter.

Miranda Miller charging down the Sea Otter DH track and into 4th place.
  Miranda Miller charging down the Sea Otter DH track and into 4th place.

Holly Feniak is racing against the big girls this year and she s starting it off right. First Sea Otter DH and first Sea Otter DH podium 5th place.
  Holly Feniak is racing against the big girls this year, and she's starting it off right. First Sea Otter DH, and first Sea Otter DH podium, 5th place.

Brian Lopes is always a contender in the Sea Otter DH 4th place in 2012.
  Brian Lopes is always a contender in the Sea Otter DH, 4th place in 2012.

Mick Hannah is having a great season so far. Podium at the first World Cup and second place here behind Jared Graves
  Mick Hannah is having a great season so far. Podium at the first World Cup, and second place here behind Jared Graves

Joe Lawwill took some time off from Shimano duties to race the DH. He s still got it 25th place
  Joe Lawwill took some time off from Shimano duties to race the DH. He's still got it, 25th place.

Jill Kintner watches as Bryn Atkinson races the DH.
  Bryn Atkinson gets some speed on the course while Jill Kintner watches from the sidelines.

Young girls coming up in the ranks this year. Holly Feniak and Manon Carpenter both made the podium this year.
  There are a few younger girls coming up in the ranks this year. Holly Feniak and Manon Carpenter both made the podium at Sea Otter.


Kevin Aiello boosts on his downhill race run while Brendan Fairclough watches.
  Kevin Aiello boosts on his downhill race run while Brendan Fairclough watches in the background

Joe Smith takes a slightly different approach to the same spot on the course. In the end Joe and Kevin finished barely a second apart.
  Joe Smith takes a slightly different approach to the same spot on the course. In the end Joe and Kevin finished barely a second apart

Josh Bryceland traveled all the way across the ocean and ended up in 72nd spot. Let s hope he has a better race next weekend in Port Angeles.
  Josh Bryceland traveled all the way across the ocean and ended up in 72nd spot. Let's hope he has a better race next weekend in Port Angeles.


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58 Comments

  • + 35
 'Greg Minnaar jumps his way through the tick infested grasses lining the downhill track while I lie here in the middle of them taking photos.'
  • + 1
 LYNDEN SANDY!!!
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  • + 6
 So good to see Greg using the weekend as a training event and sticking it out on his DH rig. Still 10th!! Going to be an awesome battle this year between Gwin, Greg, Gee, Graves, Gracia as well as Mick, Smith and all the young guns. Cant wait for next round.
  • + 1
 well not so much gee because he broke his leg just after SA and might not be as 'on it' as usual.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know if Gee will be racing at Val di Sol.
  • + 1
 If everyone here is gonna be at the Pro GRT in Port Angeles next returns then it's gonna be another weekend of World Cup level DH competition in PA next weekend, except for that for finally, for the first time this year, all the big guns such as Gwin, Minnar, Hart, Brendawg, Bryceland, Leov, Graves, Strobel, Hannah, Smith, and some of the young North Americans such as Ropellato, Rude, Mullaly, Jackson, and Gauvin, and hopefully even Cedric & Lopes will be competing on a proper DH track in the with rocks, roots, and likely a little rain. Yeah!!
  • + 3
 What..no shot of Cedric??? Pffft!
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  • + 10
 Thanks for the great coverage PB!
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  • + 8
 Lopes come fourth after winning the XC eliminator a couple of weekends ago.. what a champ!
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  • + 8
 I want a name like Jeff Kendall-Weed
  • + 1
 that dude killed it. 5 seconds behind Lopes. Team Ibis!
  • + 15
 Yes, but Graves smoked Weed by 7 seconds.
  • + 4
 well played sir
  • + 1
 jeff is a buddy of mine. He is a local ripper, just races around here. Usually is at Super D's or Enduros
  • + 1
 cool, if it's the same guy, he's helped me out with my HD a couple of times. always great support from ibis
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  • + 8
 Holly Feniak, what on earth is going on with those eyelashes !?
  • + 4
 Maybe that's the reason for the epic hover hand?
  • + 1
 haha you beat me too it. Awesome hover hand alright!
  • + 0
 Liquid eyeliner guys....jeeze.
  • + 4
 I kinda like it.
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  • + 7
 Cedric - bloody legend!!
  • + 3
 Lopes too!
  • + 2
 Yes indeed - Lopes, still got that super quick scrubby style. On an Ibis as well - marriage of MTB Heaven!
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  • + 1
 I was just looking through the results and saw the Cat 1 men 15-16 times - Luca Shaw 2:11.20 !!!! He was the fastest out of all the age groups. Only beaten by Pro Men.

If you are looking for a young 'un to sponsor, you found him.
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  • + 4
 47 72 O'Brien San Luis Obispo CA !!! SLO TO THE BONE !!!
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  • + 1
 Since they won't put it, I will! lol 6th pic down without the Description is ME! Nice pic boys thanks for "some" lovin! Next year... next year!
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  • + 1
 "He still rolled down during a no show for the fans, but wasn't given an official time." Official results show Stevie's time as 4:43... what happened?
  • + 1
 They started the clock when he was supposed to start, and stopped it when he crossed the line, but he missed his start time by a few minutes...
  • + 1
 would be curious to know his course time.
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  • + 2
 To riders from from Colorado on the podium! And one of them is my neighbor,that's what I like to see Mick!!!
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  • + 2
 SWEET LORD; THIS IS GONNA DO WONDERS TO MY DIRT FANTASY TEAM Smile )) 1st and 2nd place
  • + 1
 Shame this wasn't a world cup!

(Still nice to know your guys are keeping the pace up!)
  • + 2
 apart from that little detail, it's nice Big Grin
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  • + 2
 Good to see a Graves win. Hopefully this gives him some mojo for the year ahead. Gwin, awesome as always.
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  • + 3
 Jill SMOKED it!
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  • + 2
 All these pics are dope
Anyone know where they post Cat 2 photos?
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  • + 2
 flippin yes for Harry Molloy
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  • + 1
 Stevie have a mechanical? Crash?
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  • + 1
 How the hell did Smith miss his start time???
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  • + 1
 yeaahhhhh ''Das Auto'' Smile
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  • + 1
 what happened to steve smith?
  • + 1
 He missed his race start
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  • + 1
 why wasnt brendog racing?
  • + 1
 he was, 40th place
  • + 1
 oh just he was watching on the sidelines in that pic
  • + 1
 He was one of the first few guys to go so maybe he went up to watch after? That's all I can think of.
  • + 2
 Yeah the start order except for the top few was fairly random, based on when you registered. So a there were a few top riders that finished early and went up to watch the rest.
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  • + 1
 One day my name will be up there as the Male DH Carpenter Big Grin
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  • + 1
 what happened to Aggy?
  • + 4
 Aggy was flying, he was styling everywhere he could
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  • + 1
 What happened to ratboy?
  • + 1
 yeah 72nd place? he got beat by - with all due respect - JOE LAWWILL, who doesn't even race anymore, along with a bunch of privateers with no sponsors.
  • + 1
 Joe Lawwill is a boss.
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  • + 0
 I almost went and then my mom got sickFrown
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  • + 1
 How did Palmer do?
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