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Apr 24, 2012
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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.
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.
Same whip, different angle, Lear Miller getting sideways in the fog.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Mr. Warren and sun breaking through the fog...
It was a double win for Jill Kintner this weekend, she took both the slalom and the DH wins.
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.
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.
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.
Bryn Atkinson gets some speed on the course while Jill Kintner watches from the sidelines.
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 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
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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(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:30)
'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.'
(Apr 24, 2012 at 17:27)
(Apr 24, 2012 at 1:43)
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.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 3:11)
well not so much gee because he broke his leg just after SA and might not be as 'on it' as usual.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 4:42)
Does anyone know if Gee will be racing at Val di Sol.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 7:53)
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!!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 18:35)
What..no shot of Cedric??? Pffft!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 0:43)
Thanks for the great coverage PB!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 0:55)
Lopes come fourth after winning the XC eliminator a couple of weekends ago.. what a champ!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 6:12)
I want a name like Jeff Kendall-Weed
(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:25)
that dude killed it. 5 seconds behind Lopes. Team Ibis!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 11:50)
Yes, but Graves smoked Weed by 7 seconds.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 14:22)
well played sir
(Apr 24, 2012 at 18:44)
jeff is a buddy of mine. He is a local ripper, just races around here. Usually is at Super D's or Enduros
(Apr 24, 2012 at 19:24)
cool, if it's the same guy, he's helped me out with my HD a couple of times. always great support from ibis
(Apr 24, 2012 at 2:14)
Holly Feniak, what on earth is going on with those eyelashes !?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 6:43)
Maybe that's the reason for the epic hover hand?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:20)
haha you beat me too it. Awesome hover hand alright!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:32)
Liquid eyeliner guys....jeeze.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 10:08)
I kinda like it.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 1:44)
Cedric - bloody legend!!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 16:04)
(Apr 26, 2012 at 3:32)
Yes indeed - Lopes, still got that super quick scrubby style. On an Ibis as well - marriage of MTB Heaven!
(Apr 25, 2012 at 1:26)
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.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 10:32)
47 72 O'Brien San Luis Obispo CA !!! SLO TO THE BONE !!!
(Apr 25, 2012 at 15:02)
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!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 9:22)
"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?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 17:32)
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...
(Apr 24, 2012 at 19:25)
would be curious to know his course time.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 7:14)
To riders from from Colorado on the podium! And one of them is my neighbor,that's what I like to see Mick!!!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 2:47)
SWEET LORD; THIS IS GONNA DO WONDERS TO MY DIRT FANTASY TEAM
)) 1st and 2nd place
(Apr 24, 2012 at 5:09)
Shame this wasn't a world cup!
(Still nice to know your guys are keeping the pace up!)
(Apr 24, 2012 at 17:33)
apart from that little detail, it's nice
(Apr 24, 2012 at 0:42)
Good to see a Graves win. Hopefully this gives him some mojo for the year ahead. Gwin, awesome as always.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:07)
Jill SMOKED it!
(Apr 24, 2012 at 19:38)
All these pics are dope
Anyone know where they post Cat 2 photos?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 1:29)
flippin yes for Harry Molloy
(Apr 24, 2012 at 8:22)
Stevie have a mechanical? Crash?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 20:19)
(Apr 24, 2012 at 21:36)
How the hell did Smith miss his start time???
(Apr 24, 2012 at 13:58)
yeaahhhhh ''Das Auto''
(Apr 24, 2012 at 14:32)
what happened to steve smith?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 22:08)
He missed his race start
(Apr 24, 2012 at 1:58)
why wasnt brendog racing?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 2:20)
he was, 40th place
(Apr 24, 2012 at 2:46)
oh just he was watching on the sidelines in that pic
(Apr 24, 2012 at 3:30)
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.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 7:18)
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.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 12:25)
One day my name will be up there as the Male DH Carpenter
(Apr 24, 2012 at 0:45)
what happened to Aggy?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 7:46)
Aggy was flying, he was styling everywhere he could
(Apr 24, 2012 at 6:40)
(Apr 24, 2012 at 1:59)
What happened to ratboy?
(Apr 24, 2012 at 16:02)
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.
(Apr 25, 2012 at 10:18)
Joe Lawwill is a boss.
(Apr 24, 2012 at 0:06)
(Apr 24, 2012 at 7:17)
I almost went and then my mom got sick
(Apr 24, 2012 at 15:52)
How did Palmer do?
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