2014 Sea Otter Downhill Photo Recap

Apr 14, 2014
by Margus Riga  
Cody Johnson getting his jump on during the opening of the pro practice . With the big kids in Africa Johnson looks like one of the ones to beat fast if you want to win here he s fluid and keeping low when he needs to.
  Cody Johnson getting his jump on during the opening of the "pro practice". With the big kids in Africa, Johnson looks like one of the ones to beat: fast if you want to win here, he's fluid, and keeping low when he needs to.

An unidentified rider scrubbing schpeed on the tables in the upper section of the Sea Otter ho hum DH Track. I only saw one person run the track on a legit DH bike the rest ran 150-160 travel Enduro machines. Pretty much the time of the AM Enduro machine is now lightweight strong amazingly capable and a joy to shred on.
  An unidentified rider scrubbing schpeed on the tables in the upper section of the Sea Otter (ho hum) DH Track. I only saw one person run the track on a legit DH bike; the rest ran 150-160 travel Enduro machines. Pretty much, the time of the AM/Enduro machine is now: lightweight, strong amazingly capable, and a joy to shred on.

Kyle Strait just cruising along.
  Kyle Strait just cruising along.

Mike Day from GT--yeah Olympic BMX silver winner aka 365 Day --was looking comfortable aboard his new GT Sanction a bike with more than a bit of DNA taken from the GT Fury.
  Mike Day from GT--yeah, Olympic BMX silver winner, aka "365 Day"--was looking comfortable aboard his new GT Sanction, a bike with more than a bit of DNA taken from the GT Fury.

Nope this isn t the line up at sunrise trackside on the DH Track. Nosirree this was the line with 20 minutes to go before the End of DH Pro practice. Everyon on the left is an ameteur in line for their practice. Plate number 27 He s racing.
  Nope, this isn't the line up at sunrise trackside on the DH Track. Nosirree; this was the line with 20 minutes to go before the End of DH Pro practice. Everyon on the left is an ameteur in line for their practice. Plate number 27? He's racing.

Mikey Hadderer letting his Fabio locks of hair do his sweet talking to ladies alongside the track..
  Mikey Hadderer letting his Fabio locks of hair do his sweet talking to ladies alongside the track..

Diamondback s Kyle Thomas getting his Enduro --I mean DH Practice--in the can.
  Diamondback's Kyle Thomas getting his "Enduro"--I mean DH Practice--in the can.

Kyle Strait leading out T-mac on a fun run down the track.
  Kyle Strait leading out T-mac on a fun run down the track.

The second jump on the DH track was missing Cedric Gracia s antics but that doesn t mean it was at all boring though...
  The second jump on the DH track was missing Cedric Gracia's antics, but that doesn't mean it was at all boring, though...

Pin in to win it. Racers were getting after it today. Freshly manicured berms were an invitation to give er on Sea Otter s DH track... But I think I could count on one hand the number of riders I saw actually practicing with a DH sled. Sea Otter s track is much more suited to a modern AM rig with good angles than a full squish sled.
  Pin in to win it. Racers were getting after it today. Freshly manicured berms were an invitation to give 'er on Sea Otter's DH track... But I think I could count on one hand the number of riders I saw actually practicing with a DH sled. Sea Otter's track is much more suited to a modern AM rig with good angles than a full squish sled.

Not quite a ghost town but not the numbers we ve seen the past couple of years... Sea Otter s pro DH practice saw a bit of a dip in numbers with most of the big kids vying for World Cup Glory in South Africa.
  Not quite a ghost town but not the numbers we've seen the past couple of years... Sea Otter's pro DH practice saw a bit of a dip in numbers with most of the big kids vying for World Cup Glory in South Africa.

Carson Storch getting upside down during his race run in the men s Cat 1 DH field at Sea Otter.
  Carson Storch getting upside down during his race run in the men's Cat 1 DH field at Sea Otter.

Second place Logan Binggeli appears to be back to 100 following surgery to insert a titanium rod in his femur the result of his 2013 Red Bull Rampage crash. Binggeli was second on the day.
  Second place Logan Binggeli appears to be back to 100% following surgery to insert a titanium rod in his femur, the result of his 2013 Red Bull Rampage crash. Binggeli was second on the day.

T-Mac getting sideways on his race run.
  T-Mac getting sideways on his race run.

Tim Krentz sending it with a bit of red white and blue.
  Tim Krentz sending it with a bit of red, white, and blue.

 American Dream Curtis Keene floating through the berms that most riders were opting gap over. Keene pumped through this line ridiculously fast.
  "American Dream" Curtis Keene floating through the berms that most riders were opting gap over. Keene pumped through this line ridiculously fast.

Two Words Giant. Condom.
  Two Words: Giant. Condom.

Adam Craig has come a long ways back to his DH roots after a multi year career for Giant s XC squad s. Craig s mostly an Enduro guy these days but the Sea Otter DH is too fun of a track to pass up.
  Adam Craig has come a long ways back to his DH roots after a multi year career for Giant's XC squad's. Craig's mostly an "Enduro" guy these days, but the Sea Otter DH is too fun of a track to pass up.

Anneke Beerten pinning the same rock line that almost took out Hipley.
  Anneke Beerten pinning the same rock line that almost took out Hipley.

Abby Hipley almost going nose first into the dirt off of what I believe is the only rock on the track.
  Abby Hipley almost going nose first into the dirt off of what I believe is the only rock on the track.

The big booter on the DH course...always the most fun spot on the course for the spectators.
  The big booter on the DH course...always the most fun spot on the course for the spectators.




Kirt Vories throwing in a little style to spice things up.
  Kirt Vories throwing in a little style to spice things up.

Railer through the left-hander leading into the lower section of the course.
  Railer through the left-hander leading into the lower section of the course.


Logan Binggeli narrowly squeezing in for second spot two-tenths of a second in front of Josh Carlson.
  Logan Binggeli narrowly squeezing in for second spot two-tenths of a second in front of Josh Carlson.

Lopes on his way to winning the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Downhill.
  Lopes on his way to winning the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Downhill.

Lopes smashed the competition by finishing almost two seconds in front of second place. Dude s still got it.
  Lopes smashed the competition by finishing almost two seconds in front of second place. Dude's still got it.

Sea Otter crowds crowding out of the venue.
  Sea Otter crowds crowding out of the venue.

Beer to water Redbull ratio indicates a good time was had by all.
  Beer to water/Redbull ratio indicates a good time was had by all.

See ya Sea Otter
  See ya Sea Otter!



79 Comments

  • 68 3
 "I only saw one person run the track on a legit DH bike"... but took pictures of at least five.
  • 5 27
flag wakaba (Apr 14, 2014 at 17:57) (Below Threshold)
 Its not a legit dh-track. Funpark for the travel challenged AM crowd? Pb and industry trying to redefine what dh is?
  • 18 0
 Alex Amaral was fastest non pro … ON A V10 DH BIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 3
 My boy Alex!!!
  • 8 0
 The DH track has been this way for years and years, nothing new.
  • 57 1
 Full Lycra + Full Face = Full Confusion
  • 19 10
 More like full shred
  • 29 3
 "Giant. Condom."
  • 17 1
 Sausage Casing
  • 5 0
 Jimmy Jacket
  • 5 1
 Im sure that made him the fastest on the course...
  • 4 0
 plum smugglers
  • 2 0
 maybe it's lined with the same kinda advanced foam that's in POC armor and absorbs impacts? a new kind of compression suit? it can't be for speed's sake.
  • 4 0
 Who can remember when all DHers wore speed suits before they were band? Yes given a choose everyone would where Lyra!
www.pinoymtbiker.org/forum/showthread.php?t=57099
www.bikeradar.com/news/article/uci-ban-skinsuits-and-open-face-helmets-for-mountain-bike-competition-19021
  • 2 0
 I pulled the following quote from the article you shared - "Fair enough to Tracy if she wants to do that to win, but for the sport and the longevity of the sport, to wear cool race kit and to make an image for yourself is more important than the odd win here and there," said Atherton. I don't think everbody would "want" to wear one. More like they would feel forced to wear one if they weren't banned because you would have to have one to have the competitive edge. I for one am glad they are banned. Can you imagine if MX guys wore spandex to be faster. Ha!
  • 1 0
 ah the 90s. such an uncomfortable time for us all!
  • 64 15
 I'm sorry, but those Troy Lee clown suits all the DH'ers wear are almost as stupid looking as that dude's lycra suit. Let's face it people, there is no such thing as a cool looking cyclist. WE ALL LOOK LIKE F'ING DORKS!!! If you believe otherwise, well... ignorance must truly be bliss.
  • 10 0
 Its like that robin williams joke about white guys and golf. Except with us.
  • 5 9
flag jerryhazard (Apr 14, 2014 at 21:14) (Below Threshold)
 *almost* but not quite there.

Not a fan of the harlequin pj's either, but at least their roots can be traced back loosely to Palmer, who was/IS cool. Whereas skin suits go back to roadies... which have nothing to do with DH.
  • 9 1
 ....annnnd of course Palmer or Tomac wearing skinsuits at Mammoth doesn't count, not to mention Nico Vollouz...Smile

I ride road and mountain. No one, and I mean NO ONE, is as stressed or judgmental about appearances as DH riders. Not by a long shot.
  • 2 1
 Whether Palmer wore a skin suit or not does not negate my point; he began to bring dh away from the roadie influence and at least align it a little with moto.

Everybody is judgemental - to whatever degree depends on the situation and the people - not the clique. When I see a group of roadies out hammering away in baggie shorts and t-shirts, then I'll believe they're not stressed about appearances. Its a bug that everybody has... vanity knows no bounds Smile
  • 2 0
 Cargo shorts and a tee shirt is perfectly acceptable to wear
  • 3 0
 Too bad more DH riders don't understand the compliment that riding road can have on their well DH performance.
Roadies wear lycra to cut wind resistance and noise, mostly noise at the slower levels, ever ridden with someone with a piece of clothing flapping in the wind like a flag?

The thing that makes me laugh though is cotton T-shirts and cotton shorts on any bike, about as comfortable as sitting on a cactus.
  • 3 1
 "When I see a group of roadies out hammering away in baggie shorts and t-shirts, then I'll believe they're not stressed about appearances."

Makes no sense. Why would roadies wear non-functional clothing that makes them slower and makes carrying food/tools/supplies more difficult? DH riders, OTOH, wear their clothes pretty much just to look like moto riders (or to look UNlike roadies). Roadie clothing is performance-driven. DH clothing is image-driven. Not saying skin suits are necessarily the perfect choice for DH, but between roadies and DHers, I'd say DHers are the more image-conscious ones.
  • 2 0
 IDGAF what I wear on the track, sometimes its a wifebeater and khaki shorts or sometimes its a full TLD kit, I still have fun and shred all the same. But the BEST is when you are dressed like a complete jack ass but kill the competition, then nobody can make fun of your silly clothes. But you better be fast or you will look like a complete clown!
  • 2 2
 @BKM

"Why would roadies wear non-functional clothing that makes them slower yadda yadda yadda..."

You don't think that DH clothing has a purpose? Whether it's full on kit gear or if it's baggier shorts that go past our knees to a loose fitting jersey or t-shirt, I can think of a number of functions the clothes have.

Some who ride like to ride with a thin layer of upper body armor when we go ride gnarly shale ridden courses or mountains. The larger shirt or jersey fits nicely over that. Then, if we take our bikes to a flowy trail with less consequence, we can ride in the same t-shirt without the armor without having to buy a ton of different clothing.

Baggier shorts are nice for movement. Believe it or not, you move a lot in what can be a bunch of odd positions. Some may not like the feel of their shorts attached to them. If they are too small, they actually can restrict your range of motion, especially with the thicker material that some of the gear is made of. Which brings us to another point...the material. DH is subject to major wear and tear on clothing, so why not wear some clothing built to take the punishment? As far as the length of shorts...personally I like them longer because I wear shin/knee guards, and when pedaling or doing just about anything, shorts like to rise up. And they can tend to rise up and catch on the knee pad if they are too short. PITA.

I can also put small things, such as necessary tools, keys, what have you in the pockets that I have without suffering any riding consequences.

Finally, I can go to the bar afterward in my bike gear comfortably, and not make anyone else uncomfortable when I'm ordering a drink next to them.

Each discipline of biking has "functional" gear, but it doesn't mean that any other discipline isn't functional because it's a different style.
  • 1 0
 I wear so much padding i look like roboco. I'm starting to wish they would just make a robocop looking kit, because that's how twitchy i look riding.
  • 2 1
 I've gone the the bar post Road ride in full team kit, no one cares other then the person wearing it mainly. But by "Bar" I mean patio, and by "no one cares" I mean I don't care what the other people there think of my race kit when I'm chillin post 2hr+ ride with a few riding friends.

Wear what ever you want, so long as you understand the difference between "Cotton" and "performance" and how when excercising the only place Cotton has is in the towel you dry yourself off with.
  • 41 8
 God, how many times did the author need to remind us that mid travel "enduro" bikes are cool and DH bikes are not.
  • 10 1
 This is ridiculous. None of the riders had use for a DH bike because the track was not a DH track. Never said anything about the coolness of DH bikes.
  • 1 0
 It's all about enduro now :p
  • 3 0
 Enduro = AKA plush Trail bikes
It's a good thing when they move away from needing a specific bike for each event.
  • 1 0
 Agreed
  • 22 1
 Tippy never fails to bring humor!
  • 25 4
 Hate to be that guy, but it's Tippie, not Tippy.... I'll go hide under a rock from the downvotes now
  • 7 0
 Haha woops my bad, after I posted I thought I may have messed that up
  • 14 0
 "Mike Day was looking comfortable aboard his new GT Sanction" - He was riding a GT Force hahaha
  • 10 0
 Tippie... !!!
  • 8 0
 Look at the Lopes photo...he actually doesnt use his brakes....no fingers on the brake levers. Unlike everyone else.
  • 1 0
 i thought that was normal?? i do that all the time because i feel more in control when i have all my tiny fingers wrapped around the bars???
  • 10 1
 God bless Tippy!
  • 6 0
 Interesting to see how many riders were clipped in. Guess it was a pedal kinda course?
  • 6 0
 For the otter it's go clips or go home. It's a 2min track that's basically all sprinting.
  • 1 6
flag Americanwetdream (Apr 14, 2014 at 21:57) (Below Threshold)
 True, almost all flats on the WC courses.
  • 7 2
 HAHA me drinking a grape steel reserve at ten in the morning!. 3rd pic from the bottom in purple tank front and center. awesome
  • 2 0
 Which is worse, wearing a purple tank top, drinking a grape beer or admitting on line that your an alcoholic?
  • 2 0
 the combo of all three for sure
  • 4 0
 Second Pic is Shea Jordan, Amazing rider, some one to look out for this upcoming year of competition. same goes to his bike, pinkbike is right, the Knolly Warden 27.5 he is riding is a very capable machine!!!!!
  • 5 0
 Fox Socks in Cowboy Boots, Nice Smile
  • 4 0
 As far as I could see Tippie was this year's main event! So bummed I missed it.
  • 3 2
 Is it really necessary to have constant digs at the DH track at Sea Otter? It's already well known that it's not a very steep or rocky/rooty course, and that it doesn't require a DH bike. That doesn't mean it doesn't take skill to go down it, and it also doesn't mean that it's not fun.
  • 5 1
 why is Curtis Keene called the "American Dream"?
  • 2 3
 Its his nickname
  • 5 5
 I know it's a nickname but why
  • 6 0
 Cause it rhymes.
  • 4 0
 Tippie's got his hand full!!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Yup - and WOW!
  • 1 1
 Amazing how no one cares about Sea Otter weekend when there was a World Cup going on, poor scheduling and unfortunate for the Sea Otter event, but I know I haven't given it a single thought until 2 days later which is a bummer because usually this is an awesome event to check out and read about. It probably still is but without MANY key people being there to race and just show off then its just not as exciting. Basically I'm saying that when UCI puts a schedule out they stick to it and don't change so events like this can get full attendance by riders and spectators.
  • 1 0
 The UCI obviously doesn't 'stick to it' when it comes to their scheduling -- they're the dopes that moved PMB's date, not the Sea Otter orgs. It's a shame they felt it reasonable and acceptable to conflict such an awesome cycling event... While the 'DH' course isn't all that great, SOC is an amazing weekend for cycling and it would have been nice to have the usual crowds, competitors and spectators there.
  • 4 1
 Tippy stole Jesus' dinosaur!
  • 4 1
 was that Cody kid up top runnin an old slope sx? awesome!
  • 2 2
 Think it's a new enduro sx.
  • 1 0
 Nvm I see who you're talking about, phone suck - but old school sx is sweet!
  • 2 0
 It's the old one. Not even close to the current Enduro SX.
  • 1 0
 I was there and saw that back flip by Carson. Fantastic! I've been attending for years and never.... Thought he was going to case it though!
  • 2 0
 Aaron Hodgkin with the signature heel clicker at sea otter!!
  • 4 0
 Aaron is a ripper.. shame he didn't get photo credit
  • 1 0
 Lookin forward to the sanction reviews! Can they climb well enough for non lift assist rides...?
  • 2 0
 Event photographer links?
  • 3 0
 Tippie u Fn legend
  • 1 0
 Was that photo really about beer cans? I was picking more up on the SRAM and the trash can.
  • 5 4
 "Two word! Giant. condom." Bahahahaha
  • 1 0
 I wanna ride the dinosaur
  • 1 1
 Cody Johnson on 26" wheels!
  • 1 0
 i see me
  • 2 5
 Shouldn't Gwin be called the American Dream?
  • 4 1
 I'm Gwin!

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