Downhill Finals From Colin Meagher - Sea Otter 2013

Apr 22, 2013
by Colin Meagher  
Greg Minnaar settint the tone on the second jump during his first run of the morning.
  Greg Minnaar settin' the tone on the second jump during his first run of the morning.

Ian Massey offering a bit of proof that you don t have to be a World Champ to be cracking tables or throwing whips. Seems like most racers were keeping things light hearted during practice--whips bar humps and tables were the flavor. But as practice edged more towards racing there was a lot more staying low and going fast.
  Ian Massey offering a bit of proof that you don't have to be a World Champ to be cracking tables or throwing whips. Seems like most racers were keeping things light hearted during practice - whips, bar humps, and tables were the flavor. But as practice edged more towards racing, there was a lot more staying low and going fast.

Gwin keeping an eye on line choices.
  Gwin keeping an eye on line choices.

Patrick Thome moved on from Lapierre to Scott 11 after a solid season on the World Cup last year.
  Patrick Thome moved on from Lapierre to Scott 11 after a solid season on the World Cup last year.

Racing racing racing. Caroline Buchanan took the 4X World Championships a few years back but then focused on BMX for a bit. She s back now and is taking a page from Jill Kintner s book with DH racing as a focus for her new sponsor Airborne Bikes. Look for her at Fort Bill in a couple months--not sure how that Scottish monster will treat the 4X racer... we ll have to see.
  Racing, racing, racing. Caroline Buchanan took the 4X World Championships a few years back, but then focused on BMX for a bit. She's back now, and is taking a page from Jill Kintner's book with DH racing as a focus for her new sponsor Airborne Bikes. Look for her at Fort Bill in a couple months - not sure how that Scottish monster will treat the 4X racer... we'll have to see.

Untouchable. No mistakes. Like Graves Kintner s gate racing history and DH saddle time made this race hers to lose.
  Untouchable. No mistakes. Like Graves', Kintner's gate racing history and DH saddle time made this race hers to lose.

Holly Feniak getting a the first taste of the season.
  Holly Feniak getting the first taste of the season.

Say what you will about the Sea Otter DH being short but it is fan friendly. Fans weren t exaclty lining the course wall to wall but plenty were on hand to cheer on some of the World s best.
  Say what you will about the Sea Otter DH being short, but it is fan friendly. Fans weren't exactly lining the course wall to wall, but plenty were on hand to cheer on some of the World's best.

Focus. Steve Smith was only a half second off of Gwin s time.
  Focus. Steve Smith was only a half second off of Gwin's time.

It s a UCI sanctioned race does that mean a DQ for the lycra
  It's a UCI sanctioned race; does that mean a DQ for the lycra?

Chain Reaction action. Sam Hill putting his Nukeproof through it s paces.
  Chain Reaction action. Sam Hill putting his Nukeproof through its paces.

No fat bike today Adam Craig gunning for a DH result.
  No fat bike today: Adam Craig gunning for a DH result.

Another NW rider Lars Sternburg keeping it low and tucked in on the straight away section in the middle of the track.
  Another NW rider, Lars Sternberg, keeping it low and tucked in on the straight away section in the middle of the track.

Luke Strobel pinning it on a foreign substance sand and dust.
  Luke Strobel pinning it on a foreign substance: sand and dust.

Troy Brosnan pinning it up one of the two uphills on the Sea Otter track.
  Troy Brosnan pinning it up one of the two uphills on the Sea Otter track.

Marc Beaumont aboard his new GT Fury it will be interesting to see that bike at work on a proper monster of a track like Fort William.
  Marc Beaumont aboard his new GT Fury; it will be interesting to see that bike at work on a proper monster of a track like Fort William.

CG doing business time.
  CG doing business time.

Rookie Trek World Racing rider Greg Williamson keeping it low in on the only rock feature on the track.
  Rookie Trek World Racing rider Greg Williamson keeping it low on the only rock feature on the track.

Freshly minted Redbull athlete Curtis Keene sending it. A few mistakes though had him 5 seconds out.
  Freshly minted Red Bull athlete Curtis Keene sending it. A few mistakes, though, had him 5 seconds out.

Scrb a dub Bulldog...
  Scrub a dub Bulldog...

Nice Slippers Eliot. Perfect for cozying up to a nice campfire.
  Nice Slippers, Eliot. Perfect for cozying up to a nice campfire.

The Sea Otter course is perfect for a guy like Jared Graves it s just DH enough to cater to having skills but it s so short that it s almost a double length 4X track. Graves may not have that 4X physique anymore but what he lacks in bulk has translated directly to excelling at tracks like this.
  The Sea Otter course is perfect for a guy like Jared Graves: it's just DH enough to cater to having skills, but it's so short that it's almost a double length 4X track. Graves may not have that 4X physique anymore, but what he lacks in bulk has translated directly to excelling at tracks like this.

Logan Bingeli was looking wicked up top. All business. But a short track like this is so unforgiving that your run has to be perfect to make the podium.
  Logan Bingeli was looking wicked up top. All business. But a short track like this is so unforgiving that your run has to be perfect to make the podium.

Neko Mulally given er.
  Neko Mulally given 'er.

Sik Mik. .01 of a second differentil. That is CLOSE racing.
  Sik Mik. .01 of a second differential. That is CLOSE racing.

Low and just fast enough to edge out the out the competition Aaron Gwin setring the table for the season here at Sea Otter...it s only the Sea Otter DH but the term Gwining it may be the norm for the World Cup too.
  Low and just fast enough to edge out the competition, Aaron Gwin setting the table for the season here at Sea Otter...it's only the Sea Otter DH, but the term "Gwining it" may be the norm for the World Cup, too.



35 Comments

  • + 23
 I wish there was more general coverage of Elliot Jackson! Dude kills it and its just fun to watch! Nothing like his aero tuck picture from windham where he is grabbing his stanchions! What a ripper with the slippers!!!
  • + 9
 Seriously though, what's the story behind the slippers?
  • + 5
 retired people wear slippers. dont you follow gwin on instagram??
  • + 2
 he ate shit really bad right after where his picture was taken. so yes he did rip the slippers
  • + 3
 I was wearing sponsor socks, Vega is a personal sponsor. They just look small compared to the high top 510s.
  • + 1
 I hate to be THAT guy, but its Eliot, with 1 L
  • + 0
 so wait Elliot Jackson is retiring? I still dont get it
  • + 2
 yea, he has super bad asthma and couldnt handle doing race weeks at world cups. He said it was just to much for him. But i dunno the full extent
  • + 4
 I wish I had known there was a pyjama convention going on near Monteray. Probably why Eliot Jackson is wearing his slippers to go with his purple troy lee PJ's. I should have gone I have some sweet new Hulk PJ's
  • + 6
 Losing is frustrating but sometimes you just have to Gwin and bear it.
  • + 4
 that dude in the skin suit was such a hit. we were all cheering him on. sadly he crashed in the corner and then we started cheering hahaha it was rad
  • + 4
 Nice to see a gallery from the otter that doesn't contain a ton of over processed shots that look like they came from Instagram. Nice work Colin.
  • + 1
 I viewed Paris's photos first and was "awesome shot!" then I viewed Colin's shots and was " WOW! amazing". Not that Paris's shots are not excellent by any means, I just got the Wow factor from Colin's shots.
  • + 1
 I agree. Colin has this picture taking thing Down!
  • + 3
 Thanks for not over processing your photos.
  • + 2
 So glad Lycra was banned, great for some retro vibe, but def no bring back Lyca looks so GHEY!
  • + 3
 When it come to DH just say no to lycra...
  • + 0
 I came on early so i could be one of the first guys to comment something witty and get lots of props. But i cant think of anything Nice pics Good night
  • + 2
 Ian killing it with that table.
  • + 3
 Mick got robbed
  • + 4
 Would have made a perfect start to his pre World Cup prep.. Aussi champs then Sea Otter.. Even so a great result. So hope he does well this year!
  • + 1
 Nope...he got beat by .01 seconds. I'd call that a tie, but someone has to come in 2nd.
  • + 1
 actually the timing was hand stopped, not laser timed so he may have actually won. There was a protest launched but not much you can do. Perhaps Sea Otter needs to get laser timing for the DH especially on a race this size with WC athletes.
  • + 2
 Soo many screen saver to chose from
  • + 1
 How do I turn off mobile mode and default to view full site??? Can't pinch photos on iPhone and I don't like that!
  • + 2
 Go to the very bottom.
  • + 1
 ...Default
  • + 0
 love brosnan's out of the saddle climb picture. you should've got one of Minaar doing that on his V10! Just wrong
  • - 1
 Love Holly Feniak but for gods sake get her some proper black crew socks with a sponsor logo. Ankle socks are amateur hour for dh racing.
  • + 5
 How much is the commercial space on your Willie? I'd like to market a nee lubricant
  • + 2
 Trying to avoid bad tan lines...
  • + 1
 amateur hour because she is wearing ankle socks? I sure hope you're kidding. but you are probably jealous because she is faster than you! Smile
  • + 1
 Seriously?Hand timed?That can't be right.
  • + 1
 Yeah Neko! Top ten!
  • + 1
 Yea Ian!!!

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