ODI Invitational Go Kart Race - Interbike 2011

Sep 25, 2011
by Fraser Britton  
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What happens when you put 50 uber competitive professional athletes, olympians and media on the same Go Kart track, at the same time? Absolute mayhem, that's what. Kevin Stevens, the man behind ODI, invited their sponsored athletes and some media friends over to the Pole Position Raceway on Wednesday night during Interbike, and gave us all carte blanche to get our race on. Catered dinner, open bar and 45mph Go Karts on a 1/4 mile indoor track means good times, (and a little whiplash,) was had by all!

Little do they staff know they are in for the most stressful evening of their lives.

Pole Position was in for a rude awakening. Little did the staff know, they were in for the most stressful evening of their lives. As we left, we were told if it happens again next year, they are going to bring in twice as many staff to handle the gong show.


Kevin Stevens of ODI on the mic getting the teams dialled the welcomes done and laying down the law.

Kevin Stevens of ODI on the mic, getting the teams dialled, the welcomes done and laying down the race rules. No one really listened to the last part.


Track walk Atkinson Lopes amp Mike Day leading the charge. This is pit road. Don t speed you ll kill someone.

Track walk! Atkinson, Lopes & Mike Day leading the charge. "This is pit road. Don't speed, you'll kill someone."


3 members to a team full pit strategy and 45 minutes of racing coming up. Aaron Gwin got the checkered bandana team really Aaron

3 members to a team, full pit strategy and 45 minutes of racing coming up. Somehow Aaron Gwin got the checkered bandana team. It's only fitting I guess?


SDG s Chris Han and Kyle Strait - detour to the Go Kart track on their way to ride mechanical bulls at the country bar.

SDG's Chris Han and Kyle Strait - detour to the Go Kart track on their way to ride mechanical bulls at the country bar.


Bryn is back walking and driving. Jill and Bryn were all smiles as the evening wore on. Special thanks to Jill for taking a lot of the photos above so I could race a Kart.

Bryn is back walking and driving. Team Bryll was all smiles as the evening wore on. Special thanks to Jill for taking a lot of the photos above so I could race all night.


Staged and ready to go. 12 Karts filled with uber competitive professional athletes and industry folks all on the track at once. yes this will go well.

Staged and ready to go. 12 Karts filled with uber competitive professional athletes and industry folks all on the track at once. Yes, this will go well. No one will get sideways and end up under the barriers. We promise.


I actually get to ride and not take pictures for once thanks again Jill

I actually get to ride and not take pictures for once, thanks again Jill! This is the only time in my life I will be sitting directly ahead of Aaron Gwin on the start line.


And it s on. The first few corners were drama filled and the race was stopped about every 2 laps to pry someone out of the barriers.

And it's on. The first few corners were drama filled, and the race was stopped about every 2 laps to pry someone out of the barriers.


And now it s a complete disaster. Karts pointing in every direction. Eric Carter s pink hello kitty bedazzled helmet must be distracting the competition.

And, now it's a complete disaster. Karts pointing in every direction. Eric Carter's pink hello kitty bedazzled helmet must be distracting the competition.



Lopes Barry Noble Chris Han Monkdawg all watchin the times. Go Kart are serious business in the mountain bike world.

Lopes, Barry Nobles, Chris Han & Monkdawg all watchin' the times. Go Karts are serious business in the cycling world.


Coach is stoked after passing EC. Or is he stoked because of his super rad custom fire suit thanks to Alpinestars

Coach is stoked after passing EC. Or is he stoked because of his super rad custom fire suit thanks to Alpinestars?


Racing was fast and furious all night. Including the 4 wheel drifts and spins.


EC that s not very nice.

EC, that's not very nice.


Gwin for the win Another common site. Aaron just can t seem to learn how to share in the victory celebrations. Another victory lap for man from So Cal.

Gwin for the win! Another common sight. Aaron just can't seem to learn how to share in the victory celebrations. Another victory lap for man from So Cal.


Thanks to ODI and Kevin Stevens for a fantastic evening away from the gong show that is Interbike. Hopefully we can do it again next year!


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30 Comments

  • 43 1
 Haha can you please post the video too??? We would love to see that! Thanks!
  • 28 3
 Gwin for the win! Another common site.

Site?! Seriously?!
  • 16 2
 Thumbs up if you want a video!
  • 19 1
 thumbs up? this isnt youtube. haha
  • 5 1
 Yeah but you can do this tup
  • 11 8
 Gwin dosent lose... ever. haha
  • 41 5
 world champs......
  • 5 1
 the man IS speed
  • 4 6
 Aaron was just as fast and could of taken second easily, maybe first if it wasnt for the stupid tangle up.
  • 4 0
 thankfully it didn't rain...
  • 2 2
 but then he still wouldnt have won
  • 3 2
 you sure told me big guy...
  • 2 2
 "Aaron was just as fast and could of taken second easily, maybe first if it wasnt for the stupid tangle up."

So what you're saying is if he hadn't crashed, he would have almost won?

More skill = less crashing

Therefore you said:

"Aaron was just as fast and could of taken second easily, maybe first if he had more skill"
  • 1 1
 who gives a shit? It was a GO KART race.
  • 1 0
 I didn't see a single go kart in Champery...

(read the article and the comments that you're replying to)
  • 2 0
 Yea, read the article... didn't see the word "Champery" once. Also read the comments from intenserider7 down to you.. again not once was the word "Champery" used. You saw that the article was about Go Karts right???


(Why would I ever think your comments might be related to the actual article that they are posted under? Foolish mistake on my part)
  • 1 2
 a) Gwin actually won the go kart race (see article)
b) this thread was discussing the recent world champs ("world champs......")
  • 3 0
 Yup got it.
a) You'll notice I said "thankfully it didn't rain" as a response to the "Gwin doesn't lose" comment. Which was joke meaning if it had rained Gwin would not have won, much like the World Championship. (grasping it now champ?)



b) By this thread "discussing the recent world champs" I will assume you mean your attempt at picking apart some random speculation about what Gwin could've done in panzer103's pretend land. You did a great job.(I am sure panzer103 sincerely regrets imagination.)

Save your, "read the article" BS for somebody else chief.

PS. Who gives a shit? It was a GO KART race.
  • 1 0
 damn, every time I make a comment I get the shit spammed outta my inbox from all you immature 13 year old dweebs having a mass-debate about some completely irrelevant point that has already passed and is in the history books and therefore no longer worth trying to float your ego on - seriously, just because its the internet you think you know everything - grow the fuck up!
  • 3 0
 they must have needed to sell a lot of grips to fund this.
  • 1 0
 I noticed that Lopes is #12 over all on the track at Pole Position. Methinks he frequents the joint.
  • 1 0
 the only reason he wins soooo much is cause he's on the charlie sheen drug!
  • 1 0
 Uh, duh! Winning!
  • 1 0
 that is so funny i would have loved to watch them race
  • 2 1
 Semenuks an ODI rider where was he he would of beaten them all !!!!
  • 8 0
 TheSensus
  • 1 0
 That can't be Lopes. He has a shirt on!
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