Dual Slalom Photo Recap: Reigning Champions - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 14, 2019
by Trevor Lyden  




The 2019 Sea Otter Dual Slalom was a race filled with loose turns, tight gates, and plenty of upsets. The finals field consisted of 32 pro men and 16 pro women. Both groups had a wide array of competitors with riders ranging from multiple world champions to up and coming racers.

The course had a few changes made this year which some folks preferred and others not so much. Conditions were loose and dry, typical for Sea Otter and the region in general. The loose track made for some exciting racing and proved to be a challenge for even the most experienced riders—Greg Minnaar even took a spill. There were multiple upsets throughout the day and some of the best dual slalom riders found themselves sampling the local dirt.

At the end of the day Mitch Ropelato took home the gold for the men and Jill Kintner for the women.


Luca Cometti putting the power down out of the start gate.
Luca Cometti putting the power down out of the start gate.

Kyle Strait was a favorite to take the win but due to some bad luck ended up getting beat in the second round.
Kyle Strait was a favorite to take the win, but due to some bad luck ended up getting beat in the second round.

Fabian Cousinie who miraculously eliminated Loris Vergier in round 2 fought his way into the bronze medal spot.
Fabian Cousinie, who miraculously eliminated Loris Vergier in round 2, fought his way into the bronze medal spot.

The first few corners were loose dry and rowdy.
The first few corners were loose, dry and rowdy.

Rachel Strait on one of the top corners of the dual slalom course.
Rachel Strait on one of the top corners of the dual slalom course.

Luca Shaw making his way to the top of the track.
Luca Shaw making his way to the top of the track.

Warren Kniss on the blue course.
Warren Kniss on the blue course.

Chain issues...
Chain issues...

Cody Kelley having a good time.
Cody Kelley having a good time.

Cody Kelley warping his way down the course.
Cody Kelley warping his way down the course.

Peaty was looking quick all day but got beat out by Steven Walton.
Peaty was looking quick all day, but got beat out by Steven Walton.

It s good to see Peaty racing.
It's good to see Peaty racing.

Liv rider Caroline Washam.
Liv rider Caroline Washam.


Eyes on the prize.
Eyes on the prize.

Fabian Cousinie with Mikey Haderer.
Fabian Cousinie with Mikey Haderer.

Cous Cous and Mitch neck and neck in the semi.
Cous Cous and Mitch neck and neck in the semi.

Gerg Minnaar vs Youn Deniaud. Deniaud moved on.
Gerg Minnaar vs Youn Deniaud. Deniaud moved on.

World cup legend Greg Minnar was on hand to try out the Sea Otter Dual Slalom but unfortunately only made it to round two.
World cup legend Greg Minnar was on hand to try out the Sea Otter Dual Slalom, but unfortunately only made it to round two.

Steven Walton vs Phil Kmetz. Steven went on to win this heat.
Steven Walton vs Phil Kmetz. Steven went on to win this heat.

Dante Silva looked good on course but was fighting a losing battle going up against Steve Peat in round one.
Dante Silva looked good on course, but was fighting a losing battle going up against Steve Peat in round one.

This flat right hander took out more than a few riders throughout the day.
This flat right hander took out more than a few riders throughout the day.

Nestoroff vs Walton battle it out in the semi. Nestoroff moves on.
Nestoroff vs Walton battle it out in the semi. Nestoroff moves on.

Matthew Sterling airing over the mid course doubles.
Matthew Sterling airing over the mid course doubles.

Noga Korem
Noga Korem

Noga Korem holding her speed through one of the three large berms.
Noga Korem holding her speed through one of the three large berms.

Rachel Pageau the only rider in a cotton T-shirt.
Rachel Pageau, the only rider in a cotton T-shirt.

Cody Kelley the king of style.
Cody Kelley, the king of style.

Berm destruction.
Berm destruction.

Kialani Hines vs. Veronique Sandler. Kialani took the win in this round to later be defeated by Jill.
Kialani Hines vs. Veronique Sandler. Kialani took the win in this round, to later be defeated by Jill.

Martha Gill has had a good weekend so far. She stood on the podium of enduro on Thursday and took home the bronze today.
Martha Gill has had a good weekend so far. She stood on the podium of enduro on Thursday, and took home the bronze today.

Iago Garay shaving the top of berms. It didn t end well but he s ok.
Iago Garay shaving the top of berms. It didn't end well, but he's ok.

Downhill racer Luca Shaw versus Iago Garay Tamayo.
Downhill racer Luca Shaw versus Iago Garay Tamayo.

The fans were stoked with the racing.
The fans were stoked with the racing.

Luca Shaw made it to round three before a crash out of the start knocked him out.
Luca Shaw made it to round three before a crash out of the start knocked him out.


Vergier doubles it up.
Vergier doubles it up.

Loris Vergier takes the lead in the first heat but lost out to Cous Cous in round two.
Loris Vergier takes the lead in the first heat but lost out to Cous Cous in round two.

Leigh Donovan proving she s still fast as f k on a bike.
Leigh Donovan proving she's still fast as f&@k on a bike.

Anneke Beerten snagged the sliver medal in dual slalom only two days after winning the enduro race.
Anneke Beerten snagged the sliver medal in dual slalom, only two days after winning the enduro race.

Nikolas Nestoroff narrowly beat Steven Walton to make his way into the final round. Nikolas ended the day with a silver medal.
Nikolas Nestoroff narrowly beat Steven Walton to make his way into the final round. Nikolas ended the day with a silver medal.

Youn Deniaud and Nestoroff before Deniaud lost it after the next corner.
Youn Deniaud and Nestoroff before Deniaud lost it after the next corner.

Jill Kintner with a sizable gap on Anneke Beerten in the final round.
Jill Kintner with a sizable gap on Anneke Beerten in the final round.

Jill Kintner to no ones surprise was the fasted female of the day and took home another gold medal.
Jill Kintner, to no ones surprise, was the fasted female of the day and took home another gold medal.

Jill Kintner was utterly dominant. Martha Gill tries to keep up in the semi.
Jill Kintner was utterly dominant. Martha Gill tries to keep up in the semi.

Gold medal winner and three-time back to back champ Mitch Ropelato.
Gold medal winner and three-time back to back champ Mitch Ropelato.

Jill Kintner was happy to take home another win.
Jill Kintner was happy to take home another win.

Ropelato gassed after the win.
Ropelato gassed after the win.

Rope-a-dope with the win.
Rope-a-dope with the win.

Full results here.


9 Comments

  • + 5
 Lago shaving the berm, what a brilliant shot.
  • + 1
 ooooh...... whats that little Commencal that Luca is riding at the top? Razz
  • + 1
 scrap that, absolut sx! my bad
  • + 1
 Yeah, was wondering that too. Looks so much fun (like all SX/4X/DS fullies do). It is not on their 2019 program though, only 2018.
  • + 1
 Such a fun race to watch and this recap is da bomb! Great job!
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed those captured moments! Shout out to the photographer!
  • + 0
 @mdelorme bro you know I have nothing but respect but those pan shots are a little dark no?
  • + 1
 Nice pics, thank you!

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv56 0.046493
Mobile Version of Website