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Dual Slalom Photo Report - Sea Otter Classic 2018
Apr 22, 2018
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Sea Otter Classic 2018
Words & Photography by Trevor Lyden & Matthew DeLorme
American flags on display.
Eliot Jackson powering down on the longest straight section of the course
Cody Kelley's patriotic steed
Jill Kintner was way out in front for most of the heats.
And another Dual Slalom title for the Queen.
Grubby and Bubba give each other a pat on the back after the dust has settled.
Steffi Marth is racing again and slid into 7th place
We were glad to see this rider bounce back after his hard crash in the last round
Down but not out. A hard hit in the elimination rounds
The dusty flat turns proved to be one of the most challenging aspects to this year's course
Porsha Murdock was looking fast all day, but a slide out on the flat corners took her out of podium contention
Cody Kelley's hopes ended early with a crash on the corner from hell.
Graves came away with the bronze and plenty of twenty dollar bills.
Mitch was on a mission, and nothing could stop him.
Bubba Vs Mitch. Mitch moves ahead.
Keegan Wright was out slashing berms. The EWS racer held his own out there today.
Throwing some style at it.
Jared Graves put up a hard fight again Mitch, but after losing traction in the flats he went on third.
Jill was fast through the turns which put her out ahead
Bubba took a really hard fall in qualifiers, but was made it through all the way to 4th place
Going the biggest doens't always prove to be the fastest, but somehow Mitch made it work and snagged the coveted gold
Anneke Beerten on her final run against Jill. Anneke took home the silver medal
Jill taking the big air line in her race against Steffi.
Kialani Hines was a favorite for the podium, but a small bobble put her into the 4th place spot
Claire Hamilton would finish third.
The veteran and the up and comer. Experience took the win on this one.
Mitch edges of Kyle on the final heat.
Graves and Warren nearly neck and neck at the end for the 3rd place spot
That's another DS title for Mitch.
Nothing like a good bit of dual slalom to remind us how rad racing bikes is.
Kyle Strait taking home the silver
High fives for the fans
Always a crowd pleaser, rope-a-dope after taking the win
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(Apr 23, 2018 at 16:12)
It will come back! Now that bike companies can advertised and sell trail bikes, the sport has potential to be developed again. Dual Slalom and 4X died simply because bike companies weren't selling bikes or making enough money out of it. This might change now with top riders such as Mitch or Jared racing 5010's and Stumpjumpers respectively. It is such an eye pleasing sport. It needs to come back!
(Apr 27, 2018 at 12:07)
Spot on! More great short travel bikes = more fun and easier slalom setups!
(Apr 22, 2018 at 12:40)
Dammit, I love Slalom! Insert 'bring back slalom comments here>>_________'
(Apr 23, 2018 at 0:31)
SLALOM, BRING IT BACK! 4X/MOUNTAIN CROSS, BRING IT BACK!
(Apr 23, 2018 at 16:08)
I had some grilled prawns today and they were amazing.
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