Downhill - Sea Otter Classic 2017

Apr 23, 2017 at 16:44
by Scott McClain  
I arrived at the top of the Sea Otter downhill with anticipation of a long line for Pro Practice, but to my disappointment, it seemed that everyone had slept in a bit. I have to admit the weather was a little on the chilly side, with overcast gloomy clouds in the sky, which may have had something to do with it. But Sea Otter never disappoints, at least not in my eyes. So I waited a bit and sure enough, like clockwork, with a practice time of 8:00am the riders started showing up. One by one, just a few minutes prior to the opening of the course, I saw the gladiators of my favorite discipline arrive.

Caroline Buchanan greets us with a grin on her way up to the morning practice.
Many of the ladies had smiles on their faces and seemed cheerful. Caroline Buchanan greets us with a grin on her way up to the morning practice.

Kiran Mackinnon Factory Santa Cruz rider pushing up with his game face on. Kiran finished 4th on the day.
Kiran Mackinnon, Factory Santa Cruz rider, pushing up with his game face on. Kiran finished 4th on the day.

Tandie Bailey pedaling up after making the trip out from Bentonville. She would finish 14th out of 25.
Another cheerful racer was Tandie Bailey, pedalling up after making the trip out from Bentonville.

Another racer from the other side of the states. Sean Leader co-founder of the Wind Rock Bike Park came out to the Sea Otter festivities.
Sean Leader, co-founder of the Wind Rock Bike Park, came out to the Sea Otter festivities.

I m pretty sure Dan Sheng Shan Chiang from New Taipei City was prepped for every scenario heading up to practice this morning or maybe he thought it was an enduro race
I'm pretty sure, Dan Sheng Shan Chiang from New Taipei City, was prepped for every scenario heading up to practice this morning, or maybe he thought it was an enduro race?

Graves taking a stroll through the meadow at the top of the DH course during practice.
Graves taking a stroll through the meadow at the top of the DH course, during practice.

Marshall Eames riding for Santa Cruz Bicycles flattening out the step down triple during practice. He looked quick but not quick enough finishing well off the podium.
Marshall Eames, riding for Santa Cruz Bicycles, flattening out the step-down triple during practice. He looked quick, but how would he fair against some of the biggest names in the world?

The Pivot team posing for a shot at the top of the venue. Emilie Siegenthaler would finish 6th in the Pro Women while Kerr would take 11th and Chapman would take 12th.
The Pivot team posing for a shot at the top of the venue. Emilie Siegenthaler would finish 6th in the Pro Women, while, Kerr would take 11th and Chapman would take 12th.

Riders jumped on the start list as soon as it was posted to see where they seeded. Thirty Second intervals and a class gap put the men starting seventeen minutes after the hour.

With practice wrapped up for the morning and the race starting shortly after that, riders jumped on the start list as soon as it was posted to see where they seeded. The Women would go first.

Samantha Kingshill a Sacramento CA native finished 5th. It s not surprise that she did well as she swept the GRT last season. Look for her to do big things this season.
Samantha Kingshill, a Sacramento CA native, finished 5th. It's no surprise that she did well, as she swept the GRT last season. Look for her to do big things this season.

Anneke Beerten pinned through the middle of the course which featured many sections where pedaling was necessary to make the podium.
Anneke Beerten, pinned through the middle of the course, which featured many sections where pedalling was necessary to make the podium. Beerten would take 2nd.

Jill Kintner on her way to another victory this weekend. She took first place by over four seconds.
Jill Kintner on her way to another victory this weekend. She took first place by over four seconds.

With 30 second intervals and a break between the classes, the men would go off seventeen minutes after the hour.

Graves keeps it low and fast on the doubles toward the top.
Graves keeps it low and fast on the doubles toward the top.

Others like Kirt Voreis threw whips to entertain the crowd.
Others, like Kirt Voreis, threw whips to entertain the crowd.

Mike Day known for his career in the BMX world now seems to be aiming for a second coming as a DH racer. He followed up his win here last year with another podium finish this year taking second place.

Mike Day, known for his career in the BMX world, now seems to be aiming for a second coming as a DH racer. He followed up his win here last year with another podium finish this year, taking second place.

Aaron Gwin absolutely pinned on his Jeffsy 29er but he would have a chain come off in the next corner. Even with that he finished just about five seconds off of first place with an eighth place finish. It s obvious the knee is at one-hundred percent going in to the first round of the World Cup next weekend.

Aaron Gwin, absolutely pinned on his Jeffsy 29er, but he would have a chain come off in the next corner. Even with that, he finished just about five seconds off of first place, with an eighth place finish. It's obvious the knee is at one-hundred percent going into the first round of the World Cup next weekend.

A quick bike check from the boys on the Specialized team. The race played out and these guys ended up at the top and the bottom of the podium Graves 1st - Keene 5th
A quick bike check from the boys on the Specialized team. The race played out and these guys ended up at the top and the bottom of the podium (Graves 1st - Keene 5th)

Pro Women s Podium - 1st Place Jill Kintner 2 17.077 2nd Place Anneke Beerten 2 21.219 3rd Place Caroline Buchanan 2 22.778 4th Place Raewyn Morrison 2 27.327 5th Place Samantha Kingshill 2 27.957

Pro Women's Podium - 1st Place: Jill Kintner 2:17.077, 2nd Place: Anneke Beerten 2:21.219, 3rd Place: Caroline Buchanan 2:22.778, 4th Place: Raewyn Morrison 2:27.327, 5th Place: Samantha Kingshill 2:27.957

Pro Men s Podium - 1st Place Jared Graves 2 02.387 2nd Place Mike Day 2 04.469 3rd Place Josh Carlson 2 05.496 4th Place Kiran Mackinnon 2 06.040 5th Place Curtis Keene 2 06.371

Pro Men's Podium - 1st Place: Jared Graves 2:02.387, 2nd Place: Mike Day 2:04.469, 3rd Place: Josh Carlson 2:05.496, 4th Place: Kiran Mackinnon 2:06.040, 5th Place: Curtis Keene 2:06.371

Full results here.


MENTIONS: @calledtocreation




47 Comments

  • + 36
 Shame he dropped the chain, sure YT were keen for the Jeffsy to win the *DH* event...he must do things to chains that I can't even comprehend...I haven't dropped a chain since I went narrow-wide with a clutched mech, and I assume he was running a chain guide...
  • + 9
 29er Jeffsy has no option to mount a chain guide
  • + 13
 @SleepingAwake: Wouldn't you be able to stick one on with a BB mount ?
  • + 3
 @SleepingAwake: The ALu versions do have ISCG05 tabs. also there are a couple of companies that make E-type chain guides like @OneUpComponents to mount where the front der. would mount.
however, sponsorship conflicts may prevent the use of these for Gwin.

I am on the Jeffsy 27 and holy sh*t its a fun bike..serious fun..
  • + 16
 Five seconds back with no chain. Animal
  • + 3
 @denomerdano: true - I somehow had in mind the Jeffsy was 1x only...
  • + 2
 @Altron Was thinking the exact same thing!
  • + 3
 77designz haves a chainguide made just for the Jeffsy. going to buy one soon.
  • + 2
 Ah yeah okay, all makes sense now...29er Jeffsy is pretty much the only YT without tabs. ethirteen either need to make a BB mounted option or let him run a blacked out one though!
  • + 2
 I have a one up e type installed
  • + 2
 @SleepingAwake: Wow. Surprised that a modern 140mm bike lags iscg tabs.
  • + 2
 That's dumb
  • + 2
 @SleepingAwake: Not true at all. I have a one up chainguide installed to my 29" AL Comp 1 right now. If you have a 1x version of the jeffsy you need e-type adapter from YT. If you bought a 2x version and decided to go 1x you already have the adapter and just need the guide.
  • + 2
 @denomerdano: @Altron: @aarongwin runs the @ethirteen-components TRS+ e-type chain guide...which comes stock on the Jeffsy CF Pro Race model.
  • + 1
 @denomerdano: And just to clear things up...unlike the Jeffsy 27 AL models - the Jeffsy 29 does not have ISCG mounts on either AL or CF frames.
  • + 1
 @kwapik: i am well aware of that.
The carbon models still do have etype mounts for multiple chain device options.
I think its a smart move. Smack a carbon iscg tab on a rock and its a sad day. This way yt cuts down on a ton of warranty claims
  • + 1
 @kwapik: Whoah whoah whoah, how's he dropping chains then?! This sh't be crazy...
  • + 1
 So I can't see a chain guide on AG's bike...around 07:45: www.pinkbike.com/news/just-the-tip-day-one-sea-otter-classic-2017.html

Annnnyway, pretty epic effort on his part, looking forward to seeing him back on the Too-es at mach 10 this year, with or without a chain.
  • + 2
 @SleepingAwake: 2017 pro race model comes with a standard ethirteen chainguide. I suppose he just broke his chain and fell off the bike.
  • + 21
 Pinkbers....The lame comments bitching about the Sea Otter DH are about 15 years old now. The Sea Otter race NEVER billed itself as a World Cup DH race. The area isn't a ski resort with a lift and doesn't claim to be. It's a bike festival with a quick, fun "DH" race thrown in. I've been to the Sea Otter twice. It's just a laid back good time with some bike races thrown in. I will personally give anyone $1000 for you yourselves go up there with your own time and money to make something better. For f*ck's sake is a bike festival to kick off the season for riders and vendors alike. Would you prefer them to cancel Sea Otter?

Damn the Pinkbike crowd is getting more and more cry baby and negative every day. It's like reading regular news with the same political cry babies (both main political parties)
  • + 1
 Roger that!
  • + 9
 Good to know that many of the ladies were cheerful, and that the guys had their game face on.
  • + 1
 Haha... Wink
  • + 8
 would have been nice if Gwin had another chainless victory run
  • + 3
 that course was far too flat for that to happen!
  • + 2
 I have decided to follow Enduro Jesus.
  • + 1
 Apparently Marshall only goes for looks as he finished a few off spots from last....
  • + 2
 What place did you finish??
  • + 0
 @o2a6k: Better than him as usual. I don't rely on neon and a hashtag to make myself relevant. There are much more deserving people, who get results, that should be given his sponsorship and a free santa cruz bike over him.
  • + 3
 Self PR...connections...and he walks on water! He gets race pics on here and MTBR all the time....without results More power to him if he can keep getting rides to do what he enjoys wish we were all as lucky
  • + 4
 @ElStig: what's your name so we can look you up? Your profile doesn't say your name and just "I'm faster than you"...it's okay bro, you're young and will learn how being humble is truly the only way to go.

But since you are so fast we look forward to seeing you getting sponsored some day and a ton of top place finishes. Cheers.
  • + 2
 Haters gonna hate. Marshall keep doing what you do. One luv from the bay. Don't let the jealous ass posers who want talk down get to you. That's what we call PLAYA HATERS.
  • + 1
 Was anyone on an actual real DH bike?
  • + 4
 I wasn't there, but my guess is probably not. I don't think Sea Otter DH is the type of track that would benefit from a dual crown setup.
  • + 1
 Didn't see any DH bike on that course, they're all using AM/Enduro bikes.
  • + 1
 Heck, graves won it on the Camber... as aggressive trail bikes go, it's a rung below the stumpy fsr
  • - 1
 Gwin on a 29er !!! Will be interesting to see how many riders are making the switch for 2017
  • + 15
 Its Sea Otter. The tamest Pro DH race in the world. Gwin is on 27.5" for the season on his Tues. Also, he's raced S.O. on 29ers when he was on Special Ed.

So far, Mondraker, possibly Syndicate, and Trek are pretty much confirmed as having 29ers available to the team.
  • - 1
 From now on the sea otter downhill should be referred to in print as "downhill?"
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