Dual Slalom Recap - Sea Otter 2016

Apr 16, 2016 at 22:55
by Fraser Britton  
It s been awhile since we ve seen Brook MacDonald on slalom bike. The ex Junior World DH Champ rode his 26 GT hardtail like a champ all evening and was charging until he folded a tire heading up a double and ejected in a spectacular way.
  It's been awhile since we've seen Brook MacDonald on slalom bike. The ex Junior World DH Champ rode his 26" GT hardtail like a champ all evening and was charging until he folded a tire heading up a double and ejected in a spectacular way.

Dual Slalom
  Bryn Atkinson made it a family affair qualifying first alongside his lady, Jill Kintner.

Cody Kelley had a great evening on his new Yeti. if you look closely you may spot something special about his helmet...
  Cody Kelley had a great evening on his new Yeti. if you look closely, you may spot something special about his helmet...

The view from the top. One of the cooles things about the Sea Otter DS track is that you can see the whole thing from anywhere alongside the track. As in Bubba Warren ekeing out a win early in the afternoon.
  The view from the top. One of the coolest things about the Sea Otter DS track is that you can see the whole thing from anywhere alongside the track. As in Bubba Warren eking out a win early in the afternoon.

Caroline Buchanan is ready for Rio and it shows. The horsepower she was pulling out of the gate was unmatched.
  Caroline Buchanan is ready for Rio and it shows. The horsepower she was pulling out of the gate was unmatched.

The crowd at the Sea Otter Classic is always packed full of Pinkbike fans.

Round one upset 14 year old Joe Foresta taking out Bryn Atkinson.
  Round one upset: 14-year-old Joe Foresta taking out Bryn Atkinson.

Bas Van Steenbergen with a slight edge on Cous Cous but Cous Cous ended up knocking Van Steenbergen out.
  Bas Van Steenbergen with a slight edge on Cous Cous but Cous Cous ended up knocking Van Steenbergen out but was, in turn, knocked out before the semis.

Bulldog Vs Kelley. Kelley into 6th for the night.
  Bulldog Vs Kelley. Kelley into 6th for the night.

The Bulldog walking all over Cody Warren midway through the afternoon.
  The Bulldog walking away from Cody Kelley midway through the afternoon.

Jared Graves was having a fantastic afternoon until he took a digger in the same corner as MacDonald in the consolation round.
  Jared Graves was having a fantastic afternoon until he took a digger in the same corner as MacDonald in the consolation round.

Beerten Vs Buchanan. Beer ten would move on by the skin of her teeth.
  Beerten Vs Buchanan. Beerten would move on by the skin of her teeth.

Brook MacDonald ejection
  Brook MacDonald ejection!

Grubby keeping it low midway down the course.
  Grubby keeping it low midway down the course.

Beerten and Buchanan battle as the crowd looks on with the infamous turn one images in the backdrop.
  Beerten and Buchanan battle as the crowd looks on with the infamous turn one in the backdrop.

Buchanan focused in the consolation round.
  Buchanan focused in the consolation round.

Joe Foresta completed GT s 1-2-3 podium sweep.
  Joe Foresta completed GT's 1-2-3 podium sweep.

Graves vs MacDonald in the consolation round.
  Graves vs MacDonald in the consolation round.

Martin Maes your 2016 Sea Otter Slalom Champ
  Martin Maes, your 2016 Sea Otter Slalom Champ!

Maes and Foresta go one and two for the GT factory team and celebrate together at the finish line
  Maes and Foresta celebrate together at the finish line.

Dual Slalom
  Jill Kintner leads out Anneke Beerten to the finish and the hardware.

Graves picks himself up and dusts himself off.
  Graves picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Dual Slalom
  Martin Maes on the gas!

Jill Kintner taking home gold tonight in Monterey.
  Jill Kintner taking home gold tonight in Monterey.

Martin Maes all alone and out in front.
  Martin Maes all alone and out in front.

Maes looks over his shoulder for Foresta at the finish line
  Maes looks over his shoulder for Foresta at the finish line.

The Women s podium L-R Samanatha Kingshill 4 Anneke Beerten 2 Jill Kintner 1 and Caroline Buchanan 3 .
  The Women's podium (L-R): Samantha Kingshill (4), Anneke Beerten (2), Jill Kintner (1), and Caroline Buchanan (3).

The men s podium L-R Jared Graves 4 Joe Foresta 2 Martin Maes 1 and Brook MacDonald 3 .
  The men's podium (L-R): Jared Graves (4), Joe Foresta (2), Martin Maes (1), and Brook MacDonald (3).

View the full results here.


MENTIONS: @calledtocreation / @fraserbritton / @Margus / @meagerdude

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36 Comments

  • + 72
 Is pinkbike pretending that there weren't Ebike races at sea otter???
  • + 94
 Oh I bloody hope so.
  • + 95
 Pinkbike doesn't cover motorcycle racing.
  • + 8
 I want to know more! I want a condescending article "assist to hell"
  • + 0
 No! Are you serious?
  • + 1
 @thrasher2: yes, only know as I saw some pics on a certain specialized riders instagram feed...
  • + 33
 No love for Samantha Kingshill? 16 years old with a pro slalom podium and pretty much zero sponsors. She really deserves some coverage
  • + 5
 I think she took 1st in many Fontana dh races this year too.
  • + 2
 Seriously! Sam is crushing it this year, at half the age of most of her competition.
  • + 20
 Need that MacDonald ejection as a sequence please.
  • + 17
 On a hardtail..... hmm....., not in any of the pictures here.
  • - 11
flag Mongoss (Apr 17, 2016 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 If I'm not wrong then those bikes that have less than 100mm travel rear are considered hardtails in competitions.
  • + 4
 @Mongoss: They can't be, by definition. So I guess you're wrong.
  • + 15
 Every image a banger! Nice work to the photog team
  • + 3
 Fraser Brittons pan shoots were all bangers they are easy to mess up but these ones are stunning
  • + 12
 More More More More DS please
  • + 26
 DS bike checks please!!!
  • + 3
 With the starts and stripes and red bull helmet I thought Jill was Gwin. She's a badass lady! Also dual slalom seems like such a great spectator sport, beginners could start racing for a lot less than DH/enduro, you don't need a steep mountain to race on and did I mention it's awesome to watch!
  • + 4
 That pink helmet is awesome, so is Caroline of course.
  • + 3
 Ebikes and wagon wheels are for lazy choad suckers!
  • + 3
 Caroline Buchanan is number #1 ... If hotness and style was a race
  • + 2
 Amen
  • + 4
 Yeah Joey!
  • + 1
 I rode Wasatch bike park with Joey a few months ago. Nice kid and he rips a bike!
  • + 1
 Maes is just amazing. Enduro, DH (a win on his first WC as junior, in Fort Williams please) and now dual slalom? What's next? Trials? Rampage? CX?
  • + 1
 What GT bike is that? Is it a newer Distortion, or are they still making that anymore?
  • + 1
 Maes used a GT Distortion last year, it looks like he used the same bike this year.
  • + 2
 Dan !!!!! sheng shan jiang !!!!!!GO GO GO !!!!
  • + 2
 Couldn't spot anything special about Kellys helmet...
  • + 8
 Detachable mouth guard and more air vents
  • + 1
 Cody Kelley on a 4.5c with 650b wheels?
  • + 1
 video video video video video.... v i d e o !!!
  • + 1
 What bike is Graves on?
  • + 8
 Specialized enduro sx (26" alloy) as used for the last 3 years. Sea otter Slalom is the only race where old technology is faster.
Even Jills bike looks to be running 26" wheels??
  • + 1
 No issues with BB clearance, so if needed you can easily run 26" wheels on 650B bike.

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