Pumptrack Invitational Recap - Sea Otter 2016

Apr 16, 2016 at 6:56
by Fraser Britton  
With the sun setting behind Laguna Seca Raceway, the pump track challenge got underway here at Sea Otter. With a few big names in attendance, the level of racing was high, especially in the last few rounds as Olympians, Freeriders and ex World Champions took on one of mountain biking's most deceivingly exhausting events.

There were several riders with over 50 participants for what the organizers expected to be a smaller turn out. The crowd was equally large and seemed to be enthusiastic about the course and location.
  There were over 50 participants for what the organizers expected to be a smaller turnout. The crowd was seemed to be enthusiastic about the course and location.

Zink vs Nobles
  Zink vs Nobles. Prize Fight.

Caroline Buchanan
  Caroline Buchanan takes on Jonna Johnsen.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Cam Zink made an appearance on the pump track, albeit briefly as he had to go up against eventual second place finisher and professional BMXer Barry Nobles early in the heats.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Cam built up his pump track bike few minutes before the event and then had to go up against a BMX legend to get things underway,

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Joe Foresta and Walker Shaw out of the gate and into the sprint.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  After a long day riding the Enduro yesterday, Anneke Beerten was back on another one of her factory GT bike and took this place.

Luana Olivera
  Luana Oliveira of Brazil spent all morning on the DH track and all afternoon here on the pump track. 4th place this evening for her efforts.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Kyle Strait is no stranger to the pump track challenge. The perennial favourite went out early tonight though.

Barry giving Buchanan advise on how to play the course.
  Barry, giving Buchanan advice on how to play the course.

Anneke Beerten
  Anneke Beerten down the backstretch here at Laguna Seca.

ASC Action Sports Construction built the pump track and they did an amazing job.
  ASC, Action Sports Construction built the pump track and they did an amazing job.

Carson Storch looked brilliant in practice and even had some double sections that seemed quick but a bobble in the qualifiers left him short of the final cut.
  Carson Storch, looked brilliant in practice but a bobble in the qualifiers left him short of the final cut.

Cody Kelly made it to Otter to play around on the pump track.
  Cody Kelly, made it to Otter to play around on the pump track.

Buchanan high fives Kitner after Jill had a spill in the corner during the first heat of the Women s final.
  Buchanan high fives Kitner after Jill had a spill during the first heat of the Women's final.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack

Walker Shaw
  Walker Shaw was doing it for SRAM/TLD this evening on the little bike.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Foresta manuals his way past the crowd and into the bronze medal spot.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Joe Foresta leads of Christian Wright.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Kintner fought hard, but just couldn't keep Buchanan within reach after going down in the first heat. Just a few months away from Rio, no one knows better than Kintner what kind of shape Buchanan is in at this point as she prepares to go for Olympic gold.

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  Caroline Buchanan pumps her way through the fading light to victory over Jill Kintner.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack
  Nobles was less than a wheel ahead of Soderstrom heading towards the finish, but the big man managed to reel in the American for the win.

Nobles vs Soderstrom finals.

Sea Otter Classic - Pumptrack

Essentially a photo finish for the Pro Men s Pump track final
  It was essentially a photo finish for the Pro Men's Pump track final between Soderstrom and Nobles.

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  Sweden's Martin Soderstrom celebrates a hard fought win.

Barry Nobles embraces the winner of today s Pump Track Invitational. Nobles who was the raining champion lost by a narrow margin and finished in 2nd in the Pro Men s event.
  Sea Otter. Just a big cycling love-in.

MENTIONS: @YTIndustries / @norcobicycles


  • 20 2
 Yaaaaay Sweden Big Grin Söderström better is the Zlatan O
of MTB

I wonder how Caroline and Barry would do on their BMX bikes. They are such animals.
  • 3 0
 And Joey Foresta at 15 years old mixing it up with the big dogs taking third place! Nice Joey!
  • 3 1
 dare to soderstrom. but does anyone know why he doesnt seem to enter the slopestyle comps anymore.
  • 4 0
 @bthomson84: he is still fully recovering from his injuries, he wants to wait till he is 100% so he doesn't mess himself up again i think
  • 2 0
 @bthomson84: he has been recovering from leg injuries and is working his way back up to top performance level. He does not qualify for diamond events yet but is competing at lower level until his points get back up.
  • 1 0
 @bthomson84: I think He Broke his leg 3 times now, since that epic crankworks battle in 2013.
  • 8 0
 I need a video These pictures make it look like nobles had him all the way to the line....idk
  • 2 0
 Could've been the first round
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: don't think so, both are leaning the bike towards the finish line
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: ups, you mean first round, not first lap
  • 1 0
 @LuisCR: yeah that's what I said
  • 7 1
 look at how buchanan legs are tearing his pants apart
  • 4 0
 I understand that Buchanan is insanely fit and skilled on the track, but but do those ripped-to-shreds jeans really give that much of a weight reduction??
  • 2 0
 @molloser more than the weight savings, these airvents actually improve the downforce while pumping Wink
  • 1 0
 Caro doesn't own a pair of pants that she hasn't cut up lol
  • 6 0
  • 1 0
 It's sponsored by Dirt
  • 4 0
 How did Söderström win? He is clearly behind in that picture
  • 8 1
 Maybe the fmb judges were scoring the event!?
  • 2 0
 They do two heats
  • 1 0
 Because its söderström duh
  • 1 0
 Dimensions of the pump track? Building one in my backyard this year and having a hard time picturing the size of this one compared to my available space.
  • 2 0
 It's BMX, what's not to like!
  • 11 12
 Enve Wheeled Pump track bikes.... Seriously what the hell.. Pump track bike should be ratty, raw in paint, tan walls and barely trued wheels.. and cost no more than a few cases of beer. just sayin'
  • 12 1
 i disagree
  • 10 1
 well when Enve sponsors you, they would like you to ride their wheels.
  • 3 2
 Mountain biking...The only time when skinny jeans makes sense.
  • 1 3
 I actually want jeans that are skinny in the calves and baggy up top, like those hip new sweatpants. Jeans never fit my quads well enough to move around, and they are so baggy in the calves I can get them in the chain on my bmx, never mind trying them on the mtb
  • 1 0
 @trialsracer: I have the same problem - big quads don't work so well in regular person styles skinny jeans. Check out Keirin Cut Jeans, they're the best I've found so far... tractionbikeblog.com/2014/11/04/preview-keirin-cut-jeans
  • 1 0
 Anneke is from Foothill Ranch, CA?
  • 1 0
 hell yeah joey
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