Sea Otter 2013—Mens CX 3/4:
Sweet, it’s over! Went down to race the Sea Otter again, and this year knowing what kind of suffer-fest it could be, I felt more prepared. Set the Hunter up with some file treads, and other than that, I left the whole-athlete approved set-up alone. Pre-riding the course felt good, the head wind sucked but otherwise the course is just long but not challenging. Picked my lines and rolled up to the start in the second row. Our race started 30 seconds behind the Single Speed racers, which included Adam Craig on a WalMart Mongoose fatbike. First turn and some dude jacked it up—just like last year—which was disappointing because I watched the lead pack disappear as the rest of us dismounted and ran over & around bodies. It took about half a lap to get back in race mode and start picking up the pace to pass people. I lost 9th to Joe from Santa Cruz right at the end after keeping him off my wheel for most of the race. It was a bummer I couldn’t break him but I’m still stoked. A minute off 3rd place, and 10th place out of 32 riders.
Sea Otter 2013—Mens 3 XC:
I raced the XC race on Sunday, just to get the mountain bike race initiation out of the way, and Laurel’s dad was racing 60+ as well. I didn’t pre-ride the course, and barely made the start, lining up in the 7th row of 11 rows for a total count of 77 riders. Madness. The course wound around the track and then dumped us into the woods. I used the paved section to make up for the poor start. When we hit the single track I was in the main group, sitting in 13th place and pretty pumped. At mile 4 or so my legs started to go off, and I found myself getting blasted by dudes on the downhills. I would work back on the ups, and then lose out again on the downs. So that’s cool, I know what I need to work on. I finished the race in 27th place, and feel pretty stoked about that for a first timer. And Laurel’s dad? He crushed the 60+ and took 3rd place.