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Sea Otter Classic - Short Track

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |April 18, 2010 3:14 PM
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April weather in Monterrey, California, is known for being predictably unpredictable. It ranges from temperatures in the 50s with thick mud to soaring highs well over 100 and gusting winds. This year however, the weather seems to be down right pleasant. As rider lined up for the short track today many commented that this is the best weather they have ever seen at Sea Otter.

The racing action was pretty good too.

The women started first with Pro XCT #1 short track winner Willow Koerber (Subaru/Gary Fisher) going to the front. Koerber was joined by Specialized rider Lene Byberg and Georgia Gould (Luna). Canadian Katharine Pendrel (Luna) chase the leaders.

Gould quickly made it clear she had her sights set on winning this race. After several early attacks by the Luna rider, she was finally able to get clear with four laps remaining. Byberg and Koerber were left to do the chasing but Gould's determination to win was just too much.

With each lap she powered farther off the front leaving all the other to sort out who would take second. With one to go it looked as if Gould's teammate Pendrel would take the runner up spot but Norwegian Lene Byberg surged one final time and passed the Luna rider. Pendrel would take third in front of Koerber and 2009 Sea Otter short track champion Emily Batty

Just as the dust settled the men took their turn at Sea Otter glory and just like last year the Specialized team stomped out the competition.

Early on it was Specialized big man Todd Wells doing most of the damage accompanied by Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain). A crash early on waded up a healthy portion of the field and assured the front-runners clear sailing throughout.

Wells was soon joined at the front by his South African teammate Burry Stander. And just like 2009, the two simply checked out from the rest of the field. Kabush had his hands full trying to hold off former World Champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized) while Subaru/Gary Fisher riders Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Sam Schultz did their best to latch on to the Swiss rider.

There was simply no catching Wells today. The Specialized rider rode confidently, slowly increasing his lead and proving that he is truly on great form heading into 2010. Wells was able to cruise across the finish line claiming back-to-back Sea Otter wins.

His teammate Stander also repeated his result from 2009 taking second. Kabush held off the charging Swiss rider Sauser for third. Sauser crossed the line in fourth while Sho-Air/Specialized rider Sid Taberlay squeaked into the fifth and final podium spot.

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