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.
racing action was pretty good too.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.