Mountain Bike Season Update #3 | Sea Otter Classic

Following my time in L.A. I headed north to immerse myself in the wide range of California terrain, take in a local area race on the eastern border near Nevada City and then proceed to visit some of my sponsors while ending up in Monterey for the next mountain bike UCI weekend.  While California is known for being spectacular you don’t quite grasp the extent of it without full exposure.  I can’t express how amazing it is to be free to travel and explore as I please, working and training as I go. The areas I choose to stop in were not so much pre thought out as they were simply along my route and even then there was nothing to be disappointed in. The views, terrain, and changing climate were awe inspiring.  
There’s a little bit of irony you can’t ignore when looking at the current state of elite cross-country racing.  Gone is the day where racers were attracted to the beauty of the natural setting, the quality of the single track, and the contribution of self-reliance as a determining factor in race outcome. The courses of today have become shorter, the highlighted features are generally man-made, and technical support is offered in multiple locations for those with a means to provide it. While the shorter courses are arguably spectator friendly, there are still minimal spectators to be had and generally even less competitors.

I typically site many of these factors when justifying why I switched my focus from mountain biking to cyclocross. I still cherish cross country racing as my…
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KHS Delivers DVO Winter Series at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park

Bruce Klein at Bootleg Canyon
Bruce Klein at Bootleg Canyon

Bruce Klein has been looking unstoppable this season. He was looking just the same leading up to race time at Bootleg Canyon for the finals of the DVO Winter Series. Unfortunately it was not to be his day, he flatted towards the top of the track, and this ended his hopes of the win and getting up on the box for the overall.

Racing is tough, we cannot win them all, but can we applaud Bruce Klein for his massive effort!

Logan Bingelli placed a super fast second-place and taking the overall Points Title! Way to do it, Logan.

Photo by Philip Beckman