Photo by: Sven Martin
Factory racer Kevin Aiello CRUSHING the pedal section during today’s World Cup qualifier in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Photos By: Monique Spaulding / Stephanie Wolf & Mike Lord / six3events.com
Words by: Quinton Spaulding
It is always good to see the Otter, we’ve known each other for a long time now!
This is why it is called the Sea Otter “CLASSIC”!!
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Extremely busy, Wayne D. Gray (Vice President – KHS), took time out of his schedule for a brief visit with us… great seeing you Wayne D!
Slalom was the first discipline on the agenda for our guys. This is an awesome event… I hope to see it replace 4X sooner than later.
This was a great view of the slalom track from our pits.
I believe that if there were more slalom events, there would be way more downhillers participating.
It would also pull in more spectators for the tight head-to-head racing.
Blake Carney put on a stellar performance for KHS, qualifying 11th, taking 11th place on the day.
Carney will be racing all the 4X UCI World Cup events this year… we wish him the absolute best!
KHS Fans were a prominent feature in and about the crowds…
… and so were the Monterey PD, always keeping an eye on things!
A regular at the Sea Otter event, and our friends from the “Coffee Cart” were out there in the very early morning hours serving FREE delicious Espresso coffee.
The most common request at the Sea Otter Classic you ask??… STICKERS – “Got any stickers??”
A scene from the Lake that separates the Team Tech areas from the Retail vendors.
Downhill on Sunday took place on a revamped Otter track, which flowed well, and was a vast improvement from previous tracks for sure.
Logan Binggeli’s goal for the DH, was to achieve top ten. Considering the nature of this track (larger, longer 4x) and the depth of the field that would be a valuable result.
Binggeli “laying down the power” during Sunday’s final.
He finished in a very good 14th out of 105 Elite athletes. Great top 15 finish!
Chris Heath has worked hard in the off season.
Fondly known by his team mates as the “Heath Bomb”… Chris bombs down the track during Sundays race run.
Heath placed a Strong 20th place, putting two of the KHS riders in the “creme of the crop” top twenty at Sea Otter.
Kevin Aiello had a small bobble at the top of the track.
He still pinned it… and “show boated” for the crowds!
I too got off to a bad start and never really recovered… story of my life at Sea Otter! Maybe next year Top 40?!
The Sea Otter Classic has always been an AWESOME event and we will always be there! Big SHOUT OUT to Skip Latham for all he does to make this happen!
Mens Pro DH Top 50
Pack it up… pack it in! This was the end of a long road trip. Time to re-group, train and prepare even harder for the East Coast races that will separate the men from the boys!
Until Next Time!
Photos by: Monique Spaulding
Words by: Quinton Spaulding
XC is always the first event on the schedule to take place early Saturday mornings (which helps before temps get too high).
Joining us this past weekend, was Lance Tueller (iXS_Sports Division U.S. Representitive) along with his wife and son.
The Winter Series also features a Trials Comp – these guys have some serious skills!
darktimbers in the house!
Super D turned out to be a useful tool for Binggeli this Winter season. It helped him gain fitness and rolling speed at Fontana, and it sure paid off big time!!
Binggeli took 5th in Saturday morning’s Super D event. He also took 5th overall, (which was well deserved)!
http://www.pinkbike.com (along with other MTB sites), have been covering Fontana with a passion this Winter Series (which is super cool), and Tony Tarumoto (center in this picture) has played a big part in it.
Blake Carney killed the 4X track Saturday afternoon. He blazed the field, and took his first victory at the Winter Series as an Elite rider.
On the podium for KHS!!
Carney giving a shout out to all his sponsors before graciously accepting his final first place overall win!
Carney also solidified the overall points win for the series, earning him a 1st place plaque as well as the number 1 plate in 2012.
Well done Blake!
Sunday is Downhill day… Binggeli on another ripper!!
Logan told me after the race, “I had an awesome run, hitting all my lines with focus and confidence, then I crushed the wall!”
Aiello flat lands the rocks, whilst pushing the limits!
Aiello has “Style for Miles”
Sundays race placed Binggeli in 4th and team-mate Aiello right behind him in 5th (unfortunately Aiello was unable to make the podium pic) but having both KHS Elite Downhill racers on the podium together again and a first for a SHIMANO Winter series was awesome.
Binggeli takes the overall points win! Aiello (unable to make podium pic) also on the podium in the overall points in 5th place. This is a GREAT result for KHS and also the first time that team-mates have podiumed together in the overall at Fontana. This also gives Binggeli and KHS the number 1 plate in the DH for 2012 alongside Blake Carney’s number 1 plate in the 4x…quite an achievement!
I had a fairly wild run Sunday… but then again, what DH race run isn’t wild?!
For me just staying upright and feeling healthy during a series of race runs is winning on its own.
I managed 3rd in the Vet Pro on the Day.
I also placed 2nd in the overall points standings for the series and captured another podium for KHS.
This was a festive race series as always, and we are all very grateful to the Southridge USA Race family for putting it on!!
Also, thanks to my wife Monique for all her wonderful lifestyle shots from this winter series.
Everybody left a winner at the Winter Series, some got luckier than others winning a set of knee pads supplied by iXS Sports Division
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We will be back for the Fontana City National in 3 weeks, looking for more titles!
Until next time,