Podiums at the 2022 Sea Otter Classic

KHS Pro MTB rider Kailey Skelton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.
KHS pro MTB rider Nate Kitchens first place for Jr. Dual Slalom race at Sea Otter.
KHS pro MTB rider Nate Kitchens first place for Jr. Dual Slalom race at Sea Otter.

Sea Otter Classic 2022 is back in full swing with a massive international field of racers and vendors attending! It was absolutely excellent to see everyone enjoying the festival that has been such a notable iconic event for many decades. Team KHS Pro MTB would be in full effect racing Enduro, Dual Slalom and Downhill!

KHS Pro MTB rider Nik Nestoroff standing 3rd place on the enduro podium at Sea Otter.
KHS Pro MTB rider Nik Nestoroff standing 3rd place on the enduro podium at Sea Otter.

It would be Nik Nestoroff firing off Pro men’s Enduro for his first Sea Otter Enduro of his career. He was very excited that two out of the four stages would come with experience being stages on DH and Slalom. The other two stages would be grueling physical stages that would almost be closer to XC racing than Enduro, but with the mix of all the stages and Nik’s experience he would come out with an amazing top 3 finish against some of the world’s best athletes.

KHS Pro MTB rider Steven Walton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.
KHS Pro MTB rider Steven Walton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.

Nate Kitchen would be holding down our Junior Pro division in Dual Slalom who would be representing us in our next event. After qualifying in the number one position out of a stacked field of the best Slalom juniors in the states he would battle his way all the way through all 32 athletes to tear the number one spot and a Sea Otter title!

KHS Pro MTB rider Steven Walton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.
KHS Pro MTB rider Steven Walton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.

With everyone already accomplishing massive results and not even the weekend officially here it would finally be time for Pro Women’s and Men’s Dual Slalom to take place. After the qualifying dust would settle it would be Kailey Skelton in the top 15 and both Steven Walton & Nik Nestoroff would be sitting in the top 20. The athletes would be going straight from qualifying into the final rounds of 32. Kailey Skelton would battle her first ever Dual Slalom appearance that would lead her to a top 16 finish. Nik & Steven would have high hopes since they were bringing confidence from 2018 when they both finished on the podium. Unfortunately, with some small mistakes and crashes they would both be out of the battle in their first rounds.

KHS Pro MTB rider Kailey Skelton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.
KHS Pro MTB rider Kailey Skelton racing down the downhill track at Sea Otter.

Heading into Sunday’s Downhill finals it would be the Pro’s firing off first. Kailey Skelton would give it her all to come across the line and finish in a solid 6th place. In the Pro men’s category, it would be Nik finishing in 17th position and Steven in 20th against the best racers in the world. The highlight of the day would be Nate Kitchen who would dominate the field in Junior Pro’s and take the big win!

Overall the team had accomplished amazing achievements with two major titles in the junior division one Pro podium in Enduro and multiple top 20 finishes. It is great to see the team always making an impact on the MTB community and doing a great job role modeling the next generation! KHS Pro MTB wants to thank all our sponsors, friends and family for the continuous support. The team has one week off before the head to the Pacific Northwest to compete in Port Angeles.

Nik Nestoroff Podiums at Sea Otter

Nik Nestoroff headed up to this year’s rendition of the Sea Otter Classic to leave his mark on the Dual Slalom race. Nik gave it his all and was able to put himself on the podium at the end of the day with his third place finish.

Snow Summit Craft & Cranks

KHS pro mtb team rider Nik Nestoroff on podium in second place at the Craft-n- Cranks race in Big Bear.

KHS Factory Racing took to the mountains of Southern California at the Snow Summit Craft & Cranks down hill race this past weekend. Steven Walton raced his heart out and came out on the podium.

Snow Summit brought us a fan favorite with their Dual Slalom race. Nik Nestoroff podiums again for the KHS Factory racing team.

Sea Otter’s Crown Event

Sea Otter Classic is always a great event and the crowning event is the Dual Slalom race. everyone and their grandma come out for the finals and it is always an epic race. This years race did not disappoint, and the KHS Factory team had some of their best racing to date. CHEK IT OUT!

Sea Otter Dual Slalom Podium

This years Sea Otter Classic ended with a bang! KHS Factory riders Nik Nestoroff & Steven Walton fought of some of the biggest names in the Mountain bike world, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, just to name a few. Nik was able to finish in 2nd place while Steven took 4th over all.

The day started with some fog and the track was a little wet, and the boys were able to qualify in 2nd and 3rd heading into the finals.

In the finals the track dried out and the winds picked up, as well as the dust. Many riders went down in the dry conditions, but Nik and Steven were able to hold out for one of the most epic finishes is Sea Otter Dual Slalom history!

Congratulations to Nik & Steven at this epic race! Sea you next years Sea Otter.

photos by: John Shafer & Cade Hahn