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Thursdays sea otter classic for experts doing ds and dh

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by fellow pinner, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. fellow pinner

    fellow pinner Monkey

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    Hey just wondering what all the experts out there who are going to race
    dh and ds think about thursdays sea otter schedule.
    http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/schedules_4-day.htm
    since the slalom qualifying is right on top of dh practice just wondering if anyone thinks the same that i do about it.
     

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  2. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    It's sea otter, it is always a disaster.
     
  3. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I think its the rule of the Otter that things have to be as goofy as they can be. It wouldn't be an Otter without some sort of bru-ha-ha or issue of circus-ness.
     
  4. John P.

    John P. Turbo Monkey

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    LOL. Tell me about it. Having been out there working a few times and racing on two occassions, I'm pretty stumped as to why so many people make it a 'must attend' on their race calendar. It's a fun event to attend/spectate, but actually racing DH is always a clusterf*ck on a course that's average at best.

    BTW, I think Luc has a hilarious photo from a few years back that shows the line at the top of the course - at least 100 ft long and about 3 or 4 riders across. :)

    --JP
     
  5. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    I used to always attend becuase it was the first big race of the year and there is a ton of stuff to do there (big plus when your brining the wife). It seems like schedule is always f*cked becuase they have so much stuff to cram into a short time span
     
  6. Pbody

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    Agree with everyone above. So much that I've already decided not to attend this year. Anyone else? With so many race options these days, I'm looking at races where I get most bang for my buck, and the buck is preventing me from hitting the Otter until there is something worthwhile at Otter for me to go back.

    Also, I've been hearing that since there is XC WC on the same weekend, a lot of factory support is not attending this year. Can anyone confirm the same?
     
  7. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    There is a World Cup Marathon round...in Turkey. I doubt it will effect much!
     
  8. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I'll still be going, taking the wife, the whole nine yards.

    Yes, there is racing at the Otter, but I am not really sure if that's what I am going for any more. Sometimes its fun to be caught up in a cluster for a weekend, and you get to see Monterey. Again, that town is sort of a cluster, but in a fun way.

    Every year it gets a little odder, and every time I have a better time. Its like Burning Man, with product support and no mescaline.
     
  9. fellow pinner

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    but why did they put expert qualifying on top of expert dh it just seems so stupid yes yes i know.
     
  10. Acadian

    Acadian Born Again Newbie

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    werd...
     
  11. hucked2bend

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    Oh man, do I remember that line!! Only tried it once though, I was lucky enough to poach Pro practice with my teammates, cause we all looked the same ; ) Expert practice, day one, 3 hours got me two runs, barely, & no walk-backs / retry's. Pro practice, 5 runs in an hour, was sweet ; )

    & no, I won't be going back any time soon.
     
  12. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Turbo Monkey

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    ^^ Hoo boy! This does not bode well; going to be my first time there. I had no idea.
     
  13. Acadian

    Acadian Born Again Newbie

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    and get ready to deal with tons of poachers that keeps cutting in front of the line...nothing is more frustrating especially after you've been waiting in line for hours.. :plthumbsdown:
     
  14. Jeremy R

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  15. 5150dhbiker

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    I'm mostly upset about the practice we get on Sat.

    It's right during the DS finals :(

    Normally I don't skip a single practice at a race but I don't care that much about this one so I might just watch the DS.
     
  16. Slater

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    My buddy and I are going.

    But we'll probably only spend one day at practice if its like that.

    There's tons of local trails that will be much more fun than standing in line baking in the sun all day.
     
  17. ska todd

    ska todd Turbo Monkey

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    Sea Otter is always a gong show...I've given up complaining about it like I used to and just accept it as a shiitified version of it's former self. Here's some comments I made regarding the event last year...http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1

    -ska todd
     
  18. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I liked it for the fact that its one of the most mellow DH runs I've ever seen, so if you're injured/rusty, or if you have some fresh off the flats DH new guys, its a good place to do that.

    However, you're right Ska. Its gotten too big for its own good. While I am not real happy they cut mountain cross in favor of BMX, as it had a great venue (normally) for that sort of racing, I hope somehow in 09 it gets it back on track.

    Its all about being corporate whores I guess...
     
  19. Jester

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    I flew out to Sea Otter the last two years from Boston to race slalom and downhill and this year I came to the conclusion that it is not worth the hassle. I am glad I raced the two times that I did as it was such a good experience but in all honesty the amount of money that it costed to fly out there, stay for five days and get only a few good practice runs just is not worth it. I do think however that everyone should ride that slalom course at least once though, as it is pretty much the best slalom course I have ever competed on.
     
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    i can't wait to wait in the dh line, agh. i wanted to race the slalom so bad, i just can't cut school thursday to get practice in for sport, and so i would be coming into the race without any practice...i still want to ride that course to bad, i might just bring my hardtail and poach it.
     
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    That practice line is hilarious! You can tell everyone in that line is like "But it's Sea Otter...we got to!"
     
  22. John P.

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    LMFAO! Thanks, Luc!

    Hmmmm, let's see . . . wait in that ri-donk-ulous line to ride a craptacular course, or save that time/money/vactation days and put it towards a mid-summer trip to Whistler??? Such a difficult choice!! :)

    --JP
     
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    There's reason for optimism for the gravity community in 2009. We've got a bit of groundwork left to accomplish, but we're making steady progress on something big for next year. Stay tuned for a major early-season event announcement in the next 8 weeks.

    MM and BFP
     
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    Be interesting to see what happens in the future, word has it the event is up for sale.
     
  25. Gunner

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    I flew out with Jester last year for my first time at Sea Otter. It was a fun time, but here's what I took away from it:
    Pros:
    - Good to see people/riders that I havent seen since last season.
    - Almost paid for the trip with some vid work I did there.
    - Slalom was awesome, really enjoyable to film minus the 2 million photogs/video guys on course.
    - I walked away with a ton of free **** (TWO nalgene hydration packs and a bunch of free schwag)
    - I was at Clay's premiere when they announced I won the Fox Wherever You Ride contest...pretty cool to see my vid played on the big screen.
    - The Cut Sevenvision Premiere and afterparty.
    - Warm weather.

    Cons:
    - Filming the DH course. I just finished editing the Sea Otter segment for my DVD and I had an 'interesting' time making the DH part look cool. (And no....theres no sped-up footage you newbs.)
    Handful of spots to film where it wasnt boring = the suck for editing.
    - Rain.
    - Rain during slalom finals & no rain cover.
    - Sunburned lips.
    - Parking hassles.

    So basically.....I would only go again if I were paid to go film Slalom....or lived in California.
     
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    stiksandstones Turbo Monkey

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    Otter is simple.....

    No rain=really, really fun vibed event
    Rain=Just not a good time, at all.
     
  27. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Anyone else having trouble registering? Haha I love the Otter. The big, overpriced, over crowded event that it is.

    I am pretty excited for it this year, not just because I am picking up my new bike. But its also great to hang out with friends and see the pros race in person.