The whole team made it to Sea Otter, racing all together for the first time, in the stacked 130 person international pro field nonetheless. No one was pulled, yet only 100 finished. To put it in perspective further, the current Olympic XC Champion had an off day and finished 25th…
This happened…Colby stoked on finishing. Cody made the pilgrimage from the lame coast to race. As his first Pro/U23 race of the season, he learned a lot, but is still itching to shred some enduros. Will, wasted (in a sober way at this point…) at the Hive tent. Thanks to their great support all weekend. We visited all our other sponsors as well, and everyone was super rad!
Riley won the Team SCXF race within the race, and finished just outside the top 10 for U23′s and 59th in total. A Cat 1 just last year, he’s riding really strong right now. His race report mentioned eating a total of 6 Roctane Gels that helped a lot, and the stiffness of the 142x12mm Highball rear end really allowing him to accelerate up the final, infamous Sea Otter climb coming back to the venue. Tony melted and decided to save his legs for tandem XC the next day… Still making the most of being out on the bike! The Colbs. Will was our second strongest finisher, feeling stronger than last year on a better race, but in the more stacked field finished 20 places further back in 69th. Cody pops his pro national race cherry.Colby and Ratboy shooting the shit after the always rowdy slalom race. Maybe some of Bryceland’s radness will rub off on Colby if we’re lucky.
Since finishing 10 minutes off the leader in an insane field at the Otter, Riley has continued his show of fitness with two strong Summit Shorty Races placing second and then first the next week the past two Wednesdays.
In Riley’s recent STXC race report, “the high school racers were out along with their coaches and the regular trail shredders”. He’s been duking it out with Cannondale/Sho Air’s Taylor Smith (also last year’s Summit Shorty Series Champ) for the top spot, and apparently the 2nd time is a charm!
He’s now returning to the Boggs 8 Hour race this weekend to race in a 2 man team! Over 700 racers will be in attendance, and we’re all stoked to see how he does.
Photos and Words by Max Houtzager (www.maxhoutzager.com)