Top 10 For All Trek World Racing Downhillers At Sea Otter
Aaron Gwin Led the Way With a 3rd Place Finish
04.24.12 Aaron Gwin led the way with a 3rd place, closely followed by Neko Mulally joining him on the podium for 5th. Justin Leov was also in the mix with a 7th showing everyone that on this course our team had the greatest combined horse power of the weekend.
The Sea Otter Downhill course is notoriously lacking in topography and for this reason the riders opted to run their Enduro bikes, the superb Trek Slash 9. We are very fortunate to have committed sponsors who not only helped us with the extra equipment to allow the Trek Race Department to build these bikes up specifically for the Sea Otter event, but Shimano also provided all three riders with the brand new Saint Group-Sets to race on. With the top 5 in the final results including power house riders like race winner Jared Graves (AUS) as well as Mick Hannah (AUS) and Brian Lopes (USA), it was great to see Neko so close to his mentor team mate in that top 5.
Aaron said: I had an awesome time this weekend. Sea Otter is always one of my favorite races of the year. The atmosphere is always cool and the amount of people who showed up to see us was crazy. I rode my Slash this weekend since the course was pretty flat, that thing is a blast! My race run went pretty good too, times are always tight and the pedaling makes you hurt! Overall it was a fun weekend and solid results for the whole team. Thanks to everyone for coming out!
Neko said: I was really happy with how our equipment worked this weekend. The Slash was the perfect bike for Sea Otters downhill track and the new low knob tires we had from Bontrager made the bike incredibly fast. Getting a chance to ride all the components in the new Saint group-set also felt great. I put down a solid run in the final, but I feel the bikes we had helped a lot.
Justin said: I felt a little off today with my run. My fitness is great I just need a little fine tuning. On the positive side my bike was feeling great all weekend with the new tires and Saint group-set. A noticeably quieter ride with the derailleur and much faster shifting with the new Saint shifter. The team now heads north to Port Angeles, Washington State, for the opening round of the US MTB Grand Prix, where theyll be back on their Session 9.9s.
Full Sea Otter results can be seen here: http://www.seaotterclassic.com/raceresults/index.cfm/2012.htm
More info on Treks Slash 9 can be seen here: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/technical_trail/slash/slash_9/#
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