2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom

 

One of the most historic and significant races in the country, the Sea Otter Classic hosted at Mazda's Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA delivers on every aspect of a happening bike festival. Nearly every type and discipline of cycling is represented including: various forms of mountain biking, road cycling, and cyclocross. It's also one of the few places that the average cycling consumer can check out prototypes and mingle with the world's top professionals all in a low-key, yet exciting environment.

I started off winter training with one goal in mind: making the podium again, but this time in Cat 1 30-39. An early season back injury unfortunately put that goal in jeopardy just 60 days before the event.

Practice and Qualifying on Thursday went well, and I was feeling good (not great). I qualified 10th out of 20, so I made it to the race on Friday. Then race time came, and in the very first round re-aggravated my back injury. Despite nearly beating my competitor in the first race of round one, I knew the second run would be even tougher as the pain set in. I made two key mistakes in the second run, and my day was over. Overall finish was a respectable 10th.

I still had an amazing time at the event visiting sponsors and vendors, plus watching some of the DH and road events before eventually heading to the hospital with severe back and leg pain.

One of the best experiences of the event was seeing an up-and-coming Cat 2 DH racer from our team experience the event for the first time. Wide-eyed, Zach Miller and his parents clearly had a amazing time experiencing everything Sea Otter is about. A celebration of all things cycling.

I would like to thank my sponsors for their continued support, as they truly believe in supporting grassroots riders like me. 

Snyder Cycles - Atlanta
Yeti Cycles
Nema International
ProGold Lubricants
ODI Grips
Answer Products
HD Fit

 

2013 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals

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Louisville in early Winter? Sure, if it's indoors.

The 2013 Bluegrass Nationals were the first East Coast national of the year, and everyone was eager to gauge their Winter training and preparation. The event had a strong showing from across the South and Midwest, which made for a packed event.

After winning the pre-race in 31-35 Cruiser, I capped the weekend off with a 4th on Day 1 and 3rd on Day 2. I felt strong thanks to the team at HD Fit. On to the next race at the Dixieland Nationals.

Season Wrap-up: BMX, Dual Slalom and Winter Training

It's the end of 2012, and despite a few injuries during the year, it was a huge success for me.

Dual Slalom:
After training for four months, I won my class at the Sea Otter Classic. This was my first time at the event, and what an amazing experience. Later in the season, I scored 5th in Cat 1 Dual Slalom at the USA Cycling Gravity National Championships. I also faired well at several qualifying events at Beech Mountain and Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU). I'm most proud of ending my first season in Cat 1 ranked National #1 in Cat 1 30-39. 

BMX:
I'm proud of the improvements I've made in the 31-35 Cruiser Class. Both on-track speed and overall stamina are much improved over the beginning of the year. I scored a personal best 4th place finish in the main event at the Disney Cup Nationals in Orlando against some of the best riders in the country. In addition, I finished the season ranked #6th out of 81 in the District (all cruiser riders).

Winter Training:
With the season over, the weight training is in full force courtesy of HD Fit coaching. I'm working hard to achieve my personal race goals for 2013, and look forward to another great season.

Thank you to my sponsors for all of your support:
Snyder Cycles - Custom Wheels
NEMA International
Gamut USA
ProGold Lubricants 

Photo Credits: Jane Nguyen, TJ Krause