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Sea Otter Coverage - First Race(16 posts)

Sea Otter Coverage - First Racegregg
Apr 9, 2003 2:17 PM
How often does a National level road race come to your backyard? Okay, well besides the SF Grand Prix, I mean. For Bay Area residents, the Sea Otter Classic kicked off early this year with a road race in the town of Redwood City. Start/Finish was Broadway Street.

Here is the Women's Top 3 Finish:

1.)Genevieve Jeanson
2.)Kimberly Bruckner
3.)Lyne Bessette

There was a spill in the women's race with about 10 minutes to go. I believe it was a couple of T-Mobile riders, sorry no pics.

Here are some miscellaneous pics from the setup area:

USPS was here, Floyd Landis was representing.

Another team wagon here, for Schroeder Iron:

A smaller team with Colnagos:
How dangerous is the Redwood City course?fracisco
Apr 9, 2003 2:27 PM
I read that the Pro Men said 'screw it', and decided to not race, and give the prize money to Garret Lemire's family.
How dangerous is the Redwood City course?yeah right
Apr 9, 2003 2:34 PM
I rode the course on saturday, and it was going to be challenging at best, dangerous at worst. the short steep climbs and tight turns on descents would have been dangerous, but when i was there today to watch it didn't seem is if they had the course sealed off enough and cars were all over the place, that was probably the greatest concern.
correct, safety was the biggest concern...gregg
Apr 9, 2003 2:52 PM
...I was suprised to hear the men decided to do that considering that the women had completed their race okay...but I did hear that there were several dangerous spots on the course. So I could understand why they would choose to do that. It is a difficult venue for such an event...perhaps a shorter crit race would be better?
Sea Otter Coverage - First Racegregg
Apr 9, 2003 2:39 PM
A couple of the Team Jelly Belly guys:

Team Jelly Belly is sportin' the new Orbea Lobular:

Never seen an IS300 with a paint job like this before:

Hangin' out:
Your tall Jelly Belly dude is Kirk Albers (nm)lonefrontranger
Apr 9, 2003 8:20 PM
Imagine what those shorts would look like on a wide butt. nmKristin
Apr 15, 2003 1:46 PM
Sea Otter Coverage - more bike shotsgregg
Apr 9, 2003 2:45 PM
Saw some unique bikes in the spectator area also.

One called Checker Pro

Here is a Corratec:

Before the race, racers have time to chit-chat:

Bet this guy has some racing stories to tell:
Sea Otter Coverage - Men's Racegregg
Apr 9, 2003 2:50 PM
A shot of the Pro Men's starting line. Right on Broadway in Redwood City, CA.

A coupla' posties warm-up:

And they're off! Actually, at a fairly casual start (the race was supposed to be 60 miles, after all):

My co-workers just got back to the office a few minutes ago and said that the course was so dangerous (course was not a completely closed circuit), that they decided to ride in unison and not race the whole event. Bummer.
Thanks Gregg! Nice pics. Wish I were there. (nm)Ken of Fresno
Apr 9, 2003 3:34 PM
photos from the top of the climbfcebedo
Apr 9, 2003 8:12 PM
about 700 feet of climbing per lap with a planned 6 laps. As mentioned before, the riders did only 4 laps at non-race pace due to safety concerns. The 11 mile course was not blocked off and there were reports that the police escorts were not blocking off traffic at stoplights.

Back to work, you slacker!Charlie Amerique
Apr 10, 2003 7:48 AM
I wish I could be back for this weekend to hang with you guys at the booth, but alas I sit here waiting to go ride and dream of my road bikes (from The Bike Shop That Dare Not Speakest Thy Name).

How's life with the little girl??


PS: We do accept visitors up in the Great White North, eh?
A couple more pictures from the summit.elsaltamontes
Apr 9, 2003 10:31 PM
um... the leader. kind of. it was a fun ride for the racers. a nice tour de redwood city. their mellow pace was still pretty darn fast.
Another picelsaltamontes
Apr 9, 2003 10:33 PM
a view from the back of the pack.
Nice pics - thanks! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 10, 2003 5:19 AM
Smaller team? Those bikes are Navigators Bikesnoveread
Apr 10, 2003 6:59 AM
Those are the bikes the Navigators ride, notice their team van and rider to the left?