2012 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Photos

DH Race Coverage Sea Otter Classic

The weather was near perfect for the dual slalom competition at this year’s Sea Otter Classic – one of my favorite events to shoot. I’ve been shooting it for over ten years and I still look forward to it. It’s one of the most photogenic venues for a race and the dual slalom racing format – a head-to-head elimination battle between two riders where only one gets to advance to the next round – is arguably the most spectator-friendly form of mountain bike racing. The winners this year were Americans Kyle Strait and Jill Kintner, giving the flag-waving maniacs at the top of the course something to really cheer about.

2012 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Winners, Kyle Strait & Jill Kintner

Last year’s winner, Jared Graves made a mistake and finished 17th. Noticeably missing was Brian Lopes, who lost to Graves last year. I heard he was at qualifying but never took a qualifying run. I also heard Shaun Palmer gave it a shot but didn’t qualify for the finals. There were a crazy number of mechanicals during the slalom finals, including a number of exploded inner tubes – I think I counted four tire explosions.

For full results, check our Sea Otter Dual Slalom Results page.

About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.

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