2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Photos and Results

DH Race Coverage Sea Otter Classic

Unofficial Pre-Race Whip Contest Action - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Although everyone agrees it isn’t a “real” downhill course and it isn’t actually part of the World Cup circuit, the Sea Otter Classic is still the unofficial kickoff for the World Cup downhill season. The weather this year was nearly perfect, if a bit dry and dusty. There wasn’t a cloud in site and it never really got too hot. The unofficial whip contest, a.k.a. practice, went off as usual, with the pros showing off their aerial skills before the race start. The final results were a double for the US with Jill Kintner winning for the women; and Aaron Gwin, last year’s dominant World Cup racer, starting the season off with a win on his Specialized S-Works Enduro 29er. The second and third-place spots in the men’s race were taken by Mick Hannah and Cam Cole. Tracy Moseley and Anneke Beerten took second and third for the women.

Aaron Gwin - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Winner

Jill Kintner - Winner Of The 2013 Sea Otter Classic Womens Pro Downhill

I believe this is the first time the Sea Otter pro downhill has been won on a 29er, although the course is arguably perfect for big wheels since it’s not very technical and requires a lot of pedaling. There were a few 650b bikes in the race this year, too – Steve Peat (below) was on the new Santa Cruz Bronson and the KHS boys, Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello, were both on their 650b bikes.

Peaty On The Santa Cruz Bronson 650B - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Props go out to Cedric Gracia (below), who spent most of the last year recovering from a terrible crash at the Val di Sol World Cup. Most people probably wouldn’t have survived, let alone gotten back on the bike to race. Cedric finished 15th in the Sea Otter pro downhill this year, he’s as enthusiastic as ever and watching him on the bike after what happened last year is an inspiration.

Make sure to scroll down to see all the photos!

Cedric Gracia - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

The Honeystinger Bee, Watching The 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Miranda Miller - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Brendan Fairclough - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Marshall Eames Sporting A Skinsuit - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Photos and Results Gallery
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Marco Osborne - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Marco Osborne - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Spencer Burback - Unofficial Pre-Race Whip Contest Action - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Spencer Burback - Unofficial Pre-Race Whip Contest Action - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Aaron Gwin - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Winner
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Aaron Gwin - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Winner

Aaron Gwin, on his way to winning the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill race on his Specialized S-Works Enduro 29er.
Jill Kintner - Winner Of The 2013 Sea Otter Classic Womens Pro Downhill
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Jill Kintner - Winner Of The 2013 Sea Otter Classic Womens Pro Downhill

Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Mick Hannah, who finished in second place in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill.
Tracy Moseley - 2nd Place In 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Tracy Moseley - 2nd Place In 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Cam Cole - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Cam Cole - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Cam Cole, who finished 3rd in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill finals.
Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Anneke Beerten - 3rd place in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro women's downhill finals.
Cedric Gracia - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Cedric Gracia - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Cedric Gracia, back from a terrible, life-threatening crash on the 2012 World Cup DH circuit, took 15th in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill finals.
Greg Minnaar - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Greg Minnaar - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Multiple World Cup DH champ Greg Minnaar took fifth in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill finals.
Peaty On The Santa Cruz Bronson 650B - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Peaty On The Santa Cruz Bronson 650B - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Steve Peat, getting filthy on the new Santa Cruz Bronson 650B bike, which he also raced in the pro dual slalom finals where he finished in second place. He finished 8th in the downhill.
Danny Hart - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Danny Hart - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Brendan Fairclough - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Brendan Fairclough - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Brian Lopes - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Brian Lopes - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Brian Lopes, who finished 9th in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill.
Pedal! Pedal! Pedal! - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Pedal! Pedal! Pedal! - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Connor Fearon - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Connor Fearon - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Josh Carlson - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Josh Carlson - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Ryan Burney - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Ryan Burney - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Brook MacDonald - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Brook MacDonald - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Luana Oliviera - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Luana Oliviera - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

The ladies can whip it, too! Luana Oliviera in the unofficial pre-race whipoff, a.k.a. the 2013 Sea Otter pro downhill finals practice.
Matt Simmonds - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Matt Simmonds - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Unofficial Winner of the Unofficial 2013 Sea Otter Pre-Downhill Flattie Comp
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Unofficial Winner of the Unofficial 2013 Sea Otter Pre-Downhill Flattie Comp

Christopher Ravina - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Christopher Ravina - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Bobby Langin Jr. - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Bobby Langin Jr. - Pre-Race Whipoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Neko Mulally - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Neko Mulally - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Neko Mulally, who finished 10th in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill finals.
Logan Binggeli - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Logan Binggeli - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Marshall Eames Sporting A Skinsuit - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Marshall Eames Sporting A Skinsuit - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Kevin Littlefield - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Kevin Littlefield - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Mitch Ropelato - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Mitch Ropelato - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Curtis Keene - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Curtis Keene - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Sam Benedict - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Sam Benedict - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Fabien Cousiniie - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Fabien Cousiniie - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Joe Smith - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Joe Smith - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Thomas Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Thomas Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Pretty In Pink - Lago Garay - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Pretty In Pink - Lago Garay - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Greg Williamson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Greg Williamson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Matt Simmonds - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Matt Simmonds - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Kevin Aiello - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Kevin Aiello - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Josh Carlson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Josh Carlson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

John Hauer - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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John Hauer - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Brendan Fairclough - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Brendan Fairclough - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Troy Brosnan, 7th place finisher in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro downhill finals.
Maxi Dickerhoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Maxi Dickerhoff - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Christopher Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Christopher Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Thomas Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Thomas Ravina - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Tom Doran - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Tom Doran - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Tom Doran of San Luis Obispo, California in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals.
Kiran MacKinnon - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Kiran MacKinnon - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Nathaniel Lewis - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Nathaniel Lewis - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Nate Furbee - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Nate Furbee - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Marcus Hansson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Marcus Hansson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

Christian Wright - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill
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Christian Wright - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill

TM Asprey - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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TM Asprey - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Super Tech Section - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Super Tech Section - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Cody Johnson - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Cody Johnson - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Matt Orlando - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Matt Orlando - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Victor Smith - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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Victor Smith - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

The Honeystinger Bee, Watching The 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill
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The Honeystinger Bee, Watching The 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill

Micayla Gato - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Micayla Gato - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Micayla Gato, who finished 10th in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro women's' downhill finals.
Jackie Swider - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Jackie Swider - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Casey Brown - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Casey Brown - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Casey Brown - 6th place in the 2013 Sea Otter pro women's downhill finals.
Caroline Buchanan - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Caroline Buchanan - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Fourth-place finisher in the 2013 Sea Otter pro women's downhill, Caroline Buchanan.
Miranda Miller - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill
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Miranda Miller - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women Downhill

Miranda Miller, the 8th place finisher in the 2013 Sea Otter pro women's downhill finals.
Holly Feniak - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women's Downhill
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Holly Feniak - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Women's Downhill

Holly Feniak, fifth-place finisher in the 2013 Sea Otter pro women's downhill.
Danny Hart - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Practice
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Danny Hart - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Practice

Dave Seaquist - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Dave Seaquist - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Scott Countryman - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Scott Countryman - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Dylan Conte - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Dylan Conte - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

Phillip Kmetz - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals
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Phillip Kmetz - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Finals

About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a photographer, cyclist, skier and general outdoor lover. He’s happiest when he’s on his bike or skis, taking pictures in the backcountry. He’s been on the Mtbr team since 1999 running PhotographyREVIEW.com as well as contributing photos and articles on Mtbr. John has been taking pictures since college and believes everyone can be a good photographer if they just learn a few simple rules. He loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, 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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