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Peaty & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

The Sea Otter Classic is one of – if not the last – bastion of dual slalom mountain bike racing. So every spring the faithful (and the rowdy) gather on the slopes above Laguna Seca Raceway to watch some of the best gravity racers in the world do some head-to-head gate racing. The weather was perfect this year – not too hot and not too cold with perfect blue skies. It was pretty dusty, but otherwise, you couldn’t have asked for a better venue to watch a bunch of pros bang some gates. A lot of big names were lined up to race in the finals, too – multiple Sea Otter dual slalom champ Mick Hannah, last year’s winner Kyle Strait, Santa Cruz Syndicate riders Josh Bryceland and Steve Peat, Gee Atherton, Cedric Gracia – back from a huge crash on last year’s World Cup DH circuit, Danny Hart, Sam Hill, Jared Graves, and 2012 World Cup downhill champion Aaron Gwin, to name a few. It was a veritable who’s who of contemporary gravity racing. The women’s field wasn’t as deep but also included some heavy hitters, including last year’s winner and gate racing specialist Jill Kintner, Anneke Beerten and Rachel Atherton.

Jared Graves & Steve Peat - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

In the end, it came down to a battle between crowd favorite Steve Peat, racing on the new Santa Cruz Bronson 650b carbon bike; and regular dual slalom contender Jared Graves, racing on his Yeti SB66. It was a serious battle but Graves, who has won multiple 4X gate racing world championships, ended up taking the win. That left Peaty in second place and Cam Cole took the uncontested third spot when Mitch Ropelato dropped out because of severe dehydration. In the pro women’s dual slalom, Jill Kintner beat Rachel Atherton in the final round and Anneke Beerten beat Luana Oliviera in the concession race to take third.

Jill Kintner & Rachel Atherton - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

Aaron Gwin Crash - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Photo Gallery Gallery
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Kirt Voreis & Kyle Strait - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Kirt Voreis & Kyle Strait - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Jared Graves & Steve Peat - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Jared Graves & Steve Peat - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Rachel Atherton & Jill Kintner - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Rachel Atherton & Jill Kintner - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Jill Kintner - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Women's Champ
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Jill Kintner - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Women's Champ

Mitch Ropelato & Kyle Strait - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Mitch Ropelato & Kyle Strait - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Brendan Fairclough & Aaron Gwin - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Brendan Fairclough & Aaron Gwin - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Peaty On The Power - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Peaty On The Power - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Rachel Atherton - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Dual Slalom Finals
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Rachel Atherton - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Dual Slalom Finals

Aaron Gwin Crash - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Aaron Gwin Crash - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

American Flag - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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American Flag - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Mitch Ropelato & Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Mitch Ropelato & Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Peaty & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals
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Peaty & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

Steve Peat (blue lane) and Mick Hannah (red lane) in the 2013 Sea Otter Classic dual slalom finals.
Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Micayla Gatto - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Micayla Gatto - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Luana Oliviera - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Luana Oliviera - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Bry Atkinson & Fabien Cousiniie - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Bry Atkinson & Fabien Cousiniie - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Troy Brosnan & Bernard Kerr - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Troy Brosnan & Bernard Kerr - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Gee Atherton & Luca Shaw - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Gee Atherton & Luca Shaw - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Austin Warren & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Austin Warren & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Fabien Cousiniie & Bryn Atkinson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Fabien Cousiniie & Bryn Atkinson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Richie Rude & Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Richie Rude & Troy Brosnan - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Cam Cole & Mike Day - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Cam Cole & Mike Day - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Jared Graves & Steve Peat - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals
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Jared Graves & Steve Peat - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

Jared Graves (blue lane) and Steve Peat(red lane) in the final run of the 2013 Sea Otter dual slalom finals, which Graves won.
Jill Kintner & Rachel Atherton - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals
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Jill Kintner & Rachel Atherton - 2013 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Finals

Jill Kintner (red lane) and Rachel Atherton (blue lane) in the final heat of the pro women's 2013 Sea Otter dual slalom finals, which Kintner won.
Luana Oliviera & Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Luana Oliviera & Anneke Beerten - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Troy Brosnan & Mitch Ropelato - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Troy Brosnan & Mitch Ropelato - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Steve Peat & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Steve Peat & Mick Hannah - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Casey Brown & Luana Oliviera - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Casey Brown & Luana Oliviera - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Aaron Gwin & Brendan Fairclough - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Aaron Gwin & Brendan Fairclough - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals

Bryn Atkinson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Finals
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Bryn Atkinson - 2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom 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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