A quick update from the Sea Otter Classic, now famous for not only being a serious race event with DH, 4X and XC all taking place, but it's also a place for the latest trinkets of shiny MTB goodness to be unveiled.
From a racing side of things, the SOC is a great taster to see who's on fighting form for the upcoming UCI season, which begins next weekend in Dalby Forest, England (you can watch it LIVE right here). Going by the results, it's good to see Rachel Atherton back on form after her shoulder injury. She took second in both the DH and 4X so that winter training has obviously been paying off.
Men's Downill: 1. Jared Graves (AUS) 2m 04.7secs 2. Aaron Gwin (USA) 2m 06.7secs 3. Brian Lopes (USA) 2m 07.0secs
Women's Downhill: 1. Melissa Buhl (USA) 2m 20.6secs 2. Rachel Atheron (GBR) 2m 21.0secs 3. Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) 2m 21.1secs
Men's Dual Slalom: 1. Mick Hannah (AUS) 2. Aaron Gwin (USA) 3. Jared Rando (AUS)
Women's Dual Slalom: 1. Jill Kintner (USA) 2. Rachel Atherton (GBR) 3. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA)
Check out the 2009 highlights below.