Sea Otter 2010: Racing round-up

Mountain bike and road action from Monterey, California

As well as being the first major trade show of the year, the Sea Otter Classic is a weekend of competition, with super D, downhill, cross-country, short track and dual slalom action, plus a criterium, road race and circuit race.

For the mountain bike teams, it's seen as the season opener – the first chance to show off their new bikes and kit, check out what shape their rivals are in and find out whether their winter training has paid off.

This weekend there was a reversal of roles as four-cross world champ Jared Graves won the men's downhill and World Cup downhiller Mick Hannah won the dual slalom. American Aaron Gwin took second place in both races, suggesting he will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

In the women's downhill, a fifth place finish by 1990s mountain bike champ Leigh Donovan showed her determination to return to top-flight competition after a nine year absence from the sport, while Rachel Atherton just missed out on the top spot to Melissa Buhl after a year off due to injury. Atherton also took second in the dual slalom, behind Jill Kintner.

Burry Stander won the three-up sprint at the end of the elite men's cross-country, while Todd Wells dominated the men's short track from start to finish. Georgia Gould (Luna) backed up her short track victory with a win in the women's cross-country race. The Giant Factory team rode away with both the elite men's and women's victories in the Super D, in the shape of Carl Decker and Kelli Emmett.

Here's a quick round-up of the podium action from the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. For more details, pictures and full results, visit our sister website Cyclingnews.com.

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Downhill

Elite men

1Jared Graves (Aus|Yeti Fox Shox Factory Team)0:02:04.7 
2Aaron Gwin (USA|Yeti Fox Shox Factory Team)0:00:02.0 
3Brian Lopes (USA|Oakley)0:00:02.3 
4Mick Hannah (Aus|GT)0:00:02.7 
5Cameron Cole (NZl|Maxxis)0:00:02.9 

Elite women

1Melissa Buhl (USA|KHS)0:02:20.6 
2Rachel Atherton (GBr|Commencal)0:00:00.4 
3Tracy Moseley (GBr|Trek World Racing)0:00:00.5 
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra|Maxxis)0:00:03.5 
5Leigh Donovan (USA)0:00:04.3 

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Cross-country

Elite men

1Burry Stander (RSA|Specialized Factory)1:23:13 
2Geoff Kabush (Can|Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)  
3Todd Wells (USA|Specialized Factory Racing)0:00:02 
4Christopher Sauser (Swi|Specialized Factory Racing)0:01:06 
5Roel Paulissen (Bel|Cannondale Factory Racing)0:02:14 

Elite women

1Georgia Gould (USA|Luna Pro Team)1:16:48 
2Lene Byberg (Nor|Specialized Factory Racing)0:00:06 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can|Luna Pro Team)0:00:45 
4Willow Koerber (USA|Subaru-Gary Fisher)0:00:46 
5Heather Irmiger (USA|Subaru-Gary Fisher)0:01:09 

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Dual slalom

Elite men

1Mick Hannah (Aus|GT)  
2Aaron Gwin (USA/Yeti Fox Shox Factory Team)  
3Jared Rando (Aus|Giant Factory Team)  
4Jared Graves (Aus|Yeti Fox Shox Factory Team)  
5Greg Minnaar (RSA|Santa Cruz Syndicate)  

Elite women

1Jill Kintner (USA|Transitions)  
2Rachel Atherton (GBr|Commencal)  
3Sabrina Jonnier (Fra|Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)  
4Melissa Buhl (USA|KHS Bicycles)  
5Leigh Donovan (USA)

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Short track

Elite men

1Todd Wells (USA|Specialized)  
2Burry Stander (RSA|Specialized)  
3Geoff Kabush (Can|Maxxis /Rocky Mountain)  
4Christopher Sauser (Swi|Specialized)  
5Sid Taberlay (Aus|Sho-Air /Specialized)

Elite women

1Georgia Gould (USA|Luna)  
2Lene Byberg (Nor|Specialized)  
3Catharine Pendrel (Can|luna)  
4Willow Koerber (USA|Subaru/Gary Fisher)  
5Emily Batty (Can|Trek World Racing)

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Super D

Elite men

1Carl Decker (USA|Giant Factory Team)0:06:13.45 
2Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita|Cannondale)0:00:03.37 
3Manuel Fumic (Ger|Cannondale)0:00:03.66 
4Dylan Stucki (USA|Felt)0:00:03.99 
5Adam Snyder (USA|Team Jamis)0:00:04.25 

Elite women

1Kelli Emmett (USA|Giant Factory Team)0:07:23.90 
2Rebecca Rusch (USA|Specialized)0:00:13.86 
3Lynn Bush (USA|Tough Girl/Scott)0:00:56.07 
4Tracey Wallace (USA|Giant)0:02:03.56 

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Circuit race

Pro 1/2 men

1Paul Mach (USA|Bissell)1:55:05 
2Jared Barrilleaux (USA|California Giant Cycling)0:00:54 
3Evan Huffman (USA|Yahoo! Cycling Team)0:01:07 
4Ben Jacques Maynes (USA|Bissell)0:02:13 
5Kyle Wamsley (USA|Bissell)0:02:17 

Cat 1/2 women

1Alison Powers (USA|Team Vera Bradley Foundation)1:58:34 
2Katharine Carroll (USA|Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12)  
3Katheryn Mattis (USA|Webcor Builders)0:00:02 
4Kelly Benjamin (USA|Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light)0:02:19 
5Coryn Rivera (USA|Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12)0:02:20 

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Road race

Pro 1/2 men

1Paul Mach (USA|Bissell)2:57:47 
2Rob Britton (USA|Bissell)0:00:00 
3Ben Jacques Maynes (USA|Bissell)0:01:34 
4Philip Mooney (USA|Yahoo! Cycling Team)0:01:40 
5Kyle Wamsley (USA|Bissell)0:02:54 

Cat 1/2 women

1Carmen Small (USA|Colavita/Baci P/B Cooking Light)2:21:10 
2Dotsie Bausch (USA|Southern California Velo)0:00:07 
3Rebecca Much (USA|Team TIBCO)0:00:26 
4Ruth Clemence (USA|Specialized D4W-Bicyclehaus)0:00:39 
5Olivia Dillon (USA|Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12)0:01:11 

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Criterium

Pro 1/2 men

1Jeremy Vennell (NZl|Bissell)0:57:35 
2Andy Jacques Maynes (USA|Bissell)0:00:03 
3Paul Mach (USA|Bissell)  
4Ben Jacques Maynes (USA|Bissell)  
5Rob Britton (Can|Bissell)

Cat 1/2 women

1Amanda Miller (USA|Tibco)0:46:52 
2Meredith Miller (USA|Tibco)0:00:22 
3Modest Vzesniauskaite (Ltu|Colavita)0:00:32 
4Rushlee Buchanan (NZl|Colavita)0:00:34 
5Melissa Sanborn (USA|Cyclepath)0:00:42 

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