A look inside the pits at Sea Otter

Kyle Strait's Commencal Absolut DJ, Geoff Kabush's Scott Scale and more

In North America, the Sea Otter Classic is often the first big race of the year for many riders. Before and after the battle of competition, a lot of mechanic work is involved, and in this gallery, we're letting you in on some of that action. 

Outside of Monterey, California, a few pros flipped the script, as WD-40 athletes like Rebecca Rusch, Leigh Donovan and Teal Stetson-Lee washed and prepped the bikes of everyday riders. 

In this gallery we also take a look at some of the pro bikes like that of Canadian cross-country specialist Geoff Kabush, who piloted a Scott Scale to the short track win, or Kyle Strait's Commencal Absolut DJ bike.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look.

Keep calm and ride on! wd-40 athletes (from left) rebecca rusch, leigh donovan and teal stetson-lee taking care of amateurs' bikes: keep calm and ride on! wd-40 athletes (from left) rebecca rusch, leigh donovan and teal stetson-lee taking care of amateurs' bikes
Keep calm and ride on! wd-40 athletes (from left) rebecca rusch, leigh donovan and teal stetson-lee taking care of amateurs' bikes: keep calm and ride on! wd-40 athletes (from left) rebecca rusch, leigh donovan and teal stetson-lee taking care of amateurs' bikes

Typically you see these women in photos racing bikes as pros. At Sea Otter, everyday riders got to have their bikes washed and prepped by (from left) Rebecca Rusch, Leigh Donovan and Teal Stetson-Lee

Russell Eich

Tech Writer
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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