Sea Otter: Star gazing

Who and what was there?

More than 45,000 spectators enjoyed mostly sunny skies at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California this past weekend, and like any big industry event, there were plenty of stars in attendance.

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For some people, the biggest names in racing are people, while for others it’s the bikes themselves. BikeRadar was there, and we’ll give you a snapshot of the fun, with continuing coverage all week long.

While many of the hot new bike models were shown at Interbike in Las Vegas last fall, there were a few gems found throughout Sea Otter. But some of the excitement of having 9,000 competitors converge in one area, mixing with international pros, is a feeling not found anywhere else. Shimano, SRAM, RockShox, Fox Racing Shox, Oakley, Avid and several other brands were giving sneak peeks to the media, and we’ll show you some exclusive photos every day until our boss tells us to stop.

Dan Atherton, looking tough with his Commencal.
Dan atherton, looking tough with his commencal.: dan atherton, looking tough with his commencal.
Gary Boulanger

Dan Atherton, showing off his Shimano Saint-equipped Commencal

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SRAM advocate greg herbold with world dh champ sam hill.: sram advocate greg herbold with world dh champ sam hill.

Iron Horse world DH champ Sam Hill, not quite sure what’s hanging from Greg Herbold’s neck

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Trek test monkey travis brown with his pork chops and 69er singlespeed.: trek test monkey travis brown with his pork chops and 69er singlespeed.

Trek test monkey Travis Brown, doing his best science teacher pose on his polished Trek 69er singlespeed

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Sam schultz, gary fisher/subaru cross country racer with the no. 1 plate.: sam schultz, gary fisher/subaru cross country racer with the no. 1 plate.

Subaru-Fisher cross-country racer Sam Schultz sported the No. 1 race plate on his Fisher Procaliber in Monterey, CA

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Flyin’ brian lopes, current 4x world champ with his ibis mojo.: flyin’ brian lopes, current 4x world champ with his ibis mojo.

Reigning 4x world champ Brian Lopes sandwiched between his trick Sportsmobile and Ibis Mojo

Specialized ambassadorNed Overend, still racing (and winning).
Specialized ambassadorned overend, still racing (and winning).: specialized ambassadorned overend, still racing (and winning).
Gary Boulanger

Specialized ambassador Ned Overend still races (and wins)

Gee Atherton, happy as a clam in Monterey, California.
Gee atherton, happy as a clam in monterey, california.: gee atherton, happy as a clam in monterey, california.
Gary Boulanger

Gee Atherton is nearly as happy as brother Dan with his Saint-equipped Commencal

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Subaru-Fisher racer nat ross.: subaru-fisher racer nat ross.

Subaru-Fisher cross-country racer Nat Ross and his tricked out Fisher Superfly carbon 29er

SRAM talking head Greg Herbold and cross country racer Sam Schultz.
SRAM talking head greg herbold and cross country racer sam schultz.: sram talking head greg herbold and cross country racer sam schultz.
Gary Boulanger

Sam Schultz seems as bewildered as Hill about that thing around Herbold’s neck

This kid was stoked to get some SRAM love for his Intense.
This kid was stoked to get some sram love for his intense.: this kid was stoked to get some sram love for his intense.
Gary Boulanger

A pretty intense, er, Intense for a middle school kid, eh?

A future racing star?
A future racing star?: a future racing star?
Gary Boulanger

We may be asking for his autograph at Sea Otter some day

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Check back for more coverage of the 2008 Sea Otter Classic.