The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, has been a staple in our calendar and the calendar of Norco athletes for many years and the festival really never disappoints. Exhibitors, fans, media, and racers from home and abroad gather at Laguna Seca raceway to check out the newest products, demo bikes, compete, and take part in all other festivities throughout the 4-day bike festival.
Jill Kintner had a perfect race weekend, taking gold in Dual Slalom on Saturday and Downhill on Sunday. The Dual Slalom course underwent some changes this year. Conditions were loose, dry and rowdy, making for some exciting racing and challenging even the most experienced riders. Not Jill, however. She raced to her 9th consecutive win of the Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom aboard the Norco Optic.
The Downhill race on Sunday wrapped up the 2019 Sea Otter Classic bike festival. The track was short and fast, and mistakes were costly. Jill dominated the women’s field and took home gold for the seventh time in a row.
With the number of consecutive wins in both categories, Jill Kintner is now the most successful athlete ever at this event.
“Slalom day is pretty much the best, I look forward to it every year. The course had a real old school flavor with more natural off-camber grass turns and fewer built obstacles. At first glance, it looked a little underwhelming, but it turned out to be one of the most challenging and difficult courses we have ever raced. The slippery dry conditions made traction hard to find, but my bike was dialed and I knew bike control and patience would be rewarded. I had a solid day; felt super strong, had fun, and was able to ride how I wanted at full speed. It’s awesome to take another win on this hillside for 9 in a row! Thanks to everyone who cheered me on, home soil support is priceless!"
– Jill Kintner
Next up for Jill is the Vedder Mountain Enduro of the Norco Canadian Enduro Series on May 12th
in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Following the launch of our all-new Revolver FS XC Race bike
, the Norco Factory XC team showed what this bike is capable of on the race track and earned several podium finishes in both XC races.
Cross-Country UCI Pro-MTB Racing (Thursday)
Peter Disera: 2nd
Andrew L’Esperance: 3rd
Quinton Disera: DNF due to mechanical
Haley Smith: 16th
Gwendalyn Gibson: 19th
Cross-Country MTB-Racing (Sunday)
Andrew L’Esperance: 3rd
Peter Disera: 5th
Quinton Disera: 11th
Gwendalyn Gibson: 9th
"This Sea Otter was a special one as we got to share our XC race weapon to the world, the Revolver FS. I was able to get on the podium with 3rd place in both XC events and showcase the new bike and the work we have been doing as a team. As always, it was a great weekend with awesome people.
– Andrew L’Esperance
“What an incredible experience at Sea Otter Classic this year. The launch of the new Revolver FS was thrilling and so was the racing. I was honoured to mix it up with some of the best and come away with podiums in both XC events. I’m still searching for that elusive win and am already looking forward to next year!”
– Peter Disera
“I took a backseat at Sea Otter this year as I had to focus on some personal health-related issues, but I was really happy to see so many of my Norco teammates find best-ever successes. The launch of our new dual suspension race bike was also very exciting, as we finally got to share with the world the bike that we rode to so many podiums in the latter half of 2018 and beginning of 2019.”
– Haley Smith
“For myself, coming into this with 7 races already in the weeks prior, I wasn’t sure what to expect from myself and my body. Oddly enough I felt fairly good, sticking the front group in both races before falling off the pace. On Thursday, I was sadly out due to a mechanical. The rest of the Norco crew killed it as always!”
– Quinton Disera
Andrew Taylor, content machine and straight-up awesome guy, popped by the Sea Otter Classic as well this year. He just finished up his 48-State Road Trip project, in which he was travelling all lower 48 states in search of epic mountain biking and good times. Learn more about this project and check out what each state had to offer on his YouTube channel
“With Sea Otter being part of the send-off for my 48-State Road Trip in 2018, it was great to have finished it up just weeks before this year’s event. It was a full circle feeling and really awesome reconnecting with everyone and seeing many faces from the road trip. The mountain bike community is the best!
– Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor is now back home after being on the road for the last year, but is already working on his next exciting projects. Stay tuned!
Next up for the Norco Factory XC Team is the first UCI World Cup on 18-19 in Albstadt, Germany.
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