It might surprise you to find out just what it takes to build a one-off bike. Travis Brown can sure tell you.
The Trek test rider and product developer lost one after last year’s early fall single-speed world championships.
Trek built Brown a custom polished one of a kind 69er single speed for the event in September. After a pre-ride, derby and race, Brown UPS’d his bike back to the U.S. and the men in brown promptly lost it.
Powerful gusting winds didn’t sway 19-year-old Tiffany Cromwell (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home) or Michael Grabinger (Successful Living), who took NRC victories on the Laguna Seca Raceway Saturday at the Sea Otter Classic.
The men’s and women’s events played out very differently. Cromwell rode solo off the front of a break for the final few laps. Grabinger, however, made it into an unusual four-man breakaway with two teammates and David Clinger (Rock Racing). The men lapped the field — twice — before Successful Living lined up a leadout in the stiff crosswind.
As the Sea Otter Classic swings into full force in addition to people pouring in for the festival and the races kicking into gear, there proved to be no shortage of new stuff to see.
The weather is holding, which is always a question in April on the Monterey Peninsula, so without further ado let us dive right into it.
Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Ruth Clemence (Simple Green) outkicked the women's pro field with two laps to go in the road race before battling each other in a power struggle all the way to the finish. The 20-women field stayed tightly packed for most of the race until a restless Clemence made a move, bringing Bausch with her.
"I tried to attack on a hill to break things up and we just stayed away," Clemence said.
Giant Bicycles gets to add one more Super D win to go with the two it picked up last year in the debut event at the Sea Otter Classic. Carl Decker succeeded in overpowering former World Cup downhill pro Jurgen Beneke (Marin/Mercury Rev) on a short climb near the top and managed to stay away from Beneke for the remainder of the three-mile race.
"I wanted to be up over the top before Jurgen, who is very strong in the downhill," said Decker.
Trek development rider Travis Brown was at the Trek team truck at the Sea Otter Classic sporting a never-before-seen set of white and red Bontrager mountain bike shoes.
The shoes have a large RXL logo on the middle strap that threw many for a loop.
"People keep asking me if they’re from Polo Sport," said Brown. Ralph Lauren was a common sight at Sea Otter in previous years with his now dissolved RLX Polo Sport mountain bike team.
A Swiss investment group, along with some of the company's managers, is buying Pedro's USA back from Swix Sport USA, the ski company that has owned Pedro's for the last decade.
Sport adventures International S.A., based in Lausanne, Switzerland, teamed with managers to buy the company. Long-time Pedro's executive Chris Zigmont will become the company's new CEO.
With the world’s best racers descending upon Houffalize, Belgium, for the World Cup opener, the Sea Otter Classic needed to supplement this year’s world class downhill races with something extra to keep the event growing.
For the Sea Otter, now in its 18th year, the answer was to bolster the festival and promote the tradeshow aspect of the event.
It’s a trend that has been building for the last few years as more and more manufacturers are using the Sea Otter as a launching point for new product coming down the pike.