Sweet Sea Otter – Nye’s Blog

imageThere are some cool race events around the country but there is just one that stands above the others. The Sea Otter Classic is an outstanding event with a variety of fun things to do and friendly people to meet.

imageWe’ve been going to the Sea Otter Classic for 4 years and have had a great time each of those years. No other event is as fun and unique as Sea Otter. If you’re competitive they have a variety of races: Road, Mountain or Cyclocross Bikes you can compete in the Circuit, Road, Cross Country, Enduro, Downhill, Dual Slalom or Grand Fondo races. It’s so cool that most of the races start and finish on the Laguna Seca Raceway and the Circuit Race goes around the entire racetrack. The downhill course was rad, it descended off the hill the raceway was on and down into the valley, and it was full of jumps, sweeping banked turns and steep grades. At the end of the course there were 5 super fun tabletops to jump and a couple of tail-whips if you wanted to be fancy.

imageI am super stoked with my results, I placed 22nd in my first ever Enduro Race and the category was 18 and under! I also placed 6th in the Cross Country Juniors 14 and under. I’m so proud of myself!

imageThe Expo is amazing! The vendors put on some cool events each day. Specialized had built a pump track in the expo for little kids and another for some more experienced riders. In that same area Oakley had a sprint challenge and the winner would get some sort of prize. Clif Bar had two awesome events. On Friday they put on a barbecue and clunker crit up in the Grand Prix Campground in the same loop that we were staying in. In the clunker crit they had four fixie, pedal brake bikes that you raced around a little loop that Clif Bar had set up, plus the winner would get a new bike! At their booth in the expo they had food and a little band playing in the grass area which was a great time, meet new friends and talk to old ones.

imageOne booth set up a jump were you ride down a ramp as fast as you can and jump into a giant airbag, I’m sure people loved that one! Lots of vendors had beer happy hour for the adults most afternoons. FSA, Kenda and Kool Stop had trials riding performances several times and that was really cool to watch. Vittorio Brumontti performed on a road bike for FSA, I mean a Road Bike! He rode along a 7 foot long 3″ wide pole 5 feet off the ground without falling off, that was amazing!

imageWe met so many cool, friendly and interesting people at Sea Otter this year! We finally met multi time world champion XC racer Nino Schurter! I was so excited I almost started jumping up and down! We also met pro 450 motocross racer Justin Barcia at the Shimano booth and got a picture with him which was totally awesome!

imageWe also talked with some of the pro races we’d met before like: Todd Wells, Howard Grotts, Emily Batty, Meredith Miller, Geoff Kabush, Mitch Hoke, Lea Davision and many others. We had a great time talking with the people at our sponsors: Jeff Fox, Tim Baker, Joe Lawill, Matt Van Enkevort, Chris Holmes, Mike Lawless, Matt Brown, Jeff Kerkov, Patrick Piller, Dustin Brady, Joe Bowman, Casey Mena, Jeff Zell, Ken Yamakoshi and Derek Goltz and more. I was really happy getting to talk to my Sponsors about how the seasons going so far and sharing stories with them, and they are great people which makes it even more interesting talking with them.

imageWe met a couple of new people walking around the expo making new contacts; Benedikt from Lauf Forks who also raced on Sunday, Eric from Met Helmets who we had a great time-sharing stories with and Saris from Kali Protectives. At the Marin booth we met and got a picture with the Safeway Airgas road cycling team. Marin even gave my parents a couple of bottles of beer for them to enjoy too. Our neighbors in the Grand Pri Campground were really cool, they were going to race their tandem bike in the race which was very interesting!

imageIt was nice to see these vendors doing these cool events for everybody to enjoy and that is one thing that will get your event very popular. The Sea Otter Classic is definitely one great, fun, exciting and unique event and a great place if you want to meet outstanding people and have fun too!  I can’t wait to come back next year and race the Enduro again and of course, enjoy the Expo and meet some new people.  Also a special thanks to my Sponsors: FSA, Shimano, Marin Bikes, Yakima Racks, Sidi Shoes, Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Marzocchi Suspension, Panaracer Tires, Ergon Bike Ergonomics, Slime, White Lightning Lubricants, Genuine Innovations, VDO Cyclo-computers, Xpedo Pedals, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Velo Reno Bike Shop, I couldn’t do it without you and my parents!

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People + Bikes + Great Experiences = MARIN BIKES! – Jake’s Blog

imageIn all of my 10 years of riding and racing I have never ridden on better bikes and raced for a better company than Marin Bikes. If you want to ride the best bikes and get to know great people, then Marin Bikes is for you! Not only do their bikes perform at outstandin imageg levels on all terrain, the people who work Marin Bikes, are very kind, friendly and outgoing!

Like many have to do in the bike industry we were looking for a new bike sponsor for the 2015 season.  Marin Bikes, being the Awesome company they are, stepped forward to support us on our path to success. Another example of how awesome the employees at Marin Bikes are is when I was racing the first few NorCal High school League races on my Enduro Race Bike I was having difficulty contesting the win, so we contacted Marin bikes and asked if they could set us up with a Hardtail race bike. Even though I was doing great on the Marin Attack Trail CXT-9 and steadily moving up to the top 10 and racing my way to a 5th place podium and a 5th overall in NorCal High School League. The coach of the biggest High School team kept telling me “you need to get on a Hardtail” so we contacted Marin Bikes, and Chris Holmes, because he was so kind and understanding they set Nye and I each up with a Hardtail! imageSo at the next NorCal High School League Race I pulled my best result yet a 2nd place in the Junior Varsity, which also moved me up to 4th place overall! There are lots of great people at Marin, Gravy, our friend that we’ve known the longest at Marin is one of the greatest Mechanics and Characters I’ve ever met. It is always nice to see him because he is so funny and knows so many people and cool places to ride. We’ve also known Matt Van Enkevort for nearly five years since he used to work at FSA, he is always super friendly and respectful to our team.

imageThe Marin Attack Trail CXT-9 is the most fun bike I have ever ridden. At the Sea Otter Classic Enduro race my Marin Attack trail performed at amazing levels. It was so awesome on the first stage of the Enduro, the Downhill course, where it handled all of the bumps so well I barely knew they existed and it also handled the tabletops and drop-offs so well I thought I was riding a Cross Country Course!!! On the uphill sections of the course locking out the suspension made it feel like I was riding a                                                                                      .                                                                                hard tail!

imageThe Marin Team CXR was the bike for the Sea Otter XC Course. It was great having a hard tail starting on the Laguna Seca Raceway as it stiffened up the ride so that all of my energy went straight to my pedals making me feel like a rocket! The super lite frame made it ideal for the steep loose climbs and the sprint finish on the paved raceway!

 

imageAll I can say about the Marin Stelvio Elite Road bike is that IT-IS-AWESOME! It climbs like a beast, it descended smoothly and accurately and paired with the Vision Metron wheels, it is the fastest machine I have ever ridden!

 

 

 

imageI If you’re looking for a bike so you can just get out and enjoy nature, a high-end race bike to go shred some race courses, a full suspension to bomb down your local trails or a road bike to hit the back roads of The America, Marin bikes has a bike for you! Meeting and talking to the people there will be as much fun as riding your bike!

No Compromises!……Primal Wear – Nye’s Blog

imageWhen buying from a company you don’t have to compromise, you can have a great product and feel great that you are supporting a amazing company too!

We have many great Sponsors but there are some that just do amazing things with their company and their products.  We’ve represented for Primal Wear for over 3 years and they are a great company.  They have rockin’ products that perform fantastically, outgoing staff members and they also give back to the community which is one of the things you need to do to be a very successful company.

imagePrimal Wear was founded in 1992 and is based out of Denver Colorado supporting many local and regional professional teams in the US.  Over their years of donating to over 80 charitable organizations, Primal Wear has donated over 1.3 million dollars to foundations such as: National Interschoolastic Cycling Association, People For Bikes, Little Bella’s, Trips For Kids, IMBA, Rails To Trails, Bicycle MS and many other great organizations.

imagePrimal Wear’s people, is one of the best things about their company.   They are so outgoing and friendly you could talk to them all day, they are very interesting!  I’ve known Dave Edwards and Tim Baker for a few years, they do great things with Primal Wear.  We met Dave at Interbike for the first time and really enjoying learning about him.  He is involved with many national Bicycling Organizations around the world and he is the vision for Primal Wear’s community involvement and charitable work.   Tim was the driving force in Primal Wear’s support of the NorCal High School League and that’s a great thing to have a very successful business, encourage more kids to ride and race bikes.  It’s also interesting to hear about their commitment to develop new products, the materials they’re made from and how they construct their apparel.  It’s a really cool process to hear about!   You can be sure that you are buying the best cycling apparel out there from a great company!

imageMy brother races in JV the National Interschoolastic Cycling Association’s NorCal High School League and is in 5th place overall right now which is awesome because at the start of the season he was not ranked (of 92 racers).  It’s great that Primal Wear not only supports NorCal, but supports Yackle Brothers Racing, too, plus it’s so good to see so many kids racing bikes!  Not only do I help my Team with its Race Booth, but I go and volunteer to help the NorCal League with things they need help with like; Staffing their Merchandise Booth while there away, Race Event setup and take down, Staging The Races and running papers and other things down to the Announcer and Timing and Scoring Tent.    I love going around and talking to people and racers about Primal Wears awesome Kits they have sponsored us with, all of their other products and how great of a company they are sponsoring The High School League and the other race events they support.

imageThe Helix Race Kits that our Team races in are very durable and our team has proven that several times.  Two years ago I was racing the National Championships in Allentown Pennsylvania.  I was sprinting down a gravel road (It had been changed to that from the previous part of the course that went through a trail in the woods) for second place and I hit a bump and my hands flew off the handlebars and I crashed.  After I got cleaned up I examined my Helix Race Kit and there was only a half centimeter hole in the bibs.  I was amazed that it could withstand that crash!  I had a similar experience when I was doing a road race last fall.   Someone swerved into me and I crashed into the side of a hill and my bibs only had one small hole!  Our latest experience was in California when Jake was in the final sprint in road race and another racer swerved across the whole peloton.  Jake made a quick decision that he wasn’t going to crash into the pile of racers in the middle of the road and jumped off the road into a paved ditch and once he got back up and finished the 100 meters to complete the race, he looked at his Primal Wear apparel and it wasn’t even damaged.  Amazing!!

imagePrimal Wear is a great company and their products are Very Durable, Aero, Moisture Wicking, Comfortable, Light and Very Attention Grabbing.  You should check out their great products, have a chat with their staff who are definitely amazing people and view all of the organizations that they donate to because that all proves they truly are a great company with products that are Even Better!