The Sea Otter Classic is one of my favorite events in the country! We have attended the Sea Otter Classic for 5 years in a row. Each year we attend Sea Otter we get to meet racing legends and cool people! Starting at our first year at Sea Otter we’ve continuously met some of the most well-known athletes in the world. We’ve met Pro Racers like Todd Wells, Geoff Kabush, Kathryn Pendrel and Emily Batty. Last year we even met the World Champ Nino Schuter after he had just won the Sea Otter Classic Pro XC Race! SO COOL! That year we also met Shimano Sponsored Pro Motocross Racer Justin Barsha while he was hanging out at the Shimano Booth! This year while we were waiting in line to finish our last Enduro we were amazed to see Danny Macaskill doing a backwards nose-wheelie down the famous Corckscrew! Later, we were even able to get his autograph and a pic with him! Sea Otter is awesome! I also love attending Sea Otter because we get to say “Hi” and hang out with our racing friends, and friends from the bike industry! This year we even shared a campsite with a racing friend, Troy Dibert. Camping with Troy was really fun and enjoyable, as we told jokes, shared stories and just had a good time. The Sea Otter Classic has become more than just a races event, to me it is a place to say “Hello” to all of your old friends and to make new friends, which in my mind in just as priceless as winning the Sea Otter Classic.
My favorite part of The Sea Otter Classic is the Expo. There are so many cool things to see and lots of awesome people to meet. On Friday at the Magura Booth we got a picture with Trials Riding Legend Danny McCaskill. It was super exciting getting to meet him, I could barely contain it! Throughout the four days the Expo was open we reacquainted with our sponsors, checked out their new products and ran into buckets of friends. Joe at Shimano showed us their DI2 XTR electric shifters and derailleurs. We saw Ergon’s new Gel filled Saddle and at FSA Mike showed us their new Gravity Dropper Post, and much, much more. During the weekend a few booths had their Pro Trails Riders performing at different times during the day. There were three big pump tracks in the Expo but with all of my Team responsibilities I didn’t have the time to ride them. Chain Reaction Cycles had a contest where you pumped around a pump track as fast as you could. The fastest time won a prize. In my XC race, I placed 3rd and was able to stand on the huge Sea Otter stage in the middle of the Expo. I finished 25th out of 67 in the U19 Enduro and was the best 14 yr old which made me super happy! It was super fun creating our own Yackle Brothers Racing Expo by the Red Bull Racer Registration with our sponsors Banners, Flags and Ez-ups. With 75,000 attendees passing by our Sponsors and Team got a lot of recognition. The Expo is a big part of what makes the Sea Otter Classic a great event. I had a great time in the Expo! You should come out to the Sea Otter Classic and definitely check out the Expo.